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List of species seen

Helmeted Guineafowl 

Mole - common in sporadic groups, sometimes up to 30-40 birds

Stone Partridge

Seen at Mole disused airfield twice, briefly in pairs, and another pair also briefly within the park

Double-spurred Francolin

Tono Dam (2, 1); Mole (~8, ~10 in various locations); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~30)

Woolly-necked Stork

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Hadada Ibis

Mole (5 at elephant pool, 3 elsewhere; 1 Haraba Pool, Mole; 2 Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole 2)

Glossy Ibis

Tono Dam (3 flew over)

Black-crowned Night Heron

Mole (5 including 2 adults at the elephant pool; 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole)

Striated Heron

Mole drinking pool (2 separate birds; 2 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole - 1 by river)

Squacco Heron

1 Tono Dam; Mole 1 at elephant pool; 3 at Haraba Pool, Mole

Western Cattle Egret

Occasional in small groups while driving in the North-east; Tono Dam (sporadic); Occasional on journey to Mole; Mole (~12 sporadic birds; 30 at various  locations); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~20); Few on Journey from Techiman to Picathartes site

Grey Heron 

1 over Ex-Tee hotel; Mole (2 at elephant pool; 2 at Open Pool); 6 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Black-headed Heron

1 Nasia Bridge; Mole - 1 at elephant pool

Purple Heron

1 River Volta Bridge; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Great Egret 

1 on lagoon on road to Mole

Little Egret

1 at the lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge, 1 River Volta Bridge; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); 6 Sakumuno Lagoon, Accra

Hamerkop

1 River Volta Bridge; 1 at lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; Mole drinking pool (2, with 2 elsewhere); 2 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (8)

Reed Cormorant 

1 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (3 over)

Black-winged Kite

1 perched on wires over marsh at Nasia Bridge on both visits

Palm-nut Vulture

Only seen flying - 2 flew over near Mole drinking poo; 1 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

African Cuckoo-Hawk

1 flew over Shai Hills, where the long tail and rufous colouring on the underparts were distinctive

Hooded Vulture 

2 in village on way to River Volta Bridge; Mole (1 over); 4 over Open Pool, Mole

White-backed Vulture

Only seen in flight - Mole on (~6; 2 from hotel): Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

White-headed Vulture 

1 juvenile flying over near Mole drinking pool. There didn’t appear to be any white on the underwing, but the head shape and colouring were distinctive

Beaudouin's Snake Eagle

1 on route late morning from Mole. When seen well in flight, the dark chest band and light underparts along with overall shape are distinctive

Brown Snake Eagle

1 perched on tree at around 100m distance or some time at Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole

Bateleur

All birds seen in flight only - 1 adult near Mole drinking pool; 1 juvenile from Mole Hotel; 1 at Open Pool, Mole; a further adult 1 from Mole Hotel; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Martial Eagle

Mole 1 in the evening, seen flying behind tree line while searching for Forbes’s Plover 

Lizard Buzzard 

Tono Dam (1); Mole (2 separate birds); 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Gabar Goshawk 

Surprisingly, only 1 was seen on the first morning, perched or roadside wires on the  way to Nasia Bridge

Dark Chanting Goshawk 

1 flying around the area of the River Volta Bridge; Tongo Hills (1)

Shikra

All birds seen were in flight - Tono Dam (1 over); 1 on road to Mole; 1 on Journey from Techiman to Picathartes site; 1 over Accra

Western Marsh Harrier 

2 at Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (female on ground at small pool)

Yellow-billed Kite 

These were predictably a common site when travelling between destinations, with highest concentrations around habitation. Some were present at birding sites, but were only occasional, with none at Mole

Grasshopper Buzzard

2 Nasia Bridge on first visit; Nasia Bridge (6 on second visit); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (1); ~4 on journey to Mole; 1 at Open Pool, Mole; 1 on route from Mole South to Techiman

