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List of species seen

Little Grebe

Up to 5 on Sewage Pits opposite Badala Park Hotel

Pink-backed Pelican

About 15 seen at Pirang Fish Ponds, and flocks of 2 and 20 seen on separate days over Kotu Creek

Long-tailed Cormorant

Seen every day at various locations - maximum 20 on one day

Great Cormorant

One on wires over Oyster Creek

African Darter

Overflying birds seen only - 1 over the Cycle Track, and 3 over Marakissa

Grey Heron

Small numbers seen every day

Black-headed Heron

Up to 12 at Abuko, and 1 in the Kotu area

Striated Heron

3 sightings on Kotu Creek

Squacco Heron

Maximum 6 at Marakissa, 2 at both Abuko & the marsh beside Kotu Creek, and 1 at the Kotu sewage pits

Cattle Egret

Very common - seen every day in most areas

Great White Egret

Up to 5 seen each day

Black Egret

At least 2 birds were on the ponds next to Kotu Creek, and were very approachable even when feeding

Little Egret

Up to 5 seen around Kotu Creek regularly, 3 at Marakissa, and 1 at Tanji

Western Reef-Egret

15 at Camaloo Corner en route to ferry, 6 at Pirang Fish Ponds, up to 3 at Kotu, and singles at Tanji & Brufut beaches - all dark phase

Night Heron

One adult and a juvenile at the Crocodile Pool, Abuko

Hammerkop

3 in Kotu area, 2 building nest at Abuko, 5 in Essau area, and 2 at Marakissa

Yellow-billed Stork

1 adult circling over Kotu, and a juvenile on Kotu Creek

Sacred Ibis

Up to 5 in the Kotu area

African Spoonbill

A single bird flew from the Kotu Creek

White-faced Whistling-Duck

18 birds were at the Sewage Pits on one of two visits, and 12 birds flew over the Kotu Creek the following day

Black-shouldered Kite

Up to 4 birds seen on every full days birding - usually perched on telegraph wires or hovering

Black Kite

Very common in all areas

Hooded Vulture

Very common

Palm-nut Vulture

2 sightings at Abuko, 2 sightings at Kotu, and 1 in the Essau area

Brown Snake Eagle

A single bird was looking for thermals directly overhead at Marakissa

Short-toed Eagle

Only one seen flying (from the car) mid-week

African Harrier-Hawk

A maximum of 5 birds seen each day (usually 1-2), including a couple of juveniles

Marsh Harrier

1 seen from the aeroplane on landing, and a male at Marakissa

Montagu's Harrier

1 male over Faraba Bush Track

Dark Chanting Goshawk

Less common than expected - singles at Pirang and the journey from Faraba Bush Track to the coast

Gabar Goshawk

A pair on route from Faraba Bush Track to the coast

Shikra

3 on one day, and singles on every other day

Lizard Buzzard

2 at Marakissa, 2 at Brufut Woods, and singles at Yundum Pool, Essau, and Kotu Cycle Track

Tawny Eagle

1 at Abuko

Wahlberg's Eagle

1 over Marakissa

Booted Eagle

1 over Lamin Village

Osprey

Most common at Barra (10), but up to 4 seen on most days

Grey Kestrel

3 on Atlantic Road, up to 3 in the Kotu area, 2-3 at Abuko, 2 at Pirang, and 1 at Essau

Lanner Falcon

1 at Abuko

Red-necked Falcon

1 over Pirang Fish Ponds

Peregrine Falcon

3 on journey from Kotu to Barra

Kestrel

1-2 seen on most days

Double-spurred Francolin

1-2 sightings every day, with parties of single to 8 birds

Stone Partridge

2 flew up from track at Tanji

African Jacana

Up to 8 beside Kotu Creek, 2 at Abuko, and 6 at Essau

Wattled Plover

Up to 10 in the Kotu area, 2 on the Cycle Track, 5 at Yundum Pools, 2 at Lamin Fields, 5 at Marakissa, 2 at Tanji

