S O U T H E R N A F R I C A N R A R E B I R D N E W S R E P O R T
This is the Southern African Rare Bird News Report issued at 18h00 on Thursday, 15 July 2021.
Information has been gleaned from various websites, email groups as well as from individual observers who have passed on their sightings. This report cannot be taken as being totally comprehensive as it is based only on information made available at the time of writing. All bird sightings reported here are reported in good faith based on information as provided by the observers. Any inaccuracies are totally unintentional and the writer cannot be held liable for these.
None of the records included in this report have undergone any adjudication process with any of the subregion’s Rarities Committees, so inclusion in this report does not constitute any official confirmation of the particular record. Observers are still encouraged to make the necessary submissions accordingly.
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Starting in the Western Cape, the AFRICAN RED-EYED BULBUL was still present and visiting gardens in Disa Road in Kommetjie today while other records of interest included an AFRICAN PALM SWIFT seen at Paardevlei near The Strand this afternoon, a female BLACK CUCKOOSHRIKE found in Stellenbosch at -33.938, 18.880 yesterday, a CINNAMON-BREASTED BUNTING seen on a farm in Paarl at -33.705, 18.950 yesterday which was still there today, a pair of CINNAMON-BREASTED BUNTINGS seen at a roadside puddle between Heidelberg and Grootvadersbosch at -34.052, 20.884 this morning and a GREAT WHITE PELICAN seen on De Rustica farm, north-west of De Rust, at -33.460, 22.437 on Monday.
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting between Heidelberg and Grootvadersbosch
© Russell Warren
Great White Pelican near De Rust
© Rob Still
Up in the Northern Cape, an AFRICAN JACANA was found at Klein Pella Guest House yesterday and was still present in the same area today.
In the Eastern Cape, the out of range LITTLE BEE-EATER was still at Cape Recife yesterday.
African Jacana at Klein Pella Guest House
© Marinda Hattingh
Little Bee-eater at Cape Recife
© Caleb Dryden
The Free State chimed in with some interesting records including a RED-BILLED OXPECKER seen on a farm between the N5 and R707, east of Senekal, yesterday and a female NARINA TROGON that flew into a house in Quaggafontein in Bloemfontein at -29.137, 26.150 on Tuesday and was subsequently caught and released back outside while a group of 8 LITTLE BEE-EATERS were found near Dealesville at -28.660, 25.627 this afternoon.
And finally, in Gauteng, a single WHITE-CRESTED HELMETSHRIKE was seen in the Buffelsdrift Conservancy on Tuesday and a SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATER was reported in the stand of trees next to the picnic site at Marievale Bird Sanctuary on Sunday.
Narina Trogon in Bloemfontein
© Roché van Heerden
Red-billed Oxpecker near Senekal
© Estelle Erasmus
Thank you to all observers who have contributed their records. Please continue to send through any reports of odd birds as well as continued updates on the presence of rarities already previously reported, no matter how mundane you think they may be. Even if you think someone else has probably sent in a report, rather send the report yourself as well. The only way to improve this service and to make it as useful as possible to everyone is if it can be as comprehensive as possible.
Cape Town, South Africa