BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

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Ghana 18th Febuary to 6th March 2013

 

Participants : Jon Hornbuckle, David Adkin, Marc Brew with guide/leader Victor Owusu.

This report was extensively edited by JH from Ashanti’s original version written by Victor.

The trip, well organised and run by Ashanti African Tours, covered the Upper Guinea rainforest and Northern Guinea savanna habitats. The main sites visited were Kakum National Park, Ankasa Conservation Area, Mole National Park, Bobiri Forest and Butterfly Sanctuary, and the Atewa Range Forest. Ankasa and Atewa, which should have been two of the best sites, were rather disappointing, but the rarely visited Offinso forest was very worthwhile. In retrospect I would add Shai Hills at the start of the trip and have an extra day at Mole NP.

 Victor Owusu was an excellent guide, especially for identification of all species except raptors. He was sometimes handicapped by having only one small ipod with a short battery life, so it could be useful to take play-back facilities loaded with recordings.

 The weather was hot and dry except for a little rain on three days and a wet afternoon at Ankasa.

 We arrived at Accra on the evening of 18th February and were met by Victor. After a 30+ min wait for a vehicle, we were taken to the relatively cheap Pink Hostel in order to start the tour early the following morning. Some of the trip highlights were at least 4 Yellow-headed Picathartes, Akun and Fraser’s Eagle-Owls, Black-billed and Red-billed Dwarf-Hornbills, Egyptian Plover, Olivaceous Flycatcher, White-throated and Ahanta Francolins, Brown Nightjar and Black, Blue-moustached and Rosy Bee-eaters. We did miss several important but difficult birds, eg White-backed Night-Heron, Nkulenga Rail, Yellow-footed Honeyguide, and Tessman’s and Nimba Flycatchers. We belatedly learnt that a visit before Christmas would probably have been better for such species. Butterflies were often numerous and we were fortunate in having Ashanti’s butterfly expert Phillip with us to identify them – 50 butterfly and moth photos can be seen on my website www.jonathanhornbuckle.webs.com/apps/photos .

ITINERARY

Day 1. Accra, Ebekawopa forest am, travel to Rain Forest Lodge, Ebekawopa pm.

2. Kakum NP canopy walkway, night at Rain Forest Lodge.

3. Antwikwaa Park, Pra River, Kakum NP, Antwikwaa, night at Rain Forest Lodge.

4. Abrafo forest, Cape Coast, Sekondi forest pm, night at Rain Forest Lodge.

5. Sekondi forest all day, night at Rain Forest Lodge.

6. Sekondi forest, travel to Ankasa NP, camping in Ankasa.

7. Ankasa, camping.

8. Ankasa, Brinu Beach, Brimsu Dam, Rain Forest Lodge.

9. Aboabo (NE border of Kakum NP), Bonkro for Picathartes, night at Kumasi.

10. Kumasi, Offinso Forest, drive to Mole NP, early evening at airfield, night at Mole Lodge.

11. Mole NP (Samole Loop and Brugbani), night at Mole Lodge.

12. Mole to Tamale to Bolgatanta, Tongo Hills, night at Sira Lodge, Bolga.

13.Tono Dam, Sapleja (White Volta River) for Egyptian Plover, night at Sira Lodge

14.  Bolga to Kumasi with stop at Offinso Forest, night at Kumasi.

15. Bobiri Forest Reserve, Atewa farmbush pm, night at Koforidua.

16. Atewa Forest Reserve, drive to Accra pm.

  Details of the daily itinerary

Day 1 – Feb 19:

We left Accra in our air condition bus at 4:00 am, and drove to Rain Forest Lodge via Cape Coast town. After breakfast at the Lodge we headed to Ebekawopa, a large patch of secondary forest with some big trees unlogged, in Kakum NP. It was quiet at first but the birds started to show and we built up a good list with Tambourine Dove, African Grey, Brown-necked and Red-fronted Parrots, Yellow-billed Turaco, Sabine’s Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, Naked-faced and Hairy-breasted Barbets, and a variety of greenbuls, including Golden and Honeyguide, and Sunbirds such as Fraser’s, Tiny and Johanna’s, amongst other species. After the morning session we returned to the hotel for lunch, then went back in the afternoon to the same forest. White-crested Hornbill, Blue-headed/moustached and Rosy Bee-eaters, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Fanti Saw-wing, Green Crombec, Finch’s Flycatcher-Thrush, Copper-tailed Glossy and Forest Chestnut-winged Starlings, and Chestnut-breasted and Grey-headed Negrofinches were seen, with the rare Olivaceous Flycatcher for some. Before dusk, we drove to a small forest patch to try for owls and were rewarded with a Fraser’s Eagle-Owl. Satisfied with the day, we drove back to the comfortable Rain Forest Lodge for the night.

Day 2:

We visited the Canopy Walkway in Kakum National Park, from 06.00 am till 11.30, and had good views of birds from 40 meters above the forest floor. Highlights were Thick-billed Cuckoo, Ayre’s Hawk-Eagle, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe, Sabine’s Puffback, Black-winged and Western Black-headed Orioles, Blue Cuckooshrike, Red-tailed Greenbul, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Green and Buff-throated Sunbirds, while Yellow-mantled Weavers were busy nesting. After a lunch-break back at the lodge, we returned to the Canopy Walkway. The afternoon session was not so productive but we did see the Upper Guinea endemic Brown-cheeked Hornbill, a displaying Rufous-sided Broadbill, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, and Cassin’s and Black Spinetails. Brown Nightjars called below the walkway at dusk but could not be seen.

Day 3:

We visited Antwikwaa Park, a different section of Kakum National Park, and walked along the forest edge and through a plantation. We saw Blue-headed Coucal, Fire-bellied Woodpecker, Little Grey Greenbul, Grey Longbill, Olive-bellied Sunbird and Vieillot’s Black Weaver. White-spotted Flufftail was calling and eventually seen by MB. We drove to the Pra River for White-throated Blue Swallow, Rock Pratincole, African Finfoot and White-headed Lapwing, then returned to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we went back to Antwikwaa and visited another section of Kakum forest, seeing Red-billed Helmet-shrike, Forest Robin, Icterine Greenbul, Yellow-browed Camaroptera and the shy Black-throated Coucal. Brown Nightjar was called in by play-back, nearly hitting Victor on the head, and Plain Nightjar seen on the road. It was 8.30 pm by the time we reached Rain Forest Lodge for dinner.