Red-necked Buzzard

Shai Hills – 1 picked up in flight over the bush, and what may have been the same bird was found shortly after perched on a distant tree

Black-bellied Bustard

Shai Hills – 1 spotted walking around a small area of thick grass at about 100m distance from the main track within the bush area

Black Crake

1 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Common Moorhen

1 at Open Pool, Mole

Senegal Thick-knee

~20 next to the river at the White Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (1); 2 at pool below Zaina Lodge, Mole

Spur-winged Lapwing

6 River Volta Bridge; 2 lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge

African Wattled Lapwing

2 at lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; 1 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (~8); 5 at Open Pool, Mole

Forbes's Plover 

The likely open areas at Mole were searched a few times without success, but 2 birds were chanced upon in a similar area while trying to pin down a Sun Lark which had flown from the tree cover into the same habitat

Egyptian Plover 

At least 4 were at the River White Volta Bridge. They flew to and fro occasionally between the two banks of the river, but were generally almost directly underneath us on the wooded edged sandy banks

African Jacana

~10 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam 1; 3 on lagoon on route to MX; 3 at elephant pool, Mole; 3 juveniles at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (3)

Green Sandpiper 

1 Nasia Bridge; 1 River Volta Bridge

Wood Sandpiper 

5 at Open Pool, Mole

Common Sandpiper 

1 lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; 2 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (1 on channel); 6 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Collared Pratincole

3 in flight while passing Sakumuno Lagoon, Accra

African Skimmer 

1 River White Volta Bridge

Four-banded Sandgrouse

Tono Dam – 2 were flushed close by while walking the open bushy area

Speckled Pigeon 

Quite common Ex-Tee Crysta Hotel, Bolgatanga and River Volta Bridge Tono

Mourning Collared Dove

This seemed to be a bit of a decent sighting at this part of Ghana (we hadn’t noticed any on the previous trip to the coastal areas - 2 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (~15)

Vinaceous Dove

Very common and usually the most often seen species in most areas

Laughing Dove

Tono Dam (Fairly common); Common on route to Mole; Fairly common Mole; 2 at Mole Hotel; Quite common Accra

Black-billed Wood Dove 

1 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (~12); ~15 on route to Mole; Mole (12+, 40+); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~10)

Tambourine Dove

1 Opuro Forest briefly in flight

Namaqua Dove

1 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (4); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (3)

Bruce's Green Pigeon

Tono Dam (2); Mole (1)

African Green Pigeon

Opuro Forest 6+ in one tree

Guinea Turaco

Opuro Forest (2)

Violet Turaco 

Tono Dam 1; Mole (1 perched in front of Zaina Lodge); Shai Hills (1)

Western Plantain-eater

Tono Dam (1); Tongo Hills (1); 1 at restaurant on route to Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); 1 on route South from Mole; Shai Hills (4)

Senegal Coucal 

2 at lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (2); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (1); 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (2)

Klaas's Cuckoo 

Tongo Hills (1); Opuro Forest (1)

African Scops Owl

Mole (1 flying into nearby trees at dusk); Mole - 1 being  mobbed by passerines

Greyish Eagle-Owl 

Shai Hills – 1 on cliffs, found while searching same habitat for Mocking Cliff Chat

Long-tailed Nightjar 

6 birds seen on consecutive evenings when travelling back to Mole Hotel from locations in Mole

Standard-winged Nightjar 

A stunning male with wing standards appeared on the disused airstrip at  Mole at duks, an a female was on the tracks on return from birding in the park two evenings later

African Palm Swift

~12 on journey to River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (very common         ); Tongo Hills (1); Mole (1); 6 over Open Pool, Mole; Fairly common over Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole

Little Swift

Tono Dam (Very common); 1 over Open Pool, Mole, 1 over Haraba Pool, Mole

Purple Roller 

Tono Dam (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening); Shai Hills (1); 1 on way back through Accra from Shai Hills

