Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

Namibia Bird Club


2018

Day outing to Harmony Centre

Meeting point: We meet 07:30 outside the Metro building on the corner of Frankie Fredericks and Chasie Street.

Take along: Your hat, pair of binoculars, bird book, chair and picnic basket.

Non-members and children welcome. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Morning Walk at Avis Dam

Alas even with all the rain there was still no water in the dam. A lot of the migrants had already departed.
However the 11 members were still able to record 68 species.



The bird species seen/heard are listed in the file below.
Avis Dam Bird List


Biomarket

The Namibia Bird Club is running the coffee shop at the Biomarket opposite previously “Wilde Eend Coffee shop” in former Uhland Street, Klein Windhoek as a fundraising event.

We would like to ask for donations as listed in the attached spreadsheet below and we need helpers (even if only for an hour or two) for that morning.
Donations List

And those never have been at the Biomarket it is the perfect opportunity to come and have Brötchen and coffee and support your bird club.

Thank you all for your support and looking forward to your visit!



Morning Walk At Gammams Water Care Works

The 14 new and old members were able to record a total of 69 species of bird during the morning walk.

The 69 bird species seen/heard are listed in the file below.
Gammams Bird List


Day Outing to Farm Neuweiler

What was supposed to be a day outing turned into a morning outing for the 11 perticipants. The morning breeze prompted some to wish they had brought along jerseys. The highlight of the outing was the sighting of two Verreaux's Eagle Owls.

The 71 bird species seen/heard are listed in the file below.
Farm Neuweiler Bird List



South Road Trip - Atlassing Tour 2018: Update


Morning Walk at Avis Dam

The 68 species of bird seen/heard are listed in the file below.

Avis Dam Bird List


Morons at the Coast

If you have ever wondered why it is important to stay on pre-defined roads or tracks and not go off them here is a good example - an incident that occurred during the December holiday.

This White-fronted Plover had a nest (first row of photos below) near to a well-worn track. However some idiot had, for some reason or other, (perhaps to compensate for a miniscule-sized appendage), to drive off the track. The result of which can be seen in the second row of photos with the nest destroyed and eggs crushed.



Coastal Summer Wetland Count

Report by Peter Bridgeford

"THANK YOU once again, to all who made the count possible! Without the loyal support of volunteers and sponsors, it could not have been done.

The 35th year of the count started of with a bang. On Saturday we had 80 volunteers and on Sunday, 68. The weather was perfect, high cloud with no wind. The extra, extra high tide did cause more than just wet feet, but the survivors were smiling!

As expected, the Lesser Flamingo numbers are down. We found 6 036 (but in January 2010, we had even less, when only 2 617 were recorded). From Botswana, I received a mail and photo showing hundreds of thousands of flamingos in Sua Pan.
However, Greater Flamingos surprised with a high count of 43 001 (don’t forget the 1). That is the highest count the past 5 years. There have been a number of juvenile Greater Flamingos around for several months

Our most common wader, the Curlew Sandpiper (which spends our southern winter breeding in the high Arctic of Siberia), showed a surprisingly low count, with only 7 853 recorded. However, there are probably another few thousand amongst the 14 165 “unidentified” small waders. In February 2015, we had a total of 31 094.

Pied Avocet, easily identified and conspicuous, had the highest count for the past five years, with a total of 6 647. In January 2017, only 615 were seen. I assume the birds are back from their successful breeding season inland.

Terns, the birds that can boost a count by 30 000 to 40 000, were noticeably absent. With the seven species of terns we can find on our counts, we only recorded a total of 5 337, with another 3 228 as “unidentified”. In January 2004, we had a staggering 38 000 terns and most of them were Common Terns.

Some interesting vagrants were sighted and for many of the volunteers, they were “lifers”: the first time they had seen these particular visitors to our coast. They included the American Golden Plover, Common Redshank, Great Knot, Red Phalarope and Red-necked Phalarope.

The Sewage Ponds are spread over a large area and it is difficult to count between the small dunes because there is water everywhere and nobody wants to walk in THAT water. There were 2449 Lesser Flamingos and of interest, is a Glossy Ibis. Total birds recorded 4 524.

Many people assisted to make the count possible and I would like to thank our loyal caterers: Gisela, Klara and Bill for their continued support. Kevin is thanked for arranging a number of things.

THANK YOU to the following who have assisted over the years: Buccaneers Squash Club, Namib Marine Services, Probst Bakery, Radio Electronic and Namibia Breweries. Thank you to Ultimate Safaris, Wilderness Safaris, Mola Mola and Pelgrims Tours for support and use of their vehicles and other people who helped to transport the counters.

The count would not have been possible without the co-operation of Walvis Bay Salt Refiners. Most of the count took place in their property. The new evaporation pans have created ideal habitat for many water birds. They gave us unlimited access to their property and the use of the Keith Wearne Lookout."

Files below contain the count data:
Walvis Bay Salt Works Walvis Bay Sewerage Ponds