GHANA Ė November 2016

Brian and Pat Wetton joined the Sunbird tour to Ghana in November 2016. It was led by James Lidster, who had been assistant leader on our China trip in 2001, and Victor Owusu of Ashanti Tours. Other participants were Martyn Hnatiuk, Evan Salholm, Stuart Thomson, Lorna Whitworth and Maryann and Jeff Williams. We personally recorded 355 species of which 141 were ďlifersĒ.

Itinerary:

 

9th††† Heathrow to Accra by BA

10th†† Accra to Winneba Lagoon and Abrafo Forest near Kakum N.P.

11th†† Rainforest Lodge to Kakum N.P. and canopy walk

12th†† Rainforest Lodge to Antwikwa, Pra River and Abrafo Forest

13th†† Rainforest Lodge to Abrafo Forest, Tarkwa Junction, Amuzurri Wetlands & Ankasa

14th†† Ankasa Forest

15th†† Ankasa Forest to Amuzurri Wetlands, Brenu Beach Road & Rainforest Lodge

16th†† Rainforest Lodge to Abrafo Forest, Assin Fosso, Bonkra (Picathartes) Hills and Kumasi

17th†††† Kumasi to Offinsu Forest, Techiman and Mole Motel & Nat.Park

18th†† Mole National Park (Water Holes & Brubani Loop)

19th†† Mole Nat.Park (Mognori Bridge, Brubani Loop & Airstrip)

20th†† Mole Nat.Park to Kintampo, Offinsu Forest and Kumasi

21st†† Kumasi to Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Linda Dor, Shai Hills and Accra

22ndAccra to Shai Hills and Sakumono Lagoon

23rd†† Return to Heathrow

 

Sites:

 

Winneba Lagoon (WN)

Coastal lagoon with islands and surrounding scrub west of Accra.

 

Abrafo Forest (AB)

Rainforest and adjoining savannah woodland west of Kakum Nat.Park.

 

Rainforest Lodge (RL)

Hotel grounds with grassland, gardens and swimming pool.

 

Kakum National Park (KK)

Rainforest with visitor centre and canopy walkway.

 

Antwikwa (AT)

Marshy scrub woodland and cocoa plantations near Kakum N.P.

 

Pra River (PR)

River with rocky islets and wooded banks.

 

Tarkwa Junction (TK)

Creek with waterside scrub near road junction en route to Ankasa.

 

Amuzurri Wetland (AZ)

River, mangroves and marshes near coast south of Ankasa.

 

Ankasa National Park††††††† (AK)

Rainforest with pools, forest streams & camp near Ivory Coast border.

 

Brenu Beach Road (BB)

Scrub, grassland and marsh near coastal resort.

 

ďBonkra HillsĒ (BK)

Rocky outcrop and hill forest with nest sites of Picathartes.

 

Offinsu Forest (OF)

Dry forest and teak plantations en route north from Kumasi.

 

Mole National Park (ML)

Savannah woodlands with rivers, gallery forest, marshes & waterholes.

 

Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary (BO)

Forest sanctuary with visitor centre and logging track east of Kumasi.

 

Shai Hills (SH)

Low hills with rocky outcrops, wooded slopes, scrub and grassland.

 

Sakumono Lagoon (SK)

Coastal lagoons with surrounding marsh and grassland west ofTema.


Map:

 

 

 

Birds recorded (see Sites for codes):

 

