GAMBIA

We visited The Gambia for a twelve day birdwatching tour with Naturetrek in October and November 2001. There were 14 other birders on the tour as well as a leader and our Gambian bird-guide. Our guide for most of the trip was Sering Bojang who was excellent, as was Solomon Jallow who took us for one day to Abuko and Lamin. We recorded personally a total of 280 species.

Our itinerary was:

26 Oct London Gatwick to Banjul with Monarch. Late afternoon in the grounds of the Senegambia Hotel (BJ)
27 Oct Banjul Area (BJ) including Senegambia Grounds, Koto Creek and Sewage Ponds, Bund Road and Camaloo Corner
28 Oct Senegambia Grounds (BJ). Trip to Abuko Forest and Lamin Village and Ricefields (AL)
29 Oct Senegambia Grounds (BJ). Up River to Pirang Shrimp Ponds (PR) and Tendaba Area (TN)
30 Oct Tendaba Area including Tendaba Camp, Kisi Tunku Creek (north of Gambia River) and Batelling (Guinea savannah) (TN)
31 Oct To Soma Lakes and savannah (SM) and on to Bird Safari Camp at Janjangbureh (JJ)
01 Nov Pre-breakfast in Janjangbureh (JJ). To Bansang Quarry (BG) and on to Fulladu Camp at Basse (BS)
02 Nov Basse Area (BS) including Fulladu Camp, brickworks, ricefields and swamp at Prufu. Return to Bird Safari Camp at Janjangbureh (JJ)
03 Nov Gambia River boat trip from Janjangbureh to Sapu (JJ). On to Jakhaly Pachar ricefields (JP) and return to Banjul
04 Nov Senegambia Grounds (BJ). Across the Barra Ferry to visit scrub and fields north of Barra at Essau (BR)
05 Nov Senegambia Grounds (BJ). Morning on Tanji Reserve (TJ). Afternoon at Madiana and Brufut Wood (BF)
06 Nov Senegambia Grounds (BJ). Morning at Yundum Wood and fields (YD). Return flight from Banjul to Gatwick.




Birds Recorded:

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Little Grebe

X

                       
Pink-backed Pelican

X

  X X X X     X X X    
Long-tailed Cormorant X     X   X   X X X      
African Darter X X   X       X   X      
Black-crowned Night-Heron   X       X   X X        
White-backed Night-Heron   X   X                  
Squacco Heron X X   X   X   X X X      
Cattle Egret X X     X X   X X X X X X
Striated Heron X X   X   X   X X X      
Great White Egret X X X X X X   X X X      

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Intermediate Egret X     X       X X        
Black Heron   X X           X        
Little Egret     X X X X   X X X X    
Western Reef Heron X   X X X       X X    
Grey Heron X   X X X X   X X X X    
Black-headed Heron X X           X X X X    
Goliath Heron       X                  
Purple Heron       X   X   X     X    
Hammerkop X X X X X X   X X X      
Woolly-necked Stork       X         X        

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Marabou Stork           X     X        
Yellow-billed Stork     X X         X        
Sacred Ibis                   X      
Hadada Ibis           X              
African Spoonbill     X X                  
Greater Flamingo     X                    
White-faced Tree-Duck X X X X X X   X X        
Spur-winged Goose       X   X   X X        
Knob-billed Duck                 X        
White-headed Vulture                 X        

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture           X X X X        
White-backed Vulture           X X X X        
Hooded Vulture X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Palm-nut Vulture   X       X   X          
Marsh Harrier     X X   X   X X X X    
Harrier Hawk X X X X   X   X   X X X X
Bateleur     X                    
Short-toed Eagle       X   X X X   X   X  
Brown Snake Eagle             X            
Western Banded Snake Eagle           X       X      

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Shikra X X       X   X   X X X X
Dark Chanting Goshawk   X   X   X   X   X      
Gabar Goshawk X     X   X              
Lizard Buzzard X X   X   X           X  
Grasshopper Buzzard       X   X              
Red-necked Buzzard           X              
Long-crested Eagle           X       X      
African Hawk-Eagle       X   X              
Martial Eagle       X         X        
Tawny Eagle                   X      

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Wahlberg's Eagle   X   X   X              
Booted Eagle           X              
African Fish Eagle           X              
Black Kite       X   X X X       X X
Black-shouldered Kite   X           X         X
Osprey X X X X X X     X X X   X
Red-necked Falcon   X             X        
Grey Kestrel X X       X X X X X      
Double-spurred Francolin X     X   X         X   X
Stone Partridge       X   X       X X    

