Birding trip report Kenya 28 Jan - 15 Feb 2009 John van der Woude -  www.jvanderw.nl

See also: text, photos of birding sites, birds, mammals.


Species list

This list is mostly according to Clements 6th ed. but with several English names taken from Frank & Gill when these were more according to the names in our field guides (principally Sinclair & Ryan - Birds of Africa south of the Sahara; partly also Stevenson & Fanshawe - Birds of East Afrcia).
All species were seen (no heard-only's).
* = lifer; nearly all remarks (some of which are just for personal use) are for the lifers.
Sites: (one site is mentioned: the first or the best, and often the only; X = at more than one or two sites, or common, pan-African, etc.)
TH = Thika Ponds (rural area with lakes)
MK = Mount Kenya forest zone near Castle Forest lodge
SA = Samburu national park (NP) (dry savanna)
NA = Lake Nakuru NP (saline lake and bordering woodland)
BA = Lake Baringo area (dry bush, cliff, lake side)
KK = Kakamega forest (tropical rainforest; the westernmost part of the Central African rainforest zone)
LV = Lake Victoria near Kisumu (papyrus stands, lake border)
MM = Masai Mara NP (grassy plateau, riverine woodland)
Nai = Naivasha Country Club
Kin = Kinangop plateau
SA> etc. means: between SA and next destination.


Struthio camelus                              Ostrich  X
Struthio molybdophanes                 Somali Ostrich  SA  first bird in Samburu NP, group of 7
Tachybaptus ruficollis                   Little Grebe  X
Podiceps nigricollis               Black-necked Grebe  BA
Pelecanus onocrotalus             Great White Pelican  X
Phalacrocorax lucidus        White-breasted Cormorant  X
Phalacrocorax africanus         Long-tailed Cormorant  X
Ardea cinerea                              Gray Heron  X
Ardea melanocephala                Black-headed Heron  X
Ardea goliath                           Goliath Heron  MM
Ardea purpurea                           Purple Heron  LV
Ardea alba                                Great Egret  X
Egretta garzetta                         Little Egret  X
Ardeola ralloides                       Squacco Heron  BA
Bubulcus ibis                            Cattle Egret  X
Butorides striata                  Green-backed Heron  X
Nycticorax nycticorax       Black-crowned Night-Heron  SO>
Scopus umbretta                              Hamerkop  X
Mycteria ibis                     Yellow-billed Stork  X
Ciconia nigra                             Black Stork  X
Ciconia abdimii                         Abdim's Stork* MM  4 on the grassy plateau driving north out of Masai Mara West
Ciconia episcopus                 Woolly-necked Stork  SA
Ciconia ciconia                           White Stork  X
Ephippiorhynchus senegale         Saddle-billed Stork  MM  once MM, once SA
Leptoptilos crumeniferus                Marabou Stork  X
Threskiornis aethiopicus                  Sacred Ibis  X
Bostrychia hagedash                       Hadada Ibis  X
Platalea alba                       African Spoonbill  X
Phoenicopterus roseus                Greater Flamingo  X
Phoenicopterus minor                  Lesser Flamingo  X   dancing group at Lake Bogoria
Dendrocygna bicolor            Fulvous Whistling-Duck  TH>
Dendrocygna viduata        White-faced Whistling-Duck  X
Alopochen aegyptiaca                   Egyptian Goose  X
Plectropterus gambensis             Spur-winged Goose  X
Anas sparsa                        African Black Duck  SO> at a small lake where we hoped to find "Mackinder" Eagle-Owl
Anas capensis                               Cape Teal  X
Anas undulata                      Yellow-billed Duck  X
Anas erythrorhyncha                   Red-billed Duck  MK
Anas hottentota                        Hottentot Teal  TH>
Pernis apivorus                European Honey-buzzard  X    twice close views
Elanus caeruleus                Black-shouldered Kite  TH
Milvus migrans                             Black Kite  X
Haliaeetus vocifer                 African Fish-Eagle  X
Necrosyrtes monachus                   Hooded Vulture  X
Gyps africanus                   White-backed Vulture  X
Gyps rueppellii                    Rueppell's Griffon* SA  a few at Samburu NP
Circaetus pectoralis        Black-chested Snake Eagle  SA
Circaetus cinereus                  Brown Snake-Eagle  SA
Circaetus cinerascens      Western Banded Snake Eagle* MM  seen well in treetop first day in park
Terathopius ecaudatus                        Bateleur  X
Circus aeruginosus              Western Marsh-Harrier  X
Circus macrourus                       Pallid Harrier  SA
Circus pygargus                     Montagu's Harrier  X
Polyboroides typus               African Harrier-Hawk  MK
Melierax metabates              Dark Chanting-Goshawk  MM
Melierax poliopterus         Eastern Chanting-Goshawk* X   sev.
