NEW EDITION TO THE ESTATE BIRD LIST
RARE BIRD SIGHTING AT THE ESTATE
Recently a new bird species has been added to our ever-growing bird list on the estate, a pair of Lesser Striped Swallows were spotted hunting together with Greater Striped Swallows over fairway no 2. This is an out of range record and was reported to SA Rare Bird News.
The differences between the two species are:
The GREATER STRIPED SWALLOW, a summer migrant, has white cheeks and a lightly streaked breast. They are generally larger than the Lesser Striped Swallow, with 95% of striped swallows in the Western Cape are the Greater Striped Swallows.
The LESSER STRIPED SWALLOW, also a summer migrant, orange cheeks, a heavily streaked breast and notably smaller than the Greater Striped Swallow.