Birding in Garscom


Ever since moving into Garsfontein x10 in 2007, I have been recording birds in the area. Together with Garsfontein x11 this forms an area known as Garscom, driven and managed by us as the community and running various projects, of which one is bird watching. Recently I have asked Henk at who has an awesome bird listing app to assist me in creating a bird list for Garscom. I was pleasantly surprised to note that we have recorded 140 species in an area of 2.76 km².


Yesterday afternoon whilst walking Xavier, I heard the distinct call of Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird! Soon after, I saw a pair of them, which constitutes #141 for Garscom, investigating a possible nesting site in Poolhond street, much to the despair of the resident Black-collared Barbets.

This is a forgone conclusion that suburban gardens attract a magnitude of bird life. And especially so here in Pretoria east, bordering highveld grasslands and bushveld habitat. Garscom in particular is a special area, where in addition to the wonderful bird life, wild life such as Porcupine, Lesser Bushbaby and Large-spotted Genet also occur.

The current list of birds for Garscom:

Species English Name
Acacia Pied Barbet
African Black Duck
African Darter
African Fish Eagle
African Green Pigeon
African Grey Hornbill
African Harrier-Hawk
African Hoopoe
African Olive Pigeon
African Palm Swift
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Reed Warbler
African Sacred Ibis
African Wattled Lapwing
Amethyst Sunbird
Arrow-marked Babbler
Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
Barn Swallow
Bar-throated Apalis
Black Sparrowhawk
Black-backed Puffback
Black-collared Barbet
Black-headed Heron
Black-headed Oriole
Black-shouldered Kite
Blacksmith Lapwing
Black-throated Canary
Black-winged Pratincole
Blue Crane
Blue Waxbill
Bronze Mannikin
Brown-crowned Tchagra
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
Burchell’s Coucal
Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Grassbird
Cape Robin-Chat
Cape Rock Thrush
Cape Sparrow
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cape White-eye
Cardinal Woodpecker
Common Moorhen
Common Myna
Common Ostrich
Crested Barbet
Crowned Lapwing
Cut-throat Finch
Dark-capped Bulbul
Diederik Cuckoo
Egyptian Goose
European Bee-eater
European Honey Buzzard
Fiscal Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Drongo
Freckled Nightjar
Giant Kingfisher
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Goliath Heron
Greater Honeyguide
Greater Striped Swallow
Green Wood Hoopoe
Green-backed Heron
Grey Go-away-bird
Grey Heron
Grey-headed Bushshrike
Groundscraper Thrush
Hadeda Ibis
Half-collared Kingfisher
Helmeted Guineafowl
House Sparrow
Karoo Thrush
Klaas’s Cuckoo
Kurrichane Thrush
Laughing Dove
Lesser Honeyguide
Lesser Masked Weaver
Levaillant’s Cisticola
Levaillant’s Cuckoo
Lilac-breasted Roller
Little Egret
Little Rush Warbler
Little Sparrowhawk
Little Swift
Long-billed Crombec
Long-tailed Widowbird
Magpie Shrike
Marico Sunbird
Natal Spurfowl
Olive Thrush
Ovambo Sparrowhawk
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Purple Heron
Red-billed Quelea
Red-chested Cuckoo
Red-eyed Dove
Red-faced Mousebird
Red-headed Finch
Red-knobbed Coot
Red-winged Starling
Reed Cormorant
Rock Dove
Rock Martin
Rose-ringed Parakeet
South African Cliff Swallow
Southern Boubou
Southern Fiscal
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Red Bishop
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Speckled Mousebird
Speckled Pigeon
Spotted Eagle-Owl
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Thick-knee
Spur-winged Goose
Streaky-headed Seedeater
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Thick-billed Weaver
Village Weaver
Water Thick-knee
Wattled Starling
Western Barn Owl
Western Cattle Egret
White Stork
White-bellied Sunbird
White-faced Whistling Duck
White-fronted Bee-eater
White-rumped Swift
Willow Warbler
Woodland Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Duck
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird