Message of Next Bird Walk by Harold Hester

Dear member,

The next walk is two weeks away, but there is much to talk about, which is why I am writing so early.

The Christmas walk takes place on Sunday 1st December.  We meet at Molapo Crossing at 06:30 sharp for a prompt departure.  We then drive to the other side of Mokolodi, where Bob and Doreen McColaugh have generously and kindly invited us to join them for their combined birthday party.  This is our only annual, social, traditional event and is a special time in the environs and at the home of a special couple.  Please don’t think you can get there in a sedan; you just won’t make it.  Come in either your own 4X4 or get a lift with a friend.  (You could drive to Mokolodi reception and cadge a lift from there.)  Doreen and Bob will provide coffee, but you need to bring something to eat.  They do have some chairs, but some of us will need to take folding chairs.

Our calendars are now on sale at the BLB office at Kgale Siding, After St Joseph College, Area 1069, at Sanitas and at Blue Tree.  The appended document describes them and has a picture of the Sanitas counter.   I suggest you get your copies while stocks last.  The wall hanging A3 ones cost P120 each and the desk top variety P65 each.   If by any chance you are struggling to find a calendar, please phone either Ian White at 7129 7636 or me at 72248324 and we will try to help you out.  Feedback so far is that clients are very satisfied with their purchases.

Appended above are the species counts we did at the most enjoyable camp at Kokomori and on our last bird walk at Molopye River beyond Mogobane Dam.  We experienced good birding at both sites.  Thanks to Mike and Daphne for compiling these records.

We have been given a super owl box.  We feel it should go to one lucky member.  So, we have decided that all paid-up members who attend the walk on 1st December will be eligible to win the owl box which will be drawn by lucky ticket after the walk.  You do not want to miss this opportunity.

Lastly a colleague of one of our members is trying to sell their off-road caravan.  We don’t normally advertise equipment of non-members, but if you are interested please contact me first so that I can negotiate commission for BLB.  Details are given in the addendum marked “Trailer sale”.  

Remember, if you want calendars in bulk, contact me as soon as possible.

It is not too early to pay your subs for 2020.

See you on the 1st December, when we will farewell more members.  Tragic!

Kind regards