From The Cuckoo’s Nest January 2019




Have seen chimps 3 times in the last week or so, which is unusual for the dry season. Normally in the dry season , you hear them but rarely see them.

Other monkeys

Have seen some interesting examples of interspecies cooperation in the last month.  A family of black and white colobus monkeys has been joined by a blue monkey and a red-tailed.  It was fascinating to see a black and white and a blue grooming each other.


Plenty of interesting birds around the last month, despite some dry weather.  Black- billed turaco, which are always present at the forest edge, have started flying over into our trees, which adds a splash of colour to the place.  Otherwise, notable sightings include:

  • Yellowbill
  • Willow warbler seems resident for the European winter, as are European bee-eaters, flying overhead.
  • Lots of cuckoos, including African emerald, Dusky long-tailed, Black, Levaillant’s and Klaas’
  • Mountain masked apalis
  • Black-throated apalis also pretty much resident at the moment
  • Mountain greenbull
  • Toro olive greenbull
  • White-throated greenbull
  • Yellow-throated greenbull
  • Red-faced crimsonwing
  • Blue-headed sunbird
  • Petit’s Cuckoo shrike
  • Grey Cuckoo-shrike
  • Brown-capped weaver
  • African Green Pigeons nesting near one of the tent-houses
  • Red-capped robin chat
  • African Hill Babbler
  • Grosbeak weaver
  • White-starred robin
  • Cassin’s hawk-eagle
  • Elliot’s Woodpecker
  • Yellow-crested woodpecker
  • African Broadbill
  • Black and white shrike flycatcher

Fruit of the Land

Guavas are recovering from the visit of the baboons, and should be ready soon if we can keep the baboons away. Some pineapples in the garden and some dessert passion fruit also ready. 

In the garden, we have plenty of salad veg – lettuce, Chinese cabbage, rocket, mustard etc and are also harvesting  leeks,  carrots, turnips and celery amongst others.   


February 7, 2019