Sunday 5 September 2010

Two more Tuti Island visits

On the 4th and 5th September I was able to make a couple more trips to Tuti Island and the birding was again excellent, with 92 species. On Saturday I was out with Mark Mallalieu and on Sunday I went with Mark Boyd. Both have a lot more African experience than me, plus the ability to pick up birds by call - which is something I have never been able to do properly.
Passerine migration is already underway and there were good numbers of warblers, flycatchers and shrikes both days. Waders and terns have been coming through for a few weeks now and were to be seen on the flooded areas beside the river. The lack of a telescope both days reduced the number of waders identified, but we were still able to enjoy distant Kittlitz's Sandplover with binoculars.
Best find was probably a couple of Little Swifts, as Nikolaus shows no records near Khartoum in his 1987 distribution Atlas. Our cameras were packed away and by the time we had them out we were only able to get record shots, but sufficient to show that they lacked a tail fork so were not Horus Swifts. Nikolaus describes Great Reed Warbler as "Uncommon to rare" away from the Red Sea Coast, but there were several around on both days. Groups of White-headed Babblers were regularly encountered along the main trail. These common resident birds have a lot of character and are always good to watch.

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Little Swift Apus affinis

White-headed Babbler Turdoides leucocephala

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

4.9.10 5.9.10
Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus 2
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 2 1
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis c20 c20
Striated Heron Butorides striata c8 c4
Little Egret Egretta garzetta c5 2+
Great Egret Egretta alba 2
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 1
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 1
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala 1
Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii 6 2
Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus 2
Garganey Anas querquedula 2 c10
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus (migrans) aegyptus c20 c20
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 1
Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar 1
Shikra Accipiter badius 1
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus c20 c10
Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius 1
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 2
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius 2
Black-headed Lapwing Vanellus tectus 4
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus c15 c15
Ruff Philomachus pugnax c10 c15
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa c6 2
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis c10
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 2 2
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola c5 c6
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 2 2
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica c10
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus c4
African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris 1
Black-billed Wood Dove Turtur abyssinicus 1 1
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis c4 1
African Mourning Dove Streptopelia decipiens c10 c15
African Collared Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea 2
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis c15 c15
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri 2 2
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 2
White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus 3 3
African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus c15 c20
Little Swift Apus affinis 2+
Blue-naped Mousebird Urocolius macrourus c25 c15
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis c4
Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus c10 c5
White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis 1
Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis 1
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 2+
Hoopoe Upupa epops c8 c8
Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus c6 c4
African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus 2 2
Vieillot's Barbet Lybius vieilloti 1
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla 1
Crested Lark Galerida cristata 2+ 4
Plain Martin Riparia paludicola c20 c15
Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethiopica 1+
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 2+ 2
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus c30 c25
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 1
Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 3 c5
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 1
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 1
Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 1 2
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 3 2
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida 3+ 5+
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus c8 4+
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 2+ 2+
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 1
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis 2 2
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis c5 c6
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata c6 c6
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata 2
White-headed Babbler Turdoides leucocephala c10 c20
Beautiful Sunbird Cinnyris pulchellus c10 c15
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus c4
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor c5
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis c10 3
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1 2
Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus c50 c40
Lesser Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chloropterus c5 c5
House Sparrow Passer domesticus c100 c150
Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus 1
Northern Masked Weaver Ploceus taeniopterus c10 2+
Vitelline Masked Weaver Ploceus vitellinus c4 2+
Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus 1 1
Northern Red Bishop Euplectes franciscanus c5 1
Crimson-rumped Waxbill Estrilda rhodopyga c10
Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala c10 c10
Cut-throat Finch Amadina fasciata c6 1
African Silverbill Lonchura cantans c8 c5
Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura 2
Village Indigobird Vidua chalybeata 2+ c4

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