Kirstenbosch Birding

Yesterday 27 June 2012, my wife and I went to Kirstenbosch Gardens for a quick lunch and birding trip. In the hour and a half had some nice birding with a pair of Swee-Waxbill a lot of Southern Double-collared Sunbirds. Also saw some Cape Spurfowl. And photographed an adult hadeda with a red ring ‘IP’ and a silver ring. Seems this bird was ringed somewhere in the peninsula by Res Altwegg and Doug Harebottle as a juvenile as part of an ADU project.
NB. Res replied saying that this Hadeda was ringed in Newlands in 2009.

Fulvous Duck still at Die Oog

Just been to Die Oog. The Fulvous Duck is still there. It gave me great pic opportunitys. Also the Red Knobbed-Coot have at least 4-5 juveniles swimming about, and there is at least one juvenile Dabchick swimming around too. There are also at least three new weaver nests over the water but did not see any weavers near the nests, only a couple flying in the swampy area downstream of the dam. This area is very wet at the moment, with the water level of the dam having risen considerably with the rains of the last three or four weeks we’ve had. Will post more details of die oog when i go again.

New Oog Update

Went to Die Oog Bird Sanctuary today. Update on the water level looks very promising. The rescent rain has upped the water level considerably. Notable bird updates is that there was a Spurwing Goose at the sanctuary today. The Coot juveniles are quite big now and i saw at least three pairs of Coot with juveniles.

I took quite a few photos of the island and also the bird life. The weavers are busy building nests again and seems like the Dikkops are nesting too. There are plenty warblers flitting about the marshy area below the lake. Also came across a couple of sunbirds too. Generally bird life at Die Oog is returning to normal. Even saw a bunch of Mousebirds forraging in the pile of garden rubble lying inside the grounds.

Nest Data Wanted – Get involved in Nercs.

Do you enjoy finding and monitoring bird nests? Or do you have endless notes from nests you have found in the past but never knew what to do with them?

If so this is a reminder to all birders that nest and breeding data can be submitted to the Nest Record Card Scheme(NERCS). NERCS was started by the then South African Ornithology Society more than 60 years ago in order to document breeding information for Southern African breeding birds. Over 100000 cards were submitted as part of the old scheme, many of which are not computerized. The scheme was revised in 1995 by the ADU and Birdlife SA in order to encourage the collection of nest and breeding data to focus on breeding productivity.