Accipiter minullus                 Little Sparrowhawk  SA
Buteo augur                             Augur Buzzard  X
Aquila rapax                              Tawny Eagle  X
Aquila nipalensis                        Steppe Eagle  X
Aquila verreauxii                    Verreaux's Eagle  BA
Aquila spilogaster                 African Hawk-Eagle  SA
Aquila pennata                           Booted Eagle  TH>
Polemaetus bellicosus                   Martial Eagle  X
Lophaetus occipitalis              Long-crested Eagle  X
Stephanoaetus coronatus                 Crowned Eagle  MK
Sagittarius serpentarius               Secretary-bird  X
Polihierax semitorquatus                 Pygmy Falcon  X
Falco naumanni                         Lesser Kestrel  X
Falco tinnunculus                    Eurasian Kestrel  X
Falco rupicoloides                    Greater Kestrel  MM
Falco subbuteo                         Eurasian Hobby  LV
Falco biarmicus                         Lanner Falcon  X
Francolinus coqui                     Coqui Francolin* MM  2 at 12 m on the way out of Masai Mara
Francolinus sephaena                Crested Francolin  X
Francolinus leucoscepus        Yellow-necked Spurfowl  SA
Francolinus afer                  Red-necked Spurfowl* MM  at gate of park, closeby between grass
Numida meleagris                  Helmeted Guineafowl  X
Acryllium vulturinum             Vulturine Guineafowl* SA  sev groups, often closeby
Balearica regulorum                Gray Crowned-Crane  X   sev pairs SA, MM
Sarothrura pulchra            White-spotted Flufftail* KK  KK finally seen below compound, male at brook between low undergr
Amaurornis flavirostra                    Black Crake  BA
Porphyrio porphyrio                   Purple Swamphen  Lim
Fulica cristata                      Red-knobbed Coot  X
Ardeotis kori                            Kori Bustard  SA
Eupodotis senegalensis          White-bellied Bustard  >SA
Eupodotis gindiana               Buff-crested Bustard* SA  a few along road, photo
Lissotis melanogaster           Black-bellied Bustard  MM
Actophilornis africanus                African Jacana  X
Himantopus himantopus              Black-winged Stilt  X
Burhinus vermiculatus                Water Thick-knee  LV
Burhinus capensis                  Spotted Thick-knee  BA
Rhinoptilus cinctus              Three-banded Courser* BA  at 7 m, near nest(?), with Francis
Vanellus crassirostris              Long-toed Lapwing* TH> 7 at a small pool along the road
Vanellus armatus                    Blacksmith Plover  X
Vanellus spinosus                  Spur-winged Plover  X
Vanellus melanopterus            Black-winged Lapwing* SO  first with broken leg at 5 m, later 2 more
Vanellus coronatus                    Crowned Lapwing  X
Vanellus senegallus                   Wattled Lapwing  X
Charadrius hiaticula             Common Ringed Plover  X
Charadrius pecuarius                Kittlitz's Plover  NA
Charadrius tricollaris            Three-banded Plover  X
Gallinago nigripennis                   African Snipe  X
Actitis hypoleucos                   Common Sandpiper  X
Tringa ochropus                       Green Sandpiper  MM
Tringa nebularia                    Common Greenshank  X
Tringa stagnatilis                    Marsh Sandpiper  NA
Tringa glareola                        Wood Sandpiper  X
Calidris minuta                          Little Stint  NA
Philomachus pugnax                               Ruff  X
Larus cirrocephalus                  Gray-headed Gull  X
Gelochelidon nilotica                Gull-billed Tern  TH
Chlidonias hybrida                     Whiskered Tern  NA
Pterocles decoratus            Black-faced Sandgrouse* SA  sev groups in park, on tracks, photo
Columba guinea                        Speckled Pigeon  X
Columba arquatrix                African Olive Pigeon* MK  two closeby flying along, end of day
Columba delegorguei       Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon* MK  in flight across the main forest track
Columba larvata                            Lemon Dove  X
Streptopelia semitorquata               Red-eyed Dove  X
Streptopelia capicola                Ring-necked Dove  X
Turtur chalcospilos         Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove  SA
Turtur afer                    Blue-spotted Wood-Dove  KK
Oena capensis                            Namaqua Dove  X
Treron calvus                    African Green-Pigeon  KK
Agapornis fischeri                 Fischer's Lovebird* X   Thika Ponds and Lake Victoria
Poicephalus gulielmi               Red-fronted Parrot* MK  far but in scope,+Q7213 from grounds of lodge
Poicephalus meyeri                     Meyer's Parrot  MM
Poicephalus rufiventris            Red-bellied Parrot* SA  pair on top of acacia (=Afr. Orange-bellied P)
