Monday, September 25, 2017

A few visitors to our garden



Grey Crowned-cranes

Pin-tailed Whydah

Red-billed Firefinch Female



Variable Sunbird

White-browed Robin-chat

Black-lored Babbler

Yellow White-eye
Village Weaver

Tropical Boubou

Speckled Mousebird

Little Bee-eater


Saturday, August 12, 2017

This week in my garden



Red-billed Firefinch pair
Brimstone Canary

Tawny-flanked Prinia

White-browed Robin-chat

White-browed Robin-chat

African Yellow White-eye

Village Weaver

Bronze Mannikin

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Garden, Then and Now

Living in Mbarara we have two seasons, rainy and dry. The dry seasons seem to be shorter with less rain than before. Here are 2 photos showing my little flower garden in December, 2015 and the second photo shows my garden today.
It has been so dry that the River Rwizi (the town's water supply) is now just a small stream. There was a sprinkle of rain in the distance yesterday that created a beautiful rainbow but not a drop fell at our home. With the river so low, we are not getting any water at home, we are having to buy water in jerry cans for bathing and cooking and for the birds.


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Flower garden Dec. 2015

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My garden today

A New Visitor to My Garden

We are in the dry season and with very little rain our small birdbaths are attracting some new visitors.


The Eastern Plantain-eater is a common bird in Uganda but this is the first time they have paid us a visit. Below is a recording of this beautiful but noisy bird.

Eastern Plantain-eater · Crinifer zonurus - call

www.xeno-canto.org    Andrew Spencer


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The Eastern Plantain-eater, also known as the Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, is a large member of the turaco family, a group of large arboreal near-passerine birds restricted to Africa.

This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical east Africa. It lays two or three eggs in a tree platform nest.

These are common, noisy and conspicuous birds, despite lacking the brilliant colours of relatives such as the violet turaco. They are 50 cm (20 in) long, including a long tail, and weigh 392–737 g (13.8–26.0 oz). Their plumage is mainly grey above spotted with brown. The head, erectile crest, neck and breast are brown streaked with silver. The underparts are whitish, heavily streaked with brown.

Eastern Plantain-eater has a thick bright yellow bill, and shows a white wing bar in flight. The sexes are identical, but immatures have a black woolly head without silver streaking.

This bird is similar to the closely related western plantain-eater. However, eastern plantain-eater has white tail bars, and lacks the chest bars and dark wing feather shafts of its western relative.

This species feeds on fruit, especially figs, and other vegetable matter. Wikipedia

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Few Visitors to Our Garden


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Variable Sunbird

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Common Lime Butterfly

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Brimstone Canary

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Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
A Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullata

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Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
A Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullata

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African Yellow White-eye

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Brimstone Canary

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sharing a bath

A Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) female and a African Yellow White-eye (Zosterops senegalensis) sharing a bath


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