After returning from Cape Town and doing an initial check on the colonies I got sick. 10 days and a large number of manufactured nest tags later I felt strong enough to take on the bimonthly bird ringing session at the fynbos site. It was also an auspicious day as Shirley, the Dutch student and my new semi-housemate, was arriving from the Netherlands. Despite concerns for foul weather arriving from Cape Town we had a beautiful day out. It seems to be Cape White-eye season, and we’re catching flocks of them! It took me almost 2 months to catch the White-eyes I needed for my 3rd year project, and we’re catching five times the number I needed in a morning! We had three firsts for the site, a Cape Weaver, an Olive Thrush and a pair of Cape Siskins were added to the bird list. Yet another Victorin’s Warbler was caught, and I regretted the last minute decision to leave my rings at home. It was a productive day and Shirley safely joined the team, bringing with her ‘stroopwafels’ some seriously good biscuits!
|Getting ready to bleed the Cape Weaver to measure blood glucose.|
|Babalwa watching as Matome extracts a bird.|
|Me at the centre of attention.|
|Eliska measuring nectar volume in Erica flowers.|
|A pair of Cape Siskins, female on the left, male on the right.|