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مراقبة طيور السودان Birding Sudan

1 بعض الصور من موقع على النيل الأزرق جنوب الخرطوم A few pictures from a site on the Blue Nile just south of Khartoum

3 سبتمبر 2010 وروار أبيض الحنجرة White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis رفراف النهر Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata القبيبرة سوداء التاج Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucotis شمعي…

2 تقريران لزيارتين قام بهما يوسف A couple of trip reports by Yousif

Friday, 3 February 2012 I was out of the country for about a month while Yousif Attia and his fiancé Patti were in Sudan, so unfortunately I was unable to join them on any more trips. However, Yousif has sent me a report of a trip they made to Tuti Island…

3 توتي مرة أخرى Tuti again

Sunday, 19 September 2010 This week I met up with Daniel Gonzalez for another trip to Tuti. There were still some signs of migration, such as a group of Yellow Wagtails heading south along the river, but it was not as visible as it had been a week before.…

4 زيارة توتي مع جوب Tuti visit with Joop

Thursday, 24 March 2011 Tuti visit with Joop Yesterday I made a brief visit to Tuti Island with Joop as it was his last day before heading back to Holland. All of my previous visits have been in the morning and this was the first time I have visited in the…

5 لم يبدأ تدفق الهجرة إلى توتي بعد Still no big falls of migrants at Tuti

Sunday, 26 September 2010 Still no big falls of migrants at Tuti I was out with Daniel again this weekend. A group of three Gabar Goshawks performed well for us. I expect they were a family group, though none appeared to be immatures. One was the attractive…

6 أركويت محطة جبلية قرب بور سودان Erkowit - a hill station near Port Sudan

Monday, 4 July 2011 Erkowit - a hill station near Port Sudan As discussed in my previous post, I have just returned from an expedition to try and find the Red Sea Swallow. Although we failed to find the swallow, my brother and I were still able to see a lot…

7 أعشاش نشطة لطائر الحباك المخطط الشمالي بمنطقة بحري Active nesting of Northern Masked Weavers at Bahri

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 On Friday I visited Bahri Sewage Pools again with Marwa. We visited the same area as last week, placing two nets close to where some weavers had built some nets. We had less success with the nets than last week and I only caught 7 new…

8 أكثر هدوءا اليوم في توتي Quieter today at Tuti

Friday, 7 October 2011 Quieter today at Tuti I met up with Terry Barry today who is a birder who has recently arrived in Khartoum, and we spent the morning at Tuti. The morning started well and within a few minutes of leaving the car we had seen a Lanner…

9 أكثر هدوءاً هذا الأسبوع في غابة السنط Quieter this week at the Sunt Forest

Friday, 16 November 2012 Quieter this week at the Sunt Forest I visited the Sunt Forest again this week, with Terry and Chris Wood. There were still plenty of birds about, but certainly fewer that last week. This was particularly the case on the shallow pools…

10 إلى توتي مع تيري وستيفن Tuti with Terry and Stephen

Sunday, 12 February 2012 Tuti with Terry and Stephen I visited Tuti Island on Friday morning with Terry and Stephen. There was a similar selection of birds to what would normally be expected, though there were slightly more warblers feeding in the low bushes…

11 إلى توتي مع مارك وستيفن Tuti with Mark and Stephen

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 Tuti with Mark and Stephen On Saturday I was back at Tuti Island, accompanied by Mark Boyd and Stephen Blight. Stephen has just arrived in Sudan from South Africa and is still getting settled while he prepares for his family to join…

12 أم دوم بواسطة جولي ديويلد Um Dum by Julie Dewilde

الخميس 27 سبتمبر 2012 أم دوم - بواسطة جولي ديويلد ذهبت يوم السبت الماضي إلى أم دوم (15°32.164’N ; 32°37.283’E) على الضفة الشرقية للنيل الأزرق وهو مكان قد قمت…

13 أول تسجيل محتمل للنورس أصفر الأرجل في السودان Probable first record of Yellow-legged Gull for Sudan

Sunday, 19 February 2012 Probable first record of Yellow-legged Gull for Sudan In recent years there has been a lot of research on the different varieties of large gull in the northern hemisphere. What was once known as the Herring Gull has now been split…

14 أين هو سنونو البحر الأحمر؟ Where is the Red Sea Swallow?

