By April most migrant birds have left South Africa to spend their summer in warmer climates, but this year a number of species appear to be delaying their departure for reasons unknown to us.
Around 7 April at Likweti there were still large numbers of European Bee-eaters and Barn Swallows……. also a few White-rumped Swifts and Violet-backed Starlings. Peter reports however that after visiting mid month he was very surprised to see that there were still some European Bee-eaters as well as two migrant species that evaded his earlier list – these were the very beautiful African Paradise-Flycatcher in a few areas and two Lesser Striped Swallows at the river. Are these birds telling us something about climate change? They could be.
Pics: Navarre de Villers