BDI ringing courses at New Holme – Khoisan Karoo Conservancy

Ringing courses in 2022:

Dates: 1-7 Sep 2022 and 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2022

Location: New Holme Lodge (Karoo Gariep NR), Northern Cape – between Hanover and Colesburg [coords for turn-off]

For: trainees and ringers

Email: if you are interested in attending

There is great potential for a wide variety of birds, including some Karoo specials. Some of the sites and birds that could be caught for ringing are listed (with species ringed to date in the table below).

There is a patch of reeds near the research station, hosting warblers and breeding Southern Masked Weavers and some Southern Red Bishops in summer. These birds roost in the reeds when not breeding.

In autumn berry bushes attract fruit eaters like Red-eyed Bulbuls, White-backed Mousebirds, Wattled Starlings and others.

Extensive gardens with lawns and large trees host Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Robin-chat, Karoo Thrush and others. Seeds on the lawn attract large numbers of Cape Sparrows, with some doves, weavers, queleas, bishops, and Red-headed Finches.

At the farm house Greater Striped Swallow, Rock Martin and possibly White-rumped Swifts breed under the roof eaves, so high nets can be used here.

In the karoo veldt we can try to catch specials like Spike-heeled Lark and other larks, prinias, Rufous-eared Warbler, chats and wheatears.

There are some surrounding farms where we will be able to ring as well.

Previous ringing totals

Previous ringing: 10-12 November 2019 and from 16 March to 21 April 2022.

Species summary for 2019 and 2022 ringing at New Holme (ringed and recaptured):

Sp noSpeciesCount
316Cape Turtle-Dove1
391White-backed Mousebird7
397Malachite Kingfisher4
432Acacia Pied Barbet2
493Barn Swallow1
495White-throated Swallow2
502Greater Striped Swallow3
544African Red-eyed Bulbul15
570Familiar Chat1
581Cape Robin-Chat5
604Lesser Swamp-Warbler7
606African Reed-Warbler20
646Levaillant’s Cisticola4
650Black-chested Prinia1
658Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler1
665Fiscal Flycatcher1
686Cape Wagtail3
707Common Fiscal4
735Wattled Starling25
746Pied Starling23
786Cape Sparrow69
803Southern Masked-Weaver38
805Red-billed Quelea22
808Southern Red Bishop169
820Red-headed Finch3
865White-throated Canary2
1104Karoo Thrush3
1172Cape White-eye1
4139Karoo Prinia6
4142Southern Greyheaded Sparrow (split)1

Dieter Oschadleus
Dieter Oschadleus
Dieter Oschadleus leads the BDI bird ringing expeditions, and is able to organise bird ringing courses (having run many courses in South Africa, and some in the Seychelles). Dieter is also a registered bird guide in South Africa, and has birded widely in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.