June 2016 Newsletter
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CAPE BIRD CLUB NEWSLETTER                                 June 2016

Thank you to everyone who contributed items and photographs for the newsletter. 


Saturday 4 June  OUTING ―Rondevlei Nature Reserve
Leader: Merle Chalton ☎ 079 343 1047 
Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2½ hrs.
There is a small entrance fee.
Remember to bring a warm jacket or anorak - it can be freezing in the hides, even on the hottest days!
Directions: Travel down the M5 (Prince George Drive) towards Grassy Park and look out for Nando’s at the 5th Avenue traffic light. Turn left here into 5th Avenue and at the first set of traffic lights turn right into Perth Road and continue to Rondevlei at the end of the road.

Birding from Alaska to Argentina
Speaker: Pieter van Oudtshoorn
Meet at 20h00.
Pieter’s love of travelling and his keen interest in birding have taken him to some wonderful locations around the world. He will talk to us about his marathon birding road trip from northern Alaska right down to the southern tip of South America. The emphasis will be on the birds of the two extremities viz. Alaska and Argentina.

We meet at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.
Tea and biscuits are served after the meeting at a cost of R5.00.
Visitors are welcome - there is a charge of R15.00 for visitors and non-members.

Fri 10 June WEEKDAY OUTING — Kenilworth Racecourse ( Date to be confirmed)
Leader: Dave Whitelaw ☎ 082 646 1024 or email
Meet at 09h00. This 52 hectare conservation area lies in the centre of the Kenilworth
Racecourse and is the largest conservation area within an urban setting remaining in Cape Town's southern suburbs. The site supports a healthy bird community of at least 80 species that take up residence or frequent the reserve. One such bird is the rare Peregrine Falcon.
Directions: The racecourse entrance in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth will be familiar to most southern suburbs members. From the northern side of Rondebosch Common head south on Milner Road. This road becomes Belvedere Road at the Avenue de Mist intersection, and then becomes Rosmead Avenue at the Chichester Road intersection. Continue along Rosmead Ave. past the new Pick 'n Pay shopping centre on your left and some distance further on look out for the entrance to the Pick ‘n Pay Head Office on your left. Turn left into the office park entrance at the traffic lights. The racecourse main entrance is a short distance further on, to the right.
From other areas you can travel on the M5 freeway and turn off at Exit 15 and head towards the mountain. This is Race Course Road. At the first traffic light turn left into Doncaster Road. Continue along Doncaster and at the intersection with Rosmead Avenue turn left and continue along Rosmead to the Pick n Pay office park entrance where you turn left. The racecourse entrance is a short distance further on, to the right.

Sun 19 June OUTING — Birding in the Swartland
Leader: Brian Vanderwalt ☎ 082 999 9333 or email
Meet at 08h30. The exact route has yet to be decided but we know Brian’s outings are always very well planned, so this is sure to be an interesting and rewarding day. Blue Cranes are guaranteed, of
Directions: Travelling from Cape Town on the N1 turn of at Exit 23 (toward Willie Van Schoor Avenue and Durban Road). Turn left into Willie Van Schoor Avenue and continue to where it intersects with Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue. Turn left into Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue and then right to enter the Tygervalley Shopping Centre. We meet at the southern entrance to Woolworths (on the Bellville side).
To reduce the number of cars we will try to arrange shared transport from here.
To book contact Joy Fish ( or Barbara Jones (
Please pay by EFT to Cape Bird Club, Nedbank Account number 1046380400, Branch Code 104609,
Use your SURNAME and JOSEPH as your reference.
Please email a copy of your proof of payment to Joy or Barbara.
Thank you to Julian Hare

On behalf of the Chairman and the CBC Committee we would like to thank Julian Hare for his enthusiasm and commitment to the Cape Bird Club during his time on the Committee.
Julian has resigned from the Committee, on which he has served for several years, firstly as Treasurer and then more recently focussing on membership.
He has also been very involved and passionate about revamping the CBC website.
Although he has resigned from the committee, Julian is still a member of the Cape Bird Club and we will continue to see him at outings, functions and meetings.
We wish Julian all the best for his future endeavours.


