Malcolm first ringed at Nile Safari in 1996. Great to catch a White-browed Robin-Chat that was ringed 7 years ago.
The Robin-chat above was perhaps our most significant retrap of the c30 recaptures during the trip.
Species ringed during the trip November 2018
|WHITE THROATED GREENBUL||9|
|VEILLOT'S BLACK WEAVER||6|
|AFRICAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER||1|
|RED-WINGED GREY WARBLER||1|
|AFRICAN BLUE FLYCATCHER||1|
|TORO OLIVE GREENBUL||1|
|BROWN-BACKED SCRUB ROBIN||1|
|DARK CHANTING GOSHAWK||1|
|WESTERN BANDED SNAKE-EAGLE||1|
|Total new birds ringed||363|
Reed Warblers, Willow Warblers and Barn Swallows were the Palearctic migrant species caught.
Always interesting to see birds in moult - especially a species whose wing moult we don't see at home.
Reed Warbler in wing moult.
Barn Swallow in wing and body moult.
The smaller ring sizes we use in Africa, the Porzana range supplemented with rings sourced elsewhere
A good start at Sunbird Hill involved 90 birds including 5 species of Greenbul !
We had some retraps and a few new species for me, here a Toro Olive Greenbul.
Greenbul identification in the hand, tricky for visiting birders !
Sunbird Hill is adjacent to Kibale Forest NP. This is Chimpanzee and Elephant forest, with the Gorillas a little way further into the mountains. We were based here for our final four days. Plenty of variety in the forest here...very different species from the lower drier grassland and scrub of Murchison.
Bronze Sunbird - the largest Sunbird in the area and they loved feeding on the flowers around the camp.
African Blue Flycatcher
This Narina Trogon caused a stir, not only a great species to see, but caused Malcolm to run when he saw the bird in a net !
This juvenile Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat was a surprise too. They breed in the nearby Kibale NP but this juvenile providing breeding evidence for breeding at Sunbird Hill.
This Brown-backed Scrub Robin a highlight too.
Yellow White-eye, common in the mixed flocks.
Guides from the locality and Kibale NP always showed fascination and a hunger to learn.
Julia Lloyd is developing Sunbird Hill as a base camp for further studies. A couple of the locals have limited ringing experience, most are excellent local guides, both for birds and Chimpanzee tracking.
Malcolm is planning further ringing training visits with the objective of Sunbird Hill becoming a regular ringing site with local trained staff becoming part of the East Africa Ringing Scheme.
Julia is developing accommodation and facilities to encourage visiting by other birding and ringing parties.
The communal area
The site has recently taken part in the Uganda Big Day - the Sunbird Hill team recording 152 species, the highest and winning total for a non National Park based team
See these links for more about Sunbird Hill
and Diary of a Muzungu
A couple of fine biting beaks, Yellow-billed Barbet - the largest of the Barbets and Tinkerbirds we caught.
Compact Weaver, of the c100 species captured the only species Malcolm hadn't ringed.
The trip focused on the 4 ringing sites and we did have some opportunity for raptors.
This an adult Long-crested Eagle caught on an afternoon break whilst at Sunbird Hill
Many thanks to all on the trip, Graeme Dunlop provided the ringing totals above, photos from Graeme, Natasha, Roly, Malcolm or myself. Malcolm and Ambrose provided the local expertise and the driving.
Another stunning visit to Africa, many animals and birds seen, great hospitality from our hosts and fun with all the enthusiastic guides, local trainees and staff from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Nature Uganda and staff from Sunbird Hill Kibale Forest Edge.
Dawn at Nile Safari...... with the next team we visit South Africa with Malcolm in February