Bird ringing was conducted at Fynbos Estate from 17-21 June 2019, with two students from France, as part of their field project. During the ringing sessions Emilie and Manon learned to identify and measure local bird species. Two species, Common Fiscals and Cape Robin-chats, were also colour ringed to enable observations on individually identifiable birds. During ringing sessions, territories of at least two pairs of Common Fiscals were noted. The Common Fiscals at Fynbos Estate often hunt from surprisingly low perches in the vineyards.
Table: Number of birds ringed and recaptured at Fynbos Estate, 17-21 June 2019
|316||Cape Turtle Dove||1||0||1|
|432||Acacia Pied Barbet||0||3||3|
|803||Southern Masked Weaver||13||6||19|
|808||Southern Red Bishop||1||0||1|
|4142||Southern Grey-headed Sparrow||2||0||2|
Close to 200 birds were caught and processed. Recaptures included birds from the first ringing trip to Fynbos in May 2018. 22 species were handled, including three species not recorded here before: Greater Honeyguide (an immature male), Long-billed Crombec and Fairy Flycatcher. The Greater Honeyguide is a brood parasite of hole nesting birds like woodpeckers and barbets and potential hosts at Fynbos are Cardinal Woodpecker and Acacia Pied Barbet.
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