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Species list

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List of species seen

Ahanta Francolin

This is reputed to be a difficult bird to see, presumably due to a retiring nature and low numbers. We were thus very fortunate when 2 appeared from the forest and quietly searched the more open leaf litter directly in front of us only ~20 metres from the education centre at Abuko

Double-spurred Francolin

In contrast to the above, this species is common and seen regularly, although the vast majority of sightings are of birds breaking cover and flying to yet more cover Ė they do not seem to tolerate close approach (~6 along cycle track pm; ~16 flushed Tendaba;    3 on journey to Farafenni Ferry; 2 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 Wassu pool; 1 cycle track on second visit)

White-faced Whistling Duck

~200 over cycle track & Badala Park Hotel; ~100 Kauur Wetlands

Spur-winged Goose

1 over rice fields at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 5 flying over Wassu rice fields

Knob-billed Duck

~30 Kauur Wetland

African Pygmy Goose

A pair were on one of the roadside pools on the journey from Wassu to Barra

Little Grebe

2 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 2 Badala Park pool

Yellow-billed Stork 

5 over Tendaba mangroves, 1 feeding on mud at the same mangroves; 2 on a nest in the town centre of Farafenni, in a bare tree directly over the street stalls  

Marabou Stork

2 circling over Sankulaykunda ferry crossing

African Sacred Ibis

1 over Kotu Creek; 1 feeding on mud at Tendaba mangroves; ~15 over cycle track paddies, 1 perched in tree also at the paddies

African Spoonbill

2 feeding on Tendaba mud at mangroves

Black-crowned Night Heron

5 juveniles at the opposite end of the main pool at Abuko; 1 overhead at Lamin; 2 flying over Sankulaykunda ferry crossing

Striated Heron

~3 Kotu Creek on the first evening; 3 Tendaba mangroves; 1 in paddies behind Baobolong Lodge; 1 cycle track paddies on the last day

Squacco Heron

This is generally a common bird throughout, and can be expected on almost any wetland or marshy habitat (1 cycle Track; 1 Abuko; 4 Tendaba airport; 3 in the paddies Baobolong Lodge area; 2 on journey to Basse; 3 Wassu rice fields; ~20 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Badala Park pool

Western Cattle Egret 

Very common in places, and can be very approachable in urban areas, such as within the market stalls of Kotu (1 Kotu Creek; 5 from Senegambia Hotel; ~20 journey to Tendaba; small numbers journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; fairly common Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; common on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; common on North Bank journey; quite common in Kotu area)

Grey Heron

Commonly seen, but usually in small numbers at any one wetland site (1 Kotu Creek; 1 Abuko; 1 Brufut; 3 Tendaba airport; 1 Tendaba camp; ~35 Tendaba mangroves; ~6 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 Baobolong Lodge area; 3 at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 Wassu paddies; ~6 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Banjul ferry terminal)

Black-headed Heron

1 Rice Paddies, Kotu; 1 Lamin rice fields; 1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 at Bansang; 2 cycle track paddies on last day

Goliath Heron

We almost passed the single bird we saw on the trip at Tendaba mangroves. Possibly too used to seeing the copious Grey Herons here, we failed to take much notice of the silhouette of the bird against the sky a short distance through a gap in the trees, but did reverse the boat when we realised our mistake

Purple Heron 

1 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 3 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Badala Park pool

Western Great Egret

2 Tendaba Airport; ~8 Tedaba mangroves; at least 1 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Kotu Creek

Intermediate Egret

1 Tendaba airport

Black Heron

As usual, the great attraction of these birds is their unique cloaking action when looking for food in the water beneath, although the only bird seen doing so was one on the cycle track pool on both visits (2 cycle Track; 1 Kauur Wetlands; 1 at a roadside pool towards Farafenni; ~12 in cycle track area on second visit; 1 on Badala Park pool)

Little Egret

1 from bus; 1 Tendaba airport; 1 Soma Wetlands; common Baobolong wetlands

Western Reef Heron

This is a very common bird on most wetlands and moist areas, with both dark and light phase birds being present (4-5 dark phase, 1 light phase Brufut; 1 Tendaba Camp; ~40 Tendaba Wetlands; ~6 Soma Wetlands; both light and dark phase common Baobolong wetlands; ~3 Kotu area)