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Long-tailed Cormorant

2

5+

WN,SK

Squacco Heron

3

2+

ML,SK

Cattle Egret

12

100+

Various

Striated Heron

3

2

BB,ML

Black Heron

1

2

SK

Western Reef Heron

4

6

WN,AZ,SK

Little Egret

3

2

WN,AZ,SK

Intermediate Egret

2

5

AZ,SK

Great Egret

1

2

SK

Grey Heron

4

5

ML,SK

Black-headed Heron

3

2

ML

Hamerkop

4

2

AZ,ML

Woolly-necked Stork

1

1

ML

Hadada Ibis

3

40+

ML

White-faced Whistling-Duck

4

50+

ML

Hartlaubís Duck

1

2

AK

Spur-winged Goose

1

1

En route from ML

African Cuckoo-Hawk

3

2

KK,AB,ML

Honey Buzzard

1

1

KK

Pallid Harrier

1

1

BB

Black-shouldered Kite

1

3

BB

Yellow-billed Kite

11

100+

Various

Palm-nut Vulture

5

2

KK,AB,ML

Hooded Vulture

7

6

Various

White-backed Vulture

2

6+

ML

White-headed Vulture

1

2

ML

Beaudouinís Snake-Eagle

2

1

ML

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Bateleur

1

2

ML

African Harrier-Hawk

10

2+

Various

Eurasian Marsh Harrier

2

1

ML

Dark Chanting-Goshawk

1

1

ML

African Goshawk

1

1

AB

Shikra

2

2

BB,SH

Red-thighed Sparrowhawk

2

1

AK,BO

Long-tailed Hawk

1

1

AB

Grasshopper Buzzard

3

4

ML

Lizard Buzzard

2

1

ML

Red-necked Buzzard

7

2

AB,ML,BO,SH

Wahlbergís Eagle

1

1

ML

African Hawk-Eagle

1

1

ML

Cassinís Hawk-Eagle

1

1

KK

Martial Eagle

1

1

ML

Common Kestrel

3

2

AB,OF

Grey Kestrel

7

2

AB,BB,ML,OF,SH

African Hobby

2

2

AB,BB

Lanner Falcon

4

1

AB,ML,Kumasi,SK

Stone Partridge

4

2+

ML,SH

Lathamís Forest Partridge

1

H

KK

Ahanta Francolin

2

H

AK,OF

Double-spurred Francolin

6

10

BB,ML,SH

Helmeted Guineafowl

2

10+

ML

White-spotted Flufftail

1

1+

AT

Common Moorhen

1

1

OF

African Jacana

3

4

ML,SK

Greater Painted Snipe

1

6+

ML

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Black-winged Stilt

2

10+

WN,SK

Senegal Thick-knee

2

9

ML,SK

Spotted Thick-knee

1

1

ML

Collared Pratincole

1

2

SK

Rock Pratincole

1

4

PR

Common Ringed Plover

2

50

WN,SK

Forbeís Plover

1

5

ML

Grey Plover

2

20+

WN,SK

Bar-tailed Godwit

2

2

WN,SK

African Wattled Lapwing

5

20

BB,ML,SK

Spur-winged Lapwing

2

20+

WN,SK

White-headed Lapwing

1

1

PR

Red Knot

1

1

SK

Sanderling

1

10+

WN

Little Stint

1

2

WN

Curlew Sandpiper

1

2

WN

Eurasian Whimbrel

2

6+

WN,SK

Marsh Sandpiper

2

10

WN,SK

Common Greenshank

3

20

WN,ML,SK

Wood Sandpiper

2

4

ML,SK

Common Sandpiper

5

10

WN,PR,ML,SK

Ruddy Turnstone

1

1

WN

Royal Tern

1

50+

WN

Sandwich Tern

1

50+

WN

Common Tern

1

10+

WN

Four-banded Sandgrouse

1

2

ML

African Green-Pigeon

10

6+

Various

Bruceís Green-Pigeon

2

1

ML

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Blue-headed Wood-Dove

1

8

AK

Tambourine Dove

3

1+

AB,KK

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

3

2

AB,OF

Black-billed Wood-Dove

4

2+

ML,SH

Namaqua Dove

2

2

ML

Speckled Pigeon

1

4

ML

Red-eyed Dove

13

20+

Various

Vinaceous Dove

4

30+

ML

Laughing Dove

12

50+

Various

Grey Parrot

3

4

Accra,AK,BO

Brown-necked Parrot

1

1

OF

Red-fronted Parrot

3

6+

KK,AB,BO

Senegal Parrot

6

10+

Accra,ML,BO,SH

Rose-ringed Parakeet

2

2+

ML

Green Turaco

2

H

SH

