(This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of 'Batis', the quarterly magazine of the Somerset West Bird Club and is posted with the permission of the Editor. - Ed.)
Dick Dent Report
There is not a great deal to report as winter lays its depressing hand over Dick Dent. In spite of our efforts we still have problems of excessive reed growth and beautifully manicured grass!
However City Parks have agreed to allow the grass below the dams to develop greater cover and thus encourage a wider array of birding activity. On the disappointing side during the August outing we found the Hide to be in a less-than-satisfactory condition. The authorities have been made aware of the situation and steps are being taken to avoid a repeat.
On the positive side it is great to be able to report that our monthly outings seem to be attracting increased attendance and in August we had a significant number of first-time visitors. Species counts covering the period were as follows:
June 15 species
More unusual species were recorded during these visits including Cape Shoveler and Black Crake.