Day 4:

We started in Abrafo forest with African Emerald Cuckoo, Red-billed Dwarf-Hornbill, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Leaflove, Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Pale Flycatcher, Violet-backed Starling, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, and Western Bearded, White-throated and Red-tailed Greenbuls. En route to the next birding destination, we visited Cape Coast castle, one of more than 20 such castles built along the shoreline of the Gold Coast - the former name of modern-day Ghana. It is believed that more enslaved Africans passed through this castle than any other in West Africa, 100s often spending months shackled in a single room awaiting the arrival of a ship to take them to America - treated worse than animals. From there, we drove to the Western Region, stopping for Orange Weaver, and visited Sekondi (also known as Shama) forest in late afternoon. The few sightings included Black Bee-eater, Piping Hornbill and Square-tailed Saw-wing but we failed to find the hoped-for Akun Eagle-Owl. 

Day 5:

After an early breakfast, we returned to Sekondi forest for the whole day. New birds were African Hobby, Yellow-spotted and Bristle-nosed Barbets, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Forest Wood-Hoopoe, Melancholy Woodpecker, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Superb Sunbird, Olive-green Camaroptera, Fraser’s/African Forest-Flycatcher, Narrow-tailed Starling, Maxwell’s Black and Preuss’s (Golden-backed) Weavers and Crested Malimbe. We also had good views of the elusive Forest Penduline-Tit at last and finally called in the highly desirable Akun Eagle-Owl in the dark.

Days 6 & 7:

We returned to Sekondi forest for 3 hours, seeing Yellow-billed Barbet, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Olive-green Camaroptera, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird and Spotted Greenbul but only hearing Congo Serpent-Eagle calling, before heading to the pristine rain-forest of Ankasa National Park. We elected to camp here rather than make the long drive back and forth to the nearest hotel outside the forest. Our two days in the park were disappointing, considering how many good birds occur here, but we did see Hartlaub’s Duck, White-bellied, Shining-blue and Blue-breasted Kingfishers, Dwarf Bittern, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Great Blue Turaco, Little Green Woodpecker, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Pale-breasted Illadopsis and Grey-throated Flycatcher. Unfortunately, Spot-breasted Ibis, Nkulengu Rail, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and Black-casqued Hornbill remained heard only and we failed to find White-crested Bittern and White-breasted Guineafowl, sometimes seen by others.

Day 8:

After a further few unproductive hours in Ankasa, the only notable bird being Brown-eared Woodpecker, we drove back to Kakum, stopping at mangroves to see Reichenbach’s and Brown Sunbirds. We spent the afternoon in a productive scrubby area at Brinu (Beach), seeing Senegal Thick-knee, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Green-headed, Copper and Splendid Sunbirds, Plain-backed Pipit, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Orange-cheeked and Black-rumped Waxbills, and Yellow-mantled Widowbird. The final stop was at Brimsu Dam for Long-tailed Nightjar before we reached the mis-named Rain Forest Lodge in the evening for our last night there.

Day 9:

We spent the morning at Aboabo forest, another part of Kakum National Park, on the way to the Picathartes nesting site. It was very productive as we saw good birds such as Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Long-tailed Hawk, Black Dwarf-Hornbill, Kemp’s Longbill, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Black-capped Apalis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela and Ussher’s Flycatcher. Then we drove to Bonkro village and walked for an hour to the nesting site of the bizarre-looking Yellow-headed Picathartes. After a lengthy wait, during which we hoped to see the rare Western Wattled (or Ghana) Cuckooshrike that Victor had found there, the Picathartes appeared. We enjoyed good views of at least 4 on and off for some 20 minutes before walking back to the village in dim light. We then drove from 7 till 9.30 pm to the large city of Kumasi where we spent the night.

Day 10:

This was mainly a driving day to the north to visit Mole National Park but we stopped for 3 hrs in Offinso forest 1 hr 40 mins north of Kumasi. Good birds here were Afep Pigeon, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Ansorge’s Greenbul and Sharpe’s Apalis. We continued to Mole where the habitat is open dry savannah with some broad-leaved woodland. Late afternoon we visited the airstrip for the superb Standard-winged Nightjar, and had a surprisingly close view of the difficult White-throated Francolin. The lodge was beautifully positioned on a ridge overlooking a large waterhole favoured by mammals including Elephants, and birds such as Northern Black Flycatcher, Familiar Chat, Pygmy Sunbird, Yellow-fronted Canary, Little Weaver and Lavender Waxbill.

Day 11:

We spent the full day in Mole, the morning on the Samole floodplain in the vicinity of the waterhole and the afternoon in Brugbani savanna, seeing good birds like Saddle-billed Stork, White-headed Vulture, Bateleur, Red-necked Falcon, Forbes’ Plover, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Violet Turaco, African Cuckoo, Red-throated Bee-eater, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Black Scimitarbill, Vieillot’s and Bearded Barbets, Fine-spotted, Brown-backed and Golden-tailed Woodpeckers, the much sought after Spotted Creeper, Oriole Warbler, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Lead-coloured and Swamp Flycatchers, White-fronted Black Chat, Scarlet-chested and Beautiful Sunbirds, Wilson’s Indigobird, Black-faced and Black-bellied Firefinches and Sun Lark. We also had great views of Stone Partridge, Grasshopper Buzzard and, at dusk, African Scops Owl.

Day 12:

Birding at 0600-0900 near the river 10km from the lodge was very productive with Senegal Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Black Cuckoo, Giant Kingfisher, Greater Honeyguide, African Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Rufous Cisticola, Senegal Eremomela, Beautiful, Pygmy and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, White-shouldered Black-Tit, White-crowned Robin-Chat, and Square-tailed Drongo amongst other species. The best birds seen, after some effort, were Brown-rumped Bunting and Ahanta Francolin. We left Mole reluctantly for the 6 hour drive further northwards to Tongo Hills, after a quick look at the 14th century mud and stick mosque at Larabanga, along with a pair of Red-chested Swallows on the wires. On arrival at Tongo we had good views of Fox Kestrel, Rock-loving Cisticola, White-crowned Cliff-Chat, Cinnamon-breasted Rock-bunting, and Orange-cheeked and Black-rumped Waxbills. Birding was curtailed by rain so we continued to our fine hotel just beyond Bolgatanga.

