Bird ringing at Ouberg: 14 to 17 February 2023

A “BDI – Birds4Africa” ringing visit was held from 14 to 17 February 2023 at the Ouberg Private Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo near Montagu. This was a relaxed few days of bird ringing at Ouberg with several attendees spending time working, birding and ringing as each person wanted to.

This is the house where we stayed while bird ringing at Ouberg
This hours was the base for bird ringing at Ouberg Private Nature Reserve

The first afternoon was hot, but thereafter we had mostly overcast weather, and the forecast heavy rain came just after everyone had left.

133 birds were caught of 24 species, with top species being Southern Masked Weaver (29), Cape White-eye (16), Cape Bulbul (14) and Cape Weaver (14). Special species were a female Cardinal Woodpecker, a Pearl-breasted Swallow, 4 Sombre Greenbuls and 2 Fairy Flycatchers. Quite a few other Karoo species included: Karoo Scrub Robin, Rufous-eared Warbler, Long-billed Crombec, Bar-throated Apalis, and Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler.

Rufuos-eared Warbler at Ouberg Private Nature Reserve
Rufous-eared Warbler

Most birds were moulting primaries, although some had not started yet and others had completed moult.

There were 13 recaptures, some from earlier days of this trip, and others from previous visits to the farm – there were four retraps that were were ringed in Oct 2020 and five from Oct 2022. The 2020 trip was on 21-25 October 2020 when 164 birds were ringed of 35 species (more nets were used on this trip). The ringer for the 2022 trip was Felicity Ellmore.

Thanks to Richard and Sue Gie for hosting us! Here is Sue doing a talk about the Ouberg Private Nature Reserve.

Table – Result of bird ring at Ouberg. Numbers of birds caught, 14-17 February 2023

Sp. No.SpeciesCaught
390Speckled Mousebird2
391White-backed Mousebird6
432Acacia Pied Barbet3
450Cardinal Woodpecker1
498Pearl-breasted Swallow1
543Cape Bulbul14
551Sombre Bulbul4
581Cape Robin-chat4
583Karoo Scrub Robin4
606African Reed Warbler1
609Little Rush Warbler5
619Rufous-eared Warbler1
621Long-billed Crombec2
622Bar-throated Apalis3
658Chestnut-vented Warbler5
665Fiscal Flycatcher5
678Fairy Flycatcher2
786Cape Sparrow4
799Cape Weaver14
803Southern Masked Weaver29
873Cape Bunting1
1105Olive Thrush3
1172Cape White-eye16
4139Karoo Prinia3

Ringing into the night after a late afternoon catch
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.