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Helmeted Guineafowl 

A bird of open grassland, it was no surprise that they were only seen on thre savannah of Shai Hills, where they were very timid, fleeing from the sight of the car    (3 Shai Hills)

Stone Partridge

A little time was spent at the cave of Shai Hills seaching for a view of one of these birds, which were calling constantly in the thick undergrowth covering the rocks just above us. 1 was eventually spotted

Double-spurred Francolin 

All birds were seen only briefly, legging it away from us as soon as we were detected (2 Sakumo, 1 Winneba Plains, Sushen 1 on track)

White-faced Whistling Duck

15-20 Sakumo

Little Grebe

8 Sakumo

Glossy Ibis

~40 Sakumo

Striated Heron

1 Winneba Lagoon

Western Cattle Egret

Very common during most journeys through open country (common Sakumo   , ~100 Hans Cottage Botel roost, Some on journey to Twifo Praso, Few on way to Atiwa)

Grey Heron

1 Sakumo

Great Egret

The same single bird was present on the lake during our stay at Hans Cottage Botel

Little Egret

~20 Sakumo

Western Reef Heron

All birds seem were dark phase (~10 Winneba Lagoon)

Reed Cormorant

~80 Sakumo, Hans Cottage Botel - 4 (2 adults, 2 juveniles)

Black-shouldered Kite 

1 flying over Sakumo in the distance, 1 much closer at the top of a nearby tree briefly at Winneba Plains

African Harrier-Hawk

3 over Kakum, with one perched in the distance, 2 Bobiri

Palm-nut Vulture 

1 Winneba Plains, 2 Kakum, one being perched at the top of a tree in the valley

European Honey Buzzard 

2 together flying over Kakum 

African Cuckoo-Hawk

2 Jawari, which were first spotted flying over, following which they both landed. Views of the birds weren't great, which meant a little while before we confirmed their identification

Hooded Vulture

~6 on journey to Winneba, 3 on way to Jawari, 1 from restaurant on way to Picathartes site, 1 on way to hotel from Atiwa, ~2 while at restaurant after Atiwa, ~5 on journey to Accra, 1 perched and 2 over Shai Hills

Cassin's Hawk-Eagle

1 over Antwikwa, 2 & 1 over Atiwa

Gabar Goshawk

1 Sakumo, 2 Winneba Plains, one of which was perched close to on a telegraph wire 

African Goshawk 

1 Bobiri


1 Sakumo, 1 Winneba Lagoon

Western Marsh Harrier

2 Sakumo

Yellow-billed Kite

Abundant in most of the country where we travelled, with particular concentrations seemingly near to habitation

Common Kestrel 

2 on journey to Winneba Plains

African Hobby

1 over Atiwa

Lanner Falcon

1 flying high over and 1 perched Shai Hills

Black-bellied Bustard

1 Winneba Plains, where this site is reputed to be a standard location for these. There seems to have been some recent clearing of some of the land where they could be found, which may have caused disturbance. It took some searching a little further along the track to find this calling bird

White-spotted Flufftail 

2 heard, 1 seen Antwikwa. They are a notoriously difficult family of birds to even gain a glance of, so credit to Kalu who was patient and knew his fieldcraft, with one of the birds seen well briefly

Common Moorhen

1 Sakumo

Senegal Thick-knee

4 Sakumo

Black-winged Stilt

Common Sakumo, common Winneba Lagoon

Spur-winged Lapwing

~6 Sakumo, 2 Winneba Lagoon

Senegal Lapwing

1 Sakumo

African Wattled Lapwing

~10 Sakumo

Common Ringed Plover

1 Winneba Lagoon

African Jacana

2 Sakumo, 1 adult & 1 juv Hans Cottage Botel


1 Winneba Lagoon

Common Redshank 

1 Winneba Lagoon

Marsh Sandpiper

~6 Sakumo

Common Greenshank 

~20 Sakumo, ~6 Winneba Lagoon

Wood Sandpiper 

At least 20 Sakumo

Common Sandpiper

~6 Sakumo

Collared Pratincole

18 Sakumo, all flying in groups at different times, one of 3 birds, the other over the lagoon of 15

Rock Pratincole

8 Twifo Praso

Royal Tern

1 in the distance over the water at Winneba Lagoon

Western Bronze-naped Pigeon

1 Bobiri, where it was perched for a short time before flying off

Red-eyed Dove 

This was a common sound in most areas away from habitation, including forests, but wasn't checked on view too often

