January 25 – February 8, 2012

January 25th to 8th  February Birding Trip Report to Eastern and the Coastal Part of Kenya

Trip Leaders Joseph Aengwo and Mauro Bailo

Participants: 5 Clients

Bird Species Recorded: 445

Animal Species: 34

For many bird people across the globe, the beginning of the year is a wonderful time. Yearly lists can start anew, and who knows what the next twelve months will bring? While rarities whet the appetite of any birder, the expected birds are much more frequently counted. And this was not any different for us when we started our 14 days birding trip that took us to birding hotspot found in eastern and coastal part of Kenya.

There were of course numerous avian highlights during our grand tour of that part of the country and of the nine or ten Kenyan endemics we encountered four, namely; Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis, Taita White-eye, Clarke’s Weaver. We also saw rarities and restricted-range species such as Sokoke Scops Owl, Friedmann’s Lark, Malindi and Sokoke Pipits, Golden Palm and Taveta Golden Weavers. Of the other near-endemics and specials rarely recorded on other tours we also managed to record the following: Somali Ostrich, Mountain Buzzard, Shelley’s Francolin, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Courser, Sooty Gull, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Fischer’s and Hartlaub’s Turacos,  African Barred Owlet, Montane Nightjar, White-headed Mousebird,  Eastern Green Tinkerbird, Brown-breasted, White-eared, Red-and-yellow and D’Arnaud’s Barbets, Pallid Honeyguide, Mombasa and African Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Fawn-coloured, Pink-breasted and Red-winged Larks, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Golden Pipit, Pangani Longclaw, Stripe-cheeked Fischer’s and Tiny Greenbuls, Northern Brownbul, Dodson’s Bulbul, Scaly and Northern Pied Babblers, East Coast Akalat, Ashy Cisticolas,  Quil-Plover, Somali Long-billed and White-browed Crombecs,  Red-throated Tit, Little Yellow Flycatcher, Forest Batis, Long-tailed, Taita  Fiscal, Three-streaked Tchagra, Black-fronted Bush-shrike and Rosy-patched Bush-shrikes, East Coast Boubou,  Hildebrandt’s,  Fischer’s and Magpie Starlings, Plain-backed, Amani, Eastern Olive, Mouse-coloured, Hunter’s, Tsavo Purple-banded Sunbird,  Parrot-billed, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, Zanzibar Red Bishop, Jackson’s Widowbird, Black-cheeked Waxbill, African Silverbill, Village Indigobird, Steel-blue and Straw-tailed Whydahs, African Citril and White-bellied  Canary.

25 January 2012: The clients arrived on 25 January, 2012.After checking out of the Airport our birding trip begun immediately and we pocketed some few species at the airport which included; Little, White-ramped, Horus and African-palm Swift, Red-winged Starling, Common Bulbul and Grey-headed Sparrow. On this day, we were a little bit lucky to avoid the traffic jam that is always associated with Mombasa road that link to Jomo Kenyatta international airport, this was so because the president of Kenya was returning from an overseas trip, and the highway was virtually empty and only few cars were allowed to speed over it. Despite the speed that our driver Charles was doing the highway, we still managed to see 20 or so Sacred Ibis were patched on several trees along the way.

Once in our Hotel, located in Karen, one of Kenya well known suburb, the ground of the hotel was very productive and we saw Northern-pied Babbler, Scarlet-chested, Collared and Bronze Sunbird, Parrot-billed  and House Sparrow, Speke’s Weaver and Hadada Ibis.

26th January 2012: This day started a bit early for us. After having breakfast at 5:45 a.m, by 6:20 am we were ready to leave for a full day tour to Nairobi National Park. We were at the Langata Main Gate at exactly 6:30 a.m., It took us 10 minutes to clear with park authorities and by quarter to seven we were already into full birding. In the nearby forest 300 meters after the gate we recorded Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Long-tailed and Common Fiscal, Spotted and Pale Flycatcher, Common Stonechat, Blackcap, Singing Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Yellow White-Eye, White-bellied Tit,  Variable Sunbird, Bronze Mannikin, Red-cheeked Cordon Blue, Streaky Seedeater and Collared Widow bird.

Once, we exited the forest to the grassland savanna we spotted Zitting, Desert, Winding, Stout, Pectrol-patch and Rattling Cisticola, Grassland Pipit, Rufouse-naped and Athi Short-toed Lark, Lesser-striped and Red-rumped and Barn Swallow, Brown Parisoma, Oliveceous Warbler, Brubru, Whinchat, Saddle-billed Stork and Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Goliat, Grey and Black Headed Heron.

We also had an impressive view of Quail-Finch, Common and Yellow-bellied Waxbill, African Silverbill, Red-billed and African Firefinch, Booted, Tawny, Steppe, Martial and African-hawk Eagle. As we were exited the park at around 6 p.m, we were lucky to came across White-headed and Spot-flanked Barbet, Baglafecht Weaver and Brown-snake Eagle.