Abyssinian Roller

2 Nasia Bridge; 1 lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (1); Mole (1 late afternoon)

Blue-bellied Roller 

Mole (1 flying from track in forest); Shai Hills (2)

Broad-billed Roller

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1 perched for some time)

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Mole (2 at pool below Zaina Lodge); 1 Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Blue-breasted Kingfisher 

Mole drinking pool (1); 1 at Mole Hotel; 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Opuro Forest (2); Shai Hills (1)

Malachite Kingfisher 

Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (1); 1 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (3)

Pied Kingfisher 

2 at lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; 2 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (1)

Little Bee-eater

2 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (6)

Red-throated Bee-eater 

Mole - Common and widespread in the park

White-throated Bee-eater

Opuro Forest (1); Shai Hills 4

Green Bee-eater

The 2 birds at Tono Dam were a big surprise, since not only were they the first new bird for Kalu in 3 years, but they aren’t even included in the Birds of Ghana field guide. They do occur in nearby Burkina Faso. We saw good but brief views initially, but pinned them down for much longer when trying to relocate for Kalu to see them

Rosy Bee-eater

Opuro Forest (3); Shai Hills (3). All birds were flying overhead

Northern Carmine Bee-eater

This is another of those birds that we had wanted to see since childhood. While we didn’t go to this part of Ghana to see them primarily, it has to be admitted that they were top of the list of want to see species. First ones were as we left the main road for the track just after the Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (2), then Mole (2) perched on top of tree in bush; 1 over Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1 from bridge then 2 at pool, perched in an accessible tree

Black Scimitarbill

2 at Open Pool, Mole

Northern Red-billed Hornbill 

Tono Dam (~20); Mole (1 late afternoon, 3 in morning)

African Pied Hornbill 

Opuro Forest (3)

African Grey Hornbill

3 on journey to River Volta Bridge; Tongo Hills (2); Mole (4); 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); 2 on road from Mole South; Shai Hills (~14)

White-crested Hornbill 

For a large and quite spectacular bird, these tend to be rather secretive. Opuro Forest (1, which flew across the road in response to playing call, then to disappear in the thick vegetation)

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Tono Dam (5); Shai Hills (1)

Vieillot's Barbet

Tono Dam (1 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon; Tongo Hills (2)

Bearded Barbet

Tono Dam (2); Tongo Hills (2); Mole drinking pool (2), and 1 elsewhere

Greater Honeyguide

1 near Mole drinking pool, with separate male and female at Mole Hotel

Fine-spotted Woodpecker 

1 at Haraba Pool, Mole

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

1 over Mole drinking pool

Little Green Woodpecker 

Opuro Forest – 1 above us on one side of the track against the sun, and then encouraged to move to other side where the light was much better

African Grey Woodpecker 

Unbeknown to us, this was officially our first bird of the trip, since we saw one flying at the Tamale airport periphery after walking from the aeroplane. Kalu informed us later that this was what it was. Better views were at Mole - Mole Hotel (2 early morning, 2 behind hotel), then another 2 at Mole Hotel

Brown-backed Woodpecker 

1 Nasia Bridge

Fox Kestrel

Tongo Hills (3). 1 initially landed on a bush containing 2 Bearded Barbets, with all three Kestrels subsequently seen overhead

Grey Kestrel 

1 River Volta Bridge; Tongo Hills (1); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (1); Shai Hills (1)

Red-necked Falcon

1 overhead near Mole drinking pool

Eurasian Hobby

Shai Hills (1 perched)

Lanner Falcon

1 from Mole Hotel

Senegal Parrot

4 River Volta Bridge; Mole (4 and 5 early morning); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (2); Shai Hills 6

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Mole (4); 30+ Haraba Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (3). All were flying overhead

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher

Opuro Forest (pair flying)

Senegal Batis

Tono Dam (1); 1 and subsequent pair at rear of Mole Hotel; 1 Mole drinking pool; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); Shai Hills 2

Brown-throated Wattle-eye 

Mole drinking pool (1); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1 female)

