Gardening for Birds Course - by Mariana Delport

Gardening for Birds

The Tygerberg Bird Club will host a half day course presented by Mariana Delport on Gardening for Birds.

The course will cover:

  • Creating various habitats to make your garden more bird-friendly
  • The plants to plant to attract various bird species to your garden,
    namely, fruit eaters, seed eaters, insect eaters, etc.
  • How to manage your garden to make it more bird-friendly
  • Making your own compost
  • Alternatives for poisons / insecticides
  • To feed or not to feed

BirdLife South Africa’s Annual SOS (Save Our Seabirds) Festival

National Marine Week
10-16 October 2011

In partnership with BirdLife South Africa's Seabird Division, DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs), Iziko Museums and this year the City of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Cape bird watching - West Coast - Feb 2011

Hi all,

I took 3 Johannesburg clients to Langebaan and the West Coast on Saturday.  One of the first birds we saw as we entered the Park was an Adult Black Harrier fairly close to the road.  Was this an omen for the rest of the day????

As the tide was full in Cape Town at noon we decided to try to be at the hide at 10 ish so as to catch a few of the birds on the incoming.  This sometimes works quite well and also gave a time to call on Abrahamskraal waterhole.

Cape Town birdwatching - Habitat trip - Feb 2011

Hi All,

I took a group of US clients, who only had one day available, out birding on a Habitat run.

We called early at Kirstenbosch and many birds were still sunning themselves in the morning light.  Sombre Greenbul was also very vocal and visible for a change as was Cape Bulbul.  Olive Thrush and Cape Robin-chat were already busy in undergrowth scratching for an early worm or two.  The Dell had the Spotted Eagle-owl in its summer "house" as I suppose the other trees above the Dell are now too open and hot.  Only one bird though, wonder where the other one and Juv were?

Thank you for Karoo Species - Feb 2011


We all thought your trip was great.  It was exciting to see so many species and I loved your ability to find little spots that produced.  I was very impressed - it would be hard to make suggestions for other places as I don't know the area well enough..

I did see some new species in the Karoo: Verreaux's Eagle, SA  Shelduck, Spotted Flycatcher, Cape Bunting, Southern Masked-weaver, and Red-billed Quelea.   Fun to see the Karoo countryside.

Rooi-els and Peninsula - Jan 2011

Hi All,

Had 2 clients who needed Cape Rockjumper and Chaffinch for their SA list.

We arrived at Rooi-els at 8.30am with a S/E gale wind blowing at Gordon's Bay. However the wind was NOT blowing along the coastal road at Rooi-els!  What a pleasure!!

Cape Town birding - Spotted Flycatcher - Jan 2011

Hi All,

As previously said a Spotted Flycatcher had returned to a field near my house here in Durbanville in December, whilst I was in Mozambique.  
This was great as I could now monitor it on a daily basis as I had done since Jan 2010.

Thanks - Jan 2011

Hi Brian

I want to thank you for a very special and very exclusive experience with birding in Cape Town area.
You were very pro - all the way, so I just want to tell you that I was very satisfied.

Two unusual sightings here in Cape Town - Dec 2010

Hi All,

Hope you all had a fulfilling food weekend!

I took 3 clients to Kirstenbosch on Tuesday. Whilst looking for Southern Boubou near the Erica garden, 2 Cape Siskins flew over! This is the first
time that I have seen them there as they are normally towards Cape Point on the mountain slopes. Those of you that do counts at Kirstenbosch or go there regularly is this normal? If not is this an influx due to the dryness higher up? One wonders.

Terns and pentading (Atlassing) - Oct 2010

Hi All,

I had a quiet week-end in the Ceres area and did some pentading on some backwater roads. Quiet week-end???????

Came across a dam which had 20 breeding plumage Whiskered Terns flying over it.

On my way home did 2 pentads in the Porterville area and again saw more 14 Terns on one dam (regularly breed here) and another where I could see 2 birds but it was far and more could have been around.

Cape Endemics - Oct 2010

Before departing the UK, a guide in Cape Town had been recommended to me.  I booked Brian Vanderwalt for a full day's birding in the Cape area.  His brief was to attempt to find as many Cape endemics as possible with Cape Rockjumper being a must.  As I was unable to undertake a pelagic as I wasn't in Cape Town over a weekend, I decided to concentrate on the land based endemics prior to any future visits.  It is worth saying at this stage that Brian has a great sense of humour, is very good company and I would unreservedly recommend him to anyone travelling the Cape area or wider in Africa where he has a wealth of experience.  He can be contacted via his email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Lee Baines - 21 - 28 September 2010

Hi Brian,

Hope I find you well.

Just a short e-mail to express my deep appreciation for all your efforts during our Birding trip. The total of 217 of which for me 185 were new birds is testament to your knowledge, skill and dedication.

Regards from a slightly chilly (but warmed by the memories) Leicester, UK


Spring sightings - Western Cape area - Sept 2010

Hi all,

Report back on few trips around West Coast, Paarl and Tankwa Karoo.

Today saw 8 White-backed Ducks at Dolphin Beach pans, Milnerton

At least 8 sightings of Black Harriers on R27, WCNP and Vredenberg area.  Two were close together so they must have chicks big enough to leave alone.

Robertson Birding - Sept 2010

Hi all,

I gave a talk to the Worcester Bird Club on Wed and decided to stay over so that I could do some birding/pentading in the area.

I used to work at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve near McGregor so that was an obvious route for me to bring back some memories and see where I could see Long-billed Lark (what else!!!!!) and which one it was that occurred in that area.

Foreign journalists bowled over by Cape Town

Journalists from across the world have hailed Cape Town as one of the friendliest and most beautiful cities, according to a report compiled by the city's tourism agency.

Cape Town Tourism interacted with 750 international journalists during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, taking them on various tours to show the various faces of the city, said the organisation's chief executive Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, who on Wednesday released the report.

Freelance journalist Vincent de Vries from the Netherlands said aspects from all over the world could be found in Cape Town .

Tygerberg BC outing to Karoo Botanical Gardens in Worcester, Western Cape - July 2010

Hi All,

I led a Tygerberg Bird Club outing and of course a pentad outing to Karoo Botanical Gardens (Worcester) on Sat 17th. A group of 30 members met at 8ish in fresh weather at the entrance parking, with snow close on the Brandberg Mts but luckily no wind. Pretty soon it warmed up after birding in spots that a slither of sun coming over the hills.