Yellow-billed Turaco

5

2+

KK,AB,AK

Violet Turaco

4

2

ML,SH

Western Grey Plantain-eater

8

6+

Various

Levaillantís Cuckoo

1

1

ML

Thick-billed Cuckoo

1

1

ML

Black Cuckoo

2

H

AB

Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo

3

1

AB,AK

African Emerald Cuckoo

2

1

KK,AK

Klaasís Cuckoo

3

3

AB,KK

Didric Cuckoo

1

H

AB

Yellowbill

2

3

AB,AK

Black-throated Coucal

3

1

KK,AB,BB

Senegal Coucal

7

2

Various

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Blue-headed Coucal

1

1

AT

African Scops Owl

2

1

ML,SH

Greyish Eagle-Owl

3

2

ML,SH

Fraserís Eagle-Owl

1

1

KK

Akun Eagle-Owl

1

1

AB

Pearl-spotted Owlet

2

2+

ML

African Wood Owl

1

H

BK

Long-tailed Nightjar

5

14+

AB,BB,ML,SH

Plain Nightjar

1

9+

SH

Black-shouldered Nightjar

1

2

SH

Sabineís Spinetail

3

6

AB,AK

Black Spinetail

1

3

AB

Mottled Spinetail

1

1

AB

Cassinís Spinetail

1

1

KK

African Palm-Swift

7

20+

Various

Pallid Swift

1

2+

KK

Common Swift

8

20+

Various

Little Swift

10

100+

Various

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher

3

1+

AK

Grey-headed Kingfisher

3

2

OF,ML

Blue-breasted Kingfisher

3

2

ML

Woodland Kingfisher

3

5

AB,AK

Striped Kingfisher

1

1

ML

African Pygmy Kingfisher

1

2

ML

White-bellied Kingfisher

1

1

AK

Malachite Kingfisher

2

1

WN,ML

Pied Kingfisher

4

10

WN,BB,ML,SK

Black Bee-eater

3

2

AB,AT

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Red-throated Bee-eater

3

50+

ML

White-throated Bee-eater

9

20+

Various

Rosy Bee-eater

1

16+

AB

Blue-bellied Roller

3

3

OF,SH

Abyssinian Roller

1

1

ML

Blue-throated Roller

4

6

AB,KK,AK,BO

Broad-billed Roller

5

6

AB,OF,ML

Forest Wood-Hoopoe

1

1

KK

White-headed Wood-Hoopoe

1

2

AB

Green Wood-Hoopoe

3

4

ML,SH

Black Wood-Hoopoe

1

1

ML

White-crested Hornbill

1

1

KK

Black Dwarf Hornbill

1

1+

BO

Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill

1

3

BO

Northern Red-billed Hornbill

3

1

ML

African Pied Hornbill

10

20+

Various

African Grey Hornbill

7

20+

Accra,ML,SH

Piping Hornbill

4

3

AB,AK

Brown-cheeked Hornbill

1

1

BO

Speckled Tinkerbird

2

1

AB,BB

Red-rumped Tinkerbird

1

1

AB

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird

1

1

AT

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

1

1

SH

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

1

1

SH

Yellow-spotted Barbet

2

1

AK,AB

Hairy-breasted Barbet

2

1+

KK,OF

Vieillotís Barbet

1

2

OF,SH

Double-toothed Barbet

2

2

AB,OF

Species††††††††

Days

Max

Sites

Bearded Barbet

2

2

AB,ML

Bristle-nosed Barbet

1

10

BO

Naked-faced Barbet

3

1

KK,AB,BO

Yellow-billed Barbet

1

1

AB

Cassinís Honeybird

1

1

KK

Lesser Honeyguide

1

1

ML

Greater Honeyguide

2

1

ML

Fine-spotted Woodpecker

2

2

ML

Little Green Woodpecker

1

1

KK

Buff-spotted Woodpecker

1

1

AK

Melancholy Woodpecker

1

1

AK

Cardinal Woodpecker

1

1

SH

Fire-bellied Woodpecker

2

2

KK,AB

Grey Woodpecker

2

4

ML

Rufous-sided Broadbill

2

1+

AB

Sun Lark

1

2

ML

Square-tailed Saw-wing

1

2+

AK

Fanti Saw-wing

3

3

AB

Lesser Striped Swallow

1

6

AB

Preussís Cliff Swallow

3

10

AB,AT

Wire-tailed Swallow

2

6

ML

