The last outing of the year for Overberg Birding was destined to be a special one as we headed off to Jessie’s farm in Elgin.
In this article we review species that have been described in old historical records and now confirmed since the start of the pandemic. Some of these records are from previous BirdLife Overberg outings and tours, but more particularly from documents of the late Rob Martin that has done extensive research in the Overberg region since the 1960’s.
At a recent monthly BirdLife Overberg talk we gave an overview of interesting, rare and vagrant bird species that had been recorded in the Overberg region since the start of the pandemic. In this article we review relatively ‘new species’ for the region usually associated with the coastal forest areas along the eastern seaboard of South Africa.
In this article we review relatively ‘new species’ for the region usually associated with the drier, arid western areas of South Africa. One would usually expect to find these species in the Karoo, Namaqualand and the Kalahari, or even closer in the Langeberg and Klein Karoo regions.
This month’s outing coincided with the World Migratory Bird Day – an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
A group of twelve birders met for the outing, despite the threats of inclement weather. We were off to a quick start. Greyton, our destination, was some way off.
Despite the icy 3 degrees, enthusiasm was high. As always, the early morning drive out of Hermanus towards Stanford was magnificent. A glowing red sun rose slowly over the mountains, and it was sufficient reward for braving the cold weather.
A small group met in rainy conditions ready for a morning of birding, which had already put off some of the potential participants. Nonetheless, our guide for the day was bullish that conditions would be better where we were heading and we were keen to head out.
The veterinary nurses at Bergview Veterinary Hospital are qualified in wildlife rehabilitation. The practice utilizes their skills to help the local wildlife.
Since its inauguration in London by the World Parrot Trust in 2004, World Parrot Day highlights the threat to wild and captive parrots throughout the world.