Other than birds species we also saw some mammals which included the rare Black Rhino, Lioness ambushing a group of Cake’s Hartebeest, Impala, and Elands.

After that long successful day, we retreated to the comfort of our hotel at Karen.

27 January,2012: Today we had planned to visit Lake Magadi and Olorgesailie historical site, both were very good site for birding and we were excited about the surprises the day had in store for us.  On our way to Lake Magadi, we stopped briefly at Ngong escarpment looking for Lyne’s Cisticola which we saw after a long search, other than the cisticola we also saw Juvenile Augur Buzzard. Down the Valley we saw Red-and Yellow, Red-fronted and Black throated Barbet, Fawn-coloured Lark, Von Der Decken’s Hornbill, Hunter’s and Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird.

Once at Lake Magadi we saw Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Kittlitz’s, Little Ringed, Three-banded and Chestnut-Banded Plover, Little Stint, Common and Wood Sandpiper, Ruff and Black-winged Stilt .On our way back to Nairobi, we passed through Olorgesaillie historical site which was indeed productive. We saw Two-banded Courser, Fisher’s Sparrow Lark, Cinnamon Breasted Rock Bunting, white-bellied Canary, Nubian Woodpecker, Northern, Isabelline and Capped Wheatear and Northern Crombec.

28th January, 2012: Today, we are heading for Tsavo West National Park, and we had planned some few stop over’s at Athi River and Hunters lodge to search for Red-throated Tit and African Golden Weaver, respectively. Perhaps, we never anticipated that it will takes more time trying to locate the Red-Throated Tit, after about two hours, our effort eventually paid off when we had a stunning observation of this beautiful bird. Satisfied, with that, we knew that we had another five hours drive to our Hotel located at Rhino Valley in Tsavo west National park. We had a brief stop at Hunters Lodge and after quick search; we added African Golden Weaver in our list.

After 80 km along Mombasa-Nairobi highway, we came to Mtito Andei Main Gate Junction, but Charles our driver, was not convinced that it was it for real, so he kept on accelerating only to realize that we were actually correct after 4 kms!!!That meant we had to turn around and head back to the main gate. Clearing with the Authorities took long than I thought and as a rule for birders, time wasted seated in the van was never encouraged, so a quick walk around the main gate gave us Golden-breasted Starling, Eastern Paradise and Pin-tailed Whydah, Vetelline Masked Weaver and Grey-capped social Weaver.

However, we still had 40 kms to cover to be in our hotel for lunch, so we had to make hard choices , either decide to continue birding and we miss lunch, or we forgone birding for lunch, majority of the group choose the latter for the former and Charles did what he does best! Drive us for lunch. After Lunch, which our bodies appreciated a lot, we were back to the van for a game drive in the park. Again this game drive proved to be very successful, we added on our list species like; European Roller, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Balck-faced Sandgrouse, Straw-tailed whydah, Common Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Walberg Eagle, Eastern-pale chanting Goshawk, White-winged Widowbird, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Red-backed and Isabel line Shrike.

29th January, 2012: Today we are headed to Ziwani Voyage Tented Camp on the western part of Tsavo West National Park. After breakfast our birding commenced along the Rhino Valley, Chaemo Lava flow and toward Mzima Spring all the way to Tsavo River and this will eventually led us to exit the Park through Ziwani gate; this morning was also very productive! we saw Common Kestrel, Pygmy Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Steel-blue Whydah, White-browed Coucal, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Speckled and Blue-naped Mousebird, Grey-headed Kingfisher, White-throated Bee-eater, European Bee-eater , African Hoope, Tsavo Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Green-wood Hoopoe and African Hawk Eagle.

We arrived at the Hotel just in time for Lunch which we really earned. After Checking in to our rooms and a little rest we went on a bird walk around the ranch where our hotel is located, in two hours we had the following species in our list and it included; African Fish Eagle, Palm-nut Vulture, Water Thick-knee, Lanner Falcon, Brown-breasted Barbet, Spur-winged Goose, Taveta Golden Weaver, White-faced Whistling Duck, Cardinal Woodpecker and Buff-crested Bustard.

30th January, 2012: For this day we had schedule to visit two important birding areas, Lake Jipe and Kitobo forest, a low altitude forest located close to the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Our target species included Black-throated Wattle-Eye, White-eared Barbet and Grey-olive Greenbul. After a long and quiet birding normally associated with forest birding, we only managed to record two of our target species, which is Black-throated Wattle-Eye and White-eared Barbet. Other than those we also saw two roosting Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black-throated Barbet and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater.

