Vineyard birds

Vineyard birds

Hadeda in vineyard

 

Vineyards are generally monocultures and thus may not attract too many bird species, although the grapes do attract fruit eaters. In South Africa the chief bird species feeding on grapes are mousebirds, bulbuls, starlings, white-eyes, sparrows, weavers and canaries.

A walk through the Groot Constantia vineyards yesterday afternoon yielded 18 species, although most species were seen in habitats next to the vineyards rather then in them. Mornings could produce more species, and there were no grapes to attract birds at present.

The main birds in the vineyards were Helmeted Guineafowl, Hadeda, Red-eyed Doves and Common Starlings. These birds fed on the ground in between the vineyard rows. On a previous occasion Egyptian Geese were seen in the vineyard. A Black Kite briefly flew over the vineyard.

Helmeted Guineafowl preening in vineyard

 

Hadeda foraging in vineyard

 

Common Starling in vineyard

 

At the dam an African Darter was perched with extended wings, presumably after fishing in the water. A pair of Egyptian Geese were seen at the dam with 7 goslings.

African Darter

 

Bathing birds

Behind the wine tasting hall, some water puddles attracted birds to drink (Red-eyed Dove) and bathe (Cape White-eye, Cape Canary, and Common Waxbill). Read more about bathing birds here.

Common Waxbill
Cape Canary

 

Other interesting species seen included a singing Chaffinch and a Malachite Sunbird male.

Dieter
Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. 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.