Hamerkop

7 Tendaba airport; 1 Farafenni Ferry; ~15 rice paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 Baobolong Lodge area open paddies; 1 rice fields Bansang; 3 Wassu paddies; 2 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni

Pink-backed Pelican

2 with raptors over Abuko; 9 on Gambia River, Tendaba; 5 Tendaba Camp; ~12 Tendaba mangrove mud; ~20 at rear of Baobolong wetlands; 5 overhead Wassu paddies; 1 over Kotu Creek

Reed Cormorant 

1 Kauur Wetlands; 1 over roadside pool towards Farafenni; ~8 Kotu Creek; 1 Badala Park pool

Great Cormorant 

~15 Baobolong wetlands; 4 from Barra to Banjul ferry

African Darter

3 flew into the pool at Abuko; ~50 Tendaba Wetlands

Western Osprey 

1 Brufut; 1 Tendaba mangroves 

Black-winged Kite

3 on wires near to Yundum; 1 journey to Tendaba; 1 Tendaba mangroves; 1 journey on North Bank to Georgetown

Black Kite 

Common to abundant throughout

African Fish Eagle

1 Bansang. This was one of the benefits of not finding Bansang Quarry at the first attempt, with the only bird of the trip being seen in the distance on a tree overlooking what must have been the river

Palm-nut Vulture

2 in tree next to beach at Brufut; 1 with nest material at Abuko

Hooded Vulture

Abundant throughout

White-backed Vulture

Only the relatively small Hooded Vulture seems to occur in the coastal area, so we started to take notice of gatherings of vultures as we ventured further upriver. This paid off with the odd sighting of single to groups of this species, although most stops still revealed Hooded. (At least 1 on journey from Tendaba on South Bank; 1 from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing ferry; ~40 around carcass on road from Bansang to Basse

Griffon Vulture 

One of the larger gatherings of the above vultures were feeding on a carcass on the ground a short distance from the road. Most appeared to be White-backed Vultures, but closer inspection revealed a couple of larger and more cinnamon backed Griffons

White-headed Vulture

Of all the potential vulture species we could possibly encounter, this was probably the least likely due to its scarcity. We were surprised that we did see one perched on a tree on the journey from Tendaba on the South Bank, not far from a circling group of what were presumably White-backed Vultures

Short-toed Snake Eagle

1 Tendaba mangroves

Brown Snake Eagle 

1 Tendaba airport; 4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing, with 3 in sight at one time; 1 at top of tree on journey from Bansang to Basse

Western Marsh Harrier

1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 over Baobolong Lodge area paddies; 3 at Baobolong wetlands; 2 Wassu paddies

Montagu's Harrier 

1 Tendaba mangroves; 2 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 1 over Sankulaykunda ferry crossing paddies; 1 near Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 over car near Wassu 

African Harrier-Hawk

1 Cycle track;2-3 regular over Sankulaykunda ferry crossing paddies; 1 Wassu paddies; 1 on journey from Farafenni to Barra

Dark Chanting Goshawk

2 journey to Tendaba; 1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 on journey from Bansang to Basse; 2 separate birds on journey from Georgetown to Barra

Gabar Goshawk

Pair over paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing

African Goshawk

While watching a group of Oriole Warblers and Blackcap Babblers in Abuko, I tried to get better views from further down the path when this bird was disturbed, which didnít take umbrage, and landed on a branch not far into the forest

Shikra

1 over Badala Park Hotel; 1 Senegambia Hotel; 1 over town en route to Tendaba; 2 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 at Bansang   

Lizard Buzzard 

We were surprised to wait until the last morning to see this bird, when one was spotted flying from the cycle track paddies in Kotu to land on a palm tree

Grasshopper Buzzard

Usually very difficult to catch up with in The Gambia, the one bird we saw at Tendaba airport was seen flying low over the open ground to then circle almost directly above us, displaying the distinctive rufous shading on the wing tips  

Tawny Eagle 

Pair mating Abuko, with 2 further separate birds at a separate part of the reserve

African Hawk-Eagle

1 initially on the ground in a stubble field, then in tree and flight between Farafenni and Barra

