Thursday, 17 October 2013

Bor: South Sudan - By Terry Barry

It was sad to say goodbye to Terry Barry when he left Khartoum back in May. His next job was a short posting in Bor, which is a town about 100km north of Juba in South Sudan. He was there for three months between June and September, where he was staying on the UNMISS compound, and he sent me the following report of his sightings. He saw some great birds and it is nice to have a report from a new and little known area. He is now back in Wales where he is starting a PhD in International Politics and we all wish him the best of luck with it.
Tom Jenner

UNMISS compound Bor South Sudan (from 11/06/3013 – 06/09/2013)

The compound has green spaces including some small ponds and a small lake with surrounding vegetation – hence there are quite a wide variety of African bird species.  I have been on a few night walks after 20.00 and there are land mammals around – seen two foxes and a mongoose.

Interesting to note was the bird population of different species on the compound changed over these three months of the rainy season. Examples: in June there were Lesser Blue-eared Starlings which then disappeared and then reappeared at the end of August. Black-billed Kites were common on the compound in June but very few by August. The Grey-headed Kingfisher was really common in June/July but then seemed absent and ‘replaced’ by Woodland kingfisher. Some birds were only present on the compound for a number of days like the Grey-backed Fiscal, or a number of weeks such as the group of Black-crowned Cranes. Some increased steadily in number as the wet season progressed such as the African Openbills and White-faced Ducks. Others remained quite constant in high numbers throughout the three months such as the Marabou Storks and Hooded Vultures.

1)    Long-tailed Cormorant
2)    Hammerkop – small groups on compound
3)    Grey Heron (individuals)
4)    Black-headed Heron (individuals – some seem young)
5)    Purple Heron (just one juvenile)
6)    Great White egret
7)    Little Egret
8)    Cattle Egret (roost in their hundreds in trees in compound)
9)    Squacco Heron
10)Black-crowned Night-heron 
11)African  Sacred Ibis (maybe hundreds on compound – roost alongside Cattle Egrets)
12)Hadeba Ibis (very common on compound)
13)Marabou Storks (many particularly hanging around garbage-burning area)
14)African Openbill
15)Woolly-necked Stork (one individual)
16)Yellow-billed Stork
17)White-faced Duck
18)Comb Duck
19)Yellow-billed Kite
20)African Fish Eagle
21)Hooded Vulture – most common vulture in compound
22)White-backed Vulture 
23)African Harrier Hawk
24)Dark Chanting Goshawk
25)Long-crested Eagle
26)Red-necked Falcon
27)Helmeted Guineafowl
28)Black Crowned Crane (group of 5 which stayed for a few weeks in July/August))
29)African Jacana (on lake)
30)Senegal Thick-knee
31)African Wattled Lapwing
32)Common Sandpiper
33)African Mourning Dove
34)Vinaceous Dove
35)Black-billed Dove
36)Namaqua Dove
37)White-browed Coucal
38)African Palm Swift
39)Speckled Mousebird
40)Blue-naped mousebird
41)Pied Kingfisher
42)Malachite Kingfisher
43)African Pygmy-kingfisher
44)Grey-headed Kingfisher
45)Woodland Kingfisher
46)Northern Carmine Bee-eater
47)Little Green bee-eater
48)Black-billed barbet (27/6/13 – small family group -3)
49)D’Arnaud’s Barbet
50)Grey Woodpecker
51)Ethiopian swallow
52)Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike
53)Fork-tailed Drongo
54)Pied Crow
55)Dark-capped Bulbul
56)African Thrush
57)White-browed (Heuglin’s) Robin-chat
58)Spotted Palm-thrush
59)Winding Cisticola
60)Tawny-flanked Prinia
61)Northern Crombec?
62)Grey-backed Camaroptera
64)African Paradise-flycatcher (white and rufous morph)
65)Western Black-headed Batis
66)Grey-backed Fiscal
67)Black-headed Gonolek
68)Lesser Blue-eared Starling
69)Ruppel’s Starling
70)Scarlet-chested Sunbird
71)Beautiful Sunbird
72)Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
73)Speckle-fronted Weaver
74)Northern Masked Weaver
75)Little Weaver
76)Red-headed Quelea
77)Red-billed Quelea
78)Northern Red Bishop
79)Yellow-crowned (Golden) bishop
80)Green-winged Pytilia
81)Red-billed Firefinch
82)Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
83)Black-rumped Waxbill
84)White-rumped Seed-eater

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