Knowing that we had some distance to cover on our way to Lake Jipe, we decided that we were done with the forest. We arrived at the shore of Lake Jipe at around 2 p.m and after having our picnic lunch at Kenya Wildlife service’s station, we headed straight for birding along the shore and we saw Goliath, Grey and Squacco Heron, Hottentot and Red-billed Teal, Little, Intermediate, and Great white Egret, Taveta Golden Weaver, Zanzibar and Yellow-crowned Bishop, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Gull-billed and Whiskered Tern.

On our way to the camp, we stopped by the nearby bushes and we were surprised by species that appeared to us! The rare and elusive QUIL-PLOVER gave us a cool minute in display and some lucky and quick guys even took photographs. Golden Pipit, Pangani Longclaw, Black-headed and Crowned Lapwing, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird, Rosy-patched Bushrike, Scaly Chatterer and Friedmann’s Lark.

31st January 2012: Our destination this morning is Tsavo East National Park. We left early after breakfast as we had schedule some several stop overs on the way to try and search for White-throated Robin (Irania) but unfortunately we did not find it. However, those stop over’s were not all in vain, we managed to have some wonderful view of Quil-Plover, Pangani Longclaw, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spotted Eagle Owl, Long-crested Eagle, Square-tailed Nightjar and  Somali Long-billed Crombec.

At round 2pm, we arrived at Sagala Lodge, located in the western part of Tsavo East National Park. Sagala Lodge is only 18 kilometers from Voi Town on your way to Mombasa. It is a bird watching paradise. After a shot rest, we embark on an evening walk to the southern part of the ranch. We saw approximately forty individual of Eastern Paradise, Steel-blue, and Straw-tailed Whydah, Cut-throat Finch, Tree-streaked Tchagra and Golden-breasted Starling in a large water dam. It was extremely warm and generally there was less activity. On our way back to the hotel, we pocketed Bared-eyed Thrush, Scaly Chatterer, Spotted Eagle Owl and Spotted Flycatcher.

1st  February 2012: the all of this day was spent birding in the vast Sagala Ranch,  we managed to see Vulturine Guinea-Fowl, Crested Francolin, Red-chested Cuckoo, Black-cuckoo Shrike, Eurasian and Black-headed Oriole, Gabar Goshawk, Three-streaked Tchagra, Tsavo , Eastern Violet-backed, and Variable Sunbird, Red-fronted Warbler, Green-winged Pytilia, white-headed and Blue-naped Mousebird, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Oxpecker.

2nd February 2012: Today by 4:30 a.m all the group were up for a very early breakfast as we had planned to be in Taita Hills just before sunrise to secure a good chance to see all the endemic, which were our main target. At 6 a.m we were at Wundanyi and we started to ascend the steep hills of Taita. Their several fragment of forest patches in several locations, but Ngangao was our choice and we meet our guide Mkombola just at entrances of the forest. After brief clearances with Kenya forest officials, we secure our permits and in few minutes were into real birding. New in our record included Black-fronted Bush Shrike, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Cabanis’s, Yellwo-bellied and Striped-cheeked Greenbul and White-starred Robin.  Our effort to see the endemic of this Important Bird Area was a little bit delayed, nonetheless, our patience were rewarded eventually and we had a super view of Taita Thrush, Taita white-Eye and Taita Apalis .As we descended the hills we had a glimpse of Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle.

3rd February 2012: this day was dedicated to Tsavo East National Park. At 6:30 a.m we were at the Voi Gate sorting out with the Kenya wildlife service’s official. As they always Tsavo never ceases to impress and with just few distance from the gate we managed to add to our ever growing list the following species, Tawny, Steppe, Imperial, Martial and Wahlberg’s Eagle,   Egyptian Vulture, Bateleur, Black-shouldered Kite, Barbary Falcon, Grey and Common Kestrel.

Other specialties  of Tsavo east that was also recorded included; Red-winged Lark, Somali and Temminck’s  Courser, Crested Francolin, white-bellied and Buff-crested Bustard, Somali Ostrich, Olive-Tree Warbler and Red-billed Buffalo Weaver.

At water dam close to Ashnil Camp, we saw Northern Pintail, Red-billed Teal, Fulvous Whistling and White-faced whistling Duck, Common Sanpiper and Collared Pratincole.

Other than bird, we saw animals including; Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Impala, Elephants, Buffalos, Cheetah and  Kirk’s Dikdik. We exited the Park at 6:00 p.m, very tired and happy.

4th February 2012: North coast of Kenya. We departed Tsavo National Park for Arabuko Sokoke Forest. We stopped briefly at Mombasa town for Lunch we headed to Watamu town where the Cottages of A Rocha Kenya is located. After we checked in to the hotel, we were informed by our host manager that the tide at Mida-Creek was very good and that it was a good idea for us to try visit there immediately. Our arrival at Mida-creek was a little bit late but we still saw several species which we all needed. Those included; Gull-billed and Saunders’s Tern, Sooty Gull, Grey Plover, Greater and Mongolian Sandplover, Kentish Plover, Ringed Plover, Dulin, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Whembrel, Eurasian Curlew and Crab-Plover. On our way back to the hotel, we tried looking for Bat-Hawk but all was in Vain.