Booted Eagle

1 over car Farafenni to Barra

Common Kestrel

1 Wassu stone circles; 1 between Farafenni and Barra. Both birds were females

Grey Kestrel

Easily the most commonly seen of the falcons (pair over Kotu Creek; 1 Brufut; 1 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; pair at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 Baobolong Lodge area; at least 8 on journey from Gerogetown to Barra; 2 over Kotu area

Red-necked Falcon 

Pair perched next to Kotu Creek bridge; 1 at Bansang

Lanner Falcon

An initial bird was seen flying over Lamin rice field, but it was the pair at Brufut which provided one of the most stunning experiences of the trip. The two had been seen along the shore as we approached the lagoon, but took us aback when they started to stoop on a lone Western Reef Heron at the far end, away from the anonymity of the rest of the wading birds. They took quite a few tries at it, and the potential quarry nearly made the wrong choice by flying, but the pair eventually left the seen empty clawed

Black Crake 

6 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 1 with juvenile Badala Park pool

Senegal Thick-knee

This is a very regular bird, often in good numbers, either alongside or in the vicinity of water throughout the country (2 Kotu Creek; 2 over rice paddies; ~50 Kauur Wetlands; 1 Tendaba mangroves; 2 dry bush Baobolong Lodge area; very common on most wetlands between Georgetown and Barra)

Eurasian Oystercatcher 

2 Barra shoreline

Black-winged Stilt 

~30 Kotu Creek; 2 Brufut; ~6 Tendaba airport; ~12 Soma Wetlands; ~20 Kauur Wetlands; ~6 on walk back from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 Baobolong Lodge area paddies; fairly common at wetlands between Georgetown and Barra; ~30 in Kotu area

Spur-winged Lapwing 

This is probably the most common wader to be seen, usually, but not always, near to water (2 Kotu Creek; 3 cycle Track; 1 Lamin; 6 Tendaba airport; quite common on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; common both sides of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; common on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; very common on journey in all habitats from Georgetown to Barra; common Kotu area)

Black-headed Lapwing

1 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 2 Bansang; 3 at one of stops on North bank

African Wattled Lapwing 

2 Tendaba Airport; 2 in bush at Tendaba; 1 paddies at Bansang; 3 cycle track paddies

Common Ringed Plover

2 Tendaba airport; ~6 Soma Wetlands; 2 Kauur Wetlands

Kittlitz's Plover

1 Kauur Wetlands

Kentish Plover 

1 Soma Wetlands

Egyptian Plover 

This was the bird we had been waiting so long to see. We had checked that they were still present at this time of year, but it was apparent that they tend to move upriver early in the year. There was no great surprise when cursory checks of the usual haunts along the South bank were ploverless, so looked forward to the journey to Basse, which is about 2Ĺ hours drive from our base on Georgetown. After negotiating the packed streets of Basse, a boat was hired to deliver us to the river banks away from the throng, but not before the bird was spotted a little way down river on the opposite bank with a pair of Spur-winged Lapwings. We eventually crept to within a stoneís throw of this dapper bird

Greater Painted Snipe

1 flew from the stream into Wassu paddies

African Jacana 

1 next to cycle Track; 1 Abuko; at least 100 Wassu ponds; ~6 Bansang paddies; ~20 on pond on journey from Bansang to Basse; common on wetlands of North bank; 2 Badala Park pool

Common Snipe 

1 flew from the marsh at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 at Wassu paddies

Whimbrel

4-5 Kotu Creek; 1 Brufut; ~40 Tendaba Wetlands; 2 Barra shoreline; 1 Kotu Creek

Common Redshank

~6 Tendaba mangroves

Marsh Sandpiper 

1 Tendaba mangroves; 3 Kauur Wetlands

Common Greenshank 

1 Kotu Creek; 1 Brufut; 2 Tendaba airport; ~12 Tendaba mangroves; 1 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Badala Park pool

Green Sandpiper 

1 Kotu Creek; 2 Sewage works

Wood Sandpiper 

2 Tendaba airport; 1 Wassu pool; ~7 Kotu area

Common Sandpiper 

1 Brufut; ~20 Tendaba mangroves; 1 on creek Baobolong Lodge area bush; 1 in paddies on walk back from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing ferry; 1 Wassu pool; 1 Baobolong wetlands; 1 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; ~4 Kotu area

