March 2017 News Snippets
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CAPE BIRD CLUB NEWS SNIPPETS                              March 2017




Saturday Outing - New Venue
Grootvadersbosch Camp 
Birdathon 2017
Bird of the Year Posters
Groenheuwel School visit to Paarl Bird Sanctuary

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the newsletter.


Saturday Outing 4 March 2017 - change in Venue

There is very little water at Rondevlei, so Merle has decided to move the venue for the outing to the Strandfontein Sewage Works.
Please meet at the visitor's centre at 8.30



There is one bed available for a single man – in a room shared with another man.

Dates: 18 – 21 March 2017
Cost R770
Self-catering. Bedding supplied.

If interested, please e-mail Priscilla on


The annual birdathon where children from surrounding schools, and  Eco schools are exposed to the Strandfontein Birding area will be held on the 6th of May.

Many of you have assisted us before during the birdathon and we hope that you will be available again. However we can always use more members as the number of children who attend just keeps increasing.

So how might you be able to help?
Well you could help with registering children, 
Being a marshall to make sure they follow the correct route,  
Man a table where they answer birding questions or best of all
Man a telescope/binocular site where   you give them their first view of what a bird looks like "close up".

If you'd like to be part of this unique event, please contact Dave Whitelaw - 



This month’s issue of African Birdlife contains a poster of the Lappet-faced Vulture.
Please do not throw this poster away – when you have studied it rather pass it on to a child or grand-child, or to a school in your area or to your domestic worker for him / her to give to a child or school in his / her area.

Please note also that extra copies (especially for bird clubs, schools, libraries, etc.) are available from BirdLife South Africa’s head office.
Please contact Kathleen if you’d like additional copies (; 011-7891122).


150 pupils of the Groenheuwel Primary School visited the Paarl Bird Sanctuary in four groups on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February.  The fact that these were probably the hottest days in February did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm.  
There was great excitement at close up views of Greater Flamingos from the bird viewing platform through telescopes manned by volunteers and through binoculars on loan from Cape Bird Club.  
On arrival each group was given a brief talk on the function of the Drakenstein Waste Water Works.  Bird ID sheets were then distributed to the children who were taken on a circular tour of the bird sanctuary by bus, stopping at intervals to identify some of the birds.  
Transport was sponsored by the Drakenstein Municipality whose staff went out of their way to make the visit a success.  John Fincham, Jo Hobbs and Skhumbuzo were present on both days.  We must also thank Antoinette le Roux (TBC), Priscilla Beeton and Penny Dichmont (CBC) and Pikkie Rousseau (PBS monitor and Wellington resident) who assisted us on Wednesday.  
On Thursday we were ably supported by Dick Barnes (CBC) and Lucia Rodrigues (well known to us for her work on the WC Black Eagle Project and Birds of Prey Programme).  Lucia was particularly delighted to spot a Marsh Harrier flying over the reeds.  
Many thanks to all these volunteers, as we couldn’t have managed without you!
Groenheuwel Primary School Group at Paarl Bird Sanctuary
Photo by John Fincham
Groenheuwel Primary School Group trying out some Binoculars
Photo by Priscilla Beeton
Intent Concentration
Photo by Priscilla Beeton
Groenheuwel Primary School visit to Paarl Bird Sanctuary
Photo by Priscilla Beeton
Isn't this fun?
Photo by Priscilla Beeton
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If you would like to become a member of the Cape Bird Club, please go to our website to download the
application form or contact Joan Ackroyd on or call 021 530 4435 for more information

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