Stanford Outing


At Appel se Dam


On Thursday 3 October our monthly morning walk will be along the Klein Rivier in Stanford, led by Graham and Barbara Palmer.

Due to roadworks we cannot do any birding along the road, so we will meet at the bird hide at Willem Appel Dam in de Bruyn Street, Stanford at 08:00.

We will leave half the cars here, double up in the other cars and drive to the river at the bottom of Kings Street. (the reason for this will become clear)

Should you be delayed, meet us there (enter Stanford, turn right into Longmarket Street, then left into King Street and proceed to the river.)

We will walk along the river towards the bridge, then retrace our steps and walk along the stream all the way back to the cars.

You can leave your mid-morning snacks in the car to have when we get back.  Bring some water along for the first part of the walk though.

Possible birds to look forward to ticking off your list are Moorhen, African Harrier-Hawk, Giant, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, African Darter, Black Crake,White-backed Duck, Purple Swamphen, Little Bittern,  Little Rush Warbler, Lesser-Swamp Warbler, Le-Valliants Cisticola …. and the list goes on and on.

By the way, while unsuccessfully trying to find a decent map of the walk, I found this info: “Gonuga Goggo” (meaning: Klein River) – as described in Jan Hartogh’s Journal in 1707 – meanders through Stanford and is home to an abundance of fauna and flora.  And although the Klein River is 80 km long,  it is the river with the shortest distance between its origin and mouth in the world (5 km as the crow flies)!

Cheers for now


Mini Mini Birding Big Day


Our MMBBD event will be held on Sunday 20 October.  We will start at 7:00 am and stay out until 1:00 pm.  Then we will assemble at 1:30 pm (so that you have a chance to go home and collect your lunch) in Fernkloof for a get-together and picnic, and an opportunity to compare results.  A number of experienced ‘guides’ have volunteered to lead newer, or less experienced members during the morning.  This will extend their local knowledge and get them more interested in participating in future events.  So far we have Ed Meyer, Graham and Barbara Palmer, John and Irene Saunders, Peter and Marie Dagg, Ronnie and Renee Hazell, and John and Sheelagh Bowman as leaders.

We will gather in Fernkloof on the morning of 20 October at 7:00 am at which time we will allocate people to teams of three or four.  Everybody is welcome and if your name is not mentioned here it does not mean that you cannot lead a team. The idea is to get as many members as possible participating in a fun event.  This is not a competition.  Please turn up and bring your morning snacks and ideas for where to go, as the area will be completely open, the only restriction being time.  Provided birds have been previously seen by team members they may be identified by calls, and all birds must be identified by at least two team members.

Our Stand at the Flower Festival


Once again Pat Redford, aided by Guy, excelled with her wonderful display at the Flower Festival.  The suspended fynbos array was particularly appreciated by many passers by and she did an excellent job with her portrayal of the interdependence of some of our local birds and the fynbos in which they thrive.  Many, many thanks to all the members who contributed images and information.  We owe Pat a great big thank you for all her hard work.  Thanks, too, to the members who gave up their time to man the display

2020 Bird Calendars


We will once again be ordering calendars for 2020.  These will be available at R110 each.  Please place your orders by our next meeting at the latest with John Saunders at 028 316 2032 /

PS.  We are still awaiting a volunteer to take on the Walks and Talks Portfolio.  Given that we have over 200 members, it seems strange that there is no response at all!  Members should be prepared to give something back to their club, in order for it to function properly.  Without a committee, the club will fold!

