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Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:40 pm
by Justin
Apparently Silvermine main crag and Blaze of Glory are closed due to birds nesting.
Lower Silvermine crag remains open.

I was at Lower Crag today and saw lots of crow activity in the direction of BOG.

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:30 am
by mokganjetsi
Surely they will only close the crags for Kestrels nesting? Starlings don't give a damn and I've never seen crows nesting there. Not that I care for crows - they're over-populated and decimate the smaller birds.

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:35 pm
by Justin
Not sure, but I may have seen a kestrel flying about!? When is Kestrel season?

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:13 pm
by mokganjetsi
I stand to be corrected but Kestrel chicks are in-the-nest Nov/Dec? This seems very early......would be nice to get clarity on which crags are actually closed and for which birds. If the Kestrels are at their usual spot at Main Crag the routes that need closing are between No Mans Land and Mercury. The rest should be fine.

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:54 pm
by Luke1982
Anyone know how long the crags will be closed for? And is it for Blaze, Main and Faulty, as sign is at parking lot?

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:22 pm
by TheChris
Hey all, we were climbing at lower crag yesterday and some mates of mine were attacked (they actually scratched him) by Starlings on Obideath (route 16 in the guide book) as they have nested about half way up directly inline with this route.

Best to avoid however the routes on either side are fine to climb, if you okay with the birds giving you the death stare.

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:30 pm
by stingrei
Is Silvermine main crag still closed as of 21 Nov?

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:13 am
by rasmus
Sunday it was, so I guess so...

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:01 pm
by Brussel
the starlings are still at lower as of saturday, they're pretty agro if you get close. Wear a helmet :)
A six pack of your choice for anyone who snatches one out of the air one mid climb and wrings the sky rat's neck :twisted:
Video or it never happened...

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:32 pm
by mokganjetsi
jokes aside, respect the birds man. they don't come flying all over your child's cot now do they? more than enough rock to climb without having to disturb our feathered fiends :wink:

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:09 am
by TessaM
Hi ! Anyone know if Main is still closed? Was hoping to work on some old projects this weekend

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:59 am
by stingrei
tessa I walkes past last week. The signs are still up no go for silvermine mAin and BOG walls

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:56 pm
by robertbreyer
Main and Blaze remain closed. Probably until the end of January. Black eagle and kestrel nesting. Lower and Faulty are open. That's straight from TMNP Park Management meeting on Wednesday. I have asked them to tell me when they reopen.
- Robert

Re: Bird nesting info Silvermine 2017

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:07 am
by Justin
All Silverware crags are open :alien: 8)

Hello Robert,
I am writing to tell you that climbers are allowed back on the Steenbergridge cliff with immediate effect.
The two Rock Kestrel chicks have fledged.
Please thank the climbers for their patience.
Kind regards,
Lucia Rodrigues
Western Cape Raptor Programme