By Graham Palmer
Some really interesting rare birds were reported by Club members taking part in the January round of the Hermanus Bird Club 2016 Overberg Challenge. Among them were European Roller, Abdim’s Stork and Amur Falcon.
Altogether 16 single sightings were recorded and 15 birds were seen by all participants.
Total numbers of bird species reported are quite a bit better than January 2015. Mike Ford, who is the top scorer at this stage, recorded 151 species, compared to 118 for the frontrunner after the first month of last year.
Mike is followed by Ronnie Hazell, then there is a bit of a gap with the following pack comprising the Palmers, the Bowmans, Margie Ogston and Barbara Swart, and Chris Cheetham.
The designated area for January had as its western boundary the Swartdam Road at Gateway Centre and Rotary Drive. The area then included all of Hermanus to the east, including Fernkloof, contour and coastal paths, parks etc. and continued to the Kleinrivier lagoon (both sides), Stanford and Appel se Dam, and along the Kleinrivier all the way to the Van Brakels Store at the crossroad of the R326 and R316.
The February round started off with a good drive along the Swartrivier Road, across the N2, along Hawston View Drive and back through Bot River village.
Find the latest summarised results at HBC Challenge 1601