Corythaeola cristata                Great Blue Turaco* KK  group above us in canopy at compound border at 18:45
Tauraco schalowi                     Schalow's Turaco* MM  on Kitchwa Tembo camp forest grounds, above us in tree, tape
Tauraco hartlaubi                   Hartlaub's Turaco* MK  fine views along main forest track
Musophaga rossae                         Ross' Turaco* MM  at lodge, good response to tape
Corythaixoides leucogaste  White-bellied Go-away-bird  X
Clamator jacobinus                     Jacobin Cuckoo  BA
Cuculus solitarius                 Red-chested Cuckoo  X
Chrysococcyx cupreus           African Emerald Cuckoo  MK
Chrysococcyx caprius                   Dideric Cuckoo  BA
Centropus superciliosus           White-browed Coucal  X
Bubo cinerascens                    Grayish Eagle-Owl  BA
Bubo lacteus                     Verreaux's Eagle-Owl  SA
Glaucidium perlatum               Pearl-spotted Owlet  SA  two in front of our room
Caprimulgus clarus            Slender-tailed Nightjar* BA  4 at day roost near cactusses, thanks to Francis
Cypsiurus parvus                   African Palm-Swift  X
Apus apus                                Common Swift  X
Apus affinis                             Little Swift  X
Colius striatus                    Speckled Mousebird  X
Colius leucocephalus           White-headed Mousebird* SA  closeby
Urocolius macrourus              Blue-naped Mousebird* SA  closeby
Apaloderma narina                       Narina Trogon  MM
Apaloderma vittatum                 Bar-tailed Trogon* KK  one seen well after a long search long side trail
Alcedo cristata                  Malachite Kingfisher  LV
Ispidina picta               African Pygmy-Kingfisher  BA
Halcyon leucocephala           Gray-headed Kingfisher* X   sev SA and further, first next to room of SA, in local spotlight
Halcyon senegalensis              Woodland Kingfisher  MM
Megaceryle maximus                   Giant Kingfisher  X
Ceryle rudis                          Pied Kingfisher  X
Merops muelleri                 Blue-headed Bee-eater* KK  near research station, in fine branches at 20 m
Merops pusillus                      Little Bee-eater  SA
Merops oreobates           Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater* MK  the first bird (of sev) near the lodge, also sev at KK
Merops revoilii                      Somali Bee-eater* SA  in small bush, distant photo+Q6971
Merops albicollis            White-throated Bee-eater* X   many in Samburu NP, along roads
Coracias caudatus               Lilac-breasted Roller  X
Upupa africana                         African Hoopoe  X
Phoeniculus purpureus                Green Woodhoopoe  BA
Rhinopomastus minor          Abyssinian Scimitar-bill* SA  foraging in acacia, no white in wing (cabanisi)
Tockus erythrorhynchus            Red-billed Hornbill  X
Tockus flavirostris      Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbil*SA  at 6 m in front of bush
Tockus jacksoni                    Jackson's Hornbill* BA  sev, first was female: even more char. than male
Tockus deckeni              Von der Decken's Hornbill* SA  some pairs, photo
Tockus alboterminatus                Crowned Hornbill  MM
Tockus hemprichii                 Hemprich's Hornbill* BA  two in scope at base of cliff, after long search
Tockus nasutus                  African Gray Hornbill  X
Ceratogymna brevis           Silvery-cheeked Hornbill* MK  sev. along the forest track up from Castle Lodge
Ceratogymna subcylindricaBlack-and-white-casqued Hornb*KK  first bird on grounds in early morning, flying over, later more
Bucorvus leadbeateri         Southern Ground-Hornbill  MM
Trachyphonus purpuratus          Yellow-billed Barbet* KK  seen well in the sun
Trachyphonus erythrocepha       Red-and-yellow Barbet  X
Trachyphonus darnaudii              D'Arnaud's Barbet* X   sev SA, BA; BA: at feeder stone slab
Trachyphonus usambiro                 Usambiro Barbet* MM
Gymnobucco bonapartei            Gray-throated Barbet* KK  seen from our veranda at 10 m
Pogoniulus bilineatus        Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird  MK
Pogoniulus pusillus            Red-fronted Tinkerbird  MM
Buccanodon duchaillui           Yellow-spotted Barbet* KK  sev, high in trees & flight
Tricholaema flavifunctata     Streaky-throated Barbet* KK  (split fr Hairy-br; race ansorgei) singing at 30 m
Tricholaema diademata              Red-fronted Barbet* BA  at base of cliff, also at Thika Ponds
Tricholaema lacrymosa             Spot-flanked Barbet* MM  on stony slope, in small bush, head + flank
Tricholaema melanocephala       Black-throated Barbet* X   first at SA closeby at eye level in bush, photo