White-crested Helmetshrike 

Mole - 5 in morning at disused airfield; 3 next to track on return from Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole

Red-billed Helmetshrike

Opuro Forest 2+1. We had been hopefully searching for Capuchin Babbler, unfortunately finding the area had been burned, but these were a more than adequate compensation we hadn’t really expected

Black-crowned Tchagra

Tono Dam (2 separate birds); Mole (1); Shai Hills 1

Northern Puffback

1 at rear of Mole Hotel; Opuro Forest (1)

Yellow-crowned Gonolek

As usual, these preferred to be generally shy and retiring, although usually easy to be aware of due to loud call. A bit of patience was often rewarded with decent views. 1 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (1); 1 at Mole Hotel; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (2); Shai Hills (1)

Brubru

The presence of these is usually first given away by their characteristic nasal calls - 2 in trees at front of Mole Hotel; Mole (4 within the forest)

Yellow-billed Shrike

Tono Dam (2); Mole (3); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (2)

African Golden Oriole

Mole (1, and 1 on route to Mole); Mole drinking pool (2); Mole (1 on route to Mognori Steel Bridge)

Black-winged Oriole 

Opuro Forest (2)

Fork-tailed Drongo 

1 River Volta Bridge; Mole (1 + 1); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (1); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); Shai Hills (2)

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher 

Opuro Forest (1)

African Paradise Flycatcher

Tono Dam (2 were seen just before dusk. The first one was typical, but the second a long tailed white morph, which flew around the area we were located)

Piapiac

6 Ex-Tee Crysta Hotel, Bolgatanga; 3 on journey to River Volta Bridge; ~6 on route to Mole; Shai Hills (3)

Pied Crow

Quite common to common during journeys from one location to another, particularly around human habitation, with only the occasional bird within forest and bush habitats

White-necked Rockfowl 

We returned to this site having been here 2 years ago, with very average views of the birds. The nesting/roosting rocks are quite a walk into the forest (around three quarters of an hour) and there are 2 different locations here which can be visited. We initially chose the one with fewer birds and less likelihood of success, since they would be closer and with less obstruction for views if present. When they didn’t show, we marched at a decent pace to the more reliable site, where at least 5 birds were seen, including one in the tree branches just behind us

African Blue Flycatcher

Mole drinking pool (1)

White-shouldered Black Tit

Mole (1+1 late afternoon, with another bird early morning)

Western Nicator 

Opuro Forest (1)

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark

Nasia Bridge (1); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (2)

Flappet Lark 

Shai Hills (1)

Sun Lark

Mole (2 + 4)

Common Bulbul

2 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (2); Tongo Hills (~6); Mole - some around Mole Hotel; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~4); Shai Hills (Common)

Slender-billed Greenbul

Opuro Forest (2)

Grey-headed Bristlebill

Mole – 2 just before dusk at disused airfield while waiting for nightjars

Red-chested Swallow 

Tono Dam (10 + ~40)

Wire-tailed Swallow 

A few at Nasia Bridge, and a few at River Volta Bridge. None of the birds seemed to have the characteristic tail streamers

Moustached Grass Warbler 

These are a skulking species, and the birds we saw on the whole kept to the inside of vegetation, but we were lucky enough to see them in the open for some time - Nasia Bridge (2); Mole (1 early am, another later); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Northern Crombec 

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); Shai Hills (1 heard)

Eurasian Reed Warbler 

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Melodious Warbler

Tono Dam (1)

Singing Cisticola

Tono Dam (6); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

Whistling Cisticola

Nasia Bridge (1); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (2)

Rock-loving Cisticola

Tongo Hills (3)

Winding Cisticola

Mole (1 in breeding plumage); Nasia Bridge (1 in non breeding plumage)

