Wonderful Autumn Wildlife in Boston

March 2013

Crystelle Wilson – Graymarye

SABAP2 ATLAS bird list for the Elandshoek pentad 2935_3000

Amethyst Sunbird, Cape Turtle Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Common Fiscal, Dark-capped Bulbul, Cape Sparrow, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Cape Robin-Chat, Hadeda Ibis, Greater Striped-Swallow, Southern Red Bishop, Le Vaillant’s Cisticola, Brown-throated Martin, African Stonechat, Cape Canary, Giant Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Duck, Drakensberg Prinia, Bokmakierie, African Rail, Fork-tailed Drongo, Cape Wagtail, Cape Crow, Hamerkop,

march hamerkop

Cape Grassbird, Common Waxbill, African Sacred Ibis, Grey Crowned Crane, Red-chested Flufftail, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Spur-winged Goose, Cape White-eye, Cape Batis, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black Saw-wing, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed Heron, Red-collared Widowbird, Village Weaver, Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-billed Quelea, African Darter, Red-knobbed Coot, Little Grebe, Speckled Mousebird, Helmeted Guineafowl, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Cape Weaver, African Olive-Pigeon,

april african olive pigeon 

Blue Crane, Reed Cormorant, White-breasted Cormorant, Malachite Sunbird, Red-winged Starling, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Sombre Greenbul, Wattled Crane, House Sparrow, Southern Greyheaded Sparrow, Fan-tailed Widowbird, African Firefinch, Common Moorhen, Blacksmith Lapwing, Barn Swallow, Cape Glossy Starling, Black Saw-wing, White Stork,

march white stork

Amur Falcon, Pied Starling, Malachite Kingfisher, White-throated Swallow, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Pied Crow, Yellow Bishop

 Families of birds were showing off their teenagers like these Grey Crowned Cranes

march grey crowned cranes

and Red-necked Spurfowls.

march red necked spurfowlsApril 2013

Rob Spiers reports 40 White-faced Ducks on the dam at Ntoshonga – the first time seen in the district in 64 years.

Rob Geldart saw Wattled Cranes at swamp 17 April, picture below.

April wattled cranes in swamp

Christeen Grant – Sitamani

Winter is fast approaching, in the past couple of weeks there have been two snow falls on the Drakensberg, white icing topped peaks graced the sky-line. The effect of the chilly air that followed was reflected in the changes in the vegetation.

Berkheya setifera flowers having seeded and dispersed, decorate the grasses with the remaining ornate silvery bracts.

Berkheya setifera IMG_8941 CGrant

Berkheya rhapontica however is still flowering on spiky stalks.

Berkheya rhapontica IMG_8912 CGrant

There are still flower jewels and seed heads nestled in the shelter of the browning grasses, delicate Geranium schlechteri, Lobelia erinus, Sutera floribunda,

Sutera floribunda IMG_8897 CGrant

Stachys aethiopica and Schizoglossum bidens Subsp bidens seed capsules.

Schizoglossum bidens Subsp bidens IMG_8959 CGrant

Leonotis leonurus, Scenecio madagascariensis, Rabdosiella calyncina  (pic below) and Helichrysum cooperi  flowers make a colourful stand above the height of the grass. Festooned over Leucosidiea sericea branches are seeding Clematis brachiata.

Rabdosiella calycina IMG_8900 CGrant

One of the colourful grass seeds this season are of the Hyparrhenia species.

Hyparrhenia sp IMG_8936 CGrant

Other traces of wildlife are spoor of Common Reedbuck, who come to graze near the house and Carcass beetles which find food in Black-back Jackal droppings.

Carcass beetle sp IMG_8946 CGrant

Protected by the thorny lemon tree branches, Cape Sparrows have built a secure nest and successfully raised three young fledglings. Guineaflowl feathers, amongst others were used to line the interior.

Cape Sparrow nest in lemon tree IMG_8968 CGrant

Crystelle Wilson – Graymarye

An emperor moth caterpillar on Rhus dentata in my garden at Gramarye

April emporer moth caterpillarMy SABAP2 ATLAS bird list for the Elandshoek pentad 2935_3000

Amethyst Sunbird, Red-eyed Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, Cape Sparrow, Cape Robin-Chat, Hadeda Ibis, Giant Kingfisher, Black Saw-wing, Cape White-eye, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Sacred Ibis, Common Waxbill, African Stonechat, South African Shelduck, Grey Crowned Crane, African Rail, Le Vaillant’s Cisticola, Spur-winged Goose,

march spurwing gooseEgyptian Goose, Drakensberg Prinia, Fork-tailed Drongo, Village Weaver, Cape Weaver, Cape Batis, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Common Fiscal, Dark-capped Bulbul, Red-billed Quelea, Bokmakierie, Jackal Buzzard, Red-knobbed Coot, African Darter, Little Grebe, Red-chested Flufftail, Red-necked Spurfowl, Southern Boubou, Cape Wagtail, Yellow-fronted Canary, Black-headed Oriole, African Hoopoe, Long-crested Eagle, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Greater Striped-Swallow, Speckled Mousebird, Cape Canary, Olive Thrush,  Pin-tailed Whydah, Cape Crow, Black-headed Heron, Common Moorhen, Pied Crow, Southern Red Bishop, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird, Little Rush-Warbler, White-breasted Cormorant, Cape Longclaw, Pied Starling, Cape Grassbird, Burchell’s Coucal, African Firefinch, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Brown-throated Martin, Malachite Sunbird, Sombre Greenbul, Blacksmith Lapwing, Buff-streaked Chat, African Olive-Pigeon, Golden-breasted Bunting, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Alpine Swift, African Black Swift, Secretarybird, 

april secretary bird

Yellow Bishop, Long-tailed Widowbird, African Quailfinch, Olive Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Three-banded Plover, 

april three banded plover

Cape Glossy Starling, Reed Cormorant, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler,

april dark capped yellow warbler

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