Familiar Chat Back Issues-March 2008

The new year has continued to bring wonderful rain and with it a population explosion of seemingly everything. Of course that means a great breeding season for birds and indeed this summer has meant countless hours watching the comings and goings in the garden. The berries and caterpillars on the Grewia bushes, the clear vantage point from the half dead Peltophorum africanum and our small pond have been constant favourites for the birds and hence brought great birding to
our doorstep. My camera record reveals that in an hour a pair of Crombecs brought at least 6 insects to their nestling, including a moth, a spider, a caterpillar and several grubs. The Diderick Cuckoos continue to harass the Weavers and we see a Sparrow feeding a large and persistent Diderick baby! The Hoopoes have
taken to our lawn, the thrushes are back and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Marico Sunbirds. Everyone in the bird world seems to have babies and to be terribly busy. Anyway, I hope you have all enjoyed this birding summer as much as I have. Please renew your membership if you haven’t already done so (it runs from Jan to
Dec each year). A form is available on page 13. Remember too that, as ever, I greatly welcome contributions or suggestions. This is your newsletter and needs to reflect your birding interests, observations and ideas as well as being informative on Birdlife matters!

Eugenie Skelton – editor

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