Monthly Archives: October 2008

Overland to the Netherlands

At the moment we have a very adventurous family staying with us.  The De Groot’s from Holland  have lived and worked in East Africa on and off for the past 15 years.  Tanya and Robert together with their sons Jasper and Sander who are 10 and 12 are about to set off home for Holland […]

Mwamba’s newest couple

Some of you may know that two of our staff here at A Rocha were recently married.  Stanley Baya, who runs the ASSETS programme and Carol Muthoni our Administrator met at Mwamba and got to know one another when working together!  Their important day was on 11th October at the East African School of Theology […]

so, what’s this ringing thing all about anyway

It has come to our attention that many of you may not know what bird ringing is…..In case any of you have imagined us standing about in the forest use birds as hand bells, let me clarify things. Bird ringing, also known as bird banding, refers to the process of catching birds in the wild, […]

Ringing Continues at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Ringing has continued with gusto and Colin has been encouraging everyone to get up earlier and earlier!  Today it was 04:30am!  We have had 4 days ringing so far and we’ve ringed 106 birds of which 11 have been re-traps from this week.  We still only have one Spotted ground thrush, which is worrying because it […]

Albert Dances For Joy!

Spotted Ground Thrush Colin Jackson, the A Rocha Kenya director and his wife Roni are back with us for ten days and already we are ringing furiously!  We were rewarded with a very special bird on the first walk around of the nets early this morning – a ‘Spotted ground thrush’ or Zoothera guttata! Albert […]

First Terek Sandpiper ringed in E. Africa to be recovered anywhere – in Finland!

GLOWRY!! This is AWESOME news… I just received this email from the ringing office in Nairobi: “You’ll be glad to know, Colin, that your Terek Sandpiper, Ring no. “Nairobi A71968″ was controlled, breeding, by Veli-Matti Pakanen at Kemi, Lappi, Finland (65 45’N, 24 32’E) on 21.06.08 (no biometrics supplied). Kemi is a small coastal town […]