Ruhija Cuckoo’s Nest October 2018

Cuckoo's Nest




We saw chimps almost daily in September ; and 3 or 4 at a time.  Seen them fewer times this month, but they are around as they keep eating the bracken at the side of our paths.


   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.

Other mammals

 I disturbed a duiker today, while clearing round some young trees.  Side-striped jackal has also been seen this month.,


A very good period for birds.  Even though I was away for almost a month, I have seen many interesting and uncommon birds in the time that I have been here.

Sunbirds particularly abundant at this time.  One day, I saw 4 different species including blue-throated brown sunbird, competing for flowers of one calliandra tree.  And blue-headed is now almost resident in the flowers around the pond, along with olive-bellied, green-headed and bronze.

All 3 Cuckoo shrikes, black , Petits and Grey have been seen in the last month, while Diederick, Klaas, Black and African Emerald Cuckoos have also been seen, with Diederick now almost a permanent resident.       .   

 Other notable sightings include:

Tullberg’s  and Elliot’sWoodpeckers

Spotted Flycatcher

White-throated greenbull

Double-toothed barbet

Shelly’s greenbull

Mountain Greenbull

Red-tailed greenbull

African Golden-breasted bunting -now seems to be resident

Mountain-masked Apalis

Black-throated Apalis

Black-spotted Wood dove

Pink-foot puffback

Red-headed Bluebill

Equatorial Akalat

Grosbeak Weaver

African Green Pigeon

African Hill  Babbler

White-shouldered tit

Dusky tit

Yellow-eyed black flycatcher

Dusky Crimsonwing

Black-faced rufous warbler

European bee-eaters now patrol the skies above us on most days.

Fruit of the Land

Still plenty of avocados, also strawberry guavas , a few passion fruit and  pineapples.

In the garden, we are harvesting  mainly salad veg ,leeks and welsh onions with a few green peppers and courgettes.


  Planted around 20 indigenous trees in  the gaps in September but still struggling to find waterproof method of labeling trees.