This is a video of a European robin.
Gambia: Two New Species of Birds Spotted
1 April 2008
A team of bird Experts from the West African Bird Study Association (WABSA), have confirmed the presence of two new species in the Gambia at Atlantic Hotel bird garden. They are Mr Lamin Jobaate, the Executive Director, Mr Solomon Jallow, the president and Mr Sering D Bojang of WABSA.
On the 14 of February 2008, a Grayish Eagle owl (Bubo cinerascens), made its third appearance in the hotel garden, 4 days later i.e. the 18th of February an unusual species was also sighted in silhouette. Mr Jobaate alerted some of the bird photographers in the hotel, to keep an eye on an unusual species in the garden. On the 24th of February, Mr Chris Bowman, made a first picture of the bird and it happened to be a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Mr Jobaate then called Mr Jallow and Mr Bojang to come and see the wonderful discovery in the Atlantic Hotel bird garden. On the 25th of February, they both were present in the garden and luckily for them the two species were seen and were confirmed.
We look at the behaviour of the Robin to check whether it appeared that it was caged and brought to The Gambia, but according to our own observation the bird may not have been caged, as it behave very elusive, not approachable. Although these might not be a sufficient justification, because according to some of the guests in the hotel from UK, Robins are territorial and normally visit gardens and get closer to search for worms when people are digging their gardens, and at times they can even stand on their working tools in the garden. …
First recorded in The Gambia, nearest place of records is Mauritania.
A team of volunteer ringers have just returned from their third trip to Kartong Bird Observatory, The Gambia, in an attempt to gain more knowledge on our European passerines and gain more information on African birds: here.
Addressing climate change and exchange of experiences at key sites for migratory birds and people in Mauritania: here.
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