Kenya Jan 2017 Birding Trip Report Day 4 & 5

After wrapping up our forest birding at Kakamega we made our way to Lake Baringo, picking up Grey and Mountain Wagtail along the way for a two night stay where our main focus would be pick up the dry Acacia specials. Our first stop was at the escarpment we saw Nyanza, Common and Mottled Swifts, Fan-tailed Raven and Mocking cliff-chat. We descended down the Kerio valley where we picked up White-crested and Ross’s Turacos, Little Rock-thrush and White-bellied Go-away-bird. A quick roadside stop produced D’Arnaud’s Barbet and Black-headed Gonolek. Our lodge, situated on the lake, offered wonderful garden birding where we saw Northern Masked Weaver, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Woodland Kingfisher, . We did spend a full morning birding in the dry Acacia scrub along the Baringo Cliffs where we saw Rufous Chatterer, Slaty Boubou, Brown Babbler, Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-bellied Canary, Beautiful, Hunter’s and Kenya Violet-backed Sunbirds, Magpie and Bristle-crowned Starling, Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin, Grey-tit Flycatcher, African Grey Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Pale Prinia, Grey Wren-warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Northern Crombec, Northern Brownbul, Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit, Northern Grey tit, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Pygmy Batis, Three-streaked Tchagra, Grey and Nubian Woodpecker, Black-throated Barbet, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Abyssinian Scimitarbill and Blue-naped Mousebird. We used ons afternoon to find a few nocturnal species at known stakeouts and we not disappointed with sightings of Greyish Eagle-owl, Northern White-faced Owl and Heuglins Courser. 

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