Bird Ringing at Paarl Bird Sanctuary.

Bird ringing at Paarl Bird Sanctuary.   by  Gavin Lawson.
by Cathy Hannay, Francis Hannay, Reg Weiss, Sally Weighill.


November 2010.

Francis Hannay – Has taken over the birding ringing at Paarl.
For details of times ph 021 855 2745 or 076 478 7265 or

Our team had an enjoyable morning ringing at the Paarl Bird Sanctury on 20 November. The highlight of the day was the Namaqua Dove ringed by Felicity Ellmore. This appears to be the first Namaqua Dove ringed at this site since our records began in 1995.
Robyn Kadis with a bird, Francis Hannay looking on, while Felicity Ellmore checks the data in Roberts and Marilyn Scholtz records the data.

15 African Reed-Warblers were mist-netted. These included 2 birds previously ringed here; one in October 2007 and one in October 2006. Even more remarkable was the little Levaillent’s Cisticola, first ringed in December 2003. Pity we did not get a photo of him/her.
A number of Lesser Swamp-Warblers, 2 Masked Weavers, 2 Red Bishops and a single Cape Robin-Chat joined us during the morning.
Felicity Ellmore with the Namaqua Dove in hand checking  the wing-moult on the dove.

September 2010.

We seem to have got ringing at Paarl onto a more regular basis now. Where possible we plan to ring monthly, on the same day as the Paarl Bird Club have their bird counts – that is generally the 4th Saturday of the month. In September this falls over a long weekend, so we will be ringing (weather permitting) on 18 September instead of the 24th.
Felicity Ellmore, Robin Kadis and Cathy and Francis Hannay had a fairly productive morning’s ringing on Saturday 28 August. The first three African Reed-Warblers of the season were ringed. In total we ringed 32 birds and recaptured six previously ringed birds. The recaptures are always rewarding and are the main motivation for ringing. Saturday’ recaps included a Southern Masked Weaver first ringed by Felicity in February this year. Four Levaillant’s Cisticolas were recaptured, one first ringed last month, and two in 2009 and one first ringed in August 2006. The oldest recap of the day was a Cape Robin-Chat, first ringed on 26 November 2005.

May 2010.

Francis Hannay and Felicity Ellmore were ringing at Paarl Bird Sanctuary on Saturday 22 May 2010.
About 25 birds were ringed – mostly Southern Red Bishops and Lesser Swamp warblers, with a single Malachite Kingfisher that received the most attention. Also helping were Robyn Kadis, a trainee bird ringer and Marilyn Scholtz.
You wont get any closer to this beautiful sight of a Malachite Kingfisher than this. It is possible if you were there to help.

August 2005.

Birds in bags – Gordon Scholtz’s bird-ringing group at the Paarl Bird Sanctuary in August 2005. In a photo Gordon chats with Megan Taylor while Gwen Hannay enters particulars in a log. Felicity Ellmore processing data she has captured. Chresendo Francke and Jeane-Marie West from Orleansvale Primary School stand by to assist. Gordon has been encouraging local pupils to take an active interest in their own natural heritage.

10th Anniversary of ringing at Paarl was celebrated in November 2005.

Gordon Scholtz’s group of bird ringers celebrated the 10th anniversary of bird ringing at the Paarl Sewerage Works / Paarl Bird Sanctury.


What to do if you find or see a bird with leg rings?

If you find a dead or an alive bird, with metal or plastic rings, please note the following;

the date
the time
the place (co-ordinates) if you can
your name
your contact details

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University of Cape Town,
Rondebosch, 7701.

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