Trees and bushes have grown through the fresh water and next to it. No house can be built so it has become a gardens by default.
However before I left for the gardens, I spotted my first speckled pigeon in the city next to my lodgings. I could hardly miss it with the very loud call it was making.
One of the first birds I saw I could not identify. I thought it too large to be a female house sparrow which it quite closely resembles.
unidentified bird 1
unidentified bird 2
There were three species of wader there which were new to my Mauritanian list. As well as little stint, there were a few Temminck's stint. The latter bird was an addition to the list.
I had not observed green sandpiper either until then.
While the most common wader on site was wood sandpiper.
The third addition was little ringed plover.
little ringed plover
What all three additions have in common is a lesser preference for saline water than their relatives.
I firmly beileve that Cinquieme gardens will have some special birds given its unique habitat. I am looking at ways to ensure I can visit there comfortably in the future.
After leaving the gardens I walked a short distance north to an area of west Nouakchott I had been to before. This area has several large saline lakes.
Some of the lakes are deep enough for flamingo though they are mostly characterised by shallow water bodies.
Some the land birds were interesting too. I spotted blue-naped mousebird in a better viewing position than usual. Migrants in the scattered bushes included willow warbler and a common redstart.
ringed pied flycatcher
There are still plenty of pied flycatcher in the city. One I observed on this walk had a ring which I believe to be British.
In this salty waters I had a fourth additon to my country list. Several ruff were seen where none had been two weeks before.
On Sunday I ventured out to the northern edge of the city again. The cast had changed and I was happy with what I saw. I will blog about that next.