Lybius leucocephalus              White-headed Barbet* Naivin large acacia at righthand border of country club grounds
Lybius bidentatus               Double-toothed Barbet* KK  one foraging between leaves
Indicator minor                     Lesser Honeyguide* BA  high in tree, immediate response to tape
Indicator indicator                Greater Honeyguide  SA
Jynx ruficollis                 Rufous-necked Wryneck* MM  two on small dead tree near lodge+R6633
Campethera nubica                   Nubian Woodpecker* SA  first at small dead branches in lodge garden
Campethera caroli              Brown-eared Woodpecker* KK(N)
Dendropicos fuscescens            Cardinal Woodpecker  X
Dendropicos xantholophus    Yellow-crested Woodpecker* KK  foraging high in bare treetop on last morning
Dendropicos goertae           African Grey Woodpecker  MM> at lunch stop, with barred tail (also at Naivasha)
Smithornis capensis                 African Broadbill  KK
Mirafra cantillans                   Singing Bushlark* SO  flying and on bush
Mirafra africana                    Rufous-naped Lark  X
Mirafra rufocinnamomea                   Flappet Lark* MM  foraging next to car on stony slope, tape response, later display flights
Calendulauda poecilostern          Pink-breasted Lark* SA  first closeby on top of bush, singing
Calendulauda alopex                         Foxy Lark* SA  intercedens singing from bush top
Eremopterix leucopareia        Fischer's Sparrow-Lark* SA  group of c. 50 at only 10 m, on ground
Calandrella cinerea                   Red-capped Lark  X
Psalidoprocne albiceps           White-headed Sawwing* KK  sev, best = group resting in tree near reception
Psalidoprocne pristoptera               Black Sawwing* X   esp. MK, many
Riparia riparia                          Bank Swallow  NA
Riparia cincta                          Banded Martin  MM
Hirundo smithii                   Wire-tailed Swallow  X
Ptyonoprogne fuligula                     Rock Martin  X
Delichon urbicum                         House Martin  X
Cecropis abyssinica            Lesser Striped-Swallow  X
Cecropis senegalensis                  Mosque Swallow  X
Cecropis daurica                   Red-rumped Swallow  X
Anthus leucophrys                  Plain-backed Pipit  MM
Anthus cervinus                    Red-throated Pipit  SA
Anthus trivialis                           Tree Pipit  >SA
Tmetothylacus tenellus                   Golden Pipit* SA  one pair along entrance road, photos
Hemimacronyx sharpei                Sharpe's Longclaw* Kin last lifer on the trip, special area (photo); endangered species
Macronyx croceus             Yellow-throated Longclaw  MM
Motacilla aguimp                 African Pied Wagtail  X
Motacilla flava                        Yellow Wagtail  X
Motacilla cinerea                        Gray Wagtail  MK
Motacilla clara                      Mountain Wagtail* MK  pair at small dam along main track down
Campephaga petiti               Petit's Cuckoo-shrike* KK  pair high in tree
Campephaga flava                  Black Cuckoo-shrike* KK  pair at 20 m from veranda of room cottage
Campephaga quiscalina    Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike*MK  pair along main track down, in bare tree
Pycnonotus tricolor                Dark-capped Bulbul  X
Andropadus kakamegae                Kakamega Greenbul* KK  sev, first from road
Andropadus gracilis              Little Grey Greenbul* KK  at 30 m, behind research station
Andropadus ansorgei                Ansorge's Greenbul* KK  group high, with rattling sound, last morning
Andropadus curvirostris                Plain Greenbul* KK  in tangles just after walking back along the road
Andropadus gracilirostris     Slender-billed Greenbul* MK  along main track, very high in tree in sunlight
Andropadus latirostris      Yellow-whiskered Greenbul* X   sev MK and KK
Andropadus nigriceps        Eastern Mountain-Greenbul* MK  two low along main track, in full sunlight
Chlorocichla laetissima               Joyful Greenbul* KK  group calling all the time, at 15 m in dense trees
Phyllastrephus placidus               Placid Greenbul* MK  closeby in small tree, also sev groups KK; split from Cabanis G
Phyllastrephus strepitans           Northern Brownbul* BA  near ground at base of cliff
Phyllastrephus hypochlori         Toro Olive-Greenbul* KK  seen & heard
Bleda syndactylus              Red-tailed Bristlebill* KK  on trail, seen well
Neocossyphus poensis          White-tailed Ant-Thrush* KK(N)
Monticola saxatilis         Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush  BA
Turdus olivaceus                         Olive Thrush  MK
Turdus pelios                          African Thrush  X
Turdus tephronotus           African Bare-eyed Thrush* SA  on ground near river valley, photo