Day 13:

This morning we visited Tono Dam, near the border with Burkina Faso, a very dry savanna habitat with a few scattered baobab trees around a very large reservoir serving the locals. We enjoyed good views of Gabar Goshawk, Chestnut-bellied Starling, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Blue-bellied Roller, Yellow-billed Shrike, Bearded Barbet, African Mourning Dove, Speckled Pigeon, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark, flocks of Spur-winged Goose, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Cut-throat, and Black-backed Cisticola after some effort. After an early lunch in Bolga, we had a long drive to Bawku on the wide White Volga River, passing a village whose 83 year old chief was said to have 18 wives and at least 100 children and grandchildren. The purpose of going to Bawku was to see the beautiful Egyptian Plover, and great views were had of 5. A party of Piapiac was seen as we returned to Bolga for the night.

Day 14:

Today we headed back to the south with several short birding stops to pick-up Abyssinian Roller, African Moustached Warbler, Dorst’s Cisticola and African Silverbill. A longer stop was made at Offinso Forest where we were able to see the elusive Capuchin Babbler and Western Nicator before proceeding to Kumasi for the night.

Day 15:

Another early start was made to visit Bobiri butterfly sanctuary, back in the Upper Guinea forest. The few new birds were Honey Buzzard, African Piculet, Thick-billed Honeyguide, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike and Magpie Mannikin. We also watched a Bristle-nosed Barbet colony in a dead tree. We stayed till 11.00 before setting off for the Atewa farmbush, stopping en route to enjoy classic views of many Preuss’s Cliff-Swallows nesting under a low bridge. We birded Atewa farmbush from 3.00 to 5.50 pm seeing Dideric Cuckoo, Vieillot’s Barbet, Red-faced Cisticola, Simple Greenbul, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird and Black-and-White Mannikin. A tape duel with a greenbul responding initially to a recording of the rare Baumann’s was very frustrating as the bird was too skittish to identify. Finally we drove to our guesthouse at Koforiduo some distance away for a pleasant evening.

Day 16:

We spent the final morning of the trip, from 0600-1230, at the Atewa Range, a forested ridge site with a prodigious list. Unfortunately, several chainsaws were active most of the morning, which seemed to have scared many of the birds away. Flocks are often seen here but we were unlucky. We tried hard to find the rare Nimba Flycatcher, a speciality here, but to no avail. We did have good views of Little Grey Flycatcher and Western Bluebill, and saw some old friends such as Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Western Bearded Greenbul and Shining Drongo, but little else of note. We then descended the range and drove to Accra where DA and MB were taken to the airport for their flight home, while JH stayed in a simple room overnight prior to flying north to Tamale, the start of a week’s adventure exploring Burkina Faso.

 SPECIES LIST

 Ghana South of Tamale

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis                        4 at lagoon near Cape Coast      

Long-tailed Cormorant, Phalacrocorax africanus    3 at Cape Coast, 2 at Brimsu Dam 

Great Egret, Ardea alba                        singles at Cape Coast, mangroves and Brimsu Dam

Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides                        1 at Brimsu Dam

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis                        common

Striated Heron, Butorides striatus                        singles at Cape Coast

Dwarf Bittern, Ixobrychus sturmii                        2 singles at Ankasa            

Spot-breasted Ibis, Bostrychia rara                             heard in flight at dawn and dusk on 3 occasions at Ankasa        

Hartlaub's Duck, Pteronetta hartlaubii                        up to 5 at Ankasa            

African Cuckoo-Hawk, Aviceda cuculoides                        1 or 2 at Brinu Beach and Aboabo.

European Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus                        2 at Kakum and 1 at Bobiri

Yellow-billed Kite, Milvus migrans parasitus                        common

Palm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis                        1 or 2 at 4 sites

Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus                        Common

Congo Serpent-Eagle, Dryotriorchis spectabilis    1 heard at Sekondi forest.

Ayres's Hawk-Eagle, Hieraaetus ayresii                        1 at Kakum

African Harrier-Hawk, Polyboroides typus                        1 or 2 most days

Lizard Buzzard, Kaupifalco monogrammicus                        1 near Offinso

African (Red-chested) Goshawk, Accipiter tachiro macroscelides   singles at Antwikwaa Park, Kakum and Sekondi forest.              

Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Accipiter erythropus   singles at Kakum and Bobiri               

Long-tailed Hawk, Urotriorchis macrourus                        1 at Aboabo, heard at Sekondi forest.

Red-necked Buzzard, Buteo auguralis                        1 or 2 on 4 days.               

Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, Spizaetus africanus                        singles at Kakum and Antwikwaa Park

Grey Kestrel, Falco ardosiaceus                        singles on 4 days.

African Hobby, Falco cuvierii                        1 at Sekondi forest.

Peregrine Falcon/Lanner, Falco sp.          MB saw a large falcon en route.

Forest (Latham's) Francolin, Francolinus lathami    1 at Sekondi forest (DA)

Ahanta Francolin, Francolinus ahantensis                        a roosting bird flushed from a bush at Antwikwaa Park, heard at Abrafo forest.    

Double-spurred Francolin, Francolinus bicalcaratus    1 at Brinu Beach.

White-spotted Flufftail, Sarothrura pulchra             1 calling at Antwikwaa Park was only seen by MB.

Nkulengu Rail, Himantornis haematopus       heard several times at Ankasa, very close, and at Antwikwaa Park.

African Finfoot, Podica senegalensis                        1 at Pra River

African Jacana, Actophilornis africanus                        a few at Brimsu Dam and while traveling.

Rock Pratincole, Glareola nuchalis                        6 at Pra River

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus                        3 at Brinu Beach

Senegal Thick-knee, Burhinus senegalensis                        2 at Brinu Beach, 15 near Kakum on 9th and 2 while travelling

White-headed Lapwing, Vanellus albiceps                        2 at Pra River   

African Wattled Lapwing, Vanellus senegallus           2 near Kakum

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus                        1 at Pra River

Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos                        2 at Pra River and Brinu Beach

Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis                        1 at Cape Coast

Royal Tern, Sterna maxima                        several at Cape Coast

Afep Pigeon, Columba unicincta                        1 at Offinso forest.              