Croaking Cisticola

Shai Hills 1

Dorst's Cisticola 

Nasia Bridge 1. More seemed to be at Tono Dam, but the ID couldn’t be 100%

Zitting Cisticola

Tono Dam (1), and 1 heard at the open pool, Mole

Tawny-flanked Prinia 

2 Ex-Tee Crysta Hotel, Bolgatanga; Tono Dam (~8); Tongo Hills (3); Mole (2)

Red-winged Warbler

Tono Dam (1 singing at the tops of the bushes in the more open area)

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (3)

Oriole Warbler 

Mole drinking pool 1, plus 1 nearby

Green-backed Camaroptera

Tono Dam (3); Mole (1 on walk, 3+ Mole Hotel); Shai Hills (2)

Senegal Eremomela

3 Nasia Bridge; Mole (4+); 2 behind Mole Hotel; 2 at Mole Hotel; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1); Shai Hills (2)

Brown Babbler 

Tono Dam (1); Mole (3)

African Yellow White-eye

Tono Dam (2); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (2)

African Spotted Creeper

Mole (1 seen when searching for Brown-rumped Bunting)

Lesser Blue-eared Starling

1 River Volta Bridge; 1 near Mole drinking pool

Splendid Starling 

Opuro Forest (2)

Purple Starling

2 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (~50)

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

~23 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (6); Mole (3 near elephant pool)

Chestnut-bellied Starling 

Tono Dam (3) – this location apparently is one of the best spots to see this scarce species in Ghana

Violet-backed Starling

1 at top of tree near Mole drinking pool

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

3 at lagoon on way to River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (18 at the top of a bare tree)

African Thrush 

While quite common in certain locations, these were surprisingly difficult to approach, although they were always evident when present - Tono Dam (3); Tongo Hills (3); Mole Hotel (~10); Mole drinking pool (1); ~20 at Mole Hotel; Shai Hills ~20

Fraser's Forest Flycatcher

Opuro Forest – 1 singing in thick vegetation in the forest, but eventually perched in open high up

Northern Black Flycatcher

4 behind Mole Hotel; 2 on walks at Mole; Shai Hills (~6)

Pale Flycatcher

Mole (1)

Spotted Flycatcher 

Mole (1); Shai Hills (1)

Gambaga Flycatcher

Very similar to Spotted Flycatcher, this species has the impression of being smaller, has very little spotting on the breast, and if seen well, the shorter primaries are evident - Mole (1); 1 at Haraba Pool, Mole

Swamp Flycatcher 

Mole drinking pool (1). The characteristic darker breast band was difficult to see on this bird

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat

1 at Haraba Pool, Mole

White-crowned Robin-Chat

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1)

European Pied Flycatcher

Mole (1), 1 behind Mole Hotel; Opuro Forest (1). All females

Whinchat

Opuro Forest (1)

Mocking Cliff Chat

Shai Hills – the resident pair at the cliff face here can be on and off, depending where on the territory they are. Last time we visited they were high up, but this time they eventually appeared at our level scampering through the bushes

White-fronted Black Chat

Mole (3). The white front on all three wasn’t evident or present at all

Familiar Chat

1 behind Mole Hotel

Collared Sunbird

Opuro Forest (1 male)

Pygmy Sunbird

Tono Dam (~10); Mole (1); pair at Mole Hotel

Olive Sunbird

Opuro Forest – 1. This bird wasn’t obvious, since the underparts had more of a creamy yellow cast than in the country field guides, although the Sunbirds monograph in the Helm series does indicate this type of difference on geographical subspecies

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

A common sight and sound in some locations, making this the most common and regular Sunbird encountered - Tono Dam (20+); Mole (1+1); Mole (~20 during walks)

Beautiful Sunbird

1 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (2); Mole (1 on walks)

Splendid Sunbird

Shai Hills (1)

Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver 

5 at Mole Hotel

Northern Grey-headed Sparrow

2 Nasia Bridge; Common around habitation in Accra

Bush Petronia

Tongo Hills (3+); Mole drinking pool 2; pair behind Mole Hotel; Mole (common through day, with ~20 Open Pool); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (20+)

