However, the keen eyes of the local Yellow Bishop noticed the seeds, shortly after I left, and it gorged itself on them.
|Yellow Bishop (Kaapse Flap - Euplectes capensis) devouring the seeds|
I think this is a female. The yellow splash on the shoulder wasn't high enough and only on the one side. It went away when she ruffled her features. The males have clear yellow shoulder pads. The Western Cape birds aren't breeding now so the males aren't in their black and yellow breeding colours.
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The next afternoon the home owner made its appearance. The tunnel is owned by a Four-Striped Grass Mouse.
|Four-Striped Grass Mouse (Streepmuis - Rhabdomys pumilio) posing for the camera|
These mice will excavate their own burrows, but will also use those dug by other species.
|Heading towards the tunnel|
The mice are smaller than the Yellow Bishop in the pictures above. The mice are about 18-20 cm long in total. Their body length is about 10-11 cm. The bird in turn is about 15 cm long. But the mouse is heavier, weighing in at 30-80 grams, compared to the bird's 15-45 grams.
|Making the best of the feast while it lasts|
This bunch of youngsters appeared on the scene later in the afternoon to finish off any seeds that where still left.