Ruddy Turnstone 

At least 8 seen at Tendaba Camp

Sanderling

~8 Soma Wetlands

Ruff

~8 Kauur Wetlands

Collared Pratincole

~25 Kauur Wetlands; 1 at roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni

Grey-hooded Gull 

A mix of both breeding and non-breeding plumaged birds were seen (very common at Brufut, both on the pool and on the sea; common on ferry journey and terminals between Barra and Banjul; ~70 Baobolong wetlands; few over Kotu Creek)

Kelp Gull 

4 at Brufut; ~20 from Barra to Banjul ferry

Gull-billed Tern

1 Lamin Rice Fields; ~20 Tendeaba airport; ~5 Tendaba mangroves; 2 Baobolong wetlands; ~6 from Barra to Banjul ferry

Caspian Tern

Some of the birds seen were initially confusing, since they sported more of a yellow than deep orange bill (~30 Brufut; 1 Tendaba airport; 1 Soma Wetlands; 1 Tendaba; ~4 from Barra to Banjul ferry; 1 over Kotu Creek)

Royal Tern

1 Brufut

Lesser Crested Tern

~4 from Barra to Banjul ferry

Sandwich Tern 

1 Lamin Lodge; 1 Brufut; 1 Baobolong wetlands

Pomarine Skua 

1 light phase and 2 dark phase near Banjul ferry terminal

Arctic Skua  

3 near Banjul ferry terminal

Speckled Pigeon 

Quite common Kotu and from the transfer bus; few Lamin; few on journey to Tendaba; 2 on journey from Tendaba; ~4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; ~6 on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; occasional on journey along North bank; small flocks over Barra to Banjul ferry; ~6 Kotu area

African Collared Dove

At least 1 identified in the village at Baobolong Lodge area

Mourning Collared Dove 

As mentioned in the guide books, this species was only seen in the proximity of water. It has a more obvious grey crown than other doves seen (quite common Tendaba mangroves; ~12 Wassu paddies)

Red-eyed Dove 

Definitely more common than those reported, this species suffers from the abundance of Vinaceous & Laughing Doves, leaving no hunger for more specific identification than is necessary (~20 Abuko, fairly common elsewhere; 2 Kotu area)

Vinaceous Dove 

Probably the most abundant bird both seen and heard

Laughing Dove 

2 Rice Paddies; 2 Abuko; 2 Lamin; quite common South of river; very common on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; quite common Sankulaykunda ferry crossing and Baobolong Lodge area; common Kotu area

Black-billed Wood Dove

Many Wood Doves were seen flying throughout the journey, but most were unable to be specifically identified (1 Abuko; 2 Lamin rice fields; probably common at Tendaba mangroves - 1 definite; 3 identified in bush at Baobolong Lodge area; probably this species regularly from road on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse)

Blue-spotted Wood Dove  

2 Abuko   

Namaqua Dove

2 pairs Lamin rice fields; ~8 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 4 on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; ~15 on North bank journey

Bruce's Green Pigeon 

2 Tendaba track; 1 in tree Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 at Wassu pool

African Green Pigeon

1 Lamin rice fields

Rose-ringed Parakeet 

1 over Badala Park Hotel; 1 Lamin rice fields; 6 Tendaba; ~15 on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; ~4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 Baobolong Lodge area; 3 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 over Kotu area

Senegal Parrot 

Pair in tree at rice paddies; 2 Lamin rice fields; ~25 Tendaba track; 2 Wassu; 1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 Baobolong Lodge area; 2 near Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 along river track; ~8 Wassu pool; 2 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 2 over Kotu paddies

Violet Turaco

3 in one palm tree at Abuko

Western Plantain-eater 

Pair at top of tree next to Kotu Bridge; 1 Abuko; 2 town en route to Tendaba; 4 Tendaba track; 2 Baobolong Lodge area; 2 in hotel grounds, Baobolong Lodge area; ~4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 along river track from Basse; ~6 on journey from Georgetown to Barra; ~8 Kotu area

