Birdwatching

If you have a pair of binoculars (and even if you don't), and an interest in our feathered friends then you're all set to spot some of the 270 off birds that call Glen Avon home.

Glen Avon farm is a small farm, but it is blessed with a variety of habitats that are relatively easy to explore. this makes it a rewarding birding destination for both novices and experienced birders alike. 

Habitats range from afro-montane forests on the slopes of the Boschberg to dohne sourveld on top and thornveld as well as bushveld on the plains below. There is also riverine habitat, cultivated fields, farm and storage dams and an element of karoo veld. The altitude ranges from 700 to 1400 metres above sea level and average annual rainfall from 500 in the thornveld, to over 900mm up on top of the mountain. 

A list of 100 plus in a day is easily obtainable in summer. Glen Avon's Top 10 Resident Birds: Knysna Woodpecker, African Scops-Owl, Buff-streaked Chat, Bush Blackcap, Southern Tchagra, Half-collared Kingfisher, Narina Trogon, Knysna Turaco, Verreaux's Eagle, and the African Crowned Eagle. 

Greg is an avid birdwatcher and so is constantly on the lookout for interesting sitings.  Verreaux's Eagle-Owl and Corncrake, Red-chested and Striped Flufftail, Eurasian Golden Oriole and European Nightjar are the more recently spotted rarities. Special garden birds are the Knysna Woodpecker, Barn Owl and African Scops-Owl.