Running list of a fourways garden bird list

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8 years 3 months ago #12241 by Doug
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Hi all.

Thought I would keep a list going of the garden bird list that is the complex I have moved to.

Hadeda Ibis
African Sacred Ibis
Reed Cormorant
Grey Heron
Egyptian Goose
African Rail
African Harrier-hawk
African Wattled Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
Spotted Thick-knee
Speckled Pigeon
Laughing Dove
Rock Dove
Red-eyed Dove
Cape Turtle-dove
Spotted Eagle-owl
Burchell's Coucal
Red-chested Cuckoo
Diederick Cuckoo
Ring-necked Parakeet
Grey Go-away-bird
African Hoopoe
Greater-striped Swallow
African Palm-Swift
Little Swift
Giant Kingfisher
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
Red-faced Mousebird
Black-collared Barbet
Dark-capped Bulbul
Pied Crow
Karoo Thrush
Cape Robin-chat
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Black-chested Prinia
Cape White-eye
White-bellied Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Cape Sparrow
House Sparrow
Southern Masked-weaver
Red-headed Finch
Bronze manikin

Total species: 43

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8 years 3 months ago #12317 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Added 4 more....
Grey Heron
House Sparrow
Rock Dove
Red-eyed Dove

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8 years 3 months ago #12319 by Birdlover
Birdlover replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Shows you how easily we overlook birds. 28 in a complex .. amazing.

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8 years 3 months ago #12323 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
And there are a few I have seen in the area that have not been in our complex/garden yet but it is only a matter of time. Once the Swallows and Swifts are in full swing again there is another 8 - 10 species.....
Bee-eaters, other raptors overhead etc... 50 is not far off.

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8 years 3 months ago #12386 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Just added Giant Kingfisher and Pied Crow.

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8 years 2 months ago #12438 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Added Black-chested Prinia and White-bellied Sunbird.

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8 years 2 months ago #12441 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Your garden list is very similar to ours, though a couple of yours would be lifers for us (Giant Kingfisher and African Harrier Hawk). You haven't been there long and you've already compiled an impressive list.

Philip, I think with complexes a lot depends, obviously, on the location. There's very little mature woodland near our complex but having a small vlei with a stream right next to it, we get a good variety of species both in the garden and flying over / in the vlei. We have 35 in the garden and currently another 30 seen from the house / garden, so using Doug's criteria (i.e. not just birds actually in the garden) we would be on 65 species by now for our garden list, 66 if we had ever managed to get 100% positive ID on that little warbler last year. And, as with our recent sighting of a Hamerkop in the vlei, you just never know when the next one's going to appear. Also, putting out a variety of foods and growing the right sort of plants in your garden helps. We put out mixed seed, bread and fruit every day which accounts for a lot of our species list. We've also just planted an aloe to try and attract sunbirds.

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8 years 2 months ago #12444 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
We have lived in a complex in Beverley for 2 years, and I started my fly-over and garden birdlist then, and presently it stands at about 61. Because we're quite near the Jukskei river, we regularly have Cormorants, Ducks and Egyptian Geese flying over, as well as Sacred Ibis, Hamerkop, and Blackheaded Heron. It's great having all these birds around, it makes you forget that you live in a very busy city. In summer we also have quite a few raptors flying over. Good luck with your list, Doug, and we hope you'll be happy in your new home.

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8 years 2 months ago #12445 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Just to illustrate the importance of location, here's a Google Earth shot of our house. As you can see, we're surrounded by other complexes (estate agents call this area Legoland!) but that little area of wetland, which also has powerlines running through it, provides us with a fantastic diversity of species, particularly water birds like ducks, geese, herons etc. and even owls on the pylons. That pic was taken in May 2008 so everything's brown, but in summer during the flash floods you could row a boat from one side to the other of that narrow section beside us! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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8 years 2 months ago #12589 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Running list of a fourways garden bird list
Added Reed Cormorant, Ring-necked Parakeet and Red-faced Mousebird

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