Alethe poliocephala              Brown-chested Alethe* KK  sev, on trails mostly
Cisticola woosnami                 Trilling Cisticola* MM  at border of camp, in treetop, sound checked
Cisticola chubbi                    Chubb's Cisticola* KK  sev along road, singing
Cisticola hunteri                  Hunter's Cisticola  MK
Cisticola chiniana                 Rattling Cisticola  X
Cisticola galactotes                Winding Cisticola* LV  well seen from bridge, plus sound check
Cisticola carruthersi           Carruthers' Cisticola* LV  on papyrus, low, during walk downstr fr bridge
Cisticola robustus                    Stout Cisticola* KK  in open field KK in scrub; later more in MM
Cisticola brunnescens        Pectoral-patch Cisticola* NA  first: 2 at 7 m, plus sound check
Prinia somalica                           Pale Prinia* SA  group of 7 seen closeby & more later, also BA
Prinia bairdii                          Banded Prinia* KK  seen very well in smal clearing, later too
Schistolais leucopogon           White-chinned Prinia* KK  two along road
Apalis pulchra                  Black-collared Apalis* KK  foraging below our veranda at 2 m
Apalis jacksoni                 Black-throated Apalis* MK  along main track
Apalis flavida                 Yellow-breasted Apalis  BA
Apalis cinerea                            Gray Apalis* MK  sev in low bushes along track, with song
Urorhipis rufifrons               Red-fronted Warbler* SA  along entrance road, seen well & behaviour
Eminia lepida                     Gray-capped Warbler* KK  seen well near river in weeds
Camaroptera brevicaudata      Grey-backed Camaroptera  X
Camaroptera chloronota        Olive-green Camaroptera* KK  singing above us
Calamonastes simplex                Gray Wren-Warbler* SA  1 just outside park gate when leaving
Bradypterus cinnamomeus      Cinnamon Bracken-Warbler* MK  sev singing low along main track, one seen well
Bathmocercus rufus         Black-faced Rufous-Warbler* KK  pair Q5602at 6 m in undergrowth
Acrocephalus rufescens          Greater Swamp-Warbler* LV  in papyrus swamp, like Gr RW but greyish brown above and weak supercil
Hippolais pallida                  Olivaceous Warbler  BA  sev below cliff
Hippolais olivetorum               Olive-tree Warbler* BA  1 cm smaller than accomp N Brownbul, no tail mov, strikingly light grey
Hippolais icterina                   Icterine Warbler  BA
Chloropeta natalensis      Dark-capped Yellow Warbler* TH> in small wetland along road, in sedge, seen well
Phyllolais pulchella             Buff-bellied Warbler* BA  two in open acacia top on campsite next to lodge
Eremomela flavicrissalis      Yellow-vented Eremomela* SA  in small bush, climbing up to top
Eremomela turneri                  Turner's Eremomela* KK  seen very well near river in late afternoon, possibly 4; endangered species
Sylvietta leucophrys             White-browed Crombec* KK  one from road
Sylvietta brachyura                  Northern Crombec  BA
Sylvietta whytii                    Red-faced Crombec* MM  seen well in small tree next to camp gift R9337shop
Hylia prasina                             Green Hylia* KK  seen well along road
Phylloscopus budongoensis         Uganda Wood-Warbler* KK  behind research station, 15 m high
Phylloscopus umbrovirens       Brown Woodland-Warbler* MK  along main track
Phylloscopus trochilus                 Willow Warbler  X
Sylvia atricapilla                           Blackcap  KK
Sylvia borin                           Garden Warbler  KK
Sylvia nisoria                         Barred Warbler  MM
Empidornis semipartitus                    Silverbird* BA  two at entrance of Bogoria, feeding on ground from tree
Bradornis pallidus                    Pale Flycatcher  MM
Bradornis microrhynchus       African Gray Flycatcher* X   sev. sites, not common
Melaenornis fischeri      White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher  X
Melaenornis edolioides      Northern Black-Flycatcher  KK
Muscicapa striata                  Spotted Flycatcher  SA
Muscicapa aquatica                   Swamp Flycatcher* LV  during walk downstr fr bridge, scope, on branch next to papyrus, later more
Muscicapa adusta             African Dusky Flycatcher  X
Pogonocichla stellata             White-starred Robin  MK
Sheppardia aequatorialis            Equatorial Akalat* KK  very well seen at 8 m between leaves, last morning; white belly
Cossypha caffra                       Cape Robin-Chat  MM>
Cossypha polioptera            Gray-winged Robin-Chat* KK  on trail below us, last morning, border of compound
Cossypha heuglini             White-browed Robin-Chat  MM>
Cossypha niveicapilla        Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat  KK
