Hillcrest Conservancy`s monthly bird walk took place in Springside Nature Reserve on Wednesday 13th June 2018. It was a special occasion for Derek Spencer who, ten years ago, began his association with the Hillcrest Conservancy by leading the first of the newly introduced guided bird walks in Springside.
It was a crisp and sunny winter`s morning as Derek led the group of 18 walkers into the reserve. Fifty four species were identified during the walk. The group had a beautiful sighting of a Crowned Eagle as it first perched in a mature gum tree and then moved to a dead gum tree where it stayed for about 15 minutes.
Also seen: 2 Black Sparrowhawks, 1 African Hoopoe flying overhead, 2 White-eared Barbets, Red-throated Wryneck, Holub`s Golden Weaver, a large number of Black Saw-wings flying overhead and a group of Forest Canaries. Derek was pleased to see the canaries as he had last seen them in Springside in 2015.
Amongst the birds heard: African Goshawk, Lesser Honeyguide, Tambourine Dove and Little Rush Warbler.
Refreshments were served after the walk and thanks go to Coreen, Alan Taylor`s mother-in-law, who baked and decorated a delicious cake to celebrate the occasion. Thanks as well to Carolyn and Dianne for their help with the catering, and of course to Derek for his enthusiastic commitment to the walks during these past 10 years.
Grateful thanks, also, to all who came along and contributed a donation towards Conservancy funds.