Kenya Jan 2017 Birding Trip Report Day 2

After am early breakfast we were on the road and made our way towards the famous Kakamega Forest. Our first roadside stop was at a roadside pond/lake where we saw our first Hunter’s Cisticola, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters while also picking up a good number of water birds. We got White-faced Whistling, White-backed, Yellow-billed and Maccoa Duck, Red-billed Teal, Glossy, Sacred and Hadeda Ibis, Striated, Grey, Squacco and Black-headed Heron, Black Crake, African Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Red-knobbed Coot, Long-toed Lapwing while a Western Marsh-harrier kept us company. Our next stop was the Kinangop Grasslands where we quickly found our main target, Sharpe’s Longclaw, a Kenyan endemic. We also enjoyed excellent views of Black-winged Lapwing and Long-tailed Widowbird. We arrived at the forest by mid-afternoon and had enough to bird in the very productive gardens and the excellent forest trail close to the lodge. We quickly got Gray-throated and Yellow-billed Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Jameson’s and Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Yellow-whiskered, Joyful and Kakamega Greenbuls while at a small pond we had great views of a White-spotted Flufftail. As we returned to the lodge gardens at sunset we were informed that the resident young Crowned Eagle just caught a monkey – an excellent end to a great day. 

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