Saturday, 4 June 2011 Where is the Red Sea Swallow? In May 1984 Don Smith found a dead swallow at Sanganeb lighthouse near Port Sudan. On closer inspection it turned out to be a species that had never been seen before and was named the Red Sea Swallow Hirundo…

15 استراحة العيد في سنار Eid break in Sennar

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 last week was the festival of Eid al-Adha and I decided to desert the family and spend a week studying Cinnamon Weavers down in Sennar. Day one was the main day of celebration and my assistant Mohamed was not available, so I decided…

16 اسطبلات المدرسة والبرك بالقرب من مستشفى سوبا KICS stables and the pools by Soba Hospital

Friday, 18 May 2012 KICS stables and the pools by Soba Hospital I made a brief trip last Sunday to the KICS riding stables, followed by a visit to the pools behind Soba Hospital (I previously referred to the site as being near to Capo Dairy, before discovering…

17 اصطياد الطيور عند برك الصرف الصحي بسوبا Netting at Soba Sewage Pools

aturday, 19 October 2013 I decided to try some netting today at the Soba Sewage Pools in the hope of catching some Northern Masked Weavers. There were a lot of juvenile birds around and many of the adults were in moult, suggesting it is the end of the breeding…

18 الأبلق القبرصي Cyprus Wheatear

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 Cyprus Wheatear at last I was down by the Blue Nile again at the weekend for a family picnic. I wasn't really birding, but of course I had my optics with me just in case. Best bird was a Cyprus Wheatear. My friend Juha had seen one…

19 الأنواع المذهلة لبيض طائر الحباك The amazing variation of weaver eggs

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 The amazing variation of weaver eggs I have been doing little general birding recently, hence the lack of posts. The reason is that I am trying to finish off my study of Cinnamon and Northern Masked Weavers before I leave Sudan in early…

20 البحث عن المناطق الرطبة في أم درمان Searching for wetlands in Omdurman

Friday, 2 May 2014 Searching for wetlands in Omdurman For the last few months Marwa and I have been having amazing success birding at wetland sewage sites in Khartoum and Bahri, but we had still not been anywhere in Omdurman. I searched the internet for any…

21 البحر الأحمر - بواسطة كريس وود Red Sea - by Chris Wood

Saturday, 12 November 2011 Red Sea - by Chris Wood Over Eid I went diving in the Red Sea. During the trip the wind was blowing strongly from the north all the time we were at sea, varying over an estimated 30 – 50 km/h range. This made birding difficult…

22 البرك الصحراوية على الطريق بين هيا وعطبرة Desert pools on road between Haya and Atbara

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 The drive back from the Red Sea Hills to Khartoum is long and boring, taking about 10 hours. The dullest stretch is the flat featureless desert that has to be crossed between Haya in the east and Atbara, which is on the Nile. However,…

23 البطة الحديدية ببرك الصرف الصحي ببحري Ferruginous Duck at Bahri Sewage Pools

Marwa and I were out netting at Bahri Sewage Pools again today. We mainly caught weavers, but there were a few other species mixed in. We had a our first Sedge Warblers of the year and there were more calling from the reed beds. One was already starting to…

24 الجزيرة أبا بواسطة جولي ديويلد Aba Island - By Julie Dewilde

Monday, 17 December 2012 Late report about trip in Aba Island On the 15th of November, I went with Laurent, to Aba Island north of Kosti, for camping and some birdwatching. We decided to camp at the north end of the island : GPS : 13°22.677’ N ; 32°36.011’E.…

25 الخروج في أول رحلة بعد العطلة الصيفية First trips out after my summer break

Saturday, 23 August 2014 I arrived back from my summer break a couple of weeks ago. I have yet to make any lengthy birding trips, but I popped out a couple of times to my local patch at the Soba Hospital sewage ponds. I was particularly interested in trying…

26 الدويم بواسطة جولي ديويلد Ed Dueim - By Julie DeWilde

Friday, 21 September 2012 Ed Dueim - By Julie DeWilde This weekend (Sept 14th and 15th), I went with Laurent to Ed Dueim area, for some camping and some birdwatching. A lot of pied crows, cattle egrets, black kites and Abdim storks were flying above Ed Dueim.…