5th Feruary 2012: Arabuko Sokoke Forest. This day was divided into two parts, half of the day was suppose to be spend in Arabuko Sokoke Forest and another half was supposed to be spend in Mida-creek. We had planned to be in the bird tide at 2:30 p.m as we were informed that the tide time was expected to be at 3:20 p.m

We meet David Ngala, our guide at Kenya Forest Stationed at around 6:20 a.m, As I clear with with the forest authorities, David took the rest of the group for a small walk around the forest stationed. After we secured our entry permit, we got into the Car and headed to the Forest, we started with Brachystegia woodland , many thanks to our very knowledgeable guide who was very impressive with bird calls, we recorded Green Barbet , Mombasa Woodpecker, Pale Batis, Ashy Flycatcher, Sokoke Pipit, Retz’s and Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrikes, Amani Sunbird, Dark-Backed  Weaver and a glimpse of Clark’s Weaver.

We then moved to the Mixed forest, where we saw Forest Batis and Fisher’s Turaco. At 11 a.m we realized that time was not in our side, and we had to drive for 10 km to the sectioned of the forest which was dominated by Cynometra webberi which is an ideal habitat to look for Sokoke Scops Owl. Again with David Ngala as our guide, it took us less time than we had expected to see the Sokoke Scops Owl.

We drove out of the forest and went back to the hotel for lunch and a quick rest. At 2p.m, we were ready to drive to Mida-Creek, where reached there as planned 2:30 p.m, we were done paying the conservation fee charged by the local group who are doing a great job in protecting this important bird area, we took our place at the bird tide, and we waited patiently for bird to be drifted closer to us. Our telescopes were all set and the rhythmic call of I have this and that and that……went on for while we were all buried in sorting our bird identification out. At the end of it all we recorded Saunders’s, Caspian, Gull-billed, Lesser-crested, Greater-crested and Common Tern. Also recorded is Lesser and Greater Sandplover, Whimbrel and Eurasian Curlew , Grey Plover, White-Fronted and Kentish’s Plover, Sanderling, Dulin, Little and Temminck’s Stint, Ruff, Ruddy Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit and Crab-Plover.

6th February 2012: Sabaki River Delta and Gede Ruins National Monument. Our plan this day is to visit two Important Birds areas as indicated above. Sandbanks, mudbanks, dunes, freshwater pools and mashes are some of habitat we intend to explore today. Sabaki river mouth is located 5 km from Malindi town. In the nearby bushes, just before the delta we recorded Grassland and Malindi Pipit, Yellow and Grey Wagtail, Ethiopian Swallow, Northern Brownbul, Dodsoni Bulbul,Black-crowned Tchagra, Slate-coloured Bubou, Tropical Boubou, Red-backed Shrike, Pale Batis, Scaly Babbler, Rufous Chatterer and Mash Reed Warbler.

Down the Delta we pocketed Caspian, Lesser-crested and Greater-crested, Gull-billed Tern, Grey-headed, Sooty, Lesser Black-Backed  and Heuglin’s  Gull,  Broad-billed  and Curlew Sandpiper .

At Gedi Ruins, we spotted Great Sparrowhawk, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Green Barbet, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Wahlberg’s Eagle , and Southern-banded Snake Eagle.

7th February 2012: We had not seen most of our targeted coastal endemic and we decided that we should go back again for them. We Meet David Ngala at the Forest station. We decided we only explore the Cynometra webberi forest and this day turns out to be the most successful day in our entire trip!!. We saw Bohm’s Spinetail, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Sokoke Pipit, Malindi Pipit, Yellow-bellied, Fisher’s and Tiny Greenbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, Violet-backed Starling, Black-bellied Starling, Four-coloured Bush Shrike, Forest Batis, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Black-headed Apalis, Little-yellow Flycatcher, Plain-backed Sunbird, Eastern Nicator and East-coast Akalat.

Taking David advise, we decided visit Mida-Creek once again and to try look for Pacific Golden Plover and African Barred Owlet. We saw both of them, the Barred owlet only appeared at dusk and our effort of using a powerful spotlight helped a bit, though we honestly never had very good view of the Owlet.

