Return of the Wagtails?

For years I would watch a large flock of Cape Wagtails settle down for the night on a low tin roof above the parking area on the roof of my shopping centre, Montclair Mall south of Durban. They would gather in a long line under a roll of security barbed wire. Its just visible, arrowed next to the little grey lift tower far right in picture. True, its a long shot, but I wanted the clouds to show.

Montclair mall roof barbed wire.jpg

The ugly wire gave them a safe place to roost. The most I counted was sixty six of the lil guys.

Then they disappeared. For the last six years or more I saw none of them. Not one. My guess is poison on people’s lawns have put paid to them. Poor buggers do such a good job cleaning up people’s lawns but we humans are impatient! We prefer mass murder to waiting for little feathered tuxedo-clad workmen to neatly pick off the offending insects and grubs one-by-one.

This week one lone waggie made a comeback on the roof! Let’s hope a recovery is starting!

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Cape Wagtail – Mocilla capensis

One thought on “Return of the Wagtails?

  1. Jon Taylor

    Hope springs eternal, but change is inevitable

    On 18 Nov 2017 7:35 AM, “Bewilderbeast Droppings” wrote:

    bewilderbeast posted: “For years I would watch a large flock of Cape Wagtails settle down for the night on a roof above the parking area on the roof of my shopping centre, Montclair Mall. They would gather in a long line under a roll of security barbed wire, arrowed next to the”

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