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مراقبة طيور السودان Birding Sudan

51 بدء موسم الهطول The start of the wet season

Friday, 30 May 2014 Last week we had our first big downpour to herald the start of the wet season. I will head off soon on my summer break, and as always, I will return to find a widely different set of birds. When I arrive back in August there will no longer…

52 بداية موسم الحباك الشمالي Season already starting for the Northern Masked Weavers

السبت 8 فبراير 2014 قمت اليوم بزيارة برك مياه الصرف الصحي بمنطقة بحري برفقة مروة وأبوبكر في محاولة لمتابعة الطيور. كانت هناك أسراب من الدوري الشائع…

53 برك الصرف الصحي بسوبا Soba Sewage Pools

Friday, 26 October 2012 I made a quick trip to the sewage pools near Soba Hospital yesterday morning. As in previous visits, things had changed a bit, with a couple of pools now dry, while others had been recently filled up. There was also a large flooded…

54 برك الصرف الصحي بمنطقة بحري Bahri Sewage Pools

Friday, 15 November 2013 Today I made a visit to the sewage pools just outside Bahri with Marwa Taha, who is studying birds at sewage works in the region; her main interest being the effects of heavy metals on birds. I once made a brief visit here with Mark…

55 برك سوبا لا تزال تتواجد بها طيور مثيرة للاهتمام Soba Pools still has interesting birds present

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 Soba Pools still has interesting birds present After returning to Khartoum from my summer vacation, my first port of call was Soba Pools on August 17th. Prior to the start of the rainy season I had regularly seen species such as…

56 بط هوتنتوت البري ودجاج المستنقع البنفسجي في برك جنوب الخرطوم Hottentot Teals and African Purple Swamphens at pools south of Khartoum

Friday, 6 April 2012 Hottentot Teals and African Purple Swamphens at pools south of Khartoum There is a group of small reed-fringed pools near the entrance to the Capo Dairy beside the road that passes from the Fenti Golf Course to the KICS Riding Stables.…

57 بعض السجلات مثيرة للاهتمام عن برك الصرف الصحي بحري Some interesting records from Bahri Sewage pools

Friday, 28 February 2014 Some interesting records from Bahri Sewage pools As always, my ringing trip to Bahri turned up some interesting birds. The first thing that struck us on arrival was the big flocks of Ruff that were flying over-head. I had the impression…

58 بعض الطيور المهاجرة باسطبلات المدرسة Some migrants at the KICS stables

Monday, 23 April 2012 Some migrants at the KICS stables I made my regular short trip to the riding stables yesterday, and while my son was riding I had a chance to check the birds by the Blue Nile. Most waterbirds had left, but there was still a single Little…

59 بعض الطيور المهاجرة في توتي Some migrants at Tuti

Sunday, 15 April 2012 Some migrants at Tuti A number of blogs in the region having been reporting big movements of migrants recently, with large numbers of Willow Warblers mentioned in South Sudan and Saudi Arabia. As is often the case, there were only small…

60 بعض الطيور المهاجرة لا تزال تتحرك صعودا أعلى النهر في السبلوقة Some migrants still moving up river at Sabaloka

Friday, 20 May 2011 Some migrants still moving up river at Sabaloka I was out at Saboloka today for a family picnic. I was surprised to see large numbers of hirundines still moving up the river. The vast majority (many hundreds) were Sand Martins, but there…

61 بعض طيور مروي Few birds at Meroe

Friday, 11 November 2011 Few birds at Meroe On Tuesday and Wednesday I was camping at the Meroe pyramids with my family and some friends. There was little time for birding, but I had a couple of short walks to look for birds. I spent a bit more time around…

62 تأكد وجود وتكاثر دجاج المستنقع البنفسجي الأفريقي Breeding of African Purple Swamphen finally confirmed

Friday, 12 September 2014 I visited Khartoum Sewage Ponds today with Marwa and we were joined by a couple of friends, Basim and Jeanette. There were lots of terns about, which all appeared to be White-winged, plus quite a few waders, with large numbers of…

63 تأكيد تكاثر بط الهوتنتوت في الخرطوم Hottentot Teals confirmed breeding in Khartoum

بط هوتنتوت ( الاسم العلمي : Anas hottentota ) ( بالإنجليزية : Hottentot Teal) هو طائر ينتمي إلى إوزيات ( فصيلة : Anatidae). Wednesday, 12 February 2014 Hottentot Teals confirmed breeding in Khartoum…