And with the African Barred Owlet, we came to the end of our last full day birding. The whole team assembled at Kalahari club for a fair-well party to officially mark the end of this successful trip. We knew that we had half day the next day to do birding, but some our group members (Michael and Charles) were leaving early as their flight from Mombasa to Nairobi was schedule to depart at 12:45 p.m

8th February 2012: After we said our goodbyes to our friends we proceeded to some bushes which are very near to Mida-creek, and our intention there was to try to look for Peter’s Twinspot. We however, missed it and we had leave Malindi for Mombasa before 3 p.m. After a scrumptious lunch at Millbrook hotel, our clients cheeked in to their room in preparation for their flight back home.

 

Species of Birds seen during the January-February Coastal Birding Tour
No Common Names Scientific Names

1

Common Ostrich Struthio camelus

2

Somali Ostrich Struthio camelus molybdophanes

3

White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

4

Egyptian Goose Alopchen aegyptiaca

5

Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis

6

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

7

Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota

8

Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha

9

Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

10

Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum

11

Crested Francolin Francolinus sephaena

12

Shelley’s Francolin Francolinus shelleyi

13

Yellow-necked Francolin Francolinus leucoscepus

14

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus

15

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

16

Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus

17

White Stork Ciconia ciconia

18

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensisi

19

Marabou Strok Leptoptilos crumeniferus

20

Long-tailed Commorant Phalacrocorax africanus

21

White Pelican Pelicanus onocrotalus

22

Pink-backed Pelican Pelicanus rufescens

23

Hammerkop Scopus umbretta

24

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

25

Black-headed Heron Ardea melacocephala

26

Goliat Heron Ardea  goliath

27

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea

28

Great Egret Ardea alba

29

Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia

30

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

31

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

32

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

33

Striated Heron Butorides striata

34

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

35

Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus

36

Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash

37

African Spoonbill Platalea alba

38

European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus

39

Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus

40

Black Kite Milvus migrans

41

African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer

42

Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis

43

Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus

44

White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus

45

Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture Gyps rueppelli

46

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus

47

White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis

48

Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus  cinereus

49

Southern-banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus

50

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

51

Eurasian Mash-Harrier Circus aeruginosus

52

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

53

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus

54

African Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides typus

55

Lizzard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus

56

Eastern Chanting Goshawk Melierax poliopterus

57

Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar

58

African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro

59

Ovampo Sparrowhawk Accipter ovampensis

60

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus

61

Augur Buzzard Buteo augur

62

Towny Eagle Aquila rapax

63

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

64

Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

65

African-hawk Eagle Aquila spilogaster

66

Wahlberg,s Eagle Aquila wahlbergi

67

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus

68

Ayre’s Hawk-Eagle Hieraaetus ayresii

69

Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus

70

Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis

71

Secretary Bird Sagittarius serpentarius

72

Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus

73

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

74

Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus

75

Perigrine Falcon Falco perigrinus

76

Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides

77

Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori

78

White-bellied Bustard Eupodotis senegalensis

79

Buff-crested Bustard Eupodotis gindiana

80

Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra

81

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

82

Grey-crowned Crane Balearica regulorum

83

Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus

84

Spotted Thick-knee Burhimus capensis

85

Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus

86

Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus

87

Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus

88

Black-headed Lapwing Vanellus tectus

89

Pacific Golden Plover Pluviali fulva

90

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus

91

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii

92

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

93

Kittlitz’s Plover Charadrius pecuarius

94

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

95

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

96

Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris

97

White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus

98

Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus

99

Crab Plover Dromas ardeola

100

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

101

African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

102

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

103

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

104

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

105

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

106

Mash Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

107

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

108

Whimbrel Numenius arquata

109

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata

