This year at least 212 volunteers were posted at 66 observation points in the three provinces. This was fewer than in previous years. At least 1020 parrots were seen during the afternoon count while 1176 were seen the following morning, despite the weather being poor in many areas, making visibility difficult. As a consequence this should not be regarded as a total count as it is likely an underestimate. The maximum number of Cape Parrots seen in each of the areas covered suggests that there were at least 1187 in the wild on the CPBBD in 2011.
Archive for tag: Cape Parrot Big Birding Day
by: Colleen T. Downs & Meyrick Bowker, At least 1050 parrots were seen during the afternoon 3
count while 1263 were seen the following morning. Numbers were lower
than they were in 2009, but this is possibly a consequence of reduced coverage in
by: Colleen T. Downs, At least 1585 parrots were seen during the afternoon
count while 1676 were seen the following morning (Table 1). Numbers were higher
than in previous years which is very positive.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor
by: Colleen T. Downs, The total count for the day was 61 parrots – an improvement of 16 on the last year’s count – 2007.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – It is hard to believe that this is the 6th Cape Parrot newsletter and that I have been putting them together for over a year now. I have had a busy last few months including attending a couple of wildlife crime meetings, hence the delay in this edition. Next month I am off to Cape Town for a few months, I have only passed through briefly before, and will hopefully get lots of research done as it has been piling up a bit recently. I am also looking forward to seeing some of the sites there.
by Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – Here is the 5th Cape Parrot Newsletter, this issue includes items on the 10th Cape Parrot Big Birding Day and feedback from the CPWG AGM. A request for help from Bill Bainbridge, an update on the CP with the broken beak (header photo) and a report from the BirdLife Trogons. I would like to thank all those who have
contributed something to this issue. It is always a task finding things to include and it is really great to be able
to include some both current and interesting items in this issue.
by: Prof. Colleen T. Downs, I think we can be proud that we have done this for 10 years and that many of you have loyally been involved over this time. I think the greatest value has been increased awareness of Cape Parrots and of their forest habitat. I am collating the data for the 10 year period to produce more detailed distribution maps, and to model the population dynamics.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – I have published this newsletter a bit early in order to provide a reminder for those of you who are interested in getting involved in the 10th Cape Parrot Big Birding Day on the 5th & 6th May and have not yet have made contact and plans. I am hoping that I get a few reports and photos from people involved in the Cape Parrot count about how it went for the next newsletter. Photos of both parrots and your groups would be good – I know some people are camping out so there may be some stories there as well I’m sure we would all be interested. If you make a fool of yourself – feel free to tell me we don’t mind laughing at your mistakes!
I have had a busy time recently, in Pretoria for a week long Wildlife DNA Forensics workshop, although I did
manage to see a couple of friends at the same time. Then down to uShaka for the KZN Wildlife Crime Working
Group Open day where I was speaking on the role that DNA can play in wildlife crime. These are a really great
bunch of people covering a wide range of interests: wildlife investigators, SAPS, prosecutors etc. all eager to
protect wildlife. I think that creating such networks such as this is the way forward in tackling wildlife crime.
When cases arise a wide range of expert advice and expertise is available. The rest of my time has been in the
office writing reports and funding proposals.