I took the first opportunity to visit it on Friday afternoon.
The first bit of bad news is that it is now quite disturbed as it is being redeveloped as the site for a new Senegal embassy. Sadly it looks like the only fresh water lake in the city is about to disappear. Furthermore I was asked to leave the site (very diplomatically by the way) by the authorities as it is embassy land.
All the other news is good. The site is currently still teeming with birds and I was asked to leave just as I finished my session anyway.
It was the first time I have seen any ducks in Mauritania.
four northern pintail
However careful looks among the ducks showed that two northern shoveller were there too.
Having looked at my set of photos of this group, I realised there was a Temminck's stint with them. These species has a stronger preferrence for fresher water than little stint and sightings of it in Nouakchott are few.
This is classic habitat for spur-winged lapwing and several were dotted around the area.
However the site is best remembered for the sheer volume and variety of waders.
common redshank with little stint
I checked all the common redshank but couldn't find a spotted redshank among them. I was hoping for the latter species given the habitat is better than most in the city for it.
Among the less numerous birds were two Kittlitz's plover.
Two pied avocet and a Eurasian spoonbill also appeard briefly.
Only one ruddy turnstone was seen but the terrain is not perfect for them.
Moving away from the main lake to the surroundings, many white wagtail were on the ground. They are arriving for the winter down here in big numbers now.
It is shame I am not allowed to visit this site again. I suspect more varied ducks in particular will arrive for the winter soon.