27 الرحلة شمالاً إلى كريمة Trip north to Karima

Monday, 21 April 2014 At the weekend I made my first trip up north to Karima. I went with my family and some friends and there was little opportunity for any proper birding, but I carried my equipment with me at all times and had a couple of brief trips down…

28 الزرزور الرمادي في بحري Wattled Starlings at Bahri

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 Wattled Starlings at Bahri Since February we have regularly been seeing flocks of Wattled Starlings at Bahri Sewage Pools, but on Saturday the flock was bigger than ever with up to 200 birds present. We tried to catch some, but as with…

29 الزيارة الأولى إلى غابة السنط هذا الموسم First visit of the season to the Sunt Forest

Sunday, 11 November 2012 The Sunt Forest is flooded throughout the wet season, so when Terry and I visited on Friday morning we did not know what to expect. As soon as we arrived it was apparent that the water had receded sufficiently for us to do some birding.…

30 السهل الساحلي على البحر الأحمر The Red Sea coastal plain

Saturday, 27 August 2011 The Red Sea coastal plain As discussed in my previous posts, the main aim of our trip to Port Sudan was to look for the Red Sea Swallow, which meant that little effort was made to look for coastal birds. However, I will still summarise…

31 السودان صنع أول دليل ميداني للطيور السودانيةمن قبل 2000 سنة Sudan's first bird field guide - from 2000 years ago!

Sunday, 4 November 2012 Sudan's first bird field guide - from 2000 years ago! On a recent trip up to Port Sudan we stopped off at the Meroe pyramids, near Shendi. I was interested to see that one of the smaller pyramids had a number of carvings of birds,…

32 السودان، مناطق السهول العشبية والشجرية، طريق عطبرة، شرق السودان، 15 درجة شمال - بواسطة بيتر داري Sudan, Sahel zone - grassland & scrub, R. Atbara, E. Sudan, 15ºN - By Peter Dare

Thursday, 4 October 2012 Sudan, Sahel zone - grassland & scrub, R. Atbara, E. Sudan, 15ºN - By Peter Dare Sudan, Sahel zone - grassland & scrub, R. Atbara, E. Sudan, 15ºN Annual rainfall 400 mm R. Atbara gorge at Khashm’el Girba - looking downstream…

33 السودان، منطقة الساحل - شرق السودان كسلا ودلتا القاش 14درجة و30 دقيقة شمالا - بواسطة بيتر دار ’Sudan, Sahel zone – E. Sudan, Kassala & Gash Delta region 14º 30’N - By Peter Dare

Thursday, 4 October 2012 Sudan, Sahel zone – E. Sudan, Kassala & Gash Delta region 14º 30’N - By Peter Dare Sudan, Sahel zone – E. Sudan, Kassala & Gash Delta region 14º 30’N Annual rainfall 400 mm Kassala mountain, from the west, September…

34 السودان، منطقة الساحل والنيل الأزرق ومزارع الجزيرة - بواسطة بيتر داري Sudan, Sahel zone, Blue Nile, Gezira cultivations - By Peter Dare

Thursday, 4 October 2012 Sudan, Sahel zone, Blue Nile, Gezira cultivations - By Peter Dare Sudan, Sahel zone, Blue Nile, Gezira cultivations, 14º 30’N Annual rainfall 200-400 mm Irrigation canal and Acacia nilotica trees, Wad Medani Fields and canal –…

35 الشلال السادس - السبلوقة - بواسطة جولي ديويلد 6th Cataract, Sabaloka - by Julie Dewilde

Thursday, 17 May 2012 6th Cataract, Sabaloka - by Julie Dewilde I was recently contacted by Julie Dewilde, a birder living in Khartoum. She has sent me a couple of trip reports, the first of which is published below. Tom J. Saturday 5th May at the 6th cataract,…

36 الصقر أحمر العنق في توتي اليوم Red-necked Falcon at Tuti today

Friday, 14 October 2011 Red-necked Falcon at Tuti today I was at Tuti again this morning and there were some good birds around, even though there were few migrants. The best sighting was definitely a Red-necked Falcon; last year one had flown right past me…

37 الغرة المقنزعة تعشش عند برك مياه الصرف الصحي بالخرطوم Red-knobbed Coots breeding at Khartoum Sewage pools

Saturday, 25 January 2014 Red-knobbed Coots breeding at Khartoum Sewage pools Back in November Marwa and I had the first confirmed records of Red-knobbed Coots in Sudan. We also saw them on subsequent visits and wondered whether they might be breeding birds…

