With about 300 species and 30 endemics, the Garden Route is a great birding destination. How many birds have you seen at Blommekloof?
Here’s a list of the bird species our guests have seen (and confirmed!) at Blommekloof. Please mail us if you’ve recorded any others during your stay, and we’ll add them to this page - and your name will go onto our Birding Roll of Honour too, of course.
- Please scroll down for our Birding Roll of Honour, and for information about birding in Mossel Bay.
Birds at Blommekloof
Numbers according to Roberts 7 - Names in English & Afrikaans
62 Grey heron; Bloureier
71 Cattle egret; Veereier
94 Hadeda ibis; Hadeda
101 White-faced duck; Nonetjies-eend
102 Egyptian goose; Kolgans
104 Yellow-billed duck; Geelbekeend
149 Steppe buzzard; Bruinjakkalsvoel
150 Forest buzzard; Bosjakkalsvoel
152 Jackal buzzard; Rooiborsjakkalsvoel
158 Black sparrowhawk; Swartspewer
198 Red-necked spurfowl; Rooikeelfisant
203 Helmeted guineafowl; Gewone tarentaal
213 Black crake; Swartriethaan
226 Common moorhen; Grootwaterhoender
350 African olive pigeon; Geelbekbosduif
352 Red-eyed dove; Grootringduif
354 Cape turtle dove; Gewone Tortelduif
377 Red-chested cuckoo; Piet-my-vrou
424 Speckled mousebird; Gevlektemuisvoel
435 Brown-hooded kingfisher; Bruinkopvisvanger
526 Greater Striped swallow; Grootstreepswael
536 Black saw-wing swallow; Swartsaagvlerkswael
541 Fork-tailed drongo; Mikstertbyvanger
545 Black-headed oriole; Swartkopwielewaal
547 Cape crow; Swartkraai
550 White-necked raven; Withalskraai
566 Cape bulbul; Kaapse Tiptol
572 Sombre greenbul; Gewone Willie
577 Olive thrush; Olyflyster
598 Chorister robin-chat; Lawaaimakerjanfrederik
601 Cape robin-chat; Gewone Janfrederick
645 Bar-throuted apalis; Bandkeelkleinjantjie
681 Neddickey; Neddikkie
686 Karoo prinia; Karoolangstertjie
700 Cape batis; Kaapse Bosbontrokkie
710 African paradise flycatcher; Paradysvlieevanger
732 Common fiscal; Fiskaallaksman
736 Southern boubou; Suiderlike Waterfiskaal
742 Southern tchagra; Grysborstjagra
746 Bokmakierie; Bokmakierie
768 Black bellied starling; Swartpensglansspreeu
783 Southern double-collared sunbird; Klein-rooibandsuikerbekkie
792 Amethyst sunbird; Swartsuikerbekkie
796 Cape white-eye; Kaapse Glasogie
804 Southern grey-headed sparrow; Gryskopmossie
813 Cape weaver; Kaapse Wewer
827 Yellow bishop; Kaapse Flap
860 Pin-tailed; wydah Koningrooibekkie
872 Cape canary; Kaapse Kanarie
873 Forest canary; Gestreepte Kanarie
879 White-throated canary; Witkeelkanarie
Roll of Honour
Species on this list were kindly recorded by
- Mike Saunders (2010, 2011)
Many habitats make Mossel Bay magnificent
Mossel Bay’s municipal boundary encloses about 2,000 square kilometres of land that’s covered by an amazing number of natural habitats: sandy beaches, rocky shores, estuaries, rivers, open plains, forests, fynbos (especially in our area - the Outeniqua Mountains), as well as cultivated fields, parks and gardens.
...That’s a recipe for a magnificent bird list!
Birding sites close to Blommekloof
- Great Brak River: explore the estuary for waders and waterfowl - white-faced duck, Cape teal, half-collared kingfisher, pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, Kittlitz’s plover, three-banded plover, white-fronted plover purple heron. In the village itself, look for Knysna loerie, terrestrial bulbul, chorister robin, African crowned eagle, African goshawk, jackal buzzard, forest buzzard, Knysna woodpecker, olive woodpecker, brown-hooded kingfisher
- Little Brak River Lagoon: African rail, African snipe, cormorants, ducks, grey heron, black-headed heron, egrets, little bittern, whiskered tern, white-winged tern.
- Gouritsmond (Gouritz River Mouth): follow the road from the N2 to Gouritsmond for some of the best sightings of waterfowl, blue cranes, and raptors, including secretary bird, Lanner falcon and black-shouldered kite.
- Eight Bells Mountain Inn: this 100 hectare, forested private estate in Ruiterbos (about 10 km from Blommekloof) has marked walking trials and mountain-biking trails (MTB trails). Bird lists are available from reception.
- Gondwana Game Reserve: 11,000 fynbos reserve. Denham’s Bustard, blue crane, African fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, ostrich, secretary bird, jackal buzzard, African stone chat, cape grassbird, malachite sunbird, black-crowned night heron, bokmakierie. Day visitor programmes available.
- Hartenbos Game Lodge: fynbos habitat; 135 species of birds.
- Nyaru Game Lodge: fynbos reserve with 120 recorded species – including 5 different shrikes (bokmakierie, southern tchagra, southern boubou, common fiscal shrike, olive bushshrike); 3 endemic larks (Large-Billed Lark, Cape Clapper Lark, Agulhas Long-Billed Lark); also protea canary and Cape sugarbird.
- Outeniqua Nature Reserve: 38,000 hectare pProvincial reserve in the Outeniqua Mountains. Habitats include fynbos, Afro-montane forest (Knysna forest), and the semi-arid Karoid scrub of the Klein Karoo. For information about walking and hiking trails (from 1 hour to 7 days, please go here.
- The Robinson Pass (the R328 from Mossel Bay via Ruiterbos to Oudtshoorn) passes through the Outeniqua Reserve. It often rewards with great sightings – you could find yourself watching raptors soaring from above! (First prize: black eagle.)
Regional conservation manager for the Western Cape, at BirdLife South Africa, Dale Wright, speaks to Martin Hatchuel of www.thistourismweek.co.za about Important Bird Areas (IBAs), citizen scientists, and other projects in the Garden Route.