Senegal Coucal 

~12 in Kotu Creek area; 1 Brufut; 1 Lamin; 4 Tendaba track; 1 Tendaba Wetlands; 1 Kauur Wetlands; common both sides of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 journey from Basse to Bansang; occasional on North bank journey; ~10 Kotu area

Klaas's Cuckoo

1 Abuko

African Palm Swift 

Quite common over rice paddies early evening; few over Lamin; ~6 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; quite common Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; common over Bansang and Basse; quite common on North bank journey; small numbers over Kotu area

Common Swift 

1 over Wassu paddies

Pallid Swift 

~6 on journey to Tendaba

Little Swift

2 Abuko; 1 over Gambia River; ~6 over Bansang; abundant over Banjul ferry terminal; small numbers over Kotu area

Purple Roller 

1 on wires on journey to Tendaba; 2 on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; 4 separate birds on journey from Georgetown to Barra

Abyssinian Roller 

A familiar sight throughout the country, with 8 being seen in one field in one particular area. They are both very common and approachable (1 Kotu Creek; 1 Tendaba airport; 3 Tendaba track; at least 25 on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; very common both sides of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; common on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; very common on North bank journey    2 in Kotu area; 2 on transit journey to airport)

Blue-bellied Roller 

1 on journey to Tendaba; 1 on a bush at Baobolong Lodge area; 3 together around what may have been a nest hole next to Kotu Creek

Broad-billed Roller 

This group of ~10 at the Senegambia Hotel were initially an enigma, rolling into a treat as the penny dropped. We picked up the first 6 or so overhead in the orange evening light, and this gave their colour a rich brick red glow. The shape was also reminiscent of a bird of prey, apart from the forked tail. Being directly above us, they evaded a good overall look until they were seen to land at the top of one of the trees in the grounds, when their identity was straight forward

Striped Kingfisher 

1 Tendaba airport

Blue-breasted Kingfisher 

~7 at Tendaba mangroves; 1 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing

Malachite Kingfisher 

~12 Tendaba mangroves; 1 on creek Baobolong Lodge area

Giant Kingfisher 

1 Abuko; 3 at roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni

Pied Kingfisher 

1 Kotu Creek; 1 Brufut; 2 Tendaba Camp; very common at Tendaba mangroves; 1 Soma Wetlands; 3 Koma Wetlands; 1 Wassu pools; 1 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 1 Baobolong wetlands; ~6 Kotu area

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater 

3 Abuko; 1 Tendaba mangroves

Little Bee-eater  

Common Abuko, Brufut, and Lamin

Red-throated Bee-eater 

Lamin assured us that he knew of the location of Bansang Quarry, a known location for this species. After it became apparent that he didnít, we persuaded him to drive back to where we thought it may be, and the first of ~15 called above the cut in the rocks that held the road. We then walked up one of its banks to find the quarry itself

White-throated Bee-eater 

~6 Tendaba mangroves

Green Bee-eater 

4 in village at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 on journey from Basse to Bansang

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 

1 definite, possibly many more in the distance at Lamin Lodge; ~15 Tendaba mangroves; occasional on journey from Georgetown to Barra

European Bee-eater 

~20 Tendaba track; ~6 Tendaba mangroves

Eurasian Hoopoe 

1 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank

Green Wood Hoopoe 

These were usually in roving flocks, moving from bases and lower parts of trees, but were generally difficult to approach (~20 in a flock at Lamin woods; 1 town en route to Tendaba; 2 on journey from Tendaba on North Bank; ~8 in bush at Baobolong Lodge area; ~8 Wassu pool; 3 cycle track paddies)

African Pied Hornbill   

1 Kotu sewage works

African Grey Hornbill 

2 Lamin, pair Brufut; 4 Tendaba track; 3 on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; ~10 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing ~20 on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; ~20 on North bank journey; 2 Kotu area

Western Red-billed Hornbill 

2 Kotu rice paddies; 1 Brufut; ~20 Tendaba; ~8 on journey from Tendaba to Georgetown; ~4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; ~12 Baobolong Lodge area; ~10 on journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; ~8 on North bank journey; ~6 Kotu area

