Zandvlei Trust

Muizenberg East Satelite Conservation Area - Month Reports.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and Zandvlei Trust.

Monthly Report for December 2011.

1. Flora

11. Invasive Alien Clearing

The alien clearing is up to date for Soralia Village.

2. Fauna

Sighting totals:

Soralia Village.

  • 8 x Pternistis capensis (Cape Spurfowl)
  • 7 x Prinia maculosa (Karoo prinia)
  • 1 x Pycnonotus capensis (Cape bulbul)
  • 1 x Lycaena orus (Western Sorrel Copper)
  • 5 x Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling)
  • 3 x Cinnyris chalybeus ( Southern Doublecollared Sunbird)
  • 1 x Euplectes capensis (Yellow Bishop)
  • 1 x Cacyreus marhalli ( Geranium Bronze)
  • 1 x Felis silvestris catus (Domestic cat) with unidentified rodent in its mouth.
  • 8 x Onychognathus morio (Redwinged Starling)
  • 6 x Hirundo rustica (Barn Swallow)
  • 1 x Cassphya caffra (Cape Robin Chat)

Sunrise Villas.

  • 1 x Raphicerus melanotis ( Cape Grysbok) (coastal strip)
  • 4 x Larus dominicanus (Kelp Gull)
  • 3 x Prinia maculosa (Karoo Prinia)

Muizenberg East Private Nature Reserve.

  •  1 x Telophorus zeylonus (Bokmakierie)

3. Site Inspections and Safety Checks

3.1 Soralia Village.

3.1.1 Site Inspection.

The bird hide and the pathways are still in good condition.

3.1.2 Bird Ringing

We did bird ringing at Soralia Village on the 2nd of December.
We set up the nets behind the wetland area.
The results are as follows:

  • 1 x Pycnonotus capensis (Cape Bulbul)
  • 4 x Ploceus capensis (Cape Weaver) (a recapture which was first rung in Marina da Gama)
  • 1 x Zosterops virens (Cape White eye)

photograph by Margit van Heerden.                                             photograph by Margit van Heerden.

Figure One: Cape Bulbul .                                       Figure Two: Cape Weaver

photograph by Margit van Heerden.

Figure Three: Ilmi releasing a bird.

3.2 Sunrise Villas

3.2.1 Site Inspection

The landscaping area is in good condition but now the residents are throwing their braai coals in the landscaping area and it makes the area look terrible. Maybe the HOA of Sunrise should put up signage or send a letter out to the residents.

4. Meetings

I did a presentation for the Muizenberg Community Housing Complexes general meeting at Capricorn Beach complex.


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