Cichladusa guttata             Spotted Morning-Thrush* BA  in lodge garden, singing from low log
Cercotrichas leucophrys      White-browed Scrub Robin  SA
Saxicola rubetra                             Whinchat  MM
Saxicola torquatus                  African Stonechat  X
Oenanthe oenanthe                   Northern Wheatear  X
Oenanthe pleschanka                     Pied Wheatear  SA
Oenanthe pileata                      Capped Wheatear  MM
Oenanthe isabellina               Isabelline Wheatear  SO
Cercomela scotocerca                Brown-tailed Chat* BA  one pair on the rocks at base of cliff
Myrmecocichla aethiops         Northern Anteater-Chat  SO
Myrmecocichla nigra                        Sooty Chat* MM  first along road to park, near holes; later some more in park
Thamnolaea cinnamomeivent          Mocking Cliff-Chat  NA
Platysteira cyanea          Brown-throated Wattle-eye  KK  KK: male and juv rather high in tree
Platysteira castanea              Chestnut Wattle-eye* KK  male and fem, high in tree
Platysteira jamesoni             Jameson's Wattle-eye* KK  early morning 2nd day
Batis molitor                          Chinspot Batis  SA>
Batis perkeo                              Pygmy Batis* SA  pair closeby, male at 7 m: very small & no white above eye
Elminia longicauda            African Blue-Flycatcher* KK  sev, always fanning the tail, colour best vis when near ground
Elminia nigromitrata         Dusky Crested-Flycatcher* KK  near ground in dense undergrowth
Terpsiphone viridis       African Paradise-Flycatcher  BA
Illadopsis albipectus       Scaly-breasted Illadopsis* KK  walking between undergrowth, pale legs
Illadopsis pyrrhoptera            Mountain Illadopsis* KK  singing very nearby & seen shortly
Kakamega poliothorax          Gray-chested Illadopsis* KK  at 6 m on ground early morning 2nd day
Pseudoalcippe abyssinica         African Hill Babbler* MK  along main track, in dense 'ficus' at eye level
Turdoides rubiginosa                 Rufous Chatterer* SA  group on ground in lodge garden
Turdoides hypoleuca             Northern Pied-Babbler* Nairfirst bird of the trip, at hotel Nairobi
Turdoides plebejus                      Brown Babbler  BA
Turdoides jardineii              Arrow-marked Babbler  NA
Melaniparus albiventris             White-bellied Tit* MK  along main track
Melaniparus funereus                        Dusky Tit* KK  at research station, on thick branch
Melaniparus thruppi                        Acacia Tit* BA  at entrance of L Bogoria park, in tree
Anthoscopus musculus      Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit* BA  4 in one tree, early morning with Francis
Anthreptes orientalis     Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird* X   common, first in SA, busybird
Anthreptes rectirostris          Grey-chinned Sunbird* KK  very high in tree
Hedydipna collaris                   Collared Sunbird  X
Cyanomitra verticalis            Green-headed Sunbird* KK  a few times, seen well in sun
Chalcomitra rubescens          Green-throated Sunbird* KK  male seen very well in sun on flowers
Chalcomitra senegalensis      Scarlet-chested Sunbird  X
Chalcomitra hunteri                  Hunter's Sunbird* SA  black throat seen well & very red & dry habitat
Nectarinia tacazze                    Tacazze Sunbird  MK
Nectarinia kilimensis                  Bronze Sunbird* X   sev. sites, striking bird
Nectarinia famosa                   Malachite Sunbird  BA
Drepanorhynchus reichenow       Golden-winged Sunbird* >SA at picnic site behind shop
Cinnyris reichenowi      Northern Double-collared Sunb*X   MK: seen well at eye level closeby, after sev Eastern, also KK
Cinnyris mediocris       Eastern Double-collared Sunbi*MK  sev along main track
Cinnyris pulchellus                 Beautiful Sunbird* SA  3 singing in tree top at lodge, 7 a.m.
Cinnyris erythrocercus            Red-chested Sunbird* LV  male nicely in the sun near bridge
Zosterops senegalensis       African Yellow White-eye* KK  above us on branch
Zosterops kikuyuensis                Kikuyu White-eye  MK
Zosterops abyssinicus            Abyssinian White-eye  BA  at base of cliff
Oriolus brachyrhynchus    Western Black-headed Oriole* KK  with food on thin branch
Oriolus larvatus         African/Eastern Black-headed OMK
Oriolus percivali                     Mountain Oriole* MK  along main track, a+Q9227 pair, in scope
Lanius isabellinus                  Isabelline Shrike* SA  sev in park
Lanius excubitoroides              Gray-backed Fiscal* X   sev, first at L Bogoria, nicely turning around
Lanius dorsalis                          Taita Fiscal  SA  sev across SA park, fewer later
Lanius mackinnoni                  Mackinnon's Shrike* KK  on compound of lodge, after white shoulder became visible!
