Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – July 2012.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.

Back at Grysbok Park on a sunny very chilly afternoon with a SE wind blowing. Barry, Robin and Sue carrying on where we left off last month. We saw a Karoo Robin, a wonderful sighting for this part of the Reserve. Also saw 2 Grey Mongoose, Black headed Heron, White necked Ravens, Pied Crows, Kelp Gulls, Hartlaubs Gulls, Malachite and Southern double collared Sunbirds, Cape Bulbul, Cape Sparrows, Cape Robin Chat, Common and Red winged Starlings, Cattle Egret, Levaillants Cisticola, Karoo Prina, Egyptian Geese, Laughing and Red eyed Doves, Feral and Speckled Pigeons. Black shouldered Kite and a pair of Spotted Thick knee as well.
We cut down more Rooikrans, Port Jackson and Manatoka shrubs. Also pulled a number of seedlings. Milkweed was pulled by the hundreds as well. The vegetation is looking very good for the coming flowering season possibly in a months time.
We shall carry on again next month as we have not quite finished here yet. A Rain Spider which was disturbed under a Rooikrans branch which was cut down. Cocktail Ants were moving about this branch with some purpose, their abdomens turned up ready to spray.
There was no sign of a nest in the area, or them building a nest. It is unknown why they were swarming.

The new Grysbok Park sign up at the end of Bath Road. The diagonally linked biodiversity corridor of Bokmakierie Park and Grysbok Park in Bath Road have new information signs.
Here is the number to call and report dumping. Supply the description of the people, vehicle registration plates and nature of what is being dumped, with the date and time. A photograph of the scene is even better.




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