Birding Big Day 2017

2017-11-29 06:02
Kevin Cockburn, Roy Harris and Clive Edkins, damp but happy, after a good day’s birding.

Kevin Cockburn, Roy Harris and Clive Edkins, damp but happy, after a good day’s birding.

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THE last Saturday in November is the annual Birdlife South Africa fund-raiser and fun day - Birding Big Day.

This year Greytown was represented by team Anas undulata – the yellow-billed duck.

This team has been participating in this event for 28 years “on a trot”, and despite less than favourable weather conditions had a successful day indeed.

Roy Harris, Clive Edkins and Kevin Cockburn set out on the morning November 25 at 5am and finished at 7pm, weary but chuffed with the turnout of bird species.

The route for this birding competition was kept “local”, as the weather was cold and damp.

The team sloshed their way around a deliciously wet Umvoti and Msinga districts, ticking off as many species as they could find, ending up with a respectable final tally of 175 species in 14 hours.

The Umvoti team have, over the years, been exploring the area between Muden and Umvoti Mouth and have recorded an amazing 376 species over the years.

This can be largely ascribed to the large diversity of beautiful habitats found within this relatively small area.

As can be expected most of the birds are to be found in quiet, relatively undisturbed areas. Cool spring weather is good for bird watching, and the birds remain active for most of the day, unlike in hot weather where they become inactive in the heat of the day.

Birding Big Day is arranged and co-ordinated by Birdlife South Africa and funds are raised for the benefit of bird conservation projects around the country.

Anybody interested in our beautiful and rich local birdlife can check out the BLSA website at www.birdlife.org.za/ - those interested in participating at a local level can contact us via Greytown Gazette.

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