38 المزارع المغمورة بالمياه في اسطبلات المدرسة تجتذب 24 من طيور القطاط المصري Flooded field at KICS Stables attracts 24 Egyptian Plovers

Monday, 3 September 2012 Flooded field at KICS Stables attracts 24 Egyptian Plovers This afternoon I made my first visit of the autumn to the KICS riding stables on the Blue Nile. The water was very high and one of the fields was flooded, probably from the…

39 المزيد من الطيور الجميلة عند مسابح كابو للألبان More good birds at the pools near Capo Dairy

Saturday, 7 April 2012 More good birds at the pools near Capo Dairy After our success yesterday at this new site, I had to head back this evening and take another look. There are three pools with open water and one that has thicker reeds across it. A number…

40 المنتجع الترفيهي عند بحيرة جبل أولياء Escape Resort at Jebel Aulia Lake

Saturday, 11 January 2014 yesterday I visited the Escape Resort at Jebel Aulia Lake for the first time in three years. It was a visit with family and friends mainly to socialise and eat some amazing lamb, roasted whole on a spit by the resort owner Pantelis.…

41 المهاجرون اليوم في توتي Migrants today at Tuti

Friday, 16 September 2011 Migrants today at Tuti Migration was still very noticeable today at Tuti and it was clear that there were many different birds than last week. There were still plenty of shrikes (Masked, Red-backed, Lesser Grey and Southern Grey),…

42 المياه لا تزال مرتفعة في جزيرة توتي Still high water at Tuti Island

Thursday, 30 August 2012 Still high water at Tuti Island Last Friday (the 24th) I made a quick trip to Tuti Island with Stephen. As with my previous visit, the water levels were high and heavy rains a few days earlier limited access to some parts of the island…

43 النورس رفيع المنقار Another Slender-billed Gull

Sunday, 25 March 2012 Another Slender-billed Gull A month ago I photographed a group of Slender-billed Gulls moving north up the White Nile, which turned out to be only the second inland record for Sudan. Today I photographed a single bird moving north up…

44 النيل الأزرق جنوب الخرطوم South of Khartoum on the Blue Nile

Saturday, 28 April 2012 South of Khartoum on the Blue Nile Today Terry, Stephen and I headed south along the eastern shore of the Blue Nile on a bit of a random search for a new birding site. Stephen had spotted an island in the river on Google Earth about…

45 الهجرة على قدم وساق في توتي Migration well under way at Tuti

Friday, 9 September 2011 Migration well under way at Tuti After a quiet visit to Tuti Island last week, it was a pleasant surprise to see good numbers of migrants there today. The morning actually started very quietly, with me virtually walking the length…

46 الهجرة في جزيرة توتي Migration at Tuti Island

Friday, 24 February 2012 Migration at Tuti Island There were clear signs of movement today at Tuti Island which I visited with Terry and Stephen. Gulls and terns were moving up the river in reasonable numbers, though it wasn't always obvious which were actively…

47 الهجرة في منطقة السبلوقة Migration at Sabaloka

Friday, 30 September 2011 Migration at Sabaloka I visited Sabaloka today with Stephen Blight and some non-birding friends (Chris, Averil and Ranmali). Immediately evident was that every bush had migrants in. There wasn't a huge variety, but good numbers of…

48 انتبهوا للبجعة البيضاء الكبيرة الموسومة Look out for tagged Great White Pelicans

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 Look out for tagged Great White Pelicans The Great White Pelican that visit us each year arrive from Eastern Europe and Turkey, with the biggest Palearctic population breeding in the Danube Delta of Romania. However, there has been…

49 باشق الشكرا Shikra

بَاشِقُ الشِّكْرَا أو مُجرَّد الشِّكْرَا : الاسم العلمي Accipiter badius هو أحد أنواع الجوارح صغيرة الحجم، واسعة الانتشار عبر آسيا وأفريقيا ، حيثُ…

50 باشق مشرقي The Levant sparrowhawk

الباشق الشامي أو البيدق أو الباشق المشرقيّ The Levant sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes) هو نوعٌ صغير من الجوارح ينتمي إلى فصيلة البازيَّات التي تضُمُّ أيضًا أنواعًا…

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