110

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

111

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

112

Sanderling Calidris alba

113

Little Stint Calidris minuta

114

Temminck’s Stint Calidris termminckii

115

Dunlin Calidris alpina

116

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

117

Ruff Philomachus pugnax

118

Quail-plover Ortyxelos meiffrenii

119

Somali Courser Cursorius somalensis

120

Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii

121

Double-banded Courser Smutsornis africanus

122

Collared Pratincole Glareola ocularis

123

Grey-headed Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus

124

Sooty Gull Ichthyaetus hemprichii

125

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus fuscus

126

Heuglin’s Gull Larus fuscus heuglini

127

Saunder’s Tern Sternula saundersi

128

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica

129

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

130

White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus

131

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida

132

Great -creasted Tern Thalasseus bergii

133

Lesser-crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis

134

Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus

135

Speckled Pigion Columba guinea

136

Lemon Dove Columba larvata

137

African Mourning Dove Streptopelia decioiens

138

Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata

139

Dusky Turtle-Dove Streptopelia lugens

140

Ringed-necked Dove streptopelia capicola

141

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

142

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove Turtur chalcospilos

143

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

144

African Green-Pigeon Treron calvus

145

Fischer’s Lovebird Agapornis fischeri

146

Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris

147

Fischer’s Turaco Tauraco fischeri

148

Hartlaub’s Turaco Tauraco hartlaubi

149

White-bellied Go-Away Bird Corythaixoides leucogaster

150

Black-and-white Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus

151

Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius

152

African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus

153

Dideric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cuprius

154

White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus

155

Sokoke Scops-Owl Otus ireneas

156

Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus

157

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl Bubo lecteus

158

Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum

159

African Barred Owlet Glacucidium capense

160

Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar Caprimulgus  donaldsoni

161

Square-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii

162

Bat-like Spinetail Neafrapus boehmi

163

Scarce Swift Schoutedenapusmyoptilus

164

Nyanza Swift Apus niansae

165

Little Swift Apus affinis

166

Horus Swift Apus Horus

167

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer

168

African Palm Swift Apus parvus

169

Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus

170

White-headed Mousebird Colius leucocephalus

171

Blue-naped Mousebird Urocolius macrourus

172

Narina Tragon Apaloderma narina

173

Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus

174

African Pygmy-kingfisher Ispidina picta

175

Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala

176

Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis

177

Mangroove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides

178

Striped Kingfisher Halcyon chelicuti

179

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

180

Little Bee-eater Merops muelleri

181

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oeobates

182

White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis

183

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

184

Madagascar Bee-eater Merops superciliosus

185

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

186

Northern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicus

187

European Roller Coracias garrulus

188

Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus

189

Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias naevus

190

African Hoopoe Upupa africana

191

Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus

192

Violet Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus granti

193

Abyssinian Scimita-bill Rhinopomastus minor

194

Northern Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus

195

Von der Decken’s Hornbill Tockus deckeni

196

Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus

197

African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus

198

Trumpeter Hornbill Ceratogymna bucinator

199

Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri

200

Red-and-Yellow Barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus

201

D’Arnaud’s Barbet Trachyphonus darnaudii

202

White-eared Barbet stactolaema leucotis

203

Moustached Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus leucomystax

204

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird pogoniulus bilineatus

205

Red-fronted Tinkerbird pogoniulus pusillus

206

Red-fronted Barbet Tricholaema diademata

207

Spot-flanked Barbet Tricholaema lacrymosa

208

Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala

209

White-headed Barbet Lybius leucocephala

210

Brown-breasted Barbet Lybius melanopterus

211

Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minor

212

Nubian Woodpecker Campethera nubica

213

Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni

214

Mombasa Woodpecker Campethere mombassica

215

Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicus  fuscescens

216

Bearded Woodpecker Dendropicus namaquus

217

Grey Woodpecker Dendropicus goertae

218

Black-throated Wattle-eye Platysteria peltata

219

Chin-spot Batis Batis molitor

220

Pale Batis Batis soror

221

Black-headed Batis Batis minor

222

Forest Batis Batis Mixta

223

Pygmy Batis Batis perkeo

224

White-headed Helmet-shrike Prionops plumatus

225

Retz’s Helmet-shrike Prionops retzii

226

Chesnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons

227

Brubru Nilaus afer

228

Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus culba

229

Northern Puffback Dryoscopus gambensis

230

Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus

231

Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis

232

Three-streaked Tchagra Tchagra jamesi

233

Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethopicus

234

Slate-cloured Boubou Laniarius funebris

235

Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus

236

Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike telophorus sulfureopectus