White-billed Buffalo Weaver

Small colony at village South of River Volta Bridge

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Tono Dam (4)

Vitelline Masked Weaver

Tono Dam (Common – all in non breeding plumage)

Village Weaver

Good numbers River Volta Bridge; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole Quite common including breeding male

Black-winged Red Bishop

Mole - Some amongst mixed flocks, all in non breeding plumage

Northern Red Bishop

Mole - Some amongst mixed flocks, all in non breeding plumage

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

Mole (Some amongst mixed flocks); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (1 non breeding, which was the only male seen sporting the yellow coverts)

Red-winged Pytilia

Mole drinking pool (1)

Bar-breasted Firefinch

Tongo Hills (1 male)

Red-billed Firefinch

Regularly seen amongst mixed finch clocks - 1 River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (Common); Tongo Hills (Quite common); Mole drinking pool (6); Mole (Few early morning); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~6)

African Firefinch

Pair Mole drinking pool

Black-faced Firefinch

Mole drinking pool (pair); Mole (3-4)

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Common and regularly seen in mixed finch flocks - ~12 Nasia Bridge; Tono Dam (Common); Tongo Hills (Common); Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (common); Drinking pool, Mole (Common); Mole (Fairly common)

Lavender Waxbill

Tongo Hills (1+2); 1 at Mole Hotel

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Mole drinking pool (6); Mole (6-8 early morning)

Black-rumped Waxbill

Tono Dam (~12); Tongo Hills ~20

Orange-breasted Waxbill

Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (~15). This group of birds constantly flew around the area, but usually landed on ground covered by vegetation

Quailfinch

Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (~15). Another group of birds which flew up at the last minute from thick cover to land again in the same, although two birds allowed very close views when their landing spot was pinpointed

African Silverbill

Nasia Bridge (2)

Bronze Mannikin

Tono Dam (2); 8 at restaurant on route to Mole; Mole (~20); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (~12); Opuro Forest (10)

Village Indigobird

Tono Dam (1 female); Tongo Hills (Pair)

Pin-tailed Whydah

Good numbers River Volta Bridge; Tono Dam (Abundant); Tongo Hills (Quite common); Mole (Common in mixed flocks); Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (Small numbers). All were in non breeding plumage, with some pink billed males amongst them

Western Yellow Wagtail

1 at Open Pool, Mole

Yellow-fronted Canary

~10 Nasia Bridge; Bridge over River Volta near Yiabie (2); Mole drinking pool (1); 1 at Mole Hotel; 3 at Open Pool, Mole; Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (2)

Streaky-headed Seedeater

Mognori Steel Bridge, Mole (4)

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Tongo Hills (Common); Mole (1 late afternoon)

Brown-rumped Bunting

Mole (3 singing males in small area of the park)

Cabanis's Bunting

Mole drinking pool (1 female)

 Mammals seen

African Bush Elephant

With around 600 in Mole national park, these are more or less a guaranteed sighting – we even saw them next to the hotel entrance. Mole (3+3), then 2 first thing next morning, 6 pool below Zaina Lodge, and 1 outside of Mole Hotel late afternoon

Green Monkey

Mole - Fairly common including in Mole Hotel grounds

Olive Baboon

Mole – Common, including in the hotel grounds

Striped Ground Squirrel

Mole (1+1)

Yellow-winged Bat

This bat is quite spectacular in flight, with obvious yellow on the wings - Tono Dam (1); Mole (1)

Long-tailed Pangolin 

This was one of the most unexpected finds of the trip, with a single animal being found slowly making its way through the leaved canopy of some of the taller trees at Opuro Forest

Common Wart-hog

Mole Hotel (3+1); Mole (2; 1 late pm)

Hartebeest

Mole (1); 1 at Open Pool, Mole; 1 in bush at Mole

African Buffalo

Mole (2)

Bushbuck

Mole (6; Mole 2 from van)

Kob

Mole (Very common, including large herd of ~60 at Open Pool, Mole); Shai Hills ~8

 

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