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Ringing weekend at the Nature College, 18-19 March 2017

2017-03-23 (773)

A team of ringers and helpers (Graeme and Jacky Furno, Loutjie and Aneldi Steenberg, Dieter Oschadleus) visited the Nature College to demonstrate bird ringing to the current students, and to continue training Jana Malherbe as a ringer.

We arrived on Friday, and Jacky caught a Pale Chanting Goshawk on a bal-chatri. Mist-nets were up on Saturday morning at the dam wall, but it became too windy so we moved our nets around the farm house for the rest of Saturday and also Sunday morning.

The top ringed species were Cape Sparrow, Southern Masked Weaver, and (surprisingly!) White-backed Mousebird. There were 13 recaptures, mostly of birds ringed a month previously by Vincent Ward. One Cape Weaver, however, had been ringed by Philip Coetzee 8 years 9 months previously (ring BE04041). One of the specials was Fairy Flycatcher, weighing in at a mere 5-6g.

Thanks very much to Jana and Francois Malherbe for hosting us so well!

Cape Weaver
Cape Weaver, 8y male retrap
Fairy Flycatcher
Fairy Flycatcher
Red-billed Quelea
Opistophthalmus karrooensis
Cyligramma latona moth
Ringing around the farm house

Ringing totals for the weekend:

Sp Species Latin Ring Retrap
165 Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus 1  
391 White-backed Mousebird Colius colius 30 3
402 Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris 1  
432 Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas 1  
498 Pearlbreasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata 1  
543 Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis 2
570 Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris 2  
581 Cape Robin Cossypha caffra 2  
583 Karoo Robin Erythropygia coryphaeus 1  
646 Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens   1
651 Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa 1  
665 Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens 2  
678 Fairy Flycatcher Stenostira scita 2  
686 Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis 2  
707 Fiscal Shrike Lanius collaris 2 1
746 Pied Starling Spreo bicolor 6  
760 Southern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia chalybea 2  
784 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 4  
786 Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus 40 2
787 Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer diffusus 2  
799 Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis 16 2
803 Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus 38 2
805 Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea 11  
808 Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix 17  
865 White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis 1  
  Totals   185 13