White-throated Blue Swallow

1

2

PR

Pied-winged Swallow

1

2

BB

Ethiopian Swallow

12

50+

Various

Barn Swallow

7

50+

Various

House Martin

2

30+

ML

Yellow Wagtail

1

6

ML

African Pied Wagtail

3

10

RL

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Plain-backed Pipit

1

2

SH

Tree Pipit

1

1

ML

Yellow-throated Longclaw

1

1

SK

Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike

2

2

ML

Purple-throated Cuckoo-Shrike

2

1

KK,AB

White-breasted Cuckoo-Shrike

1

2

ML

Blue Cuckoo-Shrike

1

2

AB

Little Greenbul

3

1+

AB

Little Grey Greenbul

1

6

KK

Ansorgeís Greenbul

2

2

AK,AB

Plain Greenbul

1

2

AK

Slender-billed Greenbul

5

4

AB,AK,BO

Yellow-whiskered Greenbul

1

1

AK

Golden Greenbul

1

1

BO

Honeyguide Greenbul

1

1

KK

Simple Leaflove

1

2

WN

Swamp Palm Bulbul

4

10+

AB,AK,BO

Western Bearded Greenbul

1

5

AK

Red-tailed Greenbul

2

2+

AK,AB

Yellow-bearded Greenbul

1

2+

AK

Common Bulbul

12

20+

Various

Western Nicator

2

2

AB,BO

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat

1

1

BB

White-crowned Robin-Chat

1

2

ML

White-tailed Alethe

2

1+

AB,KK

Finschís Flycatcher-Thrush

1

1

AK

Whinchat

1

1

ML

White-fronted Black Chat

1

1

ML

Species

Days

Max

Sites

White-crowned Cliff-Chat

1

3

SH

African Moustached Warbler

2

1

ML

Red-faced Cisticola

2

2

AB,OF

Winding Cisticola

1

1

AB

Singing Cisticola

1

1

AB

Whistling Cisticola

6

2

AB,AT,OF

Croaking Cisticola

1

1

SH

Short-winged Cisticola

1

5+

SH

Rufous Cisticola

2

5+

ML,OF

Tawny-flanked Prinia

5

2

AT,BB,OF,ML,SH

Red-winged Warbler

1

5

BB

Yellow-breasted Apalis

1

1

ML

Black-capped Apalis

1

1

KK

Sharpeís Apalis

1

5+

KK

Grey-backed Cameroptera

5

1

AB,AT,ML,SH

Yellow-browed Cameroptera

1

1

AB

Grey Longbill

1

1

AB

Melodious Warbler

4

1

OF,ML

Senegal Eremomela

3

5+

ML

Rufous-crowned Eremomela

2

2+

KK,BK

Green Crombec

2

1

AB

Willow Warbler

3

20+

ML

Wood Warbler

1

2

ML

Oriole Warbler

2

2

ML

Violet-backed Hyliota

1

2

KK

Green Hylia

2

1

AK,OF

Fraserís Forest Flycatcher

1

2

BO

Northern Black Flycatcher

4

6

ML,OF,SH

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Spotted Flycatcher

2

1+

OF,BO

Swamp flycatcher

1

2

ML

Cassinís Flycatcher

1

2

AK

Dusky Blue Flycatcher

1

1

AB

Ussherís Flycatcher

2

3

AB

Lead-coloured Flycatcher

1

1

ML

Pied Flycatcher

3

10+

ML

Chestnut-capped Flycatcher

1

1

KK

African Blue Flycatcher

1

1

ML

African paradise Flycatcher

2

3

ML

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher

2

2

KK,AK

Black-and-White Flycatcher

1

1

OF

Chestnut Wattle-eye

2

2

KK,AK

Red-cheeked Wattle-eye

1

2

AB

Common Wattle-eye

2

2

RL,ML

Senegal Batis

2

4

ML

Yellow-headed Picathartes

1

3

BK

Puvelís Illadopsis

1

1

AB

Brown Babbler

1

3+

SH

White-shouldered Black Tit

2

4

ML

Forest Penduline Tit

1

2

KK

Tit Hylia

1

1

AB

Mouse Brown Sunbird

2

2

AZ

Green Sunbird

1

2

AB

Fraserís Sunbird

1

1

AB

Reichenbachís Sunbird

1

1

AZ

Green-headed Sunbird

1

1

AB

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird

3

2+

AB,BB,SH

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Olive Sunbird

1

1+

AB