237

Black-fronted Bush-shirke Telophorus nigrifrons

238

Four-colored Bush-shrike Telophorus viridis

239

Grey-headed Bush-shrike Malaconotus blanchoti

240

Black Cuckoo-shrike Campephaga flava

241

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

242

Red-tailed Shrike Lanius isabellinus

243

Long-tailed Fiscal Lanius cabanisi

244

Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis

245

Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

246

Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus reuppelli

247

Euresian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

248

African Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus

249

Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

250

African Paradise Flycatcher Trepsiphone viridis

251

House Crow Corvus splendens

252

Pied Crow Corvus albus

253

Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis

254

Singing Bush-Lark Mirafra cantillans

255

Friedmann’s Lark Mirafra pulpa

256

Red-winged Lark mirafra hypermetra

257

Rufouse-naped Lark Mirafra africana

258

Pink-breasted Lark Calendulauda poecilosterna

259

Fawn-coloured Lark Calendulauda africanoides

260

Fisher’s Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucopareia

261

Arthi Short-toed Lark Calandrella somolica athensis

262

Plain Martin Riparia paludicola

263

Common Sand Martin Riparia riparia

264

Banded Martin Riparia cincta

265

Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne fuligulia

266

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

267

Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethopica ethiopica

268

Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii

269

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica

270

Lesser-striped Swallow Cecropis abyssinica

271

Black Sawwing Psalidoprocne pristoptera

272

Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher Trochocercus cyanomelas

273

White-bellied Tit Melaniparus albiventris

274

Dusky Tit Melaniparus funereus

275

Red-throated Tit Melaniparus fringillinus

276

Mouse-coloured Penduline-Tit Anthoscopus musculus

277

Sriped-cheeked Greenbul Arzelocichla striifacies

278

Yellow-bellied Greenbul Chlorocichla flaviventris

279

Tiny Greenbul Phyllastrephus debilis

280

Terrestrial Brownbul Phyllastrephus terrestris

281

Northern Brownbul Phyllastrephus strepitans

282

Fisher’s Greenbul Phyllastrephus fischeri

283

Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus tricolor

284

Dodson’s Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus dodsoni

285

Northern Crombec Sylvietta brachyura

286

Red-faced Crombec Sylvietta whytii

287

Somali-longbilled Crombec Sylvietta isabellina

288

Little Yellow Flycatcher Erythrocercus holochlorus

289

Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla

290

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

291

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida

292

Upcher’s Warbler Hippolais languida

293

Olive-tree warbler Hippolais olivetorum

294

Mountain Yellow Warbler Chloropeta similis

295

Mash Reed Warbler Acrocephalus palustris

296

Evergreen-forest Warbler Bradypterus lopezi

297

Taita Apalis Apalis thoracica fuscigularis

298

Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida

299

Black-headed Apalis Apalis melanocephala

300

Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera Branchyura brevicaudata

301

Red-fronted Warbler Urorhipis rufifrons

302

Grey Wren-warbler Calamonastes simplex

303

Singing Cisticola Cisticola cantans

304

Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chiniana

305

Ashy Cisticola Cisticola cinereolus

306

Lynes’s Cisticola Cisticola lais distinctus

307

Winding Cisticola Cisticola galactotes

308

Coastal Cisticola Cisticola haematocephala

309

Stout Cisticola Cisticola robustus

310

Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis

311

Pectral-patched Cisticola Cisticola brunnescens

312

Grey-capped Warbler Eminia lepida

313

Buff-bellied Warbler Phyllolais pulchella

314

Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava

315

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

316

Common White-throat Sylvia communis

317

Brown Parisoma Parisoma lugens

318

Yellow White-eye Zostrerops senegalensis

319

Taita White-eye Zostrerops  Poliogastrus silvanus

320

Scaly Chatterer Turdoides aylmeri

321

Rufouse Chatterer Turdoides rubiginosa

322

Scaly Babbler Turdoides squamulata

323

Northern Pied-Babbler Turdoides hypoleuca

324

Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii

325

Pale Flycatcher Bradornis pallidus

326

White-eyed slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri

326

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

327

African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta

328

Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas quadrivirgata

329

Rufouse Bushchat Cercotrichas galactotes

330

White-browed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas leucophrys

331

Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra

332

White-browed Robin-Chat Cossypha heuglini

333

Spotted Morning Thrush Cichladusa guttata

334

White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata

335

East Coast Akalat Sheppardia gunning

336

Thrush Nightingale Lucinia luscinia

337

Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

338

Whinchat Saxacola rubetra

339

Common Stonechat Saxacola torquatus

340

Northern Anteater Chat Myrmecocichla aethiops

341

Norhtern Weathear Oenanthe oenanthe

342

Pied Weathear Oenanthe pleschanka

344

Capped Weathear Oenanthe pileata

345

Isabelline Weathear Oenanthe isabellina

346

Red-tailed Ant-Thrush Neocossyphus rufus

347

Taita Thrush Turdus helleri

348

Olive Thrush Turdus abyssinicus

349

African Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus tephronotus

350

Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea

351

Greater-Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus

352

Ruppell’s Glossy Starling Lamprotornis purpuroptera

353

Golden-breasted Starling Lamprotornis regius

354

Black-bellied Starling Lamprotornis corruscus

355

Superb Starling Lamprotornis superbus

356

Hilderbrandt’s Starling Lamprotornis hilderbrandti

357

Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

358

Fisher’s Starling Spreo fischeri