Bronze-naped Pigeon, Columba iriditorques      heard at Atewa Range

Red-eyed Dove, Streptopelia semitorquata                        4 singles noted and 2 at Bobiri

Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis                        common

Black-billed Wood-Dove, Turtur abyssinicus                        1 at Brinu Beach

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Turtur afer                        1 at Offinso

Tambourine Dove, Turtur tympanistria                        common

Blue-headed Wood-Dove, Turtur brehmeri                        1 Abrafo forest(JH) and heard at Kakum

African Green-Pigeon, Treron calva                        common

Grey Parrot, Psittacus erithacus                        fairly common

Brown-necked Parrot, Poicephalus robustus                        4 at Ebekawopa, Kakum NP

Red-fronted Parrot, Poicephalus gulielmi                        2 at Ebekawopa and Sekondi Forest

Great Blue Turaco, Corythaeola cristata                        1 at Ankasa and heard at Abrafo forest

Guinea (Green) Turaco, Tauraco persa                 heard only at Brinu Beach     

Yellow-billed Turaco, Tauraco macrorhynchus     at least 6 at Ebekawopa and heard widely

Western Plantain-eater, Crinifer piscator                        2 at Brinu Beach

Levaillant's Cuckoo, Clamator levaillantii                        1 or 2 on 4 days

Thick-billed Cuckoo, Pachycoccyx audeberti                        1 in display flight at the Kakum NP canopy walkway

Red-chested Cuckoo, Cuculus solitarius                             heard at Atewa

Black Cuckoo, Cuculus clamosus                        heard at Offinso

Dusky (Guinea) Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cercococcyx mechowi     poor view at Ankasa 

Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cercococcyx olivinus      heard at Ebekawopa

Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx flavigularis   1 at Aboabo forest   

Klaas' Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx klaas                        singles at Antwikwaa Park and Offinso

African Emerald Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx cupreus    1 at Abrafo forest, 2 at Sekondi forest and heard elsewhere        

Dideric Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius                        1 at Atewa farmbush

Yellowbill/ Blue Malkoha, Ceuthmochares aereus    a few on 4 days         

Black-throated Coucal, Centropus leucogaster          commonly heard but only 2 singles seen at Antwikwaa and 1 in Atewa farmbush.

Blue-headed Coucal, Centropus monachus                        1 at Antwikwaa and heard at Kakum             

Senegal Coucal, Centropus senegalensis                        a few               

Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Bubo poensis                        1 near Ebekawopa at dusk and 1 briefly at dawn at Kakum canopy walkway entrance

Akun Eagle-Owl, Bubo leucostictus                        1 at Sekondi forest               

African Wood-Owl, Strix woodfordii                              commonly heard                       

Red-chested Owlet, Glaucidium tephronotum      1 heard at Atewa              

Brown Nightjar, Caprimulgus binotatus                        1 near Antwikwaa and 4 heard at Kakum

Plain Nightjar, Caprimulgus inornatus                        2 near Antwikwaa

Long-tailed Nightjar, Caprimulgus climacurus                        1 at Brimsu Dam

Black-shouldered Nightjar, Caprimulgus nigriscapularis     poor view of 1 at Sekondi forest

Black Spinetail, Telacanthura melanopygia                        4 at Kakum, 1 at Shama forest and 2 at Aboabo

Sabine's Spinetail, Rhaphidura sabini                        7 at Ebekawopa and a few at Aboabo

Cassin's Spinetail, Neafrapus cassini                        4 at Kakum, 1 at Shama forest, 3 at Ankasa and 2 at Aboabo

African Palm-Swift, Cypsiurus parvus                        1 or 2 on 5 days

Common Swift, Apus apus                        a few at Kakum

Little Swift, Apus affinis                        fairly common

Shining-blue Kingfisher, Alcedo quadribrachys        1 at Ankasa

White-bellied Kingfisher, Alcedo leucogaster                        1 at Ankasa

African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Ispidina picta                        singles at Abrafo forest, Aboabo and Offinso

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Halcyon badia      sadly, heard only on 5 days  

Woodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis                        a few singles

Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Halcyon malimbica           singles at Ankasa and Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary

Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima                        heard at Ankasa

Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis                        heard at Ankasa

Black Bee-eater, Merops gularis                        3 at Sekondi forest               

Blue-moustached Bee-eater, Merops mentalis                           1 of this recent split from Blue-headed at Ebekawopa

Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus                        2 at Brinu Beach

White-throated Bee-eater, Merops albicollis                        common

Rosy Bee-eater, Merops malimbicus                        a few at Ebekawopa, Kakum and Antwikwaa

Blue-throated Roller, Eurystomus gularis                        quite common

White-headed Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus bollei    2 at Kakum and 4 at Aboabo            

Forest Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus castaneiceps    1 at Sekondi forest

White-crested Hornbill, Tockus albocristatus                        3 at Ebekawopa

Black Dwarf Hornbill, Tockus hartlaubi                        a pair at Bobiri forest               

Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Tockus camurus                        2 at Abrafo forest and Sekondi forest

African Pied Hornbill, Tockus fasciatus                        common

Piping Hornbill, Ceratogymna fistulator                        several at Abrafo and Sekondi forests, heard at Ankasa

Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Ceratogymna cylindricus    3 at Kakum and Abrafo forest

Black-casqued Hornbill, Ceratogymna atrata                        heard at Ankasa

Naked-faced Barbet, Gymnobucco calvus                        singles at at Ebekawopa and Aboabo, 2 at Antwikwaa Park

Bristle-nosed Barbet, Gymnobucco peli                        3+ at Sekondi forest and a colony of 20 in dead tree at Bobiri               

Speckled Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus scolopaceus         a few on the first 4 days

Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus atroflavus             only 1 seen at Sekondi forest, heard at Ebekawopa and Kakum

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus subsulphureus    singles at Ebekawopa and Sekondi forests

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus bilineatus    1 at Ankasa, heard at Antwikwaa Park                

Yellow-spotted Barbet, Buccanodon duchaillui              1 at Sekondi forest, heard at Kakum

Hairy-breasted Barbet, Tricholaema hirsuta                        2 at Ebekawopa and 1 at Aboabo

Vieillot's Barbet, Lybius vieilloti                        2 at Atewa farmbush

Yellow-billed Barbet, Trachyphonus purpuratus    singles at Sekondi, and Antwikwaa Park(MB), a few at Atewa farmbush.         