Sunday 5 June: Kirstenbosch BIRP Count. 
Meet at 08h00
Leader: John Magner (082 881 3845)

Thursday 9 June: Wildevoelvlei Count
Meet at 08h30
Leader: Eric Barnes (021 782 5429)

Saturday 11 June: Zandvlei Hack
Meet at 14h00
Leader: Gavin Lawson (021 705 5224)

Sunday 12 June   Strandfontein Count 
Meet at 08h30 (note later winter starting time)
Leader: Dick Barnes (021 689 1106)

Thursday 16 June: Athlone WWTW Count (Date to be confirmed)
Meet at 13h00
Leader: Dick Bos (021 423 2546)
These counts will take place weather permitting

Saturday 25 June: Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC
Meet at 09h00
Leader: Yvonne Weiss (021 872 4972)


Tuesday 21 June 2016

These bird walks led by members of the Cape and Tygerberg Bird Clubs have been so popular over the past 2 years that it has been decided to continue them into 2016.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Kirstenbosch birds is welcome to join the walks.
The walks are free of charge but the entrance fee for Kirstenbosch is payable if you do not have a BotSoc Card.
This month the walk will take place on Tuesday 21 June
Meet at 8am at the Information Desk at Gate One.

Leader: Mariana Delport

Please contact Linda Hibbin on 021 788 1528, or e-mail if you have any questions
The HOT BIRDS Course presented by Dr Susie Cunningham and Dominic Rollinson was a great success.
Dominic focused on identifying the species that are found in the arid zones of the country while Susie spoke about the various adaptations that have allowed some birds to flourish in areas with extremes of climate.

Gillian Ford sent in these photographs of some of the attendees enjoying some sun at tea time!

Tygerberg Nature Reserve Outing 15 May 2016

by Priscilla Beeton

Gerald Wingate was our leader on this outing which was attended by 16 people.  We gathered just inside the gate where Gerald told us a little bit about the reserve – that on the western slopes there is almost pristine Swartland Shale Renosterveld (in fact one of the largest remaining areas of this vegetation type) and that on the eastern slopes there had been ploughed farmlands but these are now almost fully restored to natural vegetation.  While talking we already had our first sighting of a large raptor – distant but clear – on the top of a tree: a jackal buzzard!  
We set off on the Duiker Trail, an easy walk to the right of the entrance towards the little dam. There were nice views of Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, White-backed Mousebirds and Cape Bulbuls.  Gerald showed us a hole in a tree - a Pied Barbet’s nest.  We all surmised that the hole must have been made by a woodpecker.  We turned back before the dam as the path was very mossy and slippery.  Only Simon who was atlassing, went on to the dam but all he saw was a lonely Common Moorhen.
We retraced our steps and rejoined the path winding gradually uphill.  Near the top of the hill we saw Rock Kestrels sitting on some dead branches and then also on the tall electricity pylons.  We made our way up to the cannon – one of the few that survived being melted down during WW2 for new armaments and then onto the other side. What a view of Cape Town, even though it was fairly murky!  It stretched from far up the West Coast, and included Table Bay harbour and Table Mountain, the airport right up to the Silvermine Mountains.  We then walked down through the picnic area.  It was sad to see that many of the many very tall pine trees are being felled because they have become diseased.  After walking down a path specially constructed for wheelchair accessibility to look at the view over Bellville towards the distant mountains we retraced our step for about 80 metres and then made our way down to the Education Centre to have some tea and compile our list.  I think we were all pleasantly surprised when after adding up we discovered that we had seen 39 species; it had not felt as though we had seen that many.  Birds we saw included (amongst others and over and above those already mentioned) Bokmakierie, Fiscal Flycatcher, Bar-throated Apalis, Cape Sparrow, Southern Boubou, Acacia Pied Barbet, Southern Fiscal, Yellow Bishop, Red-eyed Dove, Karoo Scrub-robin, Cape White-eye, Cape Spurfowl, Grey-backed Cisticola, Speckled Pigeon and Pied Crow.
Many thanks to Gerald for leading us on this most pleasant ramble – we could not have wished for better weather: sunny albeit fairly cool.
Outing to Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie
Outing to Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie
The view from the top - Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie
Cape Sugarbird - Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie
Rock Kestrel - Tygerberg Nature Reseve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie
Bar-throated Apalis - Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Photo by Cheryl Leslie

Click on this link to find this information on the Cape Bird Club website 
This booking form is also available on the Cape Bird Club website.  Click on this link to find it.
Karoo Scrub-Robins, Britannia Bay
Photo: Dave Gale
Cape White-Eyes, Tokai
Photo: Dave Gale
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