Monday 20 August 2018

Remera Valley revisited

On July 18th, I revisted Remera Valley but I went much further down. I braved going through the shanty suburb. Actaully I found the people there freiendly and I felt safe all the time. 

  • There is no real need to bird very early. The altitude keeps temperatures down to at most 25 or 26 C. Birds are active all day.
  • The valley gets wetter further down and the species begin to change.
  • 29 species were seen in all.
  • Three lifers were: western citril, Holub's golden-weaver and green-winged pytilia.
  • I flew the next day to Hargeisa in Somaliland

immature scarlet-chested sunbird 1

Scarlet-chested sunbird doesn't have males in eclipse plumage. The bird I feature here is an immature male.

immature scarlet-chested sunbird 2

northern grey headed sparrow

There is a semi-cultivated area part way down the valley. This was worth waiting at for an hour or two to see what emerged.

african thrush

adult scarlet-chested sunbird

Holub's golden weaver

speckled mousebird

Just before the shanty town there are few small pools. These attract swallows and of course malachite kingfisher

african stonechat

malachite kingfisher

The locals farm near the shanty suburb. Hadada ibis and sacred ibis were in the fields.

hadada ibis

sacred ibis

western citril

bronze sunbird

The green-winged pytilia was seen on the way back up the hill.

green-winged pytilia

Remera district, Kigali, Ville de Kigali, RW
18-Jul-2018 07:45 - 11:30
29 species
Red-eyed Dove  
African Palm-Swift  
Black-headed Heron  
Sacred Ibis  
Hadada Ibis  
Black Kite (Yellow-billed)  
Speckled Mousebird 
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern Fiscal  
African Paradise-Flycatcher  
Pied Crow  
Angola Swallow  
Wire-tailed Swallow  
Common Bulbul (Dark-capped)  
White-browed Robin-Chat  
African Stonechat  
African Thrush  
Scarlet-chested Sunbird  
Bronze Sunbird  
Yellow-fronted Canary  
Western Citril  
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow  
Holub's Golden-Weaver  
Village Weaver (Black-headed)  
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu  
Green-winged Pytilia  
Red-billed Firefinch  
Bronze Mannikin  

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