Bird ringing at Botuin

Over three bird ringing visits to Botuin, we have caught 748 birds of 57 species! Botuin is situated on the outskirts of Vanrhynsdorp and accessible with a normal car. Compared with the surrounding countryside, it is a bit of an oasis and has an amazing variety of birds. There are resident Namaqua Warblers, Karoo Scrub Robins, Fiscal Flycatchers, sparrows and weavers, and other species in the garden area. Some other special birds caught here include European Bee-eater, Pearl-breasted Swallow and Red-headed Finch. We never know which species will surprise us next!

Karoo Scrub-Robin caught during bird ringing at Botuin
Karoo Scrub-Robin

Not far away are the sewage works where we have caught a variety of waterbirds in special nets, including Cape Teal, Moorhen and several wader species. In future we will also try other trapping methods here.

Cape Teal ringed at the Vanrhynsdorp Sewage Works
Cape Teal caught at sewage works

In the nearby karoo veld we have caught four lark species, Rufous-eared Warblers, various canaries, and other species. The ringing rate is slower here, but worth it for the exciting birds we catch. And while waiting for birds, we enjoy the amazing karoo scenery, and walk around to birdwatch.

Spike-heeled Lark during bird ringing at Botuin
Spike-heeled Lark

The next BDI-Birds4Africa bird ringing course at Botuin is from 28 June to 4 July 2023. It is not too late to register for this exciting event!

Previous visits: 23-26 Jan 2020, 27 Nov-1 Dec 2021, 1-7 Feb 2023 [blog].

Birds caught at Botuin during three visits from 2020 to 2023

Sp noCountEnglish
982Cape Teal
2101Common Moorhen
2371Kittlitz’s Plover
2384Three-banded Plover
2454Blacksmith Plover
2534Little Stint
31730Laughing Dove
31811Namaqua Dove
39113White-backed Mousebird
39217Red-faced Mousebird
40410European Bee-eater
4181African Hoopoe
4632Large-billed Lark
4742Spike-heeled Lark
4856Grey-backed Sparrow-lark
4882Red-capped Lark
4954White-throated Swallow
4983Pearl-breasted Swallow
5061Rock Martin
5092Brown-throated Martin
5251Southern Grey Tit
54410African Red-eyed Bulbul
5702Familiar Chat
5761African Stonechat
5816Cape Robin-chat
58311Karoo Scrub Robin
6045Lesser Swamp Warbler
6069African Reed Warbler
6192Rufous-eared Warbler
6462Levaillant’s Cisticola
6536Namaqua Warbler
6584Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler
66510Fiscal Flycatcher
6784Fairy Flycatcher
6869Cape Wagtail
7073Southern Fiscal
7331Common Starling
7451Red-winged Starling
7609Southern Double-collared Sunbird
78427House Sparrow
786144Cape Sparrow
79995Cape Weaver
80379Southern Masked Weaver
8051Red-billed Quelea
80864Southern Red Bishop
8202Red-headed Finch
8434Common Waxbill
86518White-throated Canary
8662Yellow Canary
8671Streaky-headed Canary
8716Larklike Bunting
8734Cape Bunting
11041Karoo Thrush
117274Cape White-eye
41396Karoo Prinia
41423Southern Greyheaded Sparrow
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.