Thick-billed Honeyguide, Indicator conirostris                        1 at the Bobiri Bristle-nosed Barbet colony

Least Honeyguide, Indicator exilis                              heard at Bobiri  

Cassin's Honeyguide, Prodotiscus insignis                        2 at Sekondi     

African Piculet, Sasia africana                        1 at Bobiri, heard at Abrafo forest               

Little Green Woodpecker, Campethera maculosa    2 at Ankasa            

Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Campethera nivosa                   1 at Ebekawopa

Brown-eared Woodpecker, Campethera caroli                    1 at Ankasa

Melancholy Woodpecker, Dendropicos lugubris   singles at Sekondi, Aboabo and Offinso             

Fire-bellied Woodpecker, Dendropicos pyrrhogaster    singles at Antwikwaa, Offinso and Aboabo, 2 at Bobiri, heard at Kakum

Rufous-sided Broadbill, Smithornis rufolateralis    I displaying at Kakum, heard elsewhere

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica                        common

Ethiopian Swallow, Hirundo aethiopica                        a few

White-throated Blue Swallow, Hirundo nigrita                        2 at the Pra River bridge

Lesser Striped-Swallow, Hirundo abyssinica                        2 at Rain Forest Lodge, a few at Kakum and Obiri

Rufous-chested Swallow, Hirundo semirufa      a poor view of 4 in flight at Rain Forest Lodge

Preuss' Swallow, Hirundo preussi                        many nesting under a low bridge en route to Atewa

Square-tailed Sawwing, Psalidoprocne nitens                        a few at Sekondi and Ankasa

Fanti Sawwing, Psalidoprocne obscura                        several at Ebekawopa, Kakum and Sekondi

African Pied Wagtail, Motacilla aguimp                        a few

Plain-backed Pipit, Anthus leucophrys                        2 at Brinu Beach

Tree Pipit, Anthus trivialis                        1 at Ankasa

Blue Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina azurea                        singles at Kakum and Bobiri, heard at Aboabo and Offinso

Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Campephaga phoenicea   1 at Offinso forest, surprisingly.     

Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Campephaga quiscalina    1 female at Aboabo and a male at Bobiri   

Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus                        common

Little Greenbul, Andropadus virens                              only heard at Atewa Farmbush        

Little Grey Greenbul, Andropadus gracilis                        2 at Antwikwaa 

Ansorge's Greenbul, Andropadus ansorgei                        1 at Offinso

Plain Greenbul, Andropadus curvirostris                        1 at Ebekawopa

Slender-billed Greenbul, Andropadus gracilirostris    a few throughout  

Yellow-whiskered Bulbul, Andropadus latirostris      heard only at Atewa              

Golden Greenbul, Calyptocichla serina                        singles at Ebekawopa and Kakum

Honeyguide Greenbul, Baeopogon indicator                        singles at Ebekawopa and Bonkro

Spotted Greenbul, Ixonotus guttatus                        2+ at Sekondi

Simple Greenbul, Chlorocichla simplex                        singles at Antwikwaa, Ebekawopa, Ankasa and Atewa Farmbush

Swamp Palm Greenbul, Thescelocichla leucopleura    at least 1 both days at Sekondi, heard at Aboabo        

Leaf-love, Phyllastrephus scandens                        1 at Abrafo forest               

White-throated Greenbul, Phyllastrephus albigularis    2 at Abrafo forest, heard at Kakum, Aboabo and Offinso             

Icterine Greenbul, Phyllastrephus icterinus                        fairly common

Red-tailed Bristlebill, Bleda syndactyla                              heard at Ebekawopa and Atewa Range    

Green-tailed Bristlebill, Bleda eximia                              heard at Atewa 

Grey-headed Bristlebill, Bleda canicapilla                        1 at Offinso, heard at Kakum and Antwikwaa

Red-tailed Greenbul, Criniger calurus                        singles at Kakum and Abrafo forest

Western Bearded-Greenbul, Criniger barbatus               2+ at Abrafo forest, singles at Ankasa and Atewa, heard at Kakum

Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Criniger olivaceus                        singles at Ankasa

Western Nicator, Nicator chloris                        singles at Offinso and Atewa, widely heard               

Finsch's Flycatcher-Thrush, Neocossyphus finschii    1+ at Ebekawopa and Sekondi, widely heard               

White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Neocossyphus poensis      heard only at Kakum

African Thrush, Turdus pelios                        1 at Brinu Beach

White-tailed Alethe, Pseudalethe diademata    heard at Abrafo forest               

Red-faced Cisticola, Cisticola erythrops                        1 at Atewa Farmbush, heard at Rainforest Lodge and Brinu Beach              

Whistling Cisticola, Cisticola lateralis                        1 at Antwikwaa, heard at Atewa Farmbush

Red-winged Warbler/Prinia, Heliolais erythroptera         2 at Sekondi forest               

Black-capped Apalis, Apalis nigriceps                        1 at Aboabo

Sharpe's Apalis, Apalis sharpii                        2 at Offinso, heard at Kakum and Abrafo forest

Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brevicaudata      heard only        

Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Camaroptera superciliaris     1 at Antwikwaa, heard at Kakum and Sekondi     

Olive-green Camaroptera, maroptera chloronota    1 or 2 at Sekondi and Offinso                               

Rufous-crowned Eremomela, emomela badiceps   1 at Aboabo            

Green Crombec, lvietta virens                        singles at Ebekawopa and Antwikwaa, heard at Sekondi

Lemon-bellied Crombec, lvietta denti                        singles at Aboabo and Offinso

Kemp's Longbill, crosphenus kempi                        1 at Aboabo, heard at Abrafo and Offinso

Grey Longbill, crosphenus concolor                        2 at Antwikwaa and 1 at Atewa, heard widely

Green Hylia, Hylia prasina                        1 or 2 at Kakum, Antwikwaa, Sekondi and Aboabo

Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus                        2 at Antwikwaa and 1 at Atewa

Pale Flycatcher, Bradornis pallidus                        singles at Abrafo forest and Atewa Farmbush        

African Forest-Flycatcher, Fraseria ocreata                        2 at Abrafo forest and Aboabo, 1 at Sekondi and Offinso

Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata                        1 at Ankasa

Ussher's Flycatcher, Muscicapa ussheri                        singles at Aboabo, Bobiri and Offinso

Olivaceous Flycatcher, Muscicapa olivascens            1 of this rarely seen sp. at Ebekawopa

