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BIRD SPECIES COUNT IN MUKOGODO FOREST, EAST LAIKIPIA

I was kindly asked to help out on a wide bird survey of the Laikipia region. Bird species and numbers had seemed to have altered over the past few years, and the team wanted to get an idea of what changes had occurred. the survey was to cover Lolldaiga Hills, Ole Naishu Ranch, Borana Conservancy and the Mukogodo Forest.

The main objective of the few days we had was to birdwatch within the Mukogodo forest and get an updated bird survey, monitor bird routes and identify specific hot spots.  The day started at 7am from Borana with a few birding experts, Brian Finch, Nigel Hunter and Tom Brutynski and myself Lawrence on the right.

The Mukogodo forest has an extremely rich biodiversity, and plays a significant role in giving the space needed for elephants and other wildlife to expand out from neighbouring conservancies. It is also used as a migratory route for animals wishing to get up the mountain during the dry months.

Birding highlight of the day was observing the Scarlet Chested Sunbird and the Hunters Sunbird interacting and feeding together. Something that we as a group had never seen before.

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Hunters Sunbird

Other birds of interest from the weekend where the large numbers of European storks, all migrating from southern Africa back to Europe.