Outing to the Grootboskloof Trail, Constantia.
07 October 2020 – Led by Margaret Maciver.
On a cool, overcast morning, 23 birders gathered at the Grootboschkloof Trail mandala in preparation for another outing in the Southern Suburbs after the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.
After observing all appropriate Covid-19 protocols, Margaret Maciver led us along a wooded path to experience our first outing at this venue. Our first stop was a Black Sparrowhawk nest with no obvious occupants, although we had seen a pair on our “recce” visit a few days before. We then moved on to an almost “garden” habitat where we saw several birds associated with this type of vegetation, including Southern Masked Weaver, Pin-tailed Whydah and Cape Bulbul. Also seen were many flowers and indigenous plants, as well as insects and butterflies.
On our walk back to the mandala we once again checked the Black Sparrowhawk nest and were lucky enough to see the resident pair, the female suffering a mite infestation and appearing to be bald. We never saw any obvious signs of a chick. Also in the pond section we saw Swee and Common Waxbill and Cape Weaver.
After our exertions we gathered in the centre of the mandala and enjoyed coffee and a chat, only after being buzzed by the male Black Sparrowhawk hunting for morning tea.
We all agreed the Grootboschkloof Trail was a worthwhile addition to venues for Cape Bird Club outings.
A total of 26 birds was recorded.
photographs by Margaret Maciver and Daryl de Beer.
Daryl de Beer.