I get to enjoy the tranquillity and peace of mind that results from watching colourful birds flitter around my lawn or deer grazing in my neighbour's pasture field.
- Rick Rouse, from Why I Love Country Living
In November last year, rather late in the season, I noticed the Red Bishop was back - maybe he never left, it's rather difficult to differentiate him from the Sparrows and similarly brown-coloured birds when he's not wearing his breeding outfit. I also only know when his female is around when I see them together - she's similarly sparrow-like.
With spring breaking through here in South Africa now, the Black-headed Oriole is already enjoying the sweet nectar of the Aloes and I'm looking forward to hearing the Red Bishops bright chatter again!