Little Grey Flycatcher, Muscicapa epulata                        1 at Atewa

Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa comitata                        2 at Antwikwaa and Sekondi

Cassin's Flycatcher, Muscicapa cassini                        1 at Brinu Beach

Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher, Myioparus griseigularis    1 at Sekondi       

Forest Robin, Stiphrornis erythrothorax                        singles at Antwikwaa and Ankasa, heard elsewhere

Forest Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas leucosticte      heard at Aboabo and Bobiri but very elusive      

Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra                        2 at Brinu Beach

African Shrike-flycatcher, Megabyas flammulatus    a pair at Offinso, 1 at Atewa

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Bias musicus      heard at Atewa Farmbush        

Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Platysteira cyanea    1 at Ankasa            

West African (Chestnut) Wattle-eye, Platysteira castanea    fairly common, max of 4 at Kakum   

Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Platysteira blissetti                1 at Abrafo forest               

West African Batis, Batia occulta                        1 at Akewa

Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Erythrocercus mccallii    1 at Kakum             

Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher, Trochocercus nitens      heard only

Red-bellied Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone rufiventer   singles at 5 sites                

African Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone viridis    singles at Atewa and Bobiri                                       

White-necked Rockfowl, Picathartes gymnocephalus    at least 4 at Bonkro             

Blackcap Illadopsis, Illadopsis cleaveri                              heard at Sekondi           

Rufous-winged Illadopsis, Illadopsis rufescens      heard at Ankasa                       

Puvel's Illadopsis, Illadopsis puveli                        1 at Abrafo forest

Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Illadopsis rufipennis                        1 or 2 at Ankasa

Capuchin Babbler, Phyllanthus atripennis                        5+ in a flock at Offinso forest

Forest Penduline-Tit, Anthoscopus flavifrons                        2+ at Sekondi

Tit-hylia, Pholidornis rushiae                        3 at Antwikwaa, 1 at Sekondi, heard elsewhere

Fraser’s (Scarlet-tufted) Sunbird, Deleornis fraseri    2 at Ebekawopa

Mangrove (Brown) Sunbird, Anthreptes gabonicus    1 at a nest in the mangroves       

Little Green Sunbird, Anthreptes seimundi                        2 at Ebekawopa, 1 at Offinso

Green Sunbird, Anthreptes rectirostris                        1 at Kakum

Collared Sunbird, Hedydipna collaris                        1 or 2 at 6 sites

Reichenbach's Sunbird, Anabathmis reichenbachii    2 at the mangroves       

Green-headed Sunbird, Cyanomitra verticalis                        1 at Brinu Beach

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Cyanomitra cyanolaema    1 at Sekondi, 2 at Atewa Farmbush        

(Western) Olive Sunbird, Cyanomitra olivacea obscura    1 or 2 at 5 sites         

Buff-throated Sunbird, Chalcomitra adelberti                        singles at Ebekawopa, Kakum, Sekondi and Offinso

Olive-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris chloropygius                        2 at Antwikwaa and Abrafo forest

Tiny Sunbird, Cinnyris minullus                        singles at Ebekawopa and Aboabo

Splendid Sunbird, Cinnyris coccinigaster                        6 at Brinu Beach

Johanna's Sunbird, Cinnyris johannae                        2+ at Ebekawopa, 1 at Kakum

Superb Sunbird, Cinnyris superbus                        3 at Ekondi, 1at Atewa Farmbush

Copper Sunbird, Cinnyris cupreus                        2 at Brinu Beach

African Yellow White-eye, Zosterops senegalensis       1 at Atewa Farmbush                                                        

Western Black-headed Oriole, Oriolus brachyrhynchus    fairly common   

Black-winged Oriole, Oriolus nigripennis                        1 at Kakum, 2 at Offinso

Northern Fiscal, Lanius collaris                        2 at Rainforest Lodge and 1 at Offinso

Northern Puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis                        1 at Atewa Farmbush

Sabine’s Puffback, Dryoscopus sabini                        2 at Kakum, 1 at Offinso, heard at Ebekawopa and Sekondi

Black-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra senegala                        1 at Ankasa

Sooty Boubou, Laniarius leucorhynchus                              heard at Abrafo forest               

Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus                        2 at Brinu Beach

Chestnut-bellied/Red-billed Helmetshrike, Prionops caniceps    5 at Antwikwaa Park, 4 at Abrafo forest, 2 Sekondi and a few at Offinso.

Shining Drongo, Dicrurus atripennis                        2 at Antwikwaa, Abrafo and Ankasa, 1 at Atewa, heard at Ebekawopa.                             

Velvet-mantled Drongo, Dicrurus modestus                        fairly common

Pied Crow, Corvus albus                        common          

Splendid Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis splendidus    fairly common   

Copper-tailed Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis cupreocauda    2 at Ebekawopa, 4 at Sekondi       

Violet-backed Starling, Cinnyricinclus leucogaster   10 at Ebekawopa, Antwikwaa and Abrafo, a few at Sekondi           

Forest Chestnut-winged Starling, Onychognathus fulgidus    2 at Ebekawopa, Kakum and Offinso             

Narrow-tailed Starling, Poeoptera lugubris      poor view of 10 at Sekondi forest  

Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus                        fairly common

Black-necked Weaver, Ploceus nigricollis                        1 or 2 at Ebekawopa, Antwikwaa, Ankasa and Offinso

Orange Weaver, Ploceus aurantius                        10 near Cape Coast

Vitelline Masked-Weaver, Ploceus velatus                        1 at Abrafo forest

Village Weaver, Ploceus cucullatus                        fairly common

Vieillot's Black Weaver, Ploceus nigerrimus                        2 at Antwikwaa, several at Sekondi and Atewa Farmbush, 1 at Brinu Beach

Yellow-mantled Weaver, Ploceus tricolour                        a few nesting at Kakum and Atewa Farmbush        

Maxwell's Black Weaver, Ploceus albinucha                        colonies at Sekondi, Aboabo and Atewa              

Preuss's/Golden-backed Weaver, Ploceus preussi    2 at Sekondi     

Red-vented Malimbe, Malimbus scutatus                        1 or 2 at Antwikwaa, Abrafo and Sekondi, 5 at Ankasa

Blue-billed/Gray's Malimbe, Malimbus nitens                        fairly common

Crested Malimbe, Malimbus malimbicus                        singles at Sekondi and Aboabo, 2 at Atewa

