March Bird Walk

Dear BLB member,

Sunday’s walk will be at Mogobane Dam where we will farewell some of the migrant water birds.  We meet as usual at Molapo Crossing at 06:30. Please bring chairs and refreshments for relaxing after the walk.  Beginners are especially welcome.  For those of you involved in the BirdLasser Gaborone Challenge, this will be an excellent opportunity to add to your list.  Last month’s walk near Rasesa (at Kgope Hill) was very good.  The list of birds seen is appended and thanks to the Goldsworthys for compiling this list and distributing it.  As usual, thanks to Chris Brewster for finding the site and most of the unusual birds.  No doubt we will return to this interesting site in the future.

Our next camp will be to Darnaway Farm over the weekend of 22 and 23rd March.  It should be an excellent camp at this venue.  Please contact Ian White (71297636) or Mr Harold Hester (72248324)  if you are interested in joining us there.  We leave at 14:00 on the 22nd from Sebele Shopping Centre and return on the Sunday morning.

Sadly due to extenuating circumstances, we have decided to close our shop at the end of April.  We would appreciate if you would make a last visit or two to the shop near Café Dijo and stock up on valuable BLB clothing which will all soon become collectors’ items.  Don’t be left without any of these fine garments or literature.  We are sure you will find something of value there for yourselves or an old aunt.

Sarah Coleman, the daughter of Steve and Sue Coleman, is launching a new quarterly magazine on gardening in the next few months.  She is generously allocating a page to BLB to publicise birds in gardens.  Please support Sarah and contribute to her magazine, specifically the “Birds in the garden” column.  More details will follow, so watch this space.

We thank Peter D’Arcy for producing yet another successful Familiar Chat, which has been circulated to all members.  There will be a short test after Sunday’s walk to determine whether members have read the latest edition.  Included in the test, you will be expected to write a three-page essay on how to attract members to submit interesting articles to Peter.

Lastly, the fledgling Astronomical Society of Botswana is hosting a visiting astronomer, Michael Poll, from SA on Thursday night. (“Fledgling” is our link to ASB as are the stars we see on camps).  Michael will be talking on “The birth, life and death of Stars.”  Come along at 18:30 to the A-V Centre at Maru-a-Pula school to listen to this outstanding speaker, talking on a very interesting aspect of the night sky.  If you do come, you can claim to be one of the few who soars with the eagles by day and hoots with the owls by night.  See you there.

Have you paid your subs or taken out life membership?  If not, we suggest you get a round tuit.

Contact Mr Harold Hester at or Dikabelo Koboyatshwene at Tel: +267 3190540