Yesterday (20th June) I found myself with a free Saturday morning after my original plan for the day backfired. So I decided to go to the Nairobi Museum for two hours of solo bird atlassing (bird mapping) to see what was around.
It was rather quiet, which is expected at this time of year, so not so many birds to be seen, but I did still enjoy the few that were around. Here are some highlights…
Starting at the Fisheries Department gate, several common birds were the first entries to the list. Black (Yellow-billed) Kites and Pied Crows were in the air, an African Pied Wagtail was on the ground, White-bellied Tit and Chin-spot Batis were feeding in the canopy of a Croton tree, and Singing Cisiticolas were singing nearby.
A female African Citril was feeding young nearby. So were a flock of Bronze Mannikins, Grosbeak and Spectacled Weavers. Other weavers seen were Baglafecht, Holub’s Golden and Village Weavers.
Walking along the Michuki Park wall …
Finally, I did a quick check of the big yellow-barked Acacia tree behind the Nature Kenya membership office, which often has some interesting birds. I saw exactly nothing.
I left at noon with a list of 36 species. I was a bit surprised that several birds that are usually common, like Grey-backed Camaroptera, Village Indigobird and Sacred Ibis, were nowhere to be seen (or heard). The unpredictability of birds. It’s part of what makes bird atlassing so fun.
I will try and do a bit more birding in this particular Bird Map pentad (grid square) within the 5-day maximum for this list and see how many more species I can add to it before submitting it to the Kenya Bird Map.
If you know how to identify birds and would like to contribute your Kenyan bird lists/records to the Kenya Bird Map project, please send your name, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you take photos of birds but don’t know how to identify them, you can join the Virtual Museum (joining guidelines are on the website) and submit your photos to the BirdPix section. Experts will identify them and add them as records to the African Bird Atlas (which the Kenya Bird Map is a part of).
Other useful resources: Resources For Birders
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