Red-headed Malimbe, Malimbus rubricollis                        a few singles

Black-winged Bishop, Euplectes hordeaceus                        1 at Brinu Beach

Yellow-shouldered Widowbird, Euplectes macrourus    3 at Brinu Beach 

White-breasted Negrofinch, Nigrita fusconota                        2 at Abrafo forest and Antwikwaa

Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Nigrita bicolor                        singles at Ebekawopa, Kakum and Offinso

Grey-headed Negrofinch, Nigrita canicapilla                        1 or 2 at most sites

Western Bluebill, Spermophaga haematina                        1 at Atewa, heard at Antwikwaa

Bar-breasted Firefinch, Lagonosticta rufopicta           a few at Sekondi and Brinu Beach

Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Estrilda melpoda                        singles at Antwikwaa  (DA) and Brinu Beach

Black-rumped Waxbill, Estrilda troglodytes                        a few at Brinu Beach

Bronze Mannikin, Lonchura cucullata                        a few

Black-and-white Mannikin, Lonchura bicolor                        10 en route and at Antewa Farmbush

Magpie Mannikin, Lonchura fringilloides                        a few at Bobiri

Pin-tailed Whydah, Vidua macroura                        1 at Rainforest Lodge

 

Ghana North of Tamale

Long-tailed Cormorant, Phalacrocorax africanus    1 or 2 Tono Dam     

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea                        1 White Volga River

Black-headed Heron, Ardea melanocephala                        1 Mole, 4 White Volga River

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta                        singles Tono Dam and White Volga River

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis                        common

Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta                        a few at Mole, 1 Tono Dam

Saddle-billed Stork, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis    1 Mole             

Hadada Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash                        a few at Mole

Spur-winged Goose, Plectropterus gambensis    200 Tono Dam  

Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus caeruleus                        1 en route on 18.3.13 (JH)

Yellow-billed Kite, Milvus migrans parasitus                        common

Palm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis                        1 at Mole

Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus                        common

White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus                        4 at Mole

White-headed Vulture, Trigonoceps occipitalis            2 Mole

Bateleur, Terathopius ecaudatus                        2 Mole

Western Marsh-Harrier, Circus aeruginosus                        3 White Volga River

Lizard Buzzard, Kaupifalco monogrammicus                        1 Mole

Gabar Goshawk, Micronisus gabar                        1 Tono Dam

Shikra, Accipiter badius                        2 Mole and Tono Dam

Grasshopper Buzzard, Butastur rufipennis                        fairly common

Red-necked Buzzard, Buteo auguralis                        2 singles at Mole

Wahlberg's Eagle, Aquila wahlbergi                        1 at Mole

Fox Kestrel, Falco alopex                        2 at Tondo Hills

Grey Kestrel, Falco ardosiaceus                        singles at Mole and Tono Dam

Red-necked Falcon, Falco chicquera                        1 Mole

African Hobby, Falco cuvierii                        1 White Volga River

White-throated Francolin, Francolinus albogularis    1 Mole airstrip     

Ahanta Francolin, Francolinus ahantensis                        1 Mole

Double-spurred Francolin, Francolinus bicalcaratus    common          

Stone Partridge, Ptilopachus petrosus                        3 Mole

Helmeted Guineafowl, Numida meleagris                        common Mole

African Jacana, Actophilornis africanus                        2+ Mole, 6+ en route                

Senegal Thick-knee, Burhinus senegalensis                        5 Tono Dam

Egyptian Plover, Pluvianus aegyptius                        5 Bawku

Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus                        several Tono Dam

African Wattled Lapwing, Vanellus senegallus           several at Mole and Tono Dam

Forbes' Plover, Charadrius forbesi                        1 Mole

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus                        1 Tono Dam

Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola                        2 Tono Dam, 1 White Volga River

Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos                        2+ Tono Dam

Four-banded Sandgrouse, Pterocles quadricinctus    2 Tono Dam   

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea                        a few at Mole, 5 at Tono Dam

African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens    a few at Tono Dam                

Vinaceous Dove, Streptopelia vinacea                        a few at Mole and Tono Dam  

Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis                        common

Black-billed Wood-Dove, Turtur abyssinicus                        2+ at Mole and 4 at Tono Dam

Namaqua Dove, Oena capensis                        2 at Mole

Bruce's Green-Pigeon, Treron waalia                        a few

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri                        a few at Mole and Tono Dam

Red-headed Lovebird, Agapornis pullarius                        2 at Mole

Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus                        3 at Mole, 2 at Tono Dam

Violet Turaco, Musophaga violacea                        1 or 2 at Mole

Western Plantain-eater, Crinifer piscator                        1 or 2 daily at Mole, a few at Tono Dam

Thick-billed Cuckoo, Pachycoccyx audeberti                        1 at Mole

Black Cuckoo, Cuculus clamosus                        2 at Mole

African Cuckoo, Cuculus gularis                        1 at Mole

Senegal Coucal, Centropus senegalensis                        up to 3 daily at Mole, 1 at Tono Dam

African Scops-Owl, Otus senegalensis                        1 seen at Mole with at least 2 others calling

Greyish Eagle-Owl, Bubo cinerascens                             1 briefly at Mole Lodge (JH)

Pearl-spotted Owlet, Glaucidium perlatum                        1 at Mole

Standard-winged Nightjar, Macrodipteryx longipennis    2 at Mole airstrip 

African Palm-Swift, Cypsiurus parvus                        several

Little Swift, Apus affinis                        a few en route

Malachite Kingfisher, Alcedo cristata                        2 singles White Volga River

Grey-headed Kingfisher, Halcyon leucocephala    a few               

Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Halcyon malimbica                        1 at Mole

Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti                            2 singles at Mole                

Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima                        1 at Mole

Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis                        2 Tono Dam, 1 White Volga River

Red-throated Bee-eater, Merops bulocki                        a few

Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus                        a few

White-throated Bee-eater, Merops albicollis                        common en route

Abyssinian Roller, Coracias abyssinica                        2 White Volga River

Rufous-crowned Roller, Coracias naevia                        a few at Mole and Tono Dam

Blue-bellied Roller, Coracias cyanogaster                        2 at Tono Dam

Broad-billed Roller, Eurystomus glaucurus                        1 at Mole

Green Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus                        10 at Mole

Black Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus aterrimus                        3 at Mole

Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus    2 at Mole, common at Tono Dam        