Vinaceous Dove

Abundant along coast

Laughing Dove

Common along coast, Small numbers Sushen

Tambourine Dove

2 separate birds Sushen, 1 Atiwa

African Green Pigeon 

~30 in one tree Antwikwa, 1 Atiwa

Grey Parrot 

2 Bobiri were perched high up at some distance

Senegal Parrot

1 Shai Hills

Violet Turaco

2 Shai Hills

Western Plantain-eater 

4 Sakumo, ~8 around Winneba

Black-throated Coucal 

1 Atiwa. This was seen in flight only briefly, but the colouring and much larger size compared with Senegal Coucal were obvious

Senegal Coucal 

2 Sakumo, 1 black form near Preuss's Cliff Swallow colony

Blue Malkoha 

2 Kakum. For a somewhat large and colourful bird, they can be hard to see. They have a habit of getting lost in the depths of leaves in even comparatively small trees, so patienc is needed before they pop their yellow bills out again

Jacobin Cuckoo 

1 Sakumo

Klaas's Cuckoo

1 Sushen, 1 Kakum

African Emerald Cuckoo

1 heard Sushen, 3 males & 2 females Bobiri , 1 female Atiwa, which defied the canopy hugging behaviours of those seen previously, and perched just over our heads 

Black Cuckoo

2 males Bobiri, calling separately. The variants in this part of the country are not wholly black, but have light barred underparts, with a rufous throat

African Cuckoo  

1 flew over Bobiri

Plain Nightjar

1 near Hans Cottage Botel, picked up in the headlights just before we were about to leave

Long-tailed Nightjar 

1 near Hans Cottage Botel, caught in the torchlight as soon as we arrived at the open track and land

Sabine's Spinetail

1 Sushen

African Palm Swift 

Common in pockets along coastal route, Few over Accra

Common Swift 

1 Sushen, Abundant Kakum

Little Swift

Common in pockets along coastal routem Common journey to Twifo Praso

Purple Roller

1 Shai Hills

Blue-bellied Roller

~10 Shai Hills

Blue-throated Roller

2 Sushen, 2 Kakum, 2 perched in tree Antwikwa 

Broad-billed Roller

1 Shai Hills

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher

1 Atiwa, which was calling from the forest at first, then clearly closer to the track. It took some tracking down to almost directly above our heads, but high up

Woodland Kingfisher

Easily the most common kingfisher throughout and could be approached very closely  (1 Sushen, 2 Hans Cottage Botel, 1 on way to Jawari, 1 Hans Cottage Botel, 1perched on goalpost near Antwikwa, 1 in hotel grounds on 11th first light)

African Pygmy Kingfisher

1 Sushen, 4 Shai Hills, including a pair displaying

Malachite Kingfisher 

Pair displaying Sakumo, 1 Winneba Lagoon

Pied Kingfisher

2 Sakumo, ~6 Winneba Lagoon, 1 Hans Cottage Botel

Blue-headed Bee-eater 

This was a stunning surprise, since we hadn't even expected a chance of seeing them. Kalu had made no mention of the possibility either, until we were well into the walk at Atiwa. After the disappointment of having what looked like a destroyed nest pointed out, we were over the moon to come across a pair further on using a favoured perch for as long as we decided to watch

Black Bee-eater  

This is a stunning bird and even better in real life than in the illustrations. We were very pleased with first somewhat distant bird, until we realised that they bred in a pile of sand at Kakum and were regularly very close to (3 Sushen, 2 Kakum, 1 Antwikwa)