Buff-throated Sunbird

2

2

AB,KK

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

2

5

ML

Collared Sunbird

2

10+

KK,AB

Pygmy Sunbird

2

2+

ML

Olive-bellied Sunbird

5

2+

AB,AT,AK

Tiny Sunbird

1

1

BO

Beautiful Sunbird

2

2+

ML

Johannaís Sunbird

1

2

AT,AB

Superb Sunbird

1

2

AB

Splendid Sunbird

3

1+

KK,AB,SH

Copper Sunbird

2

2

WN,BB

Common Fiscal

4

6

Various

Yellow-billed Shrike

3

3

ML,SH

Grey-headed Bush-Shrike

1

3

ML

Sulphur-breasted Bush-Shrike

1

1+

ML

Marsh Tchagra

1

1

BB

Black-crowned Tchagra

1

1

ML

Sabineís Puffback

1

2

KK

Northern Puffback

3

4

ML

Sooty Boubou

1

1

AB

Yellow-crowned Gonolek

3

2

ML,SK

White helmet-Shrike

1

10

ML

Red-billed helmet-Shrike

2

2

AB,AK

Black-winged Oriole

5

6

KK,AB,OF,BO

Western Black-headed Oriole

3

2

AB,AK

African Golden Oriole

3

2

ML

Square-tailed Drongo

1

1

ML

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Shining Drongo

2

2

AK

Fork-tailed Drongo

4

2

ML,OF,SH

Velvet-mantled Drongo

8

6

Various

Pied Crow

11

100+

Various

Piapiac

1

10

ML

Forest Chestnut-winged Starling

1

1

KK

Purple Glossy Starling

2

2

AB,ML

Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling

1

1

ML

Splendid Glossy Starling

5

10+

AB,KK,AT

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

3

10+

AB,ML

Violet-backed Starling

5

50+

AB,KK,AT

Grey-headed Sparrow

7

4

Various

House Sparrow

1

5+

Coastal village

Bush Petronia

3

10+

ML

Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver

1

1

ML

Little Weaver

1

6+

ML

Black-necked Weaver

3

2

AB,KK

Orange Weaver

1

4

TJ

Vieillotís Black weaver

2

20+

AT,TJ

Village Weaver

11

20+

Various

Yellow-mantled Weaver

1

6+

KK

Maxwellís Black Weaver

1

1

KK

Preussís Weaver

1

2

KK

Blue-billed Malimbe

3

6

AT,AK

Red-vented Malimbe

1

4

AB

Red-headed Malimbe

3

5

KK,AB,BO

Red-headed Weaver

1

1

ML

Black-winged Bishop

3

6

AT,AB,OF

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Northern Red Bishop

3

4

ML

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

1

1

BB

Grey-headed Negrofinch

4

5

AB,KK

Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch

3

1

AB,KK,AK

White-breasted Negrofinch

2

2

AB,KK

Bar-breasted Firefinch

3

5

AB,BB

Red-billed Firefinch

2

6+

ML

African (Blue-billed) Firefinch

2

1+

AB,OF

Lavender Waxbill

2

4

ML

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

5

10+

Various

Black-rumped Waxbill

1

5+

BB

Red-cheeked Cordon-Bleu

1

6

ML

Bronze Mannikin

11

10+

Various

Black-and-White manikin

5

10+

Various

Magpie Mannikin

1

2

BO

Wilsonís Indigobird

2

2+

ML

Pin-tailed Whydah

4

10+

RL,ML

Exclamatory Paradise Whydah

4

2

ML

Yellow-fronted Canary

3

6+

ML

 

Mammals:

African Elephant, Warthog, Western Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck,Tree Hyrax, Gambian Sun Squirrel, Striped Squirrel, Giant Squirrel, Rope Squirrel, Ground Squirrel sp, Slender Mongoose, Gambian Mongoose, Scrub Hare, Olive baboon, Mona Monkey, Calithryx Monkey, Red Patas Monkey, Straw-coloured Fruit Bat, Hammer Bat, Fruit Bat sp

 

Reptiles:

Nile Crocodile, Green Mamba, Egg-eating Snake?



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