Thoughts on Guinea Fowl

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
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Trip End Dec 19, 2012


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

These are stupid, stupid birds.

That's already a million times more thought about guinea fowl than any guinea fowl has ever or will ever exhibit about anything.

I’ve had a good bit of time to observe them in the past couple of weeks. There’s a small flock living on the premises of the lodge where I’m staying, and my office during the week is outside in the garden. Often, it’s just me and the guinea fowl.

The stupid, stupid guinea fowl.

During the normal course of their day, guinea fowl wander aimlessly pecking and scratching, making soft, melancholic little clucks and warbles, which is kind of sad and sweet. Every couple of hours, though, one of those clucks starts getting louder, and the bird(s) will end up standing stock still and shouting until someone gets annoyed enough to yell at it. "Someone" could be anyone – me, staff, neighbours, a passer-by on the street. I’ve heard the birds shout for up to 30 minutes with no sign of quitting (at which point I’ve gotten annoyed enough to yell at them).

Heaven forbid something or someone unknown or unliked enter the grounds. They are quite territorial, and there’s vocal racket and mad fluttering in all directions. I’ve watched them do this with crows, another guest, and, when I left them on the porch one afternoon, my shoes.
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