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

2 Shai Hills

Little Bee-eater 

2 Sakumo, 1 near Preuss's Cliff Swallow colony

White-throated Bee-eater

The most common and widespread of the Bee-eaters (100's Sushen, 10's Jawari, ~10 Kakum, 4 Bobiri, 4 Atiwa, ~20 Shai Hills)

European Bee-eater  

~40 Shai Hills, high overhead

Rosy Bee-eater

~30 Sushen, all overhead with none even looking like perching  

White-headed Wood Hoopoe

1 over Kakum

Green Wood Hoopoe

3 early morning Sakumo, 1 later Sakumo

African Pied Hornbill 

The most common hornbill by far, although most were in flight. When they did land, this was often only for a brief period (~5 Sushen, Jawari, 2-3 regular ones over Kakum   , ~20 over Antwikwa, ~10 Bobiri, ~10 Atiwa)

African Grey Hornbill 

~6 Sakumo, 2 on route from Winneba Plains, 6 Shai Hills

Brown-cheeked Hornbill

6 Kakum, seen in far distance perched on tree

Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill 

4 Kakum, seen in far distance perched on tree

Bristle-nosed Barbet

Not as common as Naked-faced Barbet, but often associated with them. The feathers on the nose are not always easy to see as in the ID books, so closer examination is usually necessary to ensure indentification (1 Kakum, 2 Antwikwa, 1 Atiwa)

Naked-faced Barbet

Regularly seen in forest and forest edge. Some young birds also seemed to be present (1 Sushen, 5 Kakum, ~10 Antwikwa. 4 Bobiri, 2/~6 Atiwa

Speckled Tinkerbird

Usually keeps to the canopy and upper branches (~10 Sushen, 2 Kakum, 1 Antwikwa)

Red-rumped Tinkerbird

Initially heard, playing the call helps bring these birds very close (1 Antwikwa, 1 Atiwa)

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird

They really are as difficult to tell from Yellow-rumped as we thought. There was no suggestion of any yellow on the throat, but call library assisted ID (1 Sushen, 1/1 Atiwa)

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird 

1 Jawari

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Another species which responds well to playing the call (1 Shai Hills)

Hairy-breasted Barbet

1 Kakum, 1/1 Atiwa

Vieillot's Barbet

More a bird of open areas, the first we saw was a little dishevelled. The second was much smarter (2 Shai Hills)

Double-toothed Barbet 

2 Sakumo, 1 Winneba Plains

Cassin's Honeybird

At least 1 bird was regularly seen and heard, constantly calling, from the Kakum canopy walkway. Good views were not to be had, so full ID was by call playback (1 regular bird Kakum)

Least Honeyguide 

These birds keep themselves high up near the canopy, so identification also relies on call playback (2-3 in canopy calling near Bobiri reception)

Spotted Honeyguide

1 calling from open branch Kakum

Greater Honeyguide

1 male Shai Hills

Fine-spotted Woodpecker

1 Sakumo

Buff-spotted Woodpecker

A single bird was seen, which was directly above our heads on a trunk on the walk to the Picathartes site

Cardinal Woodpecker 

2 Sakumo, 2 Winneba Plains, 1 Shai Hills

Melancholy Woodpecker

The birds in this part of the country are of the Gabon Woodpecker subspecies, gabonensis, with boldly spotted rather than streaked underparts (2 separate birds Seshun, 1 Antwikwa)

Fire-bellied Woodpecker 

The birds we saw don't greatly resemble the bright birds in the guide books - the red on the belly is usually difficult to see unless they are facing with feathers fluffed (3 Antwikwa 1 Bobiri)

Rufous-sided Broadbill 

After an unsuccessful attempt at finding one of these little stunners at Jawari, we managed to see one first thing the next morning as we walked to the Kakum walkway. The bird we saw even displayed the little loop flight, where it flies up in a small circle continuously and lands back on the same branch

