The Cape Bird Club
photograph by Trevor Hardaker
As part of the South African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP2), the Western Cape Rarities Committee will be vetting “Out of Range” records submitted in this atlas region.
Doug Harebottle will be joining our committee to add his knowledge and facilitate this process.
If anyone has any questions they are welcome to contact us!
Michael Buckham (Compiler), Dave
Winter, Rob Martin, Phil Whittington, Trevor Hardaker and
Callan Cohen (Chairman)
September 2006 – August 2007
A record of Comb Duck from Mossel Bay on the Garden Route was submitted by Pat Nurse.
Michael Buckham reported a pair of Brown-backed Honeybirds from Kirstenbosch Gardens. The pair of birds was seen on two consecutive weekends and on one occasion the rather elaborate display flight was observed. Despite numerous subsequent visits these birds were not seen again. Morné Carstens, based at Strandfontein, submitted a record of Fulvous Duck from the treatment works. This bird was seen on and off for a few months by numerous observers but it was generally difficult to find.
Michael Buckham submitted a record of a male Black Cuckoo-shrike from Posberg in De Hoop Nature Reserve as well as a record of a pair of Willow Warblers from Vrojlikheid Nature Reserve.
Michiel Bester submitted a record of Black-winged Pratincole from Rocher Pan on the West Coast. This was a substantially out of range bird and was enjoyed by many birders over several months. John Carter also submitted a report of an Old World Painted Snipe from Paarl Bird Sanctuary.
Another tremendous record for the year was a Golden-breasted Bunting from the southern Cederberg (Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve). This bird was reported belatedly by an overseas birder, Jim Frost, which meant it was only seen by him and not by any of the listers that would have been keen for this record on their Western Cape list!
A circling Black Stork was recorded by Doug Harebottle from Darling. Without repeating it further in the report another record of Black Stork was submitted by Michael Buckham in August 2007. This record was of a juvenile bird from the Elandsberg Nature Reserve just outside Riebeek West.
This month produced a new record for the Western Cape. Reinderd Visser reported a Black-collared Barbet from Oudtshoorn. The bird had been present in a resident’s garden for a period of several weeks (if not months) and it appeared as if it had taken over a Cardinal Woodpecker’s nest-hole.
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Palmnut Vulture – Buffeljagsrivier, Open-billed Stork – De Hoop Vlei, Common Swift – Bontebok National Park, Common Swift – Durbanville, Bradfield’s Swift – Maatjiesfontein, Common Squacco Heron – Steenberg, Little Sparrowhawk – Somerset West.