Brave birders help break twitching record


The group of 14 birders who braved the rain to take part in the Club outing to Strandfontein on Thursday 1 September, were rewarded with a good sighting of the local rare bird – thus helping to break a Southern African twitching record.

Wipstert, rooistert- (Scrub-robin, rufous-tailed) 160901 Zeekoevlei 672A0622

Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin at Zeekoevlei. Image by Charles Naudé.

Mike Ford, leading the group, and helped by Sheelagh Bowman, was quick to spot the Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin soon after our arrival at the  Zeekoevlei pinic area.

Trevor Hardaker announced on his SA Rare Birds News report the previous day that the record of 1 110 sightings of the Snowy Egret along the Black River in Cape Town just over a year ago, had just been equalled by twitchers spotting the Scrub-robin over the last month.

For the rest of the day the birding was good, considering that not many migrants had returned. Two exceptions were Yellow-billed Kites and White-throated Swallows. All in all 84 species were identified.

There was no rain, little wind and even some sunshine when the group arrived.

After the Strandfontein water purification dams, we went to Rondevlei, where we were met by more water and more birds than on a previous visit.

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