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher

One of the birds we wanted to see, those found were usually a little distant, but still rewarding ( Pair and single female Jawari, 1 Atiwa)

Fernando Po Batis

When seen well, the smudged supercilium over the eye section can be seen to help sort this one out from a confusing but impressive family (1 Kakum)

Chestnut Wattle-eye 

One of those birds where the very different female is arguably more impressive than the male, and whose back colour the name of the species comes from (Pair Antwikwa, 1 male Bobiri, 1 Atiwa)

Brown-throated Wattle-eye

1 Shai Hills

White-crested Helmetshrike

We had wanted to see these birds since our first trip to The Gambia in 1999, when there was a chance of finding them. The fact that the group of 8 were the last new birds of the trip made them even more welcome (8 Shai Hills)

Black-crowned Tchagra

2 Shai Hills

Sabine's Puffback

1 Bobiri

Northern Puffback 

2 males, 2 females Shai Hills

Yellow-crowned Gonolek 

Very vocal but also very elusive, these birds called from thick cover, only breaking this occasionally (~4 Sakumo, 6 Winneba Plains)

Blue Cuckooshrike

Both birds seen were males (1 Kakum, 1 Bobiri)

Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike

Probably the first bird we saw as we started along the track at Shai Hills, the only one we saw was a male (1 male Shai Hills)

Purple-throated Cuckooshrike

2 males Bobiri

Yellow-billed Shrike

We had thought this species would be widespread and easy to see, but the only location where this was true was our first morning at Sakumo lagoon. This was the only place we came across them (Common Sakumo, sometimes in groups up to 8 birds)

Northern Fiscal

Another of those usually prolific species which you would expect to be widespread and obvious, with its preference for roadside perches such as telegraph wires. The main concentration seemed to be around Atiwa (11 Atiwa/7 near Atiwa in open areas)

Western Oriole

Both the orioles which occur here were regularly heard in the forests, and often seen well. The white in the wing of this species has to be checked carefully since it isn't always obvious (1 Sushen, 1 Kakum)

Black-winged Oriole

1 Sushen, 1 Kakum, 1 Bobiri, 2 Atiwa

Shining Drongo

This tends to be much more of a dense forest species than the other 2 drongos seen, and takes a bit of work and vigilance. The only ones seen were a pair on the return walk at Atiwa, where they were well in from the track

Fork-tailed Drongo

The open land drongo of the area, the only ones seen were 5 on the savannah of Shai Hills

Velvet-mantled Drongo

By far the commonest drongo seen, the ID book seems to differentiate the tail from Fork-tailed as being "fish tailed", but I couldn't see much difference in practice. Habitat is a better start at separating the two (~20 Sushen, 4-5 Kakum, ~10 Antwikwa, ~8 Bobiri, 2/~8 Atiwa)

Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher

A real skulker, the only bird seen was by the path at Antwikwa, and then we had to peer down on our haunches to get the views we did

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher

Male Sushen, 2 Antwikwa, 1 Atiwa

African Paradise Flycatcher

1 Shai Hills


The only ones seen were a band of 5 sniffing out a meal in the long grass of Shai Hills savannah. 3 of them did oblige by flying up to some bare branches

Pied Crow 


White-necked Rockfowl

In world birding terms, this is likely to be one of the two top targets for Ghana, along with Egyptian Plover in the North. Looking at the location we were taken to, which is over half an hour trek from a small village, I am amazed they were found at all. The form is that a "minder" from the village needs to accompany you to the site, and this is reached by 5pm, before the birds are expected. They then approach on the ground from any direction, but don't always go to the nests under the rocks. We saw 3, but I suspect that their presence outside of the breeding season isn't always guaranteed 

Dusky Crested Flycatcher

Much like the very similar Blue-headed, this Crested Flycatcher is another notorious skulker. We caught eye level views briefly on the walk to the Picathartes site

