Renee and I spent a few hours at Strandfontein yesterday morning, hoping to see a Sand Martin. We did not, but we saw plenty of other birds, none of which added anything to my challenge list! Then, when we arrived home in Hermanus, I opened my mail to see a notice from Trevor Hardaker advising of a Western Yellow Wagtail at Strandfontein. Then a Squacco Heron and, this morning, a Lesser Crested Tern!! Talk about bad luck – the Tern would have been a lifer for me. Pity Strandfontein is so far away.
As you are probably aware, our club is mounting a stand at the annual Fernkloof Flower Festival, which is held in September. Our theme this year will be nesting, so if you have any disused birds’ nests lying around please let either Craig Holmes or Pat Redford have (or borrow) them. Keep you eyes open for failed or disused nests in the wild too, but please do not disturb or damage any active nests. We need around 100 nests to build the envisaged stand, but have only received 6 to date.