Monthly Archives: November 2009

A last morning treat and surprise despite the lack of mist

I went to bed with the feeling that we wouldn’t probably be getting much mist during the night. However I duly woke at 2a.m. and sneaked around the room to not wake the slumbering volunteers and once dressed unzipped the door and stepped out into the cool night air to see… not a wisp of […]

Tree logging still on rise

Due to the continued tree logging and fence vandalism, we haveintensified day and night forest patrols reinforced by armed guard from Kenya Forest Service. For the last two months now,we have managed to arrest quite a number of individual tree poachers and handed them over to the police. However,we still find fresh cuts of Mundenderu […]

An unusual meeting of guides

Every first and third Saturdays of the month are forest walk days in the Sanctuary. I arrived at our normal meeting point at the racecourse restaurant parking before the usual walk time.This was to give company to those who might have arrived early. As I waited, I was kept busy by a troop of Sykes […]

The perfect Ngulia effect at Lions Bluff – it works!

Fri 20th Nov 2009… Titus had done a check on the conditions at midnight and had not woken me so I woke at just before 2am to have a look, stuck my head out of the tent door and knew immediately that things were looking good – there was mist gently wafting all around! The […]

Report from Ngulia for the 20th – a true Ngulia night at last

A short note to report on news from Ngulia as far as I’ve heard so far. I left Bernard “Scopus” Amakobe running it with Janette and reporting on progress. He sms’d me the following on the 20th: “The first real Ngulia night… real mist, real birds. Approx 1,800 birds. All spp you had plus I.gut […]

This Saturday is a Forest Walk day at Ngong Forest

Located at approximately 6Km from the city center, The Ngong Forest Sanctuary is an interesting site for non invasive outdoor activities which includes forest walks, bird watching, jogging, picnicking , cycling, dog walks and, horse riding. We have organized annual events like forest fun run, kids run and art in the forest while some activities […]

Could Lions Bluff, Lumo Conservancy, be a second Ngulia migration study site?

Following the last blog posting, I duly hit the sack and didn’t emerge until 5:15am to open the nets at dawn.. a beautifully crystal clear dawn with awe-inspiring views for miles and miles across the plains from Lions Bluff which stands some 200m above the surrounding plains. Whilst it was dire for catching migrants, it […]

Mist, 700 birds ringed, Asian Lesser Cuckoos, Blythes Reed? and Wild Dogs…

Well I finished off last night at around 2a.m from where I was sitting it didn’t look very hopeful. However once I’d packed the computer away and went out onto the patio to look properly the cloud was lower than I thought and there were in fact one or two birds flying around. By 3:30am […]

Grand total of 1,240 birds ringed in 10 days but great rollers & raptors

It’s getting rather tedious and repetitive to report that once again there was no mist… When I went to bed last night at 3:30am and Peter took over the watch, there was low cloud clearly lit up by the lights and even 4-5 birds that I saw dropping down and flying just below the cloud […]

The first vultures seen and some other raptors – but still no rain or mist

I arrived back at Ngulia yesterday evening to find a full team of 18 ringers all keen to get into action in ringing the legendary thousands of migrant birds that come down to the lights of the lodge under the right conditions… but still so far there has been not a wisp of mist when […]