White-shouldered Black Tit

2 Shai Hills

Western Nicator

The song of this species has the volume and quality of larger reed warblers such as Great Reed, but is delivered usually from a hidden perch inside dense cover. We were lucky with all 3 we tried to locate, with increasingly better views, from flight only to exposed branch in the forest edge (1 Sushen, 1 Bobiri, 1 Atiwa)

Common Bulbul

Quite common Sushen, ~6 Atiwa

Slender-billed Greenbul

One of the commoner and more widespread greenbuls, one of the distinguishing features if this species is no particular features. Much like the rest of the family then! (2 Kakum, 1 Antwikwa, 1 Bobiri, 2 Atiwa)

Little Greenbul

A more wholly olive brown bird than other congeners, without any other noticeable marks (2 Jawari, 1 Antwikwa)

Little Grey Greenbul

1 Sushen, ~6 Kakum

Plain Greenbul

1 Kakum

Golden Greenbul

These are quite obvious when seen for the first time, with a green rather than red tail of Icterine Greenbul (5 Sushen, 2 Kakum)

Honeyguide Greenbul

Despite the name and resemblance to honeyguides, which we thought in theory should cause some confusion, the obvious black and white tail pattern with rich olive green back makes this an easy bird to identify, even in flight as was the first of our two individuals (1 Kakum, 1 Atiwa)

Spotted Greenbul 

The only bird seen was singing below us from the third platform on the Kakum canopy walkway. It did have spotting in the throat and upper breast, but seemed to be plainer generally underneath

Simple Greenbul

2 Jawari

Swamp Palm Bulbul

Quite a vocal bird, they stayed more in the vicinity of palms than always in them (2 Antwikwa, 3 Atiwa)

Yellow-bearded Greenbul

2 separate birds Sushen, where they tended to stay in the thicker vegetation

Square-tailed Saw-wing

4 Atiwa, where they were flying directly over us, making identifcation easy

Fanti Saw-wing

100's Sushen, mainly in mixed flocks overhead, but with some birds also obligingly perched

Barn Swallow

Small colony at Twifo Praso

Ethiopian Swallow 

More birds than those recorded will have been seen in mixed flocks and high overhead (Quite common Sakumo and along coastal route, small numbers over Kakum, small colony at restaurant on way to Picathartes site

Rock Martin

1 perched on hotel before visit to Bobiri first light 

Rufous-chested Swallow

Very much like Red-rumped Swallow, but with a deeper rufous underside as suggested by the name (~6 Sushen)

Mosque Swallow

The birds seen here seem to have a much more obviously rufous underside than on previous trips to Africa (4 Sakumo, ~6 Sushen)

Preuss's Cliff Swallow 

Colony under bridge on way to Twifo Praso

Kemp's Longbill

1 Antwikwa, heard calling and seen briefly

Grey Longbill

1 Antwikwa calling and seen feeding in insect on branch

Green Crombec

3 Antwikwa

Lemon-bellied Crombec

1 Kakum

Chestnut-capped Flycatcher

~4 Sushen

Green Hylia

3 Bobiri, 1 Atiwa, where many more could be heard calling during the walk. At first very active and difficult to pin down in the foliage, some were then seen very well 

Willow Warbler

1 Sakumo, 2 Jawari

Wood Warbler

2 Kakum

Red-faced Cisticola

1 Sushen

Singing Cisticola

1 Winneba Plains 

Whistling Cisticola

1 Sushen, 1 Jawari, 1 Atiwa, 1 Shai Hills

Croaking Cisticola

Quite an obvious call, although I would hardly describe it as a croak, initial impression was of a less stocky bird than the field guides suggest. They were a constant presence on the Shai Hills savannah (2 Winneba Plains, ~12 Shai Hills)

