Tuesday, October 6, 2009
PUGU HILLS 09-2009
We spent 12 years ringing and birding in the Pugu Hills, it was our retreat from Dar, more than 6,000 ringing records so we knew it rather well in the 80s and early 90s. From all the stories since then I'm surprised there is much left and your list lacks all the special passerines apart from Ul V-b Sunbird. Please send the pic to the group, this is a good bird for many people.
If I went back now I would just be even more angry than I am. Protecting this forest and highlighting the plight of other coastal forests was one of the reasons we created WCST in 86.
It's a vital stopover for Spotted Ground Thrushes between their breeding ground on the Rondo Plateau in SE TZ and their wintering grounds on the Kenya Coast. It will be a close call but I guess this population will disappear a few years before the last natural tree on the Pugu Hills
This $30 is of course pure nonsense, who dreams up these fees ? It would be interesting to see the books, could actually be a ploy to keep people away so the authorities can continue to plunder the resource. We have photos taken in the early 90s of forest guards employed by WCST building charcoal pits for the then Kisarawe Forest Officer who was subsequently promoted. Jo will remember this incident.
With the Pugu Hills denuded the first mega storm to hit them will sweep many hundreds of Dar residents into the sea and cause huge financial and personal losses
But.... as ever... who really cares.
and this was quite a good day .............
Finally managed to get out to Pugu - spent 2 nights there, 19th and 20th September. www.puguhills.com
Small area, unless you want to walk into the forest itself, but that's an extra $30 per person. Difficult to find and very sad to see the human encroachment, great birding though, all things considering.
Lots of very tame bush-babies at night.
Lesser striped swallow
Yellow bellied greenbul
Yellow Vented Bulbul
Giant Eagle Owl
Fiery necked nightjar
Uluguru Violet-backed sunbird
Green malkoha (lots)
If you have any queries etc, please shout. Have photos of some as well (eg Uluguru Violet-backed sunbird)
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