Lanius collaris                         Common Fiscal  X
Eurocephalus rueppelli   Northern White-crowned Shrike X
Nilaus afer                                    Brubru  X
Dryoscopus cubla                Black-backed Puffback  MK
Dryoscopus angolensis            Pink-footed Puffback* KK  sev, first was female behind research station
Tchagra senegalus               Black-crowned Tchagra  MM
Tchagra jamesi                 Three-streaked Tchagra* SA  closeby in small bush, head and wing seen well
Laniarius luehderi               Luehder's Bushshrike* KK  clambering in vines, twice
Laniarius aethiopicus                 Tropical Boubou  X
Laniarius erythrogaster          Black-headed Gonolek* LV  best seen in small tree behind our room of Kiboko Bay Resort
Laniarius funebris               Slate-colored Boubou* X   esp. at SA, sev, in low bushes
Rhodophoneus cruentus         Rosy-patched Bushshrike* SA  sev closeby along roads in park, in small bushes
Telophorus bocagei                Bocage's Bushshrike* KK  one high in tree along road
Telophorus sulfureopectus  Orange-breasted Bushshrike  SA
Telophorus nigrifrons        Black-fronted Bushshrike  MK
Malaconotus blanchoti          Gray-headed Bushshrike  SA
Prionops poliolophus        Gray-crested Helmetshrike* NA  3 in open acacia bush, grey crest seen well
Dicrurus ludwigii                Square-tailed Drongo  KK
Dicrurus adsimilis                 Fork-tailed Drongo  X
Corvus capensis                             Cape Crow  X
Corvus albus                                Pied Crow  X
Corvus rhipidurus                    Fan-tailed Raven  X
Creatophora cinerea                  Wattled Starling  SA
Lamprotornis chalybaeus  Greater Blue-eared Glossy-StarX
Lamprotornis purpuroptera  Rueppell's Glossy-Starling* BA  best seen at feeder of lodge, next to restaurant
Lamprotornis superbus                 Superb Starling  X
Lamprotornis hildebrandti      Hildebrandt's Starling* MM  next to the Coqui Francolins on way out of MM
Onychognathus walleri               Waller's Starling* MK  in top of dead tree at grounds of lodge
Onychognathus salvadorii     Bristle-crowned Starling* SA  group flew along, red in wings, tapering tail; later also in BA
Poeoptera stuhlmanni             Stuhlmann's Starling* KK  small group in bare branches near reception
Pholia femoralis                    Abbott's Starling* MK  two males and a fem in scope main forest track (photo); vulnerable species
Buphagus erythrorhynchus          Red-billed Oxpecker  SA
Buphagus africanus             Yellow-billed Oxpecker  MM
Passer domesticus                       House Sparrow  X
Passer rufocinctus               Kenya Rufous Sparrow* SA  at picnic site behind shop
Passer griseus           Northern Grey-headed Sparrow  KK
Passer gongonensis              Parrot-billed Sparrow* SA  sev closeby
Passer suahelicus                     Swahili Sparrow* MM  one seen well at border of compound in treetop, calling
Passer eminibey                      Chestnut Sparrow* SA  male at 5 m in top of bush
Petronia pyrgita              Yellow-spotted Petronia* BA  2 foraging on ground
Bubalornis albirostris    White-billed Buffalo-Weaver  BA
Sporopipes frontalis           Speckle-fronted Weaver* MM  small groups in roadside near and in park
Plocepasser mahali        White-browed Sparrow-Weaver  X
Plocepasser donaldsoni   Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Wea*SA  a few colonies across park
Pseudonigrita cabanisi     Black-capped Social-Weaver* SA  sev colonies
Malimbus rubricollis               Red-headed Malimbe* KK  male, like small woodpecker on thich bare branch, high
Ploceus baglafecht                  Baglafecht Weaver* X   sev
Ploceus luteolus                        Little Weaver* SA  first = 3 non-br/fem, very small indeed
Ploceus pelzelni                Slender-billed Weaver* LV  char. female (!) seen from bridge
Ploceus nigricollis               Black-necked Weaver  KK
Ploceus ocularis                    Spectacled Weaver  MK
Ploceus melanogaster              Black-billed Weaver* KK  two along road when entering the area
Ploceus taeniopterus           Northern Masked-Weaver* BA  colony in tree in lake, both male and fem clearly seen
Ploceus intermedius              Lesser Masked-Weaver  SA
Ploceus vitellinus            Vitelline Masked-Weaver  BA
Ploceus spekei                         Speke's Weaver* X   first in small village 2 m from car, colony+Q8535
