Brufut Woods in Gambia, birds and squirrels


Saturday 4 February.

After yesterday, our visit to Abuko Nature Reserve, today Brufut Woods.

WABSA sign at Brufut Woods entrance

A female splendid sunbird.

An osprey flying.

Yellow-rumped tinkerbird at Brufut Woods, 4 February 2012

A yellow-rumped tinkerbird; rare in the Gambia.

Two pied hornbills flying.

A fine-spotted woodpecker on a tree trunk in an area where there has been a fire. Red-billed firefinches not far away. A red-billed firefinch photo is here.

Buffalo weavers.

A black-winged kite flying.

A long-tailed nightjar, asleep on the ground under a bush.

We arrive at a spot where water tanks have been provided for birds during the dry season, which in the Gambia roughly coincides with the European winter and spring.

The artificial waterhole attracts brown babblers. And black-billed wood doves.

Red-eyed doves.

Then, the birds fly away, as a sun squirrel climbs the tree to the tank to drink.

Gambian sun squirrel in Brufut Woods, 4 February 2012

After the mammalian intruder has gone away, birds come back. Including common bulbuls and black-necked weavers.

A big group of bronze mannikins.

Bronze mannikins in Brufut Woods, 4 February 2012, male in the middle

Red-cheecked cordon-bleus drink from the forest floor tank.

Lavender waxbills and orange-cheeked waxbills.

Lavender waxbills in Brufut Woods, 4 February 2012

A female pin-tailed whydah comes drinking as well.

Pin-tailed whydah female, Brufut Woods, 4 February 2012

Then, another squirrel intruder. This time, a striped ground squirrel drives the forest floor tank birds away.

A lesser honeyguide.

Back to Kotu. A sacred ibis in a palm tree near the Gambian Birdewatchers Association building.

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