Looking back at the last 3 months, we had some great highlights. The TBC RINGING UNIT were honoured by the Rotary Club of the Tygerberg, for 25 years of dedication and hard work towards the conservation of birds. Margaret McCall, Lee Silks and the rest of the group were awarded with special certificates at a memorable evening in September. Thank you to the Rotarians for this wonderful initiative – See KITE for more details.

Our lovely 2019 CALENDARS are on Sale. FUNDS RAISED ALL GO TO CONSERVATION. Contact your committee or Les Teare (082 770 5397 a/h) – to buy a calendar. We are hoping Birdlife and the Fitzpatrick can come up with a plan to appoint a person to help continue with the CAR and CWAC counts. It is vital that this long standing project continues, as the data collected is very valuable. We are hoping to help with sponsorship in this regard in the New Year.

The weather has been very temperamental at outings, as was seen at our outing to Kirstenbosch in August. Some of us braved the rain, to go and see the rare Marsh Rose, which was in flower. We got truly soaked, but had fun! The Rietvlei & Backsberg outings were very windy, but still well attended. Now that summer is here, do get out and enjoy the beautiful countryside and activities we have planned. Migrants are slowly arriving, which will increase the number of birds seen at outings.

We once again want to thank the staff and management of the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, where we have our meetings. We are very fortunate to be able to use their hall and amenities, and deal with the friendly staff. We encourage our Members’ to come birding or hiking in the Reserve. It is a hidden jewel right on our doorstep.

On behalf of Brian Vanderwalt our President, and the 2018 Steering Committee we want to thank all our Members, who have actively taken part in Club events this past year. We also thank all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our Club run smoothly. Our hobby is fun, and takes us to many beautiful parts of our province and country. 

Happy Bird Watching!
Brigid Crewe