Marwa and I made a another visit to Bahri yesterday. There were a few migrants around, with several Glossy Ibises scattered among the resident Sacred Ibises. Wintering duck numbers were up significantly, with lots of Gargany and Northern Shovelers, plus a few Northern Pintail. There were also bigger numbers of White-faced Whistling Duck, with lots of immature birds present, and a single Hottentot Teal. There were quite a few waders around, with many more Green Sandpipers than usual. The best of the waders was probably a couple of White-tailed Lapwings. There were higher than usual numbers of Ethiopian Swallow, presumably, like the Whistling Ducks, boosted by recently fledged young (the bird in the photo below has a gape flange suggesting it is a juvenile). There were also quite a few Yellow Wagtails, with most seeming to be the Black-headed beema variety.
The nesting season of the Northern Masked Weavers seems to be nearly over and we only caught two birds at our most regular netting site, both juveniles. We also caught a few Sedge and Reed Warblers, which were calling in big numbers from the reed beds.
Glossy and Sacred Ibis, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014
White-tailed Lapwing, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014
Ethiopian Swallow, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014
Yellow Wagtail, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014
African Purple Swamphens, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014
Juvenile Northern Masked Weaver, Bahri Sewage Pools 17th October 2014