Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Late large passage

On June 3rd, I visited the waste water site north of Nouakchott.

  • 28 species seen
  • A dust storm was taking place follow days of exceptional cool weather and a cool spring generally
  • Many late warblers (see types in the list at the end)
  • Evidence of opportunistic breeding by western olivaceous warbler whose numbers were high
  • Barn swallows as expected but also house martins and a red-rumped swallow
  • A single late European bee-eater
  • Very few waders except the resident spur-winged lapwing

western olivaceous warbler 1

western olivaceous warbler 2

apparent young western olivaceous warbler

The western olivaceous warbler above has a yellow gape suggesting a young bird. The species may have bred here in spring. It was much cooler than average.

willow warbler

A few warblers were obviously late through illness as the willow warbler above but this was not the rule.

small pond

The small pool above always holds many migrants during the right seasons.


A sulking nightingale was seen on three visits running. It could have been the same bird each time.

pied flycatcher 1

A pied flycatcher was also there.

pied flycatcher 2

Elsewhere was a spotted flycatcher.

spotted flycatcher

There is hardly a time when woodchat shrike isn't seen. Surely some must over-summer.

woodchat shrike

Southern grey shrike is resident.

southern grey shrike

Namaqua dove

There can be very large numbers of Namaqua dove.

the main lake

spur-winged lapwing

barn swallow

Species seen at North Nouakchott waste water site. June 3rd 2018
Spur-winged Lapwing  
Common Ringed Plover  
Little Stint  
Speckled Pigeon  
Laughing Dove  
Namaqua Dove  
Blue-naped Mousebird  
European Bee-eater  
Common Kestrel  
Southern Grey Shrike  
Woodchat Shrike  
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark  
Crested Lark  
Barn Swallow  
Red-rumped Swallow  
Common House Martin  
Willow Warbler  
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler  
Western Olivaceous Warbler  
Melodious Warbler  
Eurasian Reed Warbler  
Eurasian Blackcap  
Spotted Flycatcher  
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin  
Common Nightingale  
European Pied Flycatcher  
House Sparrow  
Sudan Golden Sparrow  

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