Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Ghana Day 18: Atewa Farmbush - Sakumono Lagoon

We weren’t expecting much from this morning but you can never tell. And so we were proved wrong as we had nice views of several Red-headed Quelea feeding in a small marshy area. There was also Little Greenbul, Whistling Cisticola, Northern Grosbeak Weaver, and both Diederik and African Emerald Cuckoos

Little Greenbul

Then we took a different track down to another marshy area where West African Wattle-eye was seen en-route. 

West African (Chestnut) Wattle-Eye

We were looking for Compact Weaver, a bird that had eluded us until this morning when we found a small group feeding, although it took a while for everyone to get on to the male. There was also Marsh Tchagra, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Western Bluebill, Little Bee-eater and Red-vented Malimbe here as well. Our last stop produced a Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle and for the hardy few that walked up the hill a little were rewarded with fine views of a Black-throated Coucal.

After lunch we drove towards Accra, stopping at Sakumono Lagoon but due to strong winds the birding here was difficult and most of the birds were distant. But we still saw Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Reed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Western Marsh Harrier and others. We were glad of an early finish today and some extra time at the hotel for a change!

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