Monday 27 August 2018

Towards Kaedi

After Bogue on the morning of Saturday 11th August, Mohamed Vall and I pressed on eastward to the very outskirts of Kaedi. We diverted from the main road twice towards the banks of the Senegal River. These were at Mbhane, Gorgol and Mbagne, Brakna. Both places were new to us and both had habitats similar to each other. However, both had less cover next to the river and less wetland (ie none) compared with several sites we already know between Rosso and Bogue.

  • Mbagne and Mhbane were seemingly sites with less potential compared with others next to the river further west or indeed much further east (Gouraye). The banks of the river near Kaedi will not make it into our list of top hotspots in Mauritania.
  • Grey-headed kingfisher was the best rainy season bird. Both of us had only seen one other before in Mauritania.
  • A large blue-cheeked bee-eater colony was active in the sand cliffs at Mbagne.
  • A potentially good site in Mbagne was private and only seen over a fence.
  • Having said all this, a newcomer to Mauritania would have been very happy with the representative list of southern resident birds and early palearctic migrants. I suspect we would have enjoyed the places more with just one new bird. It's getting tough now 305 has been achieved.
Having reached the edge of Kaedi we had to rush back the way we came to reach our hotel in Aleg before nightfall.

Forest, SE of Bogue
African mourning dove

long-tailed glossy starling

greater blue-eared starling

black-headed lapwing

chestnut-bellied starling

black-bush robin

unidentified skink

Senegal thick-knee

Vieillot's barbet

red-billed quelea

probably rock agama

pied kingfisher

female little weaver

white-rumped seed-eater

grey-headed kingfisher

Forest, SE of Bogue, Brakna, MR
11-Aug-2018 11:00 - 11:30
African Mourning Dove  
Namaqua Dove  
Black Scrub-Robin  
Long-tailed Glossy Starling  
Chestnut-bellied Starling  
Greater Blue-eared Starling  
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow  
Sudan Golden Sparrow  
White-billed Buffalo-Weaver  
Black-headed Weaver  
Northern Red Bishop  

Mbagne, Brakna, MR
11-Aug-2018 15:00 - 16:30
White-faced Whistling Duck
Senegal Thick-knee  
Spur-winged Lapwing  
Black-headed Lapwing  
Cattle Egret  
Grey-headed Kingfisher  
Pied Kingfisher  
White-throated Bee-eater  
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  
Abyssinian Roller
Vieillot's Barbet 
Lanner Falcon  
Woodchat Shrike  
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark  
Barn Swallow  
Western Olivaceous Warbler  
Melodious Warbler  
Tawny-flanked Prinia  
Black Scrub-Robin  
Chestnut-bellied Starling  
Greater Blue-eared Starling  
Beautiful Sunbird  
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow  
Sudan Golden Sparrow  
Little Weaver  
Black-headed Weaver  
Red-billed Quelea 
Northern Red Bishop  
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu  

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