Photographs Please


Pat Redford needs clear images of the following plants, with or without birds.  Please contact her at if you are able to assist


 Indigenous Plants attractive to endemic birds of the Western Cape:

Leucospernum conacarpodendron (grey tree Pincushion, yellow flowers)

Leucosprenum erubescens (orange Pincushion)

Protea magnifica (Queen or bearded Protea)

Protea cynaroides (King Protea)

Protea burchelli (Burchell’s sugarbush, cream to deep carmine blooms, black tips)

Protea repens (Sugarbush, white, pale pink to deep red)

Salvia africana lutea (Dune Salvia, brown/coffee colour)

Kalanchoe (Fire Engine Red)

Tecoma capensis (Cape Honeysuckle, red, orange, yellow)

Erica caffra (Water heath, small white flowers, scented)

Aloe arborescens (Krans aloe)

Call For Speakers


We will need to arrange some speakers for our monthly meetings in the early part of 2020.  If any members have reports on recent trips or birding experiences, which they would like to pass on, please let John Saunders know.  Alternately, if you know of someone outside of the club who might be prepared to give a talk, we would be interested.

WINTER BIRDING – Talk on Wednesday, 11 September


Ronnie and Renee traveled 7500 km through three countries in May 2018.  On Wednesday, Ronnie will talk about this trip and the nearly 400 birds that they recorded, despite it being in winter, when many migrants are absent.  The talk, which will commence at 6:30 pm, will be preceded by the usual social get-together at Fernkloof at 6:00 pm.

Challenge Results


After six months there is a clear leader in the Southern African Birding Big Year Challenge and that is Peter Dagg with 438 species.  Well done Peter!  He is followed by Ed Meyer and then John and Irene Saunders.  See all the results at August Combined Challenge Results

An impressive total of 670 species has been seen by the combined Challengers so far. Perhaps we can exceed 700 by the end of the event.  What a team!!


Ten birders set off along Hawston View Road for a most productive and pleasant drive. The Overberg was at its best  −  rolling green hills and fields of bright yellow canola. We made a number of stops along the road and were rewarded by Karoo Scrub-Robin chasing each other, and some very energetic and loud Cape Clapper Larks. After coffee and rusks at the little bridge over the Bot River, we traveled along the van der Stel Pass for more good sightings, including a Booted Eagle, and flying Secretary Bird. Oh, and a pride of lions. Yes, really!

We had a brief stop at Beaumont farm, but by then the wind was producing some very strange hairstyles among our intrepid group and we decided to retreat gracefully and drive back home.

The list of bird species seen or heard by all, or some, in the group:

Bar-throated Apalis, Red Bishop, Yellow Bishop, Cape Bulbul, Cape Bunting, Denham’s Bustard, Jackal Buzzard, Brimstone Canary, Cape Canary, Yellow Canary, Cloud Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Grey-backed Cisticola, Blue Crane, Cape Crow, Pied Crow, Klaas’s Cuckoo. 

Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Yellow-billed Duck, Fork-tailed Drongo, Cattle Egret, Little Egret,

African Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle, Dusky Flycatcher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Common Fiscal, Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Little Grebe, Helmeted Guineafowl, Kelp Gull.

Black-headed Heron, African Hoopoe, Hadeda Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Yellow-billed Kite, Red-capped Lark, Cape Clapper Lark, Crowned Lapwing, Cape Longclaw, Speckled Mousebird, African Pipit, Karoo Prinia, White-necked Raven, Cape Robin-Chat, Karoo Scrub-Robin, Cape Sparrow, Common Starling, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Malachite Sunbird, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Barn Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Secretary Bird.

Cape Weaver, Masked Weaver, Common Waxbill, Swee Waxbill, Capped Wheatear, Cape Wagtail, Cape White-eye, Little Rush Warbler.

TOTAL 64   

Submitted by Barbara Swart

PLUS – Seen by Ed Meyers group on the Steenbras Road I think its called – Blue Crane, Pied Starling, Greater Striped Swallow, Red Capped lark and Black Headed Heron

Duinepos – Even Singles can Apply


We have one room left to fill at R1290 per person sharing (a couple or singles if same sex please!) for the October 06 to 09 outing to Duinepos.  Remember that if you take this, not only will you get the benefit of two wonderful days with club members, but also the opportunity to stay free for two extra nights!

This is your last chance to qualify, so contact John Saunders asap if your want to join!