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Black Crake   X                   X  
Black-crowned Crane     X                    
African Jacana   X           X X        
Senegal Thick-knee X         X   X X X X    
Spur-winged Plover X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Black-headed Plover               X          
Wattled Plover X X X X   X X X X X X    
Grey Plover X   X X             X    
Ringed Plover X   X X             X    
Kentish Plover X                        

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Whimbrel X   X X           X X    
Curlew X                        
Black-tailed Godwit X                        
Bar-tailed Godwit X                   X    
Greenshank X X X X           X X    
Redshank X X   X             X    
Marsh Sandpiper       X         X        
Wood Sandpiper X X             X X      
Common Sandpiper X   X X X X       X X    
Turnstone X   X             X X    

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Common Snipe               X          
Curlew Sandpiper X   X                    
Dunlin     X X                  
Sanderling X   X             X X    
Ruff X                        
Grey Phalarope                   X      
Black-winged Stilt X   X X       X X X      
Oystercatcher X                 X X    
Painted Snipe               X          
Egyptian Plover         X     X          

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Arctic Skua                   X      
Pomarine Skua                     X    
Grey-headed Gull X   X X           X X    
Slender-billed Gull     X                    
Lesser Black-backed Gull                   X X    
Yellow-legged Gull                     X    
Kelp Gull                     X    
Gull-billed Tern     X                    
Caspian Tern X   X   X         X X    
Royal Tern X   X             X X    

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Lesser Crested Tern X                 X      
Sandwich Tern X                 X X    
Common Tern X                   X    
Little Tern X                        
Black Tern X                        
Four-banded Sandgrouse           X       X      
Speckled Pigeon X X   X X   X X   X X X X
Red-eyed Dove X X X X   X   X   X X   X
African Mourning Dove X X   X   X   X   X   X
Vinaceous Dove X X X X   X X X X X X X X

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

European Turtle Dove  X         X              
Laughing Dove X X X X   X X X   X   X X
Namaqua Dove       X   X X     X      
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove X X   X   X       X X X X
Black-billed Wood-Dove       X   X       X X   X
Bruce's Green Pigeon       X   X   X          
Senegal Parrot       X   X X X   X      
Ring-necked Parakeet X X   X   X X X   X X X X
Green Turaco   X                      
Violet Turaco   X       X              

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Western Grey Plantain-eater X X       X X X   X X X X
Great Spotted Cuckoo                   X      
Levaillant's Cuckoo X             X         X
Eurasian Cuckoo               X          
African Cuckoo           X              
Klaas's Cuckoo   h                      
Didric Cuckoo                   X      
Black Coucal               X          
Senegal Coucal X X   X   X   X X   X    
African Scops Owl           h              

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Pearl-spotted Owlet           X              
Long-tailed Nightjar                     X    
Red-necked Nightjar           dead              
European Swift                   X      
Pallid Swift       X           X      
Little Swift X X   X   X   X X X X X X
African Palm Swift X X       X X   X X      
Mottled Spine-tail       X     X            
Giant Kingfisher   X           X   X   X  
Pied Kingfisher X X X X X X   X X X X   X

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Malachite Kingfisher X X   X                  
African Pygmy Kingfisher X X   X               X  
Woodland Kingfisher       X   X              
Blue-breasted Kingfisher X X   X   X              
Striped Kingfisher                   X X   X
Grey-headed Kingfisher       X                  
European Bee-eater       X   X   X          
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater X X                      
Little Bee-eater X X               X X X X
Northern Carmine Bee-eater               X          

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

White-throated Bee-eater       X                  
Red-throated Bee-eater             X X          
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater       X           X X X  
Abyssinian Roller     X X   X X X X X      
Rufous-crowned Roller       X X X X X          
Blue-bellied Roller X X   X         X        
Broad-billed Roller X X   X   X   X X X X    
Hoopoe           X              
Green Wood-Hoopoe X X       X         X    
Black Wood-Hoopoe                   X      

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

African Grey Hornbill   X X X   X X X X   X X X
Red-billed Hornbill X X X X   X X X X X X X X
African Pied Hornbill       X   X           X  
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill       X                  
Bearded Barbet X X       X   X   X X X X
Vieillot's Barbet       X      X     X X    
Hairy-breasted Barbet       X                  
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird X     X   X         X    
Greater Honeyguide       X     X            
Lesser Honeyguide   X       X              

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Fine-spotted Woodpecker                       X X
Buff-spotted Woodpecker   X                      
Brown-backed Woodpecker                         X
Grey Woodpecker X X   X       X     X   X
Crested Lark     X                    
Sand Martin           X              
Barn Swallow           X X            
Wire-tailed Swallow X   X X         X X X   X
Pied-winged Swallow           X           X  
Mosque Swallow X                 X   X  

