Brave birders help break twitching record

Hermanus Bird Club

The group of 14 birders who braved the rain to take part in the Club outing to Strandfontein on Thursday 1 September, were rewarded with a good sighting of the local rare bird – thus helping to break a Southern African twitching record.

Wipstert, rooistert- (Scrub-robin, rufous-tailed) 160901 Zeekoevlei 672A0622 Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin at Zeekoevlei. Image by Charles Naudé.

Mike Ford, leading the group, and helped by Sheelagh Bowman, was quick to spot the Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin soon after our arrival at the  Zeekoevlei pinic area.

Trevor Hardaker announced on his SA Rare Birds News report the previous day that the record of 1 110 sightings of the Snowy Egret along the Black River in Cape Town just over a year ago, had just been equalled by twitchers spotting the Scrub-robin over the last month.

For the rest of the day the birding was good, considering that not many migrants had returned. Two exceptions were Yellow-billed Kites and White-throated Swallows. All…

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