Ploceus nigerrimus            Vieillot's Black Weaver* KK  in tree of compound (black+eye)
Ploceus melanocephalus            Black-headed Weaver* LV  male with yellow neck (melanocephalus) from bridge
Ploceus jacksoni                 Golden-backed Weaver* BA  3 at 3 m during tea break at lodge, resting in small tree
Ploceus bicolor                    Dark-backed Weaver  KK  low inside forest (=Forest Weaver)
Ploceus insignis                  Brown-capped Weaver* MK  along main track, a pair, 'the mountain-tanager of this forest'
Quelea quelea                       Red-billed Quelea  TH>
Euplectes capensis                      Yellow Bishop  TH>
Euplectes albonotatus          White-winged Widowbird* TH> male in flight along road
Euplectes macroura        Yellow-shouldered Widowbird* MM  on bush top just after entering park
Euplectes axillaris              Fan-tailed Widowbird  LV
Euplectes progne                Long-tailed Widowbird  SO
Euplectes jacksoni                Jackson's Widowbird* MM  group of 4 male and 10 fem in grassy plain
Nigrita canicapillus              Gray-headed Nigrita* X   MK and KK sev
Nigrita fusconotus             White-breasted Nigrita* KK  on bare branch in top of tree
Coccopygia quartinia           Yellow-bellied Waxbill* MK  along main track, a small group
Estrilda astrild                       Common Waxbill  MM
Estrilda nonnula                Black-crowned Waxbill* KK  two along road
Estrilda atricapilla             Black-headed Waxbill* MK  along main track, two ad. male, low
Spermophaga ruficapilla              Western Bluebill* KK  at ponds below grounds
Uraeginthus bengalus           Red-cheeked Cordonbleu  LV  group on ground near our room of Kiboko Bay Resort, also Nakuru NP
Uraeginthus cyanocephalus      Blue-capped Cordonbleu* BA  2 males on ground, with nest material
Granatina ianthinogaster             Purple Grenadier* X   sev
Pytilia melba                    Green-winged Pytilia  X
Lagonosticta senegala            Red-billed Firefinch  X
Amadina fasciata                           Cut-throat* X   2 or 3 times, with cut throat finally too
Ortygospiza fuscocrissa            African Quailfinch  MM
Spermestes bicolor           Black-and-white Mannikin* KK  group of 10 on grass near our room, race poensis
Lonchura nigriceps                Red-backed Mannikin  MK
Vidua macroura                      Pin-tailed Whydah  X
Vidua fischeri                    Straw-tailed Whydah* MM  1 on the grassy plateau while driving north out of Masai Mara West
Vidua chalybeata                   Village Indigobird  TH>
Serinus frontalis                      Western Citril* X   sev
Serinus reichenowi              Reichenow’s Seedeater* SO  sev, only now seen well
Serinus mozambicus              Yellow-fronted Canary  MM
Serinus dorsostriatus            White-bellied Canary* SA  sev pairs/indiv, first in acacia top near Pygmy Falcon
Serinus sulphuratus                  Brimstone Canary  LV
Serinus striolatus                  Streaky Seedeater  MK
Serinus burtoni                Thick-billed Seedeater* MK  along main track, in scope, foraging
Emberiza tahapisi           Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  MM

Total 455 species, of which 203 were lifers (John: 453/201). (N) = Nollie only.
Species we saw on our more general Kenya trip in 1984 (including some more areas near Nairobi) 
but not on this trip: 
Jackson's Francolin, Crested Guineafowl, Small Buttonquail, Pied Avocet, Little Tern, 
African Mourning Dove, Striped Kingfisher, Common Scimitar-bill, Bearded Woodpecker, 
Brown-throated (Plain) Martin, Moorland Chat, Golden-breasted Starling, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, 
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Fire-fronted Bishop.
Mammals:
Black-and-white Colobus MK, KK
African Elephant
African Buffalo
White Rhinoceros NA
Common Zebra
Grevy's Zebra SA
Hippopothamus
Olive Baboon
Black-faced Vervet Monkey
Blue Monkey KK
Sykes Monkey MK
Red-tailed Monkey KK
Cheetah MM
Lion SA, MM
Spotted Hyena
Black-backed Jackal
Banded Mongoode
Slender/Black-tipped Mongoose BA
Warthog
Rock Hyrax
Masai Giraffe
Reticulated Giraffe SA
Hartebeest
Gnu/Wildebeest
Topi
Impala
Grant's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Gerenuk SA
Dikdik
Common Waterbuck
Reedbuck
Oryx
African Hare

Crocodile, 'grass snake' (photo), agame lizard, small lizards, 'Papilio butterflies', etc.

See also: text, photos of birding sites, birds, mammals.