FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018
Had a visit from our friend, the lone silverback, again and he ate the flowers at the back of my tent, as he had done the first time.
Chimps have been very noisy in the last few days. Have seen them a few times in the last month, but not as often as usual.
Black and white colobus, blue and l’hoest’s monkeys , red-tailed monkeys and baboons all are regular visitors to trees by the boundary, where Cuckooland adjoins the forest. Baboons have now discovered my guava trees and passion fruit vines, which I am not at all happy about.
Notable sightings in this period include:
African Golden-breasted bunting -now seems to be resident
Banded Prinia -first time seen at Cuckooland
Lots of blue-headed sunbirds
Blue-throated brown sunbird
African Hill Babbler
Yellow-eyed black flycatcher
Green hylia – I think -It was a brief view.
Narrow-tailed starlings now back from a brief absence
European bee-eaters still patroling the skies on most days.
And lots of Cuckoos-Diederick, Klaas’s, African Emerald, Black whilethe long-tailed Cuckoos -Dusky and Bar-tailed now present at forest edge.
Had a visit from 6 entomologists, who collected lots of insects, mainly hoverflies, so hoping to have some new species, Cuckoolandia, to go with our 2 species of moth.
Fruit of the Land
Our avocados now finished, but we get from the village. And guavas and passion fruit decimated by baboons. We do get some .strawberry guavas and pineapples from garden.
In the garden, we have salad veg ,leeks, celery, turnips and welsh onions.
December 24th, 2018