Black-headed Plover

4 on Fajara Golf Course, 3 at Kotu Sewage Pits, 12 at Lamin Fields, 8 at Essau

Spur-winged Plover

Commonly seen in all areas

Grey Plover

Seen most days in single figures, although up to 20 on Barra coastline

Ringed Plover

One on Kotu Creek, at least 20 on Barra coastline

Kentish Plover

At least 15 on Barra coastline

White-fronted Plover

At least 40 on Barra coastline

Curlew

Up to 5 seen on most days

Whimbrel

Small numbers seen on most days

Black-tailed Godwit

Up to 10 on Kotu Creek, 2 on Kotu Sewage Pits

Bar-tailed Godwit

4 on Barra coastline

Wood Sandpiper

Up to 20 around Kotu Creek, 10 on Kotu Sewage Pits

Greenshank

2 at Pirang Fish Ponds, singles at Kotu Creek and Tanji

Green Sandpiper

Up to 5 on Kotu Creek, I at Tanji Beach, 2 on Kotu Sewage Pits

Marsh Sandpiper

2 at Kotu Sewage Pits, 1 at Pirang Fish Ponds

Redshank

Occasional birds seen at Kotu Creek and Pirang Fish Ponds

Common Sandpiper

2 on Kotu Creek, 1 on Kotu Sewage Pits

Turnstone

10 at Brufut Beach, 20 at Barra coastline, 1 at Pirang Fish Ponds

Sanderling

50 on Barra Coastline

Curlew Sandpiper

3 on Kotu Creek

Little Stint

2 together at Pirang Fish Ponds

Ruff

Up to 30 on Kotu Creek, 20 on Kotu Sewage Pits

Black-winged Stilt

100+ in Kotu area, and 2 at Pirang Ponds

Avocet

Up to 15 on Kotu Creek

Senegal Thick-knee

Up to 15 on Kotu Creek

Temminck's Courser

A pair eventually located on the Lamin Fields

Pomarine Skua

1 from Banjul to Barra ferry

Arctic Skua

1 from Banjul to Barra ferry

Yellow-legged Herring Gull

Up to 8 on Tanji and Brufut beaches, 20 at Barra

Grey-headed Gull

Very common - seen every day in good numbers

Kelp Gull

15 on the water at Tanji Beach, 5 on the water at Brufut Beach, 20 from the Banjul to Barra ferry

Lesser Black-backed Gull

3 from Banjul to Barra ferry

Slender-billed Gull

Up to 40 on Tanji beach, 3 on Barra coastline

Black-headed Gull

Small numbers seen in Grey-headed Gull flocks

Lesser Crested Tern

About 15 birds amongst Tern flock on Barra coastline

Caspian Tern

Up to 3 over Kotu Creek, 6 at Tanji Beach, about 50 in mixed Tern flock on Barra coastline

Royal Tern

12 at Brufut Beach, about 50 in mixed Tern flock on Barra coastline, singles at Kotu Beach

Gull-billed Tern

5 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 1 at Brufut Beach, 2 from Banjul to Barra ferry

Sandwich Tern

Small numbers seen regularly at coastal sites

Four-banded Sandgrouse

27 birds flew into Yundum pool just before dusk

Speckled Pigeon

Seen every day - from odd birds to small flocks of up to 10

African Mourning Dove

Very common - seen every day at most sites

Red-eyed Dove

Common but sometimes seen irregularly

Laughing Dove

Very common -seen every day at all sites

Vinaceous Dove

Probably the most common of the Streptopelia Doves

Namaqua Dove

10 in Essau area, and singles at Marakissa and Yundum Pool area

Black-billed Wood Dove

Most commonly seen at Abuko (up to 20 birds), but small numbers seen at other sites, such as 10 at Essau

Blue-spotted Wood Dove

Commonly seen, although not quite as many as Black-billed Wood Dove. Up to 20 also seen at Abuko

African Green Pigeon

12 at Marakissa, 3 at Tanji, 2 at Pirang, and singles on Fajara Golf Course and the coast

Senegal Parrot

Up to 5 in the Kotu area, 8 at Pirang, 4 at Marakissa, 5 at Essau

Rose-ringed Parakeet

2 sightings of 3 in Kotu area, 1 at Pirang, 4 over the Kotu Cycle Track, 3 at Marakissa

Green Turaco

At least 4 at Abuko

Violet Turaco

2 separate birds at Abuko (1 came to photo hide)

Western Grey Plantain-eater

Common - seen on all days and usually approachable

Klaas's Cuckoo

A single bird was seen at Brufut Woods

Senegal Coucal

Seen every day - from singles to 25 in one day

Verreaux's Eagle Owl

1 at Abuko. This bird is regularly seen, and can usually be found by one of the guides

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Only one seen - just before dusk in a tree between Kotu Creek and Badala Park Hotel

Long-tailed Nightjar

5 flying over Kotu Cycle Track, including 2 which landed on the tracks

Standard-winged Nightjar

5 flying over Kotu Cycle Track, including 1 on the track

Little Swift

A hundred or so birds over Banjul ferry terminal, 3 over Kotu Sewage Pits, 3 over Pirang Fish Ponds, 10 over Atlantic Road

Common Swift

Hundreds in the air over Banjul ferry terminal, only occasional birds seen elsewhere

Mottled Spinetail

1 bird only - flying overhead at pirang

African Palm Swift

Quite common - seen in small parties every day (up to 20 birds in one day)

Pied Kingfisher

Seen every day in all areas with open water - maximum around 30 in one day

Malachite Kingfisher

1 bird seen on 3 occasions alongside Kotu Creek lower bridge

African Pygmy Kingfisher

A single bird was seen fishing briefly in front of the exhibition centre at Abuko

