Outing to Hasher Farm

Our outing to Hasher Farm (previously Summaridge) was attended by no less than 19 club members! How nice to see that things are getting back to normal. We met at the Wine Village in very cool conditions, but it soon warmed up, especially after a very warm welcome to the farm and the granting of permission to go where we wanted.

We split into two groups and set off full of optimism, however, for some strange reason we did not manage to identify more than 37 species. This did not deter us from our task, and we really enjoyed the outing which ended on the lawns outside the winery where we enjoyed our tea, before returning to Hermanus. It was an interesting outing as we have never previously birded on the estate and the conditions were perfect. We are indebted to Hasher for their hospitality!

Thursday 5 May Walk

Our Bird Walk for Thursday 5 May will be at the Hasher Family Estate (a.k.a. Sumaridge Wine Farm) in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. We were invited by one of the owners, Céline Hasperslagh. The name “Hasher” is derived from combining Céline’s surname, Hashperslagh and her husband, Frederick’s surname, Herten. They hail from Belgium. The owners are keen on promoting the farm as a conservation area. There are various habitats, wetlands, open water (farm borders on De Bos Dam), vineyards, Fynbos, etc. Céline has offered a guide if necessary.

We meet at 07:30 at the east side parking of the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Village (Opposite the entrance to Hemel-en-Aarde Estate where we will sort out rides and appoint people to tally the birds seen. The GPS coordinates for the Hasher Estate are: 34°22’02.9” S  19°15’18.9” E.

There is a picnic lawn where we might enjoy our sandwiches and coffee afterwards.

It would be useful to have some idea of numbers attending so please let Mike Kokot know if you intend coming (Mike Kokot kokot@icon.co.za or WhatsApp +27 82 4144814).

Masks required if you enter any of the buildings on the Estate.

Take care!

Mike Kokot

Walk coordinator

Outing to De Mond Postponed until 14 April

Having looked at the weather forecast for tomorrow, it would seem prudent to postpone our outing to De Mond until next week, when it looks better. The same arrangements will be in place regarding starting times, etc., and we may even have John back to guide us! Better safe than sorry, especially with fuel costing so much!

Outing to De Mond

John Bowman will lead our outing to De Mond on Thursday 7 April. This will be a longish day, so come stocked up with enough food and drink to last through lunch. We will meet at Fernkloof at 7:30 am to consolidate transport. Please remember to bring your Wild Card for entry, failing which there will be a R60 entrance fee payable on arrival. If you have a ‘scope, it could prove useful to identify distant waders.

Birding in the Rain at Betty’s Bay

The day started off with rain in Hermanus, but we persevered and went on to Betty’s Bay in fine conditions. Needless to say it started raining as we arrived at Stony Point, so we looked at a bird or two before retiring to the cafe to have our tea under a roof. Harold Porter was no better, so we called it a day. What a pity as there were around 16 members present.

Needless we to say, we saw plenty of African Penguins and it must be their season for making merry. They were pairing off all over the car park and under every bush, and were even seen mating! Other than that there were the usual suspects and we only recorded 30 odd species.

Morning Walk – Thursday 3 March 2022

On Thursday 3 March, Barbara & Graham will have a second attempt at birding in Betty’s Bay.

Join the group at the Onrus Trading Post at 7:30 am armed with your binoculars and a ‘mid-morning snack’ picnic.

At the penguins we won’t do the walk along the boardwalk, instead we will scan the Cormorants from the beach, hoping to find a Bank and Crowned amongst the colony.

From there we will visit Harold Porter Gardens for a walk around and up to the waterfall. Later on we will enjoy our picnic in a lovely cool area.

Be aware that you will need R25 for entry to Harold  Porter, although they will accept National Botanical Society membership for free entry.

Betty’s Bay on Thursday

Persons attending the walk on Thursday should be aware that they will need R25 for entry to Stony Point and R25 for entry to Harold Porter, although the latter will accept National Botanical Society membership for free entry. Meet at the OTP at 7:30 am. Have a good day! We will be driving to Kruger Park.