Athlone Bird Count August 2014

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

August 2014 – by Doug Harebottle.

Cape Weaver.

photograph by Doug Harebottle.

A good afternoons CWACing and patching at Athlone Sewage Works on 21 August.

Total of 39 species and 439 waterbirds counted. Dominant watrebirds were 243 Hartlaub’s Gulls, 39 Red-knobbed Coot, 25 Cape Shoveler and 23 Red-billed Teal. Also had a pair of Water Thick-knee.
Great to find a Cape Weaver colony in a pine tree which had 47 nests and 6 males in attendance.

Thanks again to Ronald Jordaan, Manager of Athlone Sewage Works for permission to conduct bird surveys and Enver Manuel for his assistance during the count.

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