Bird ringing at Vondeling, 17 to 20 August 2023

Two weeks after our previous bird ringing visit, we were again at Vondeling Wine Farm. This time we focused on species diversity. We caught 26 species in four days, although the first day was rainy. A pair of Cape Batis showed the different eye colours of male and female.

Looking at the table at the bottom of this blog, our top captured species was 33 Cape Weavers, followed by 16 Southern Masked Weavers, and 10 Fiscal Flycatchers.

A patch of flowering Leonotus provided four Malachite Sunbirds, eight Streaky-headed Seedeaters and other species.

Malachite Sunbird – female and male

On the last morning, Sally led ringing in an almond grove which added numbers and the following species: Cape Turtle Dove, Cape Wagtail, Cape Canary and Southern Grey-headed Sparrow.

One of the most exciting catches was a female Greater Honeyguide, a species we had not seen or heard calling at Vondeling. The hosts of this brood parasite include several species that are at Vondeling: African Hoopoe (one ringed!), kingfishers and starlings (one Common Starling ringed!).

Female Greater Honeyguide, showing faint yellow shoulder patch

Numbers of birds of each species caught at Vondeling, 17 to 20 August 2023

Sp noEnglishCount
316Ring-necked Dove (Cape Turtle Dove)1
392Red-faced Mousebird1
418African Hoopoe 1
440Greater Honeyguide1
543Cape Bulbul2
581Cape Robin-chat4
621Long-billed Crombec2
622Bar-throated Apalis1
665Fiscal Flycatcher10
672Cape Batis2
686Cape Wagtail 1
707Southern Fiscal2
733Common Starling1
751Malachite Sunbird4
784House Sparrow2
786Cape Sparrow6
799Cape Weaver33
803Southern Masked Weaver16
810Yellow Bishop6
825Swee Waxbill1
857Cape Canary 1
863Brimstone Canary2
867Streaky-headed Seedeater8
1172Cape White-eye7
4139Karoo Prinia1
4142Southern Grey-headed Sparrow 1

Links to the descriptions of previous ringing trips to Vondeling (and also elsewhere) are summarized in this blog. To join a future ringing event, see Events!

We have comfortable accommodation on the farm, in two cottages.

Dieter Oschadleus
Dieter Oschadleus
Dieter Oschadleus leads the BDI bird ringing expeditions, and is able to organise bird ringing courses (having run many courses in South Africa, and some in the Seychelles). Dieter is also a registered bird guide in South Africa, and has birded widely in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.