Ruhija October 2018


FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Primates.

Chimpanzees

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.

Monkeys

   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.,

Birds

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.

Trees

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

.Philip