African Grey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus                        fairly common

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus chrysoconus    singles at Mole and Tono Dam  

Vieillot's Barbet, Lybius vieilloti                        1 at Mole

Bearded Barbet, Lybius dubius                        2 singles at Mole, 2 at Tono Dam

Greater Honeyguide, Indicator indicator                        2 at Mole, 1 at Tono Dam

Fine-spotted Woodpecker, Campethera punctuligera    1 at Mole            

Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Campethera abingoni    1 at Mole                

Grey Woodpecker, Dendropicos goertae                        2 at Mole

Brown-backed Woodpecker, Dendropicos obsoletus    1 at Mole                

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark, Eremopterix leucotis    several at Tondo Hills                 

Sun Lark, Galerida modesta                        4 at Mole

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica                        common

Red-chested Swallow, Hirundo lucida                        2 at the mosque outside Mole

Wire-tailed Swallow, Hirundo smithii                        a few throughout                       

Red-rumped Swallow, Hirundo daurica                        1 at Mole         

African Pied Wagtail, Motacilla aguimp                        !+ en route

Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava                        1+ at Tono Dam

White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina pectoralis    1 at Mole                

Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Campephaga phoenicea    I at Mole                

Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus,                            common

Yellow-throated Greenbul/Leaflove, Chlorocichla flavicollis    3 at Mole                

African Thrush, Turdus pelios                        1 at Mole

Singing Cisticola, Cisticola cantans                        3 at Tono Dam

Rock-loving Cisticola, Cisticola aberrans                        1+ at Tondo Hills

Dorst's Cisticola, Cisticola dorsti                        White Volga River

Rufous Cisticola, Cisticola rufus                        2 at Mole

Black-necked/backed Cisticola, Cisticola eximius    1 at Tono Dam        

Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava                        1 at Mole

Yellow-breasted Apalis, Apalis flavida                        2 at Mole

Oriole Warbler, Hypergerus atriceps                        up to 5 at Mole                         

Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brevicaudata    

Moustached Grass-Warbler, Melocichla mentalis    White Volga River                

Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus    1+ at Tono Dam

Melodious Warbler, Hippolais polyglotta                        1 at Tono Dam

Senegal Eremomela, Eremomela pusilla                        2 at Mole

Northern Crombec, Sylvietta brachyura                        1 at Mole

Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus                        2 at Mole

Northern Black-Flycatcher, Melaenornis edolioides    2+ daily at Mole

Swamp Flycatcher, Muscicapa aquatica                        1 at Mole

Lead-coloured/Fan-tailed Flycatcher, Myioparus plumbeus    2 at Mole                

Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca                        2 at Mole

White-crowned Robin-Chat, Cossypha albicapilla    2 at Mole                

Familiar Chat, Cercomela familiaris       JH at Mole Lodge

Mocking Cliff-Chat, amnolaea cinnamomeiventris    1 at Tondo Hills                 

White-fronted Black Chat, \myrmecocichla albifrons   1 at Mole

Senegal Batis, tis senegalensis                        2 singles at Mole

African Blue-Flycatcher, Elminia longicauda                        2 singles at Mole

African Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone viridis    1 at Mole                

Blackcap Babbler, Turdoides reinwardtii                        2+ at Mole

White-winged Black-Tit, Melaniparus leucomelas    up to 4 at Mole      

Spotted Creeper, Salpornis spilonotus                        2 at Mole

Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Anthreptes longuemarei    1 at Mole            

Pygmy Sunbird, Hedydipna platura                        1 at Mole

Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Chalcomitra senegalensis    2 at Mole, a few at Tono Dam    

Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchellus                        2+ at Mole, a few at Tono Dam

African Yellow White-eye, Zosterops senegalensis    2 at Mole         

African Golden Oriole, Oriolus auratus                        2 singles at Mole

Yellow-billed Shrike, Corvinella corvina                        10+ at Tono Dam

Northern Puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis                        1 or 2 daily at Mole

Black-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra senegala                        singles at Mole and Tono Dam

Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus                        1 or 2 at Mole and Tono Dam

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, Telophorus sulfureopectus    1 at Mole         

Grey-headed Bushshrike, Malaconotus blanchoti    1 at Mole                

Square-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus ludwigii                        1 at Mole

Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis                        1 or 2 at Mole and Tono Dam

Piapiac, Ptilostomus afer                        a few en route to the Egyptian Plover site, 2 when driving south

Pied Crow, Corvus albus                        common

Purple Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis purpureus    1 at Mole, a few at Tono Dam

Long-tailed Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis caudatus    6 at Mole, a few at Tono Dam        

Chestnut-bellied Starling, Lamprotornis pulcher    a few at Tono Dam    

Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus    a few Tono Dam (DA)

Yellow-billed Oxpecker, phagus africanus                        2 Tono Dam

Grey-headed Sparrow, sser griseus                        a few               

Bush Petronia, tronia dentata                        a few at Mole

Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, ocepasser superciliosus    3 at Tono Dam  

White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, balornis albirostris   1 en route South

Little Weaver, Ploceus luteolus                        a few at Mole

Black-necked Weaver, Ploceus nigricollis                        a few at Mole

Village Weaver, Ploceus cucullatus                        several

Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea                        Mole and White Volga River

Black-winged Bishop, Euplectes hordeaceus                        a few at Mole

Red-billed Firefinch, Lagonosticta senegala                        a few throughout

Black-bellied Firefinch, Lagonosticta rara                        2 Mole

Black-faced Firefinch, Lagonosticta larvata                        2 Mole

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Uraeginthus bengalus    a few throughout  

Lavender Waxbill, Estrilda caerulescens                        fairly common at Mole

Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Estrilda melpoda                        a few throughout

Black-rumped Waxbill, Estrilda troglodytes                        a few at Tongo Hills, Tono Dam and White Volga River

African Silverbill, Lonchura cantans                        3 Tono Dam, 1 White Volga River

Bronze Mannikin, Lonchura cucullata                        common

Cut-throat, Amadina fasciata                        2 Tono Dam

Wilson’s Indigobird, Vidua wilsoni                        1 Mole, 5 Tono Dam

Yellow-fronted Canary, Serinus mozambicus                        2 at Mole Lodge and White Volga River

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Emberiza tahapisi    common at Tondo Hills       

Brown-rumped Bunting, Emberiza affinis                        a pair at Mole.

 

 

 

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