Ngong Road Forest Day Birding

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Ngong Forest Sanctuary is one of only very few forests in the world that exists within a city. Only 6
kilometers from Nairobi's central business district, the forest is a precious resource for Kenya's capital
The birds of Ngong Forest Sanctuary include bird’s characteristic of the indigenous dry evergreen forest
of Nairobi, birds of the surrounding grasslands and gardens, and water birds
African, Grey, Mountain &Yellow Wagtail ,Grassland& Tree Pipits, Yellow-throated Longclaws, Slender-
billed Greenbul ,Cabanis’s  &Yellow-bellied Greenbul ,Common Bulbul ,White-starred Robin ,Cape &
Ruppell’s Robin-Chats ,Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Common Stonechat ,Northern &Pied Wheatear ,Olive
Thrush, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Crimson rumped Waxbill, African Fish Eagle, White headed Barbet,
Grosbeak Weaver, Singing Cisticola, Augur Buzzard, African Citril,


Day 1: Nairobi National Park,

This is oldest Park in Kenya over 60 years old and only 10km from the Capital City, with a size of 117kmsq, alt. 1500 to 1700 meters above sea level, more than 500 Bird species have been recorded in the park. The park has many different birding habitats, each containing various species of Birds, and they are as follows; Acacia dominated woodland, Riverine & Scrub, Dams, Rivers and Wetlands, Evergreen Forest, Gorges and Open Grasslands. The park has four of the Big Five, also the herbivores have their own migration to plains adjacent to the park. Checklist: Maasai Ostrich, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Harlequin Quail ,White faced Whistling Duck, Spur winged Goose, Pygmy Falcon, Lanner Falcon, White backed, Ruppell’s, Egyptian, Lappet faced Vultures, Bateleur, Tawny Eagle, Martial, Long crested, Crowned Eagles, Kori, White bellied, Black bellied, Hartlaub’s Bustards, African Finfoot, Great Painted Snipe, Yellow throated Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, African Green Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Jacobin & Levaillant’s  Cuckoos, Spotted Eagle Owl, 


Day 2: Magadi Road- area with an excess of 500 Bird species.

There are numerous productive birding stop- overs along this road. Start birding at Corner Baridi, which literally translate to a cold bend, here look for Short tailed Lark, Grassland pipit, Tawny Eagle flying over the Valley down low, visiting Golden winged Sunbirds on the Leonotis flowers, Abyssinian black Wheatear, further down on the Euclea Bushes keep an eye for the Lynes’s Cisticola, driving another  20 minutes will bring you to Icross where the list may include the following species: Southern Grosbeak Canary, Banded Parisoma calling on top of Mellifera Acacia, Ashy Cisticola, Rosy-patched Bush shrike, Mouse colored Penduline Tit, Black chested Snake Eagle, Fawn colored Lark, African Grey Flycatcher, D’Anaurd’s Barbet. Another stop at the River Bridge will yield: Little Bee-eater, Yellow bellied Eremomela, Eastern Violet backed Sunbird, White-bellied Canary, Blue naped Mousebird, Laughing Dove. Further ahead at the watering point, Spot-flanked Barbet will serenely call at top of a nearby Acacia Tree, plains on both sides of the Road are good habitats for two Bustards; Crested and Kori, Gerenuk frequent these stretch of the road. The Sun may be now turning hot, option being driving straight to Olorgesaille pre historic site, where after having picnic will descend down to the river bed. The acacia trees provide a variety of bird parties that include Brown-headed Tchagra, Spotted Morning Thrush, African Silverbill, Slate colored Boubou, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Black throated Barbet, Yellow spotted Petronia, Speckled fronted Weaver, Beautiful& Hunter’s  Sunbirds, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Black necked Weaver ,Nubian, Cardinal Woodpeckers ,Grey Wren  Warbler and Green winged Pytilia.


Day 3: Gatamaiyu Forest-One of the Forest blocks of the larger Kereita Forest, extension of Aberdares

Two hours’ drive from Nairobi, passing through vast plantations of tea, Common Stonechat will welcome you singing on top of the tea bushes. Inside the forest bird species expected: Rufous breasted Sparrowhawk, Hunter’s Cisticola(East Africa Endemic) Lemon Dove, Cinnamon bracken Warbler, Grey headed Negrofinch, Brown chested Alethe, Scaly Francolin, Olive Pigeon, White-tailed crested Flycatcher, Mountain  yellow Warbler, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Crowned Eagle, Crowned Hornbill, African Hill Babbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Brown capped Weaver, Grey ,Black throated, Black collared and Chestnut Apalis, White headed Wood hoopoe, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Black fronted Bushshrike, Fine banded Woodpecker.


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