Thursday 2 September 2010

Birds on Tuti Island 28th Aug 2010

On August 28th Mark Mallalieu and I made our first visit to Tuti Island, which is known to be a good birding spot, especially during migration. The island lies at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile and is surrounded by the cities of Khartoum and Ondurman, with combined populations of around 5 million people. Despite this, the place has been relatively undeveloped until now. Last year a bridge was built across to the island and access is now relatively easy. Undoubtedly this will lead to many developments in the area, but for now it remains an excellent birding spot for people in the capital. One bird we saw quite well was an Eleonoras Falcon, which we believe has never been seen in the country before (though may have been recorded by satellite tracking). We hope to get back and photograph it this weekend. The following is a list of birds seen by us:

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis c10
Striated Heron Butorides striata 3
Little Egret Egretta garzetta c5
Great Egret Egretta alba 2
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala 2
Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii c8
Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus c5
Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar 2
Shikra Accipiter badius 1+
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae 1
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus Prob
Senegal Thick-knee Burhinus senegalensis 1
Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius 1
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus c5
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis c8
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus c5
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola c5
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 1
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia Prob
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 1
Black-billed Wood Dove Turtur abyssinicus 1+
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 2
African Mourning Dove Streptopelia decipiens c30
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis c20
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri c6
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 1
African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus c10
Blue-naped Mousebird Urocolius macrourus 1+
Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala 1
Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus c6
White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis 1
Hoopoe Upupa epops c6
Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus c5
Crested Lark Galerida cristata c8
Plain Martin Riparia paludicola c20
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii 6+
Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethiopica Prob
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 2+
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus c20
Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe c6
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida 2+
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis Heard
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis c5
White-headed Babbler Turdoides leucocephala c15
Beautiful Sunbird Cinnyris pulchellus c20
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor 2
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1
Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus c100
Lesser Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chloropterus c40
House Sparrow Passer domesticus c200
Vitelline Masked Weaver Ploceus vitellinus c10
Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus 2+
Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala c10
Cut-throat Finch Amadina fasciata 3
African Silverbill Lonchura cantans 2
Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura 2
Village Indigobird Vidua chalybeata c5
White-rumped Seedeater Serinus leucopygius 2+

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