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Magoebaskloof Mountain Lodge

Owner Scott Olmstead

  • 2
  • 1 km

We birded around the chalets and walked the little trail into viney forest below the lodge. Ate breakfast on the deck overlooking the valley. Saw a group of ~5-7 Blue Monkeys ear the trash/compost pile. Clear skies; cool before sunrise but warming up quickly.

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  1. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Feeding on small fruits in the canopy.

  2. Number observed: 4
  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Soaring over the valley

  4. Number observed: 6

    Comments: These parrots flew across the valley multiple times in a loose group. Due to poor lighting I was never able to see them well. They appeared green with paler, grayish heads. The vivid emerald green was most evident on the back. The most common/expected parrot in this region would probably be nominate Brown-headed. However I was never able to see any hint of the yellow wing linings that would have confirmed these birds as that taxon, so perhaps could have been Cape or Gray-mantled.

  5. Number observed: 1
  6. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen for a moment as it popped into view in the forest understory. My superficial impression was of a miniature Rufous Motmot, with pumpkin colored underparts and black mask.

  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 4
  9. Number observed: 5
  10. Number observed: 7
  11. Number observed: 2
  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 2
  14. Number observed: 5

    Comments: Grayer belly than Greater, iridescent blue on rump, song very rapid and tumbling.

  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 15
  18. bird sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: Posture like pins, face like scrub greenlet with pale eye. & yellow with black face/head like STWH, yellow in tail, approx size of shrike-tanager. & rufous motmot coloration (pumpkin and black), thrush-sized &prob tambourine dove flushed in understory

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