Saturday 1 September 2018

More August passage at the waste water site

Last Sunday I returned to the waste water site, just north of the city. 34 species were seen but that was actually slightly down on the bumper week before. It was down slightly both in terms of species and overall numbers of warblers. Sunday August 19th had been special.

Highlights were:

  • Four very early European roller which reminded unphotographed
  • Green sandpiper which is surprisingly uncommon in the Nouakchott area especially compared with common sandpiper and wood sandpiper
  • Plenty of western Bonelli's warbler. It is very much an August bird in Nouakchott though it winters not much further south.
  • Four great white pelican flying over head, thinking about landing and then wisely not doing so. I have seen this played out several times now.
  • A full list of species is at the bottom of the blog.

western olivaceous warbler

partially hidden western Bonelli's warbler

green sandpiper


another ruff

spur-winged lapwing, little stint and common redshank

little stint


little stint retaining summer plumage

34 species at the waste water site
Laughing Dove  
Namaqua Dove  
Little Swift  
Black-winged Stilt  
Spur-winged Lapwing  
Common Ringed Plover  
Little Stint  
Common Sandpiper  
Green Sandpiper  
Wood Sandpiper  
Common Redshank  
Great White Pelican  
Glossy Ibis  
Eurasian Hoopoe  
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  
European Roller  
Woodchat Shrike  
Crested Lark  
Barn Swallow  
Western Bonelli's Warbler  
Willow Warbler  
Common Chiffchaff  
Western Olivaceous Warbler  
Melodious Warbler  
Eurasian Reed Warbler  
Common Whitethroat  
Spotted Flycatcher  
Common Nightingale  
European Pied Flycatcher  
House Sparrow  
Sudan Golden Sparrow  


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