Short-winged Cisticola 

(Also known locally as Siffling Cisticola) ~4 Shai Hills

Zitting Cisticola

4 Sakumo, where they were more often heard than seen, and preferred the marshy areas next to the lagoon

Tawny-flanked Prinia

4 Winneba Plains, 2 Jawari, 4 Antwikwa

Black-capped Apalis

2 Kakum

Sharpe's Apalis

~12 Kakum, where they were in two separate flocks. Luckily, they take their time foraging in each bush, and passed by the walkway close to and at eye level in both cases

Green-backed Camaroptera

When seen well, the olive green on the backs of these birds is very bright, with the contrasting grey head making them obvious compared to Olive Green Cameroptera. They are also somewhat like the South American mannikins in display, with clicking sounds and manic jumping around the female. Their loud calls were a constant in the bushy areas of Shai Hills (1 Sakumo, ~8 Shai Hills)

Yellow-browed Camaroptera

These can occasionally be seen well, but are much more obvious by their distinctive calls in forests and forest margins (2 separate birds Sushen, 1 Kakum, 1 Antwikwa , 1 Bobiri)

Olive-green Camaroptera

Much drabber dull olive overall than the more distinctive Green-backed Cameroptera, 1 Kakum, 1 Bobiri, 1 heard Atiwa

Senegal Eremomela

3 Sakumo

Puvel's Illadopsis 

One of the skulkers par excellence. They respond well by calling back to tape, but generally stay well hidden. One of the two pinned down crossed the track, but otherwise identified on call (2 Atiwa)

Brown Illadopsis

1 Atiwa, whereas with Puvel's, stayed under cover while playing calls. Seen, but only briefly

Blackcap Babbler

3 Sakumo, where they were very mobile in the closed bush

Brown Babbler

4 Sakum

African Yellow White-eye

2 Atiwa

Splendid Starling

1 Sakumo, where it was one of the first birds of the trip, 1 Atiwa

Purple Starling

5 Sakumo. They were seen in the streets on wires before the lagoon was reached

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

3 Sakumo, where they were along the walls of buildings in the back streets just before the lagoon was reached 

Violet-backed Starling

~6 Sushen, where they were perched in the open with excellent light showing off the violet colouring

Finsch's Flycatcher Thrush

1 Sushen, where the bird seen was under the cover of bushes and in the dark

White-tailed Rufous Thrush

1 Atiwa. We had been staking out an Illadopsis, when this bird flew across the track right in front of us, showing off the white tail and bright rufous undersides

African Thrush

4 Sakumo, 2 Shai Hills

White-tailed Alethe

One of the army of skulkers, both birds were seen very briefly. The bright white of the breast stands out in the darker cover they prefer (1 Kakum, 1 Atiwa)


5 Shai Hills

Mocking Cliff Chat

Another of those species we didn't really expect to see.The pair we found were using the high vertical rock faces behind the closed woodland of Shai Hills as their territory, and it was a chance checking of these for calling baboons that found this gem. They plied to and fro along the length of the rocks high up

Fraser's Forest Flycatcher

1 Antwikwa, 1 Picathartes site, 1 Atiwa

Pale Flycatcher

2 Jawari, 1 Bobiri

Spotted Flycatcher

4 Shai Hills

Dusky-blue Flycatcher

The overall relatively dark grey of this birds helps clinch its identity. They also perch out on obvious branches for prolonged views (1 Antwikwa, 1 Atiwa)

Ussher's Flycatcher

Annoyingly, they like to stay high up at the top of the canopy, and perch for long periods, so not showing off the martin like profile often enough (1 Sushen, ~6 Kakum, 2 Bobiri)

European Pied Flycatcher

1 Shai Hills

Fraser's Sunbird

Kakum. At first another female type sunbird, a good look at this shows a general washed out green plumage

Grey-chinned Sunbird

(Also known as Green Sunbird). We might at first have passed these off as Collared Sunbird, since the stripe on the male is not always immediately obvious (3 Sushen, 2 Kakum)

