Athlone Bird Count April 2014

A working partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Cape Bird Club.

April 2014 – by Doug Harebottle.

Joan Ackroyd, Moegamat Fakier-Abdol, Gill Ford and Fay Linder about to start the count.

photograph by Doug Harebottle.

It was a great afternoon – we ended up with 747 birds (from 22 species) for CWAC including 292 Hartlaub’s Gulls, 90 Greater Flamingo, 77 Yellow-billed Ducks, 45 Blacksmith Lapwing and five Water Thick-knee.

Overall we got 46 species for the MyBirdpatch, with the most exciting record being at the end, when three Fork-tailed Drongos were observed (2 adults and 1 juvenile).
A first for the Works and probably the closest record to the Cape Town CBD! These birds are definitely moving in to the peninsula.

Thanks to all who took part in the count on Thursday and to Ronald for all the logistical arrangements.

This data is submitted to the Animal Demography Unit’s CWAC and MyBirdpatch, projects.

Counts take place on the third Thursday of every month and start at 13:00.
Anyone wanting to assist should contact;
Dick Bos on 021 423 2546 or alternative