Guinea - day 14

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8 years 8 months ago #11532 by nkgray
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Well, 2 weeks in Guinea and my tally stands at 54 species (list below) with 17 of these being species not found in Southern Africa.

Birding is difficult as I am usually a back seat passenger in the vehicle in which I travel and we are sometimes in a convoy of vehicles. By the time we reach the field areas it is already getting hot and sticky and there is much less bird activity by then. But I keep my eyes and ears open when I am walking in the bush, standing at a drill rig, etc. so the list is growing slowly but surely. I have 2 weeks left on this trip and am hoping to hit the 75 mark by then.

Of interest is that two of the birds on the list are Palaearctic migrants which should have returned north in April, yet here I am spotting Rufous-tailed (European) Rock-Thrush on 26 May and Willow Warbler (heard calling also) on 27 May. There is no doubt as to my ID on these two. The former is such an obvious Rock-Thrush with a rufous tail (and only Rock-Thrush occurring in the region) and the latter I know well enough from SA.

Below a photomerge of two shots to show you some more of the environment in which I am working.

In my list below I have highlighted in red the non-Southern Africa species. Many of you will no doubt be surprised by how many common Southern African species actually occur in tropical West Africa:

1 Babbler, Brown
2 Barbet, Hairy-breasted

3 Bateleur
4 Bee-Eater, Little
5 Bulbul, Common
6 Buzzard, Red-necked

7 Canary, Yellow-fronted
8 Cormorant, Reed
9 Coucal, Senegal
10 Crow, Pied
11 Cuckoo, Klaas's
12 Dove, Palm
13 Dove, Red-eyed
14 Drongo, Fork-tailed
15 Egret, Cattle
16 Firefinch, African
17 Fiscal, Common
18 Goose, Spur-winged
19 Guineafowl, Helmeted
20 Hamerkop
21 Heron, Western Reef
22 Hornbill, African Pied
23 Hornbill, Black Dwarf
24 Hornbill, Piping

25 Kingfisher, Pied
26 Kingfisher, Woodland
27 Kite, Black-shouldered
28 Kite, Yellow-billed
29 Longclaw, Yellow-throated
30 Mannikin, Bronze
31 Pigeon, Feral
32 Plantain-Eater, Western Grey
33 Prinia, Tawny-flanked
34 Puffback, Northern
35 Pygmy-Kingfisher, African
36 Rock-Thrush, Rufous-tailed
37 Saw-wing, Fanti

38 Snake-Eagle, Brown
39 Sparrow, Northern Grey-headed
40 Spurfowl, Double-spurred
41 Starling, Lesser Blue-eared

42 Swallow, Lesser Striped
43 Swallow, Wire-tailed
44 Swift, African Palm
45 Swift, Bates's
46 Swift, Little
47 Tchagra, Black-crowned
48 Turaco, Violet
49 Vulture, Hooded
50 Warbler, Willow
51 Weaver, Black-necked
52 Weaver, Village
53 Widowbird, Yellow-mantled
54 Wood-Dove, Blue-spotted


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