Collared Sunbird

These can be confused easily with Green Sunbird, the latter of which doesn't always show an obvios neck strap unless looked at closely (Pair Sushen, 2 pairs Antwikwa, Pair Bobiri, Pair Atiwa)

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird

1 Sushen

Olive Sunbird

2 Sushen, 1 Bobiri, 1 Atiwa

Buff-throated Sunbird

1 Kakum, 1 Atiwa

Olive-bellied Sunbird 

1 from Kakum walkway, Pair Antwikwa

Johanna's Sunbird

Female Antwikwa, part of a pair near to Olive-bellied Sunbirds, although I missed the male of the former 

Superb Sunbird

2 Sushen, 1 Kakum, 1 Picathartes site, 1 Shai Hills

Copper Sunbird

3 Sakumo, 2 Shai Hills

Northern Grey-headed Sparrow

1 Twifo Praso, amongst the girders of the bridge itself. Other birds had been picked up earlier in the week, but this was the only one I saw well enough

Black-necked Weaver 

1 Atiwa, where it was found while watching Fiscal. It kept to the inside of palm fronds during most of its brief stay

Orange Weaver

Colony Hans Cottage Botel

Village Weaver

4 Sakumo, Colony Hans Cottage Botel, ~5 Picathartes site

Vieillot's Black Weaver

Small colony Hans Cottage Botel, ~6 Sushen, ~20 Atiwa, and further 1 Atiwa, where it was the only one of its kind in a flock of Maxwell's Black Weavers

Yellow-mantled Weaver

1 Kakum, 2 Antwikwa, ~10 Bobiri

Maxwell's Black Weaver

~15 Atiwa

Red-vented Malimbe 

1 Atiwa, showing on and off in palm leaves in the canopy

Blue-billed Malimbe

1 Antwikwa, 1Picathartes site, 1 Atiwa

Red-headed Malimbe

2 separate birds Sushen, 1 Kakum, 1 Antwikwa, 2 Atiwa

Crested Malimbe

1 Sushen, 3 Bobiri

Northern Red Bishop

1 Sakumo. This was seen in the open only briefly, and was possibly the only bird seen which hadn't change to full breeding plumage, although it was well on its way to this stage 

White-breasted Nigrita

1 Atiwa

Chestnut-breasted Nigrita

1 at the reception area of Kakum, with a pair on the return walk from seeing the Blue-headed Bee-eaters at Atiwa

Grey-headed Nigrita

2 separate birds Sushen, ~6 Kakum, 4 Bobiri, 2 Atiwa

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

1 on track at Sushen, 4 Atiwa

Bronze Mannikin

2 at restaurant on way to Picathartes site

Black-and-white Mannikin

4 Sushen, 3 Kakum, 5 on track near Picathartes site

Pin-tailed Whydah

Pair Sakumo, where the male was satisfyingly in full breeding plumage

Western Yellow Wagtail

1 Sakumo

African Pied Wagtail

3 on route to Winneba Lagoon, 2 Sushen, 2 Kakum, 2 Hans Cottage Botel, 2 at restaurant on way to Picathartes site

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Pair Sakumo in the long grass next to the lagoon  , 3 Shai Hills perched in bushes on the savannah

Plain-backed Pipit

~8 Sakumo, 2 Shai Hills

Yellow-fronted Canary

At least 10 Winneba Plains

 Mammals seen

Mona's Monkey 

~6 Khakum

Green Monkey

6 Shai Hills which were feeding on leaves or presumably fruit in the woodland below the rock face at Shei Hills

Olive Baboon

A single male was the first found on a high cliff overlooking his territory mid morning. 2 were then seen in a tree on the savannah, but the ~20 at Shai Hills near to the reception were fairly well habituated and walking around us without problems

Slender-tailed Squirrel

2 Khakum which were feeding on leaves as they passed by the bottom of the walkway

African Straw-coloured Fruit Bat

Colony between Atiwa and hotel in village probably numbered tens or even hundreds of thousands


~12 Shai Hills, in groups of 1-3 on the open savannah



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