Striped Kingfisher

2 seen - 1 on Fajara Golf Course and the other at Faraba Bush Track

Giant Kingfisher

1 landed at the first pool at Abuko, and 3 further sightings of birds flying over Kotu Creek

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

3 at Tanji, and a very approachable group of 4 feeding beside Atlantic Road

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

7 at Mangrove area next to Pirang Fish Ponds, 1 over Abuko

Little Bee-eater

Regularly seen on all days, with perhaps up to 50 as a daily maximum

Abyssinian Roller

Seen every day, usually as lone birds - maximum of 8 in one day

Blue-bellied Roller

Seen every day, usually in pairs or groups. Maximum of 12 in one day

Rufous-crowned Roller

Up to 8 seen at Faraba Bush Track, 1 at Essau

Hoopoe

1 at Kotu Sewage Pits, 1 at Essau

Green Wood-Hoopoe

Seen every day - always in small groups. Up to 15 on any one day

Black Wood-hoopoe

2 birds together on Fajara Golf Course

Red-billed Hornbill

Very common in all areas

African Pied Hombill

Up to 4 at Abuko, 1 at Pirang, 2 at Marakissa, 1 at Brufut Woods

African Grey Hombill

1 at Pirang, 4 at Yundum, 1 at Marakissa, 1 at Brufut Woods, 4 at Abuko, 2 at Essau

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

A single bird in the coastal scrub at Kotu

Bearded Barbet

2 next to Kotu Sewage Pits, 1 at Abuko, a group of 3 on Atlantic Road, 3 at Pirang, 1 next to Brufut Beach, 1 at Essau

Viellot's Barbet

2 separate birds at Essau

Lesser Honeyguide

2 separate birds seen at Abuko

Buff-spotted Woodpecker

A single bird at Abuko

Fine-spotted Woodpecker

An adult with a juvenile at Fajara Golf Course, 2 separate birds next to Kotu Sewage Pits, singles at Pirang and Essau

Grey Woodpecker

2 separate birds at Abuko, 3 at Essau

Crested Lark

Main sight was at Pirang Fish Ponds (12), with another 2 on Kotu Beach

Sand Martin

1 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 3 at Tanji

Red-chested Swallow

Up to 20 birds seen on any day

Barn Swallow

Occasional birds seen only

Wire-tailed Swallow

Closest views were of 5 at Kotu Creek lower bridge, a further 6 over the Cycle Track, 5 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 4 at Tanji Beach

Fanti Saw-wing

Up to 30 at Tanji, about 12 at Abuko

White Wagtail

1 at the airport on arrival, 1 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 1 at Tanji Beach

Yellow Wagtail

4 next to Kotu Cycle track, 2 at Lamin, 1 at Tanji, 2 at Brufut Woods, 2 at Kotu Creek

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Up to 4 birds together in the marsh area next to Kotu Creek

Plain-backed Pipit

3 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 1 at the Lamin Fields

Tree Pipit

1 at Pirang Fish Ponds

Little Greenbul

Up to 6 birds at Abuko, 1 at Marakissa

Common Bulbul

Very  common in all habitats

Yellow-throated Leaflove

1 bird only seen at the dripping pipe beside Kotu Creek

Grey-headed Bristlebill

A single bird at Abuko

Northern Puffback

1 male at Marakissa

Black-crowned Tchagra

Single birds at Brufut Beach and Brufut Woods

Yellow-crowned Gonolek

1 at the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek, up to 4 in the Cycle Track area, 1 at Yundum Pool, 1 at Essau, and up to 6 on Atlantic Road

Yellow-billed Shrike

Common - seen every day, usually in small parties

Woodchat Shrike

Seen on most days, with maximum daily count of 8

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat

Up to 4 at Abuko, 1 at the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek, 1 at Yundum pool

Common Redstart

Singles at Kotu and Essau

Whinchat

1 in the Lamin fields, 1 at Essau

Northern Anteater-Chat

A single bird was seen between Essau and Barra

Northern Wheatear

10 in the Lamin Fields, 1 at Pirang Fish Ponds, 3 at Essau

African Thrush

Up to 15 birds seen on most days in wooded areas

Brown Babbler

Very common - seen every day

Blackcap Babbler

Around 6 in a group around the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek, 6 in Abuko, 1 at Essau

Sedge Warbler

1 at the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek

Reed Warbler

6 around the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek

Olivaceous Warbler

Singles at Kotu Creek and the Kotu Cycle track

Melodious Warbler

2 at Tanji

Blackcap

A single female at the dripping pipe next to Kotu Creek

Subalpine Warbler

2 sightings in the Kotu Creek area

Common Whitethroat

1 at Tanji Beach

Chiffchaff

1 at the Kotu Sewage Pits area, and 1 at Marakissa

Wood Warbler

A single bird only at Tanji

Willow Warbler

3 in the Kotu area

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Seen on most days - quite common and usually obvious on call

