FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018
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.
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
African Golden-breasted bunting -now seems to be resident
Black-spotted Wood dove
African Green Pigeon
African Hill Babbler
Yellow-eyed black flycatcher
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.