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Red-rumped Swallow     X X X X X X   X      
Red-chested Swallow   X         X     X      
Rufous-chested Swallow             X            
House Martin       X   X     X        
Fanti Saw-wing   X   X               X  
Yellow Wagtail   X X                    
White Wagtail X   X X                  
Plain-backed Pipit                   X      
White-crested Helmet-Shrike           X       X      
Brubru       X               X  

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Northern Puffback           X           X X
Black-crowned Tchagra                     X   X
Yellow-crowned Gonolek X     X   X       X X   X
Grey-headed Bush-Shrike       X   X              
Yellow-billed Shrike X X X   X X       X X X
African Golden Oriole       X   X X       X X X
Fork-tailed Drongo       X   X       X      
Splendid Glossy Starling   X                      
Purple Glossy Starling X     X   X   X   X X X X
Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling X X       X       X     X

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling X     X       X   X   X X
Bronze-tailed Glossy starling X         X   X          
Long-tailed Glossy Starling  X X   X   X X X X X X X X
Yellow-bellied Oxpecker       X   X              
Piapiac X X       X       X X X  
Pied Crow X X X X   X       X X X X
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike       X                  
Common Bulbul X X   X   X X X   X X X X
Little Greenbul   X                      
Yellow-throated Leaflove           X         X    

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Whinchat               X   X      
Northern Wheatear     X                    
Northern Ant-eating Chat                   X      
White-fronted Black Chat       X                  
Redstart        X   X              
White-crowned Robin-Chat X     X             X    
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat   X                      
African Thrush X X                      
Brown Babbler X         X             X
Blackcap Babbler X         X         X    

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

African Reed Warbler               X          
Melodious Warbler X     X               X X
Olivaceous Warbler                     X    
Garden Warbler X     X                  
Subalpine Warbler X     X             X X  
Willow Warbler                         X
Plaintive Cisticola               X          
Rufous Cisticola                         X
Singing Cisticola X     X        X   X   X X
Siffling Cisticola                       X  

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Whistling Cisticola                     X    
Zitting Cisticola X X           X   X     X
Tawny-flanked Prinia X X X     X   X X X      
Yellow-breasted Apalis                   X X    
Oriole Warbler X         X         X    
Grey-backed Cameroptera X     X   X              
Green-backed Eremomela X     X                 X
Northern Crombec X X   X           X X    
Spotted Flycatcher X                        
Swamp Flycatcher           X              

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Pied Flycatcher X X                      
Northern Black Flycatcher X         X              
Common Wattle-eye   X                 X    
Red-bellied Paradise-Flycatcher    X                   X  
African Paradise-Flycatcher           X              
White-shouldered Black Tit       X                  
Yellow Penduline Tit       X                  
Mouse-brown Sunbird       X                  
Collared Sunbird   X                      
Scarlet-chested Sunbird       X   X X X          

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Variable Sunbird X                   X   X
Copper Sunbird X                        
Splendid Sunbird X X                 X    
Beautiful Sunbird X X   X   X         X X X
Yellow White-eye       X                  
Yellow-fronted Canary     X X     X X         X
Vitelline Masked Weaver               X          
Heuglin's Masked Weaver       X       X         X
Village Weaver X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Yellow-backed Weaver           X           X  

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Black-necked Weaver   X                 X    
Northern Red Bishop X X X X   X X X X X X X X
Black-winged Red Bishop       X                 X
Exclamatory Paradise-Whydah       X     X   X        
Pin-tailed Whydah               X   X   X  
Village Indigo Finch X     X   X X X   X   X X
White-billed Buffalo Weaver X X X X   X X X X X X   X
House Sparrow X                        
Grey-headed Sparrow X X   X   X X X   X X X X
Bush Petronia       X   X X X          

Species

BJ

AL

PR

TN

SM

JJ

BG

BS

JP

BR

TJ

BF

YD

Red-winged Pytilia             X            
Orange-cheeked Waxbill X                        
Black-rumped Waxbill       X   X X X          
Lavender Waxbill X         X   X         X
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu X X   X       X         X
Red-billed Fire-finch X X   X   X X X     X X X
Quail-Finch     X         X          
African Silverbill X                        
Bronze Mannikin X X X X     X       X X  
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting             X            

                           ( 'X' represents sightings and 'h' is heard only )

Mammals recorded:

Western Baboon, Red Patas Monkey, Red Colobus, Vervet Monkey, Gambian Sun Squirrel, Striped Ground Squirrel, Gambian Fruit-Bat

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