Rarities at de Mond

Report from Trevor Hardaker received Saturday afternoon: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – a single bird located at De Mond Nature Reserve near Arniston this morning. I am still trying to work out how many records there are of this species, but it is certainly less than 25 for Southern Africa ever! The last record of this species in the subregion was in Walvis Bay back in December 2007! Added distractions included 4 (!!) GOLDEN PLOVERS thought to be made up to 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and 2 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS as well as at least one GREATER SAND PLOVER. More details on the golden plovers once photos have been properly assessed. – reported by Ethan Kistler, Billi Krochuk, Seth Musker and Campbell Flemming. Updated Sunday: BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER – a bird has just been located at De Mond Nature Reserve near Arniston this morning. The AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS and GREATER SAND PLOVER are also still around – reported by John Graham.

Cape Parrot Project

Email from Dr. Steve Boyes from the Fitzpatrick Institute & Wild Bird Trust: “Please watch Carte Blanche on MNET (DSTV Channel 101) at 7pm tonight! There will be a 10-minute insert on the Cape Parrot Project that is not to be missed… Learn about saving our national parrot by planting our national tree, the yellowwood. Also see some shocking aerials of degraded Afromontane forest patches that have been poached of all their yellowwoods!”