Archives for category: Wildlife

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A Western Grey Plantain Eater perched on the top of a nearby Neem tree this morning. One of our noisiest and most conspicuous neighbours.

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This evening, made the mistake of brushing my teeth in the dark. Didn’t spot the green stink bug perched on the toothbrush bristles until it was actually in my mouth. Suddenly the all too familiar, nauseating odor became a taste. Stopped short of swallowing it fortunately, but spent the next five minutes rinsing my mouth with copious amounts of water.

We killed two scorpions and two snakes in the house over Christmas. The scorpions are old friends, we’re used to them, but the snakes are extremely unusual. Oh yes, and a couple of hedgehogs as well. The boys roast them over an open fire and eat them.

We often get scorpions in the house at this time of year, but this is unheard of: seven in one weekend!

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Two bearded barbets appeared today, sitting together on a tree right in front of my house. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen them up here on the mountain.

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Pandja, one of the guys who lodges at my place, is on the final day of a malaria treatment. He must be feeling bettter: he caught this black-crowned tchagra with his bare hands this morning. Then came the usual debate about whether or not to give it to the cat… but in the end it escaped of its own accord.

Seven hooded vultures flap by, slowly, menacingly, in the direction of the abattoir.
Hooded vultures

RIP

 

Patience the monkey had an all too short life. A few days ago, the neighborhood dogs surrounded her, mauled her, killed her and ate her.

Yellow-mantled widowbird

Clear sighting of a yellow mantled widowbird on the windy mountain road from Gnangbadè up to Saoudè for the traditional wrestling rite of passage.

Kittens

Clause, the linguist’s cat, has kittens several times a year, which provides plenty of entertainment, especially when they hide in clay pots. The price of a kitten is 505 cfa – one of the few purchases here where the price is not negotiable. When I ask “what’s the extra 5 francs for?”, I’m told “It’s for the kitten to keep”.