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Eggs on the golf course

Dakar. One of the caddies pointed these out, they belong to a Spur-winged Lapwing, a bird with a thick white neck, black hood cominb back in a point, black belly and throat strip (connecting beak to belly), straight beak about half the length of its projection back across the head, grey brown wing coverts, black tail and wing edges. Many on the golf course, noisily protecting their nests. The caddy said that the Woloff word for it is Vanon.

Other birds: a wren-like bird in the trees near the hotel, black tail with white under coverts, grey, noise, curved beak, dark around eyes.

A Long-tailed Glossy Starling, blue with very long tail and prominent white eye ring, black throat and auricular, buzzy up and down call.

Sparrow: white belly, brown mantle, grey head, black throat with salt and pepper chest patch, making a sharp chip.

Finch: Red beak, red or gray breast, grey-brown wings, in a large flock. Probably a firefinch.

Red-billed Hornbill: large curved yellow beak, white head, black around the eye, black and white speckled wings, long tail, grey breast.

Pied Crow, black with a white mantle and breast.

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About Bill McCallum

I was born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, met my wife, and never went back. I am a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.

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