There are four attractions to look forward to at tonight’s monthly meeting of the Club.
Firstly, and most important but not necessarily most attractive, is the annual general meeting, where the new Committee for the year ahead will be elected. Some excitement may be created by the new faces that will replace quite a few old faces on the Committee.
The next two items should attract more attention – Ronnie Hazell’s presentation on the Bird Challenge, and Mike Ford’s on “The life of birds”.
The fourth and last item should be the social highlight of the evening – snacks and drinks.
The meeting, in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall, will begin at 19:00. No liquid refreshments will be available before the very last item. Clear minds will be needed for the important decisions.
The target birds for the Club monthly walk in March will be that trio of elusive rock birds – the Cape Rockjumper (Kaapse Berglyster), Sentinel Rock-Thrush (Langtoon-kliplyster), and the Ground Woodpecker (Grondspeg), which is also more often seen on a rock than on the ground.
Sentinel Rock-thrush. Image taken at Rooi Els, published on the website Per’s Birding Pages
The walk, at Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Garden in nearby Betty’s Bay on Thursday 2 March, will be led by the elusive Mike Ford, who happens to be back in Hermanus from his frequent international bird-ringing travels.
Those three rock birds have been spotted in Rooi Els, together with less elusive birds like the Cape Rock-Thrush (Kaapse Kliplyster), Orange-breasted Sunbird (Oranjebors-suikerbekkie), and Cape Grassbird (Grasvoël).
On the way back, the group of birders will stop at Harold Porter, with it’s beautiful garden, and a walkway and access to the waterfall, restored after the destructive flooding two years ago. Two special birds to be seen there, are the Blue-mantled Crested-flycatcher (Bloukuif-vlieëvanger) and African Paradise-flycatcher (Paradys-vlieëvanger).
The group will depart from the parking area of the Onrus Trading Post at the turn-off to Vermont at 07:00. Bring your own refreshments for a picnic at Harold Porter, where the entrance fee is R22 for adults under 60 and R12 for adults over 60.