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill 

Pair perched in trees between Farafenni and Barra

Bearded Barbet 

2 rice paddies along cycle track; 2 Tendaba track; 1 on bush while waiting for early morning ferry at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 on roadside stop on the North bank

Fine-spotted Woodpecker  

1 Lamin rice fields; 1 in open bush at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing   

Cardinal Woodpecker  

1 Senegambia Hotel; 2 on track to river between Basse and Bansang 

African Grey Woodpecker 

1 en route to Tendaba

Brown-throated Wattle-eye 

5 Abuko; 2 Brufut

Northern Puffback

1 Wassu pool

Yellow-crowned Gonolek

1 Senegambia Hotel; 1 Tendaba track; 1 along track at Baobolong Lodge area; 1 in village at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 Wassu pool;1 cycle track pool

Yellow-billed Shrike

1 from bus on transit from airport to hotel; 3 cycle track rice paddies; 1 Lamin woods; 3 Tendaba track; 1 alongside village at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 at a roadside stop between Wassu and Farafenni

Woodchat Shrike

1 late evening in open bush at Baobolong Lodge area

Fork-tailed Drongo

1 Kotu Creek; 1 rice paddies at cycle track; 2 Lamin rice fields; 1 Tendaba track; 2 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 1 at Bansang

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher 

2 Abuko; 1 Brufut

African Paradise Flycatcher 

1 Abuko

Piapiac

Small groups of 5-6 from bus and in Kotu Creek area; 1 on journey to Tendaba; 3 rice paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 on North bank journey

Pied Crow 

Quite common from bus transfer to hotel and Kotu Creek area; quite common South of river on journey to Tendaba; 2 Tendaba; 2 between Bansang and Basse; common between Barra and Banjul; common Kotu area on last morning

Crested Lark 

2 Baobolong wetlands  

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark

~4 Bansang Quarry; ~6 roadside pool between Wassu and Farafenni; 4 Wassu stone circle

Common Bulbul 

Quite common around Badala Park Hotel; ~15 Tendaba Camp; ~8 Baobolong Lodge area; ~6 Bansang; 2 Wassu pool; common Kotu area

Little Greenbul 

6 Abuko

Fanti Saw-wing 

1 Abuko; 3 Lamin

Sand Martin 

Quite common over Wassu paddies

Red-chested Swallow 

12 in mixed swallow flock perched on wires before Wassu; ~6 over Banjul ferry terminal; 5 Kotu Creek

Wire-tailed Swallow 

~8 Kotu Creek on first visit; 1 without streamers at Lamin; 4-5 River Gambia checkpoint; 2 Kotu Creek on last morning

Mosque Swallow 

27 in mixed swallow flock perched on wires before Wassu

Red-rumped Swallow 

~6 over Tendaba airport; ~4 at Soma Wetlands; quite common over paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 on journey from Basse to Bansang; ~10 in mixed swallow flock perched on wires before Wassu

Eurasian Reed Warbler  

1 Wassu paddies next to the small river bridge

Melodious Warbler 

1 Tendaba track; 1 in bush on walk from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing to Baobolong Lodge area

Zitting Cisticola 

1 Cycle track

Tawny-flanked Prinia

1 Kotu Creek; ~15 Tendaba track; ~5 alongside road at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 Bansang; ~6 Wassu stone circle; group of ~6 cycle track

Oriole Warbler 

Group of ~5 around track with Little Greenbuls in Abuko for some time. This was likely to be a family party of two adults feeding fully grown but not yet independent juveniles

Green-backed Camaroptera 

1 Brufut; 1 Tendaba airport

Senegal Eremomela

2 Tendaba airport; 2 in bushes on walk back from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 2 Bansang

Blackcap Babbler 

2 Abuko in mixed flock with Oriole Warblers; 2 Senegambia

Brown Babbler

1 Senegambia Hotel; 3 Wassu pool; 4 Kotu area

Subalpine Warbler  

1 Wassu pool; 1 Wassu paddies

Greater Blue-eared Starling 

Particularly common upriver, where large gatherings could be found, often near to human habitation (1 Lamin woods; 2 journey to Georgetown on North Bank: at least 30 in paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; ~10 Baobolong lodge; common journey from Baobolong lodge to Basse; abundant in places on North bank journey)

