Greater Johannesburg and Environs – The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary and Delta Park
About the Birding
Apart from the normal array of bird species typical of the surrounding gardens, Delta is known for its raptors with both Ovambo-, and Little Sparrowhawks having been recorded nesting in the Park, and Black Sparrowhawk hunt in the Park on a fairly regular basis. Up to four (depending on rodent numbers) Steppe Buzzards are usually present in the Park during summer and a variety of other raptors have been recorded as irregular visitors or vagrants.
About the Birding Site
Delta Park is a large 104 ha suburban park amidst the hustle and bustle of suburban Johannesburg, which also incorporates the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary. Habitats include open lawns; areas of Hyparrhenia hirta grassland, several small dams, and areas of exotic woodland. The Braamfontein Spruit runs along the eastern boundary of the Park and serves as a movement corridor for various species of birds and mammals.
Other Related Information
From the center of Johannesburg, head north on Jan Smuts Avenue, turning left into Empire Road below the University of the Witwatersrand. After passing the Yale Road entrance to the campus, keep left and take the fly-over leading to Emmarentia/ Barry Hertzog Ave. Continue north on Barry Hertzog Ave. [Route M71] until you find an open area with power lines on your left. Barry Hertzog Ave. becomes (briefly) Rustenburg Road at this point.