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Teacher: Bob please point to America on the map.
Bob: This is it.
Teacher: Well done. Now class, who found America?
Class: Bob did.
Interesting Fact: Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/downy_woodpecker/lifehistory )
The weather forecast kept changing, but this morning everything suggested that we would be able to get in a good few hours of birding before the rain set in. We were wrong! On arrival everything looked good, so we walked along the lagoon edge towards the flocks of waders that could be sen in the distance, only to have a strong wind come up and then along came the rain! We hurried back to shelter and had our coffee and snacks (Lester stayed out, which explains why he gets more birds than the rest of us!) and compiled our bird list. It wasn’t bad, given the circumstances and we achieved a total of 76 species! Our drive back across the Agulhas plains was unproductive, but certainly contributed to dirtying our cars more than might have been wished for!
Bar-throated Apalis; Southern Red Bishop; Yellow Bishop; Bokmakerie; Southern Boubou; Cape Bulbul; …
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The 2018/2019 Challenge ended on a high with some great numbers from Lester and Peter who secured first and second places, respectively. Both achieved more than 210 bird species and they managed to pull in some rare birds, so that they also had good scores. Well done – you have both earned serious bragging rights!
Detailed results can be seen at 2018-9 HBC Challenge Combo Feb -final
Please will all entrants for the new Southern Africa Challenge please confirm their participation with me so that I can send you the list we will be using, and also so that I will know which Section you will be entering. The latter is particularly important!
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