Fan-tailed Warbler

2 birds in the Kotu Marsh and Pond area

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Up to 3 birds at Abuko in the vicinity of marker 24

Oriole Warbler

The only site where these were seen was at the dripping pipe next to the Kotu Creek, where there were probably 3 birds

Grey-backed Camaroptera

2 separate birds at Abuko, 1 near Kotu Creek, and 1 near Yundum Pool

Green-backed Eremomela

Best views were of up to 6 birds in an isolated tree near Essau, also 2 at Abuko and 1 at Faraba Bush Track

Northern Crombec

3 sightings at Abuko, 1 at Faraba Bush Track, 1 at Lamin Fields

Black Flycatcher

2 in Tam Tam night club grounds (Kotu), 3 on the Kotu Cycle track, 1 at Pirang, 5 Marakissa / Pirang

Wattle-eye

The only site where these were seen was at Abuko, where up to 10 birds were seen, often following location by song

African Paradise-Flycatcher

What was probably the same male bird was seen near the toilets at Abuko orphanage

Red-bellied Paradise-Flycatcher

Up to 4 birds were seen at Abuko - a mixture of males and females

Collared Sunbird

A family party of male, female and juvenile at Abuko, the only other sighting was a male at Pirang

Pygmy Sunbird

4 males were in the Essau area

Splendid Sunbird

8 birds on Fajara Golf Course, 2 at Abuko, and singles at Tanji Beach and Brufut Woods

Beautiful Sunbird

The most common sunbird around hotel gardens. 20 were also seen on Atlantic Road, singles at the Cycle Track and Kotu Beach scrub, and 1 at Marakissa

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

A party of 3 males and 3 females were feeding together near the Verraux's Eagle Owl site at Abuko, a separate male was in the canopy near to Abuko Exhibition Centre, and another male was in the Essau area

Variable Sunbird

Seen on all days but one. Highest daily count was around 20 in the Kotu area. There were also 6 on the north side of the river in the Essau area

Yellow-fronted Canary

3 at Lamin, 3 at the Faraba Bush Track, 2 at Essau

Western Bluebill

A male and female came to the drinking pool in front of the Jewel Box photo hide at Abuko

Red-billed Firefinch

Very common - seen on almost every day in good numbers

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Seen every day in good numbers

Lavender Waxbill

2 birds together at Pirang, and up to 10 birds visited the pool in front of the Jewel Box hide at Abuko

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

4 birds together near Kotu Cycle Track, and one on the coast south of Tanji

African Silverbill

20 at the Kotu Cycle Track, 2 at Tanji, and around 10 in the gardens of the Badala Park Hotel

Bronze Mannikin

At least 50 birds around the Abuko orphanage, 6 in the Kotu area, 6 at the Kotu Sewage Pits, and 6 on Atlantic Road

Cut-throat

A single male was with other finches on the open land of the Lamin Fields

Village Indigobird

A male and 2 separate females seen in the Kotu area

Pin-tailed Whydah

A male in non-breeding plumage was in Brufut Woods

White-billed Buffalo Weaver

Very common - seen on most days in flocks, with the largest of about 100 birds near Essau

House Sparrow

Seen occasionally, with by far the largest concentration at the Banjul ferry terminal

Grey-headed Sparrow

Seen at most sites in small flocks, and on most days, with a maximum of around 20 in one day

Bush Petronia

2 in Lamin Fields and 2 at Essau

Village Weaver

Extremely common - possibly the most commonest bird of the trip

Black-necked Weaver

Up to 20 at Abuko, 2 at Pirang, 2 at Brufut Woods

Northern Red Bishop

Occasional flocks of birds (perhaps up to 100 in each) seen next to Kotu Sewage Pits, Lamin Fields, and Kotu Cycle Track

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

The most common Starling by far, although not always very approachable. Seen every day on both sides of the river, with a daily maximum of 25 birds

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

2 on Fajara Golf Course, 1 at Marakissa, and about 30 in the Starling flocks at Essau

Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling

6 at Marakissa, and about 10 in the mixed Starling flocks in Essau

Purple Glossy Starling

About 15 birds in 2 mixed Starling flocks in the Essau area

Splendid Glossy Starling

5 birds were in a single group on one of two visits to Abuko

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Up to 12 birds on cattle around Kotu Ponds, 2 birds at Essau, and 1 at Lamin

African Golden Oriole

2 at Pirang, 1 at Marakissa

Fork-tailed Drongo

5 at Marakissa, 1 next to Kotu Ponds, 1 at Kotu Cycle Track, 2 at Abuko, 1 at Pirang, and 2 at Essau

Piapiac

Seen on almost every day - common and usually seen in groups

Pied Crow

Very common in all areas


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