359

Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio

360

Magpie Starling Speculipastor bicolor

361

Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus

362

Yellwo-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus

363

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis

364

Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris

365

Amani Sunbird Hedydipna pallidigaster

366

Plain-backed Sunbird Anthreptes reichenowi

367

Eastern Olive Sunbird Cynomitra olivacea

368

Amathyst Sunbird chalcomitra amethystina

369

Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis

370

Hunter’s Sunbird Chalcomitra hunteri

371

Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis

372

Beautiful Sunbird Cinnyris pulchellus

373

Purple-banded Sunbird Cinnyris bifasciatus

374

Tsavo Sunbird Cinnyris tsavoensis

375

Variable Sunbird Cinnyris venustus

376

African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp

377

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

378

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

379

African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus

380

Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae

381

Sokoke Pipit Anthus sokokensis

382

Golden Pipit Tmetothylacus tenelus

383

Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus

384

Pangani Longclaw Macronyx aurantiigula

385

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting Emberiza tahapisi

386

Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus

387

African Citril Serinus citrinelloids

388

White-bellied Canary Serinus dorsostriatus

289

Brimestone Canary Serinus sulphuratus

390

Streaky Seedeater Serinus striolatus

391

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

392

Kenya Rufous Sparrow Passer rufocinctus

393

Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus

394

Parrot-billed Sparrow Passer gongonensis

395

Chestnut Sparrow Passer eminibey

396

Yellow-spotted Petronia Petronia pyrgita

397

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Bubalornis niger

398

White-headed Buffalo Weaver Dinemellia dinemelli

399

Speckled-fronted Weaver Sporopipes frontalis

400

White-browed Sparrow Weaver Plocepasser mahali

401

Grey-capped Social Weaver Pseudonigrita arnaudi

402

Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps

403

Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht

404

Black-necked Weaver Ploceus nigricollis

405

Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis

406

African Golden Weaver Ploceus subaureus

407

Golden Palm Weaver Ploceus bojeri

408

Taveta Golden Weaver Ploceus castaneiceps

409

Lesser-masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius

410

Vittaline-masked Weaver Ploceus vitellinus

411

Black-headed Weaver Ploceus cucullatus

412

Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi

413

Dark-backed Weaver Ploceus bicolor

414

Red-billed Quelea Quelea erythrops

415

Zanzibar Red Bishop Euplectes  nigroventris

416

Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer

417

Yellow Bishp Euplectes capensis

418

White-winged Widowbird Euplectes albanotatus

419

Yellow-shouldred Widowbird Euplectes macroura

420

Red-collared Widowbird Euplectus ardens

421

Jackson’s Widowbird Euplectus jacksoni

422

Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons

423

Yellow-bellied Waxbill Coccopygia quartinia

424

Crimson-rumped Waxbill Estrilda rhodophyga

425

Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild

426

Black-faced Waxbill Estrilda erythronotus

427

Red-cheeked Cordonblue Uraeginthus bengalus

428

Blue-capped Cordonblue Uraeginthus cyanocephalus

430

Purple Grenadier Granatina ianthinogaster

431

Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba

432

Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala

433

African Firefinch Logonosticta rubricata

434

Jameson’s Firefinch Logonosticta rhodopareia

435

Cut-throat Amadina fasciata

436

African Quail Finch Ortygospiza fuscocrissa

437

African Silverbill Euodice cantans

438

Grey-headed Silverbill Odontospiza griseicapilla

439

Bronze Mannikin Spermestes bicolor

440

Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura

441

Eastern Paradise Whydah Vidua  paradisaea

442

Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina

443

Straw-tailed Whydah Vidua fischeri

444

Village Indigo Bird Vidua chalybeata

445

Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris
 

Animals and Reptiles Seen During the Trip

1

Olive Baboon Papio anubis

2

Yellow  Baboon Papio cinocephalus

3

Syke’s Monkey Cercoithecus albogularis

4

Black and White Colobus   Colobus guereza

5

Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops

6

Common Zebra Equus burchellii

7

Common Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius

8

Common Warthog Phacochoerus africanus

9

Maasai Giraffe Giraffa c. tippelskirchi

10

Reticulated Giraffe Girafa c. reticulata

11

Baringo Giraffe Girafa c. rothschildi

12

Savanna Buffalo Syncerus caffer

13

Common Eland Tragelaphus oryx

14

Common Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus

15

Bohor Reedbuck Redunca redunca

16

Coke Hartbeest Alcelaphus buselaphus cokei

17

Grant’s Gazelle Gazella granti

18

Thomson’s Gazelle Gazella thomsoni

19

Lesser Kudu Tragelaphus imberbis

20

Gerenuk (Waller’s Gazelle) Litocranius walleri

21

Kirk’s Dik-Dik Madoqua kirki

22

African Elephants Lexodonta africana

23

Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo

24

Cheetah Acynonyx jubatus

25

Lion Panthera leo

26

Rock Hyraxes Procavia capensis

27

Cape Hare Lepus capensis

28

Plain Ground Squirrels Xerus rutilus

29

Impala Aepyceros melampus

30

Common Wilderbeest Cinnochaetes taurinus

31

Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus

32

Nile Monitor Varannus niloticus

33

 Red-headed Agama Agama agama

34

Tree Blue Agama Agama atricollis

 

 

 

References;

  1. Bennun, L. and Njoroge, P. (1999). Important bird areas in Kenya.Nature Kenya. Nairobi.
  2. Stevenson, T, and Fanshawe, J.(2002). Field guide to birds of East Africa.
  3. Sinclair, I. and Ryan, P. (2003). A comprehensive illustrated field guide of birds of Africa south of the Sahara.
  4. Stuart, C. and Tilde. (2006). Field guide to larger mammals of Africa.
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