The Birds of Senegal

Mina2 in the Caribbean - Where's The Ice Gone?
Tim Barker
Mon 23 Nov 2009 22:40

Date: 23 November 2009


What a wonderful relief it is to be in the Cape Verde Islands. Compared with the manic, aggressive, greedy atmosphere of Dakar, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. I will be writing more about it in later blogs.


The purpose of this blog is solely to pander to the needs of any twitchers amongst you who must be gagging to know exactly which were the 74 species of bird that Colin (mainly) and I identified in the Sine Saloum delta. For his work in this valuable field, Colin was awarded the coveted Mina2 Gold Star. Here goes, in the order in which they were identified:


Black Kite

Grey Backed Gull

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Grey Heron

Reef Heron


White Breasted Cormorant

Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture

West African River Eagle


Mourning Dove

Red Billed Wood Dove



Curlew Sandpiper

Caspian Tern

Lesser Black Backed Gull

Common Tern

Little Tern

Black and White Tailed Hornbill


Grey Headed Sparrow

Pied Kingfisher

Senegal Firefinch

Blue Billed Weaver

Village Weaver

Barbarry Strike

Blue Cheeked Bee Eater

Red Eyed Dove

Red Beaked Hornbill

Pygmy Long Tailed Sunbird

Spur Winged Plover

Senegal Thick Knee

Swamp Flycatcher

Black Headed Oriole

Black Crowned Tchacorce

Red Cheeked Cordon Blue

Longtailed Nightjar

Goliath Heron

Swallow (European)

Longtailed Black Whydah

Pied Crow


Black Winged Stilt

Crested Lark

Pied Wagtail

Sacred Ibis

Pallid Harrier

Grey Backed Strike

Red Bishop

Grey Kestrel

Red Throated Bee Eater

Yellow Wagtail

Double Spurred Francolin

Tiger Bittern

White Fronted Sand Plover

Ringed Plover

Marsh Sandpiper

Gull Billed Tern

Black Headed Weaver

Common Sandpiper

Common Garden Bulbul

White Wagtail

Toth Billed Barbut

Great Sheerwater

Sooty Sheerwater

Grey Backed Camoroptera

Laughing Dove

Speckled Pigeon

Red Billed Tropic Bird

Pintailed Whydah

White Backed Vulture

Collared Sunbird


…and if there’s still anybody out there reading this, give a thought for the poor chap who had to type all this – and get a life!