Lesser Blue-eared Starling

~40 Tendaba

Bronze-tailed Starling  

~6 in mixed group identified at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing paddies

Purple Starling 

6 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 2 in mixed group identified at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing paddies; ~4 Baobolong lodge

Long-tailed Glossy Starling 

Very common throughout

Yellow-billed Oxpecker 

5 on journey to Tendaba; 2 on donkeys in paddies at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 on cattle at Bansang; 3 on cattle at Wassu stone circle

African Thrush 

Common Abuko, Brufut, and Lamin; 1 cycle track

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat 

4 Abuko

White-crowned Robin-Chat 

Pair Badala Park Hotel; 1 Senegambia Hotel; pair in village at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; group of 4 in Badala Park gardens on last morning

Northern Wheatear 

1 on journey to Georgetown on North Bank; 3 Wassu stone circle  

Northern Black Flycatcher 

1 Senegambia Hotel

Swamp Flycatcher

2 were seen from the bridge over the stream at Wassu paddies

Mangrove Sunbird

~20 Tendaba mangroves

Pygmy Sunbird

~5 on stop from Basse to Bansang

Scarlet-chested Sunbird 

1 Bansang; 1 on journey from Basse to Bansang

Beautiful Sunbird 

2 next to Kotu Creek; ~10 Lamin; 4 Tendaba; ~10 in flowering tree on walk back from Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; ~6 in grounds of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing hotel, with pair feeding young in nest; ~10 Kotu area on last morning

Variable Sunbird 

2 females Abuko; 1 male Lamin; 1 Tendaba mangroves; 2 Kotu Creek

House Sparrow 

~6 Kotu area

Northern Grey-headed Sparrow  

1 Brufut; 1 Kotu Creek

Bush Petronia  

~6 Bansang Quarry; 1 at a roadside pool stop after Farafenni

White-billed Buffalo Weaver 

~10 in tree along track at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 Baobolong lodge; 1 over Wassu paddies; ~50 in one tree cycle track paddies

Black-necked Weaver  

Very common Abuko

Village Weaver  

Abundant throughout

Red-billed Quelea 

1 Tendaba airport; 1 in mixed flock Sankulaykunda ferry crossing 

Northern Red Bishop 

Small to sometimes very large flocks of small finches in non-breeding plumage were regularly encountered. These cannot be identified usually with any great deal of accuracy unless a breeding plumaged male is present. One or two of the flocks allowed some scrutiny, but this was the only species which could be identified with any certainty

Green-winged Pytilia 

1 on stop from Basse to Bansang

Cut-throat Finch

2 Bansang Quarry

Red-billed Firefinch 

~10 Abuko; ~20 Tendaba track; quite common both sides of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; ~15 Kotu area

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu 

At least 1 in mixed flock in bush at Baobolong Lodge area; 3 at Wassu pool; 2 next to Kotu Creek

Black-rumped Waxbill 

~20 Tendaba airport; some present in mixed flocks both sides of Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 3 at Bansang Quarry; 2 at Wassu paddies

Black-faced Quail-Finch 

5 Tendaba airport

Bronze Mannikin

Quite common around Kotu Creek; quite common Abuko & Senegambia Hotel; ~10 Bansang Quarry; ~30 Kotu area

Village Indigobird 

2 at village near to the Sankulaykunda ferry crossing; 1 along creek at Sankulaykunda ferry crossing

Exclamatory Paradise Whydah

1 juvenile on stop from Basse to Bansang; 1 full breeding plumaged male with ~10 females between Wassu and Farafenni. This was originally seen from the road, but luckily a track led to the 5 favoured perches as it displayed to its admiring onlookers. An impossible but beguiling bird

Western Yellow Wagtail

2 Tendaba airport; ~4 Sankulaykunda ferry crossing paddies; 2 Baobolong wetlands; 1 Wassu paddies

White Wagtail

2 Tendaba Camp; ~6 Soma Wetlands; 1 Baobolong wetlands 

Yellow-fronted Canary 

2 on stop from Basse to Bansang

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting 

1 Bansang Quarry

 

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