Lesser Honey Guide

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7 years 2 months ago #36918 by mossie
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I guess it is true that you reap what you sow, and patience comes to those that wait!

A hive of bees moved into our garden in October, and have set up shop. Most of the family freaked out because I have young kids and feared the worst, but so far the relationship has been quite amicable. The bees have been calm, and allowed us to do the garden within 1-2m of the entrance of the hive without any sign of agitation. Occasionally at night one or two may get lost and fly in through an open window if the lights are on, but there is nothing you can't sort out.

So, with that dilemma looming, I persisted and waited to see if the hive will attract the honey guides. This morning I noticed a inconspicuous sparrow sized bird with a gray head and thought gray headed sparrow, but in flight the outer tail feathers are white, which is a wake up call that this is not a GHS at all.

Of course, the giveaway, was the hostile response the new visitor got from the resident masked weaver. Makes me wonder if weavers ever play host to Lesser Honey Guides <!-- s:?: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_question.gif" alt=":?:" title="Question" /><!-- s:?: --> <!-- s:scratchchin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scratchchin.gif" alt=":scratchchin:" title="Perplexed" /><!-- s:scratchchin: -->

Anyway, that now confirms the second sighting of this species in the garden, and the second species of Honey guide on our list. Can't wait to see if the Greater honey guides will be showing up soon?

Another visitor this month was a thick-billed weaver, who dropped in, inspected all the indigenous trees for a few minutes and then disappeared in another long flight across the neighborhood. Amazing how the indigenous plants seem to draw the birds in.


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