Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg

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7 years 9 months ago #18064 by Batmad
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We are going here for a camp, what bird species may i expect?

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7 years 9 months ago #18119 by gordon
gordon replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Great place for sunbirds, mountain chats, canaries, nightjars, lots of seed eaters. Have a look in your bird guides for species that prefer mountain or rocky type habitats...

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7 years 9 months ago #18122 by JGB
JGB replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
The birds in the camp area are quite well habituated towards humans so they provide good photo oppotunities. We had a famly of farncoli scratching around our chalet in the evenings. Also had a bush bady vist one night at the braai.

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6 years 3 months ago #54999 by Ranger Piet
Ranger Piet replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Morning all,

Spend Saturday evening camping at Mountain Sanctuary - with a two year old and 6 month old my birding time was limited (apologies to our neighbours - start of the terible 2's), plus it was cold and windy (my wife loves camping, i love chalets).

Anyway, agreed that the camp site provided the best birding, included Coqui francolin & Grey Headed Bush shrike.

On a walk into the mountains, we spend sometime along the stream. What is the chance that i saw a Mountain Wagtail?, had my bino's (no photo) and did not have my bird book. There were 3 birds, definately looked bigger than Cape Wagtail.
What should i have looked for as the distingushing characteristic? and are they common to that area?

thanks

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6 years 3 months ago #55001 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Similar species would be...

African Pied Wagtail... This is an obvious black and white bird. The dark parts are completely black compared to a Cape Wagtail.

Mountain Wagtail is a soft beautiful pale grey. A bit like a Cape Wagtail but a very neat looking bird.

http://sabap2.adu.org.za/spp_summary.php?Spp=688

If you look at SABAP 2 data, Mountain wagtail is strictly a KZN and escarpment forest bird BUT... birds have wings.

The difference really between Cape and Mountain is Cape is a darker slightly greenish tinged grey vs the pale soft powder grey of Mountain Wagtail and Mountain wagtail has a much smaller thinner collar/bib than Cape Wagtail

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6 years 3 months ago #55130 by Ranger Piet
Ranger Piet replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Thanks Doug,

Got home and took a look at the Mountain Sanctuary bird list and it does have the Mountain Wagtail on it's list. Would help if the bird list indicated "Common", "resident", "Rare" etc.

Will have to go back as need to double check before i include it as a lifer.

PS saw 3 Puff Back Shrike in my garden this weekend, in Morningside

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6 years 3 months ago #55172 by mossie
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I go to MSP quite often, camping with small kids, so I know how you feel <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: -->

I have seen mountain wagtail before in the Gorge next to MSP, also, members of the Mountain Club have previously photographed this bird in the same place I have seen it, but on a different year. So I can only assume that they visit the area every year at the same time, and then push off!

Its a nice sighting.

Dispite the apparent geographical missmatch, the habitat of small clear streams with rocky beds and tree borders matches well, so I can only assume they fit in well there.

Mossie

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6 years 3 months ago #55173 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Hi Batmad

If you explore the rocky regions above the campsite, then look out for lazy cisticola, nedicky, rock bunting, cinamon breasted bunting, familiar chat, mocking chat, cape rock thrush, flappet lark, buffy and plain backed pipit, fairy fly catcher (winter). Higher up towards the top, you will find eastern long billed lark, and sentinel rock thrush.

Raptors: always cape vulture and black eagle in the skies, the occasional shikra and little sparrowhawk around the wooded waterways, and rock kestral.

For seed eaters, the area as you drive into the park by the river is very good, including a hybrid pin tail wydah/widow which occurs in this area.

For bushveld birds, follow the path along the boundary between MSP and Utopia. The usual suspects.

The camp site is good for golden breasted bunting, spotted ground thrush, coqui francolin (tame) and plum coloured starling in summer.

Regards,
Mossie

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6 years 3 months ago #55588 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Mountain Sanctuary park, Magaliesberg
Hi All

Regarding the mountain wagtail in the Magaliesberg.

I saw another one yesterday in the gorge north of the Sparkling Waters Hotel on Mountain club property, and West of where Anthony saw his.

So guess, with 4 reported sightings in the last few years, I think they are more common there than we think.

Mossie

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