Two top dogs still lead Challenge, but . . .


By Graham Palmer

The two top dogs, Mike Ford and Ronnie Hazell, were still leading the pack after March, the third month of the Hermanus Bird Club Challenge.

But that will change during April, the fourth and final month, as Mike has gone to the United States for three months of bird ringing.

There are three newcomers in third, fourth and fifth spot – the team of Mike and Helen MacNaught shot up from ninth to third, while Sheelagh and John Bowman each moved up one spot, displacing the Palmers to sixth and seventh spot. Our only excuse is two weeks of intensive grandparenting, which was lovely.

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Willow Warbler – image by Alan Spellman, from Mullbirds Photo Gallery.

The month did end on a high birding note. After our guests had gone, we had a final outing on the afternoon of 31 March and were surprised to find a Willow Warbler in the little alley leading to the Vermont pan. That was a first for us in Hermanus.

Peter Dagg got the most sightings in March, followed by Ronnie and Mike Ford.

During the previous month Mike stayed ahead with the most sightings, while Lee Burman shot into second place and Peter Dagg, back from Australia, into third.

The number of sightings in February was down from January, probably because the area was away from the sea and there was a lack of larks and pipits. Overall, the first five stayed the same. The team of Margie Ogston and Barbara Swart lost out on sixth place as they were away for a lot of the month enjoying Barbara’s retirement.

Find the latest summarised results at HBC Challenge 1603

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