Morning outing to Jessie’s farm

The Club’s September morning outing is to Ian and Jessie Walton’s farm in the Elgin Valley on Thursday the 3rd.

The farm, Keurbos Nursery, specialises in indigenous plants and Heritage Roses. Jessie, having a vast knowledge of indigenous gardening, offers personalised landscaping services.

But the main attraction from a birding point of view is that she has created a bird-friendly environment on the farm, with dams and bird hides.

The Waltons added part of a neighbouring farm recently, with a log cabin overlooking a dam. They have turned the cabin into a guest house aimed at birders, and have been doing a massive amount of work to try and get rid of fields of scotch thistle, and to start establishing some indigenous plants. The idea is to do quite a large fynbos area as well as a ‘forest’ area. There is currently a large gum forest in which a pair of Jackal Buzzards are breeding.

We meet at the Onrust Trading Post on Thursday at 07:45 to consolidate transport. Bring your own snacks.

The outing will be lead by Barbara Palmer (083 659 3303).

Order your 2016 Birds calendar now

The Tygerberg Bird Club’s 2016 Birds of Southern Africa calendars are now available

The theme for their 2016 edition of the calendar is “Family & Friends”. It includes beautiful photos of pairs, families, flocks and mixed groups of our feathered friends to share with your own family and friends.

The size is 298 mm wide and 215 mm deep, closed. The cost is R100.00 per calendar.

Anyone wanting a calendar should send Craig Holmes an email to pcsholmes@telkomsa.net by 5 September. He will communicate directly with them on payment and collection.

2016 Cover

Please bring towels and newspapers

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai derperately needs old towels and newspapers. 

Club members can help by bringing these items along to our monthly meeting on Wednesday 19 August in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall. You could also contact any Committee member to arrange this.

The need was discovered by the group of Club birders who visited the sanctuary on the morning outing earlier this month.

The sanctuary, which was opened in February, is described as a custom-designed, world-class marine bird rehabilitation centre that provides temporary rehabilitative care to sick, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds, with a special focus on the endangered African Penguin.

Vernon Head on Wednesday

Vernon Head, award-winning architect, past president of BirdLife South Africa and well-travelled birder, will be the speaker at our monthly meeting on Wednesday 19 August.

His presentation will be about one of his most amazing travel experiences – to the Plains of Nechisar in Ethiopia in 2012. The group of four birders went in search of a mysterious bird of which only a wing had been found 22 years earlier. The discovery of the wing baffled the world of science. It was like nothing that ornithologists had ever seen before.

Vernon wrote the book “The Search for the rarest bird in the world”, based on this expedition with Ian Sinclair and two others.

The meeting, in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall, begins at 18:00. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available in the kitchen afterwards. Visitors are welcome.

Visit to penguin centre, a skeleton and/or Stanford

The Club morning outing, on Thursday 6 August, will be a visit to the newly established African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai. This will be followed by a visit to the Great White House restaurant in Kleinbaai with its Southern Right Whale skeleton or a birding walk in Stanford.

The sanctuary, which was opened in February, is described as a custom-designed, world-class marine bird rehabilitation centre that will provide temporary rehabilitative care to sick, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds, with a special focus on the endangered African Penguin.

After Gansbaai the choice will be coffee in Kleinbaai or birding and picnic in Stanford.

The outing will be led by Margie Ogston (083 240 9191) and Lee Burman (082 829 5876).

Meet at Fernkloof Nature Reserve Hall at 08:15 to consolidate transport and depart at 08:30. Bring your own refreshments, especially those stopping at Stanford.