64 تحركات القمري- حمامة السلحفاة - في جبل الأولياء Turtle Dove movement at Jebel Aulia

Saturday, 15 September 2012 Turtle Dove movement at Jebel Aulia After seeing little evidence of migration last weekend, it was nice to see visible movements of birds at Jebel Aulia when I visited on Friday with Stephen and Terry. Most noticeable were the…

65 تدوينتي الأخيرة من السودان My final post from Sudan

Monday, 1 June 2015 My final post from Sudan It is with sadness that I write my final post after 5 wonderful years here in Sudan, as I will be heading off tomorrow for a new teaching job in Hangzhou, China. The birding has been exciting, with so much still…

66 تشكيلة طيور جديدة في ودمدني A mix of new birds at Wad Medani

Saturday, 22 September 2012 A mix of new birds at Wad Medani Terry visited Wad Medani back in July and saw some different species to what we usually see in Khartoum, such as Ruppell's Starling and Cinnamon Weaver. For this reason, Terry, Stephen and I decided…

67 تشكيلة مماثلة من الطيور اليوم في المجمعات بالقرب من كابو للألبان A similar selection of birds today at the pools near Capo Dairy

Sunday, 15 April 2012 A similar selection of birds today at the pools near Capo Dairy I missed out on a birding trip to Juba to visit Mark Mallalieu this weekend due to flight cancellations. After reading Mark's birdingsouthsudan blog I know that I missed…

68 تشكيلة من طيور الذعرة الصفراء في ملعب غولف فنتي Yellow Wagtail variation at Fenti Golf Course

Saturday, 27 November 2010 Yellow Wagtail variation at Fenti Golf Course I made my second visit to Fenti golf course today, with Mark Mallalieu who is visiting Khartoum briefly from Juba. One species we saw early on was Black-rumped Waxbill. It was only my…

69 تقارير موسم الهطول من تيري باري Wet season reports from Terry Barry

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 I recently returned from two months visiting my family in the UK, which is why there have been no blog reports for a while. I was very interested to know what goes on throughout the rainy season, because last year I returned from…

70 تقرير حديث عن الزيارة الموجزة لمنطقة الصرف الصحي بالخرطوم A late report of a brief visit to Khartoum Sewage works

Saturday, 11 January 2014 I made a brief visit to Khartoum Sewage Works on December 16th, just before heading off to the UK for my winter break, hence the late write-up. Observations were difficult with the light mostly behind the birds making accurate counts…

71 تقرير حديث من جبل أولياء في أكتوبر A late report from Jebel Aulia in October

Sunday, 4 November 2012 A late report from a trip to Jebel Aulia on October 12th with Stephen, Terry and Julie. I have been a bit busy lately to keep up with reports, and I am now even more behind after a trip to Port Sudan during Eid, plus I still have a…

72 تقرير رحلة البحر الأحمر أعده كريس وود Red Sea trip report - by Chris Wood

Thursday, 8 November 2012 Red Sea trip report - by Chris Wood Red Sea Trip Report Chris Wood Over the Eid holiday we went scuba diving on a boat out of Port Sudan. We drove down and back rather than fly and this gave some interesting bird observations but…

73 تقرير عن زيارة شرق السودان بواسطة تيري باري Report on a visit to eastern Sudan - by Terry Barry

Monday, 1 October 2012 Report on a visit to eastern Sudan - by Terry Barry Just a short report on birds seen in the area - I spent 2 nights in Kassala and 1 in Gedaref between 27-30 Sept. It appears to bed a good area for raptors and my first time to see…

74 تقرير متابعة الطيور صادر عن كريس وعصمت Ringing report by Chris and Esmat

Saturday, 21 April 2012 Ringing report by Chris and Esmat Ringing on um Shugeira, March 2012 – Chris & Esmat Between the 28th March and 1st April the two of us (Chris and Esmat) returned to um Shugeira Island in the Blue Nile in Khartoum for a second…

75 تقرير من أم دخن ، دارفور أعده إيان راتكليف Report from Um Dukhun, Darfur - By Ian Ratcliff

Saturday, 1 February 2014 Report from Um Dukhun, Darfur - By Ian Ratcliff I am very pleased to have received this bird list from Ian Ratcliff, who was working for Tearfund in Darfur in April and May 2012. His movements were limited, so most of his sightings…

76 تلال البحر الأحمر شمال بورتسودان The Red Sea Hills north of Port Sudan

Friday, 26 August 2011 The Red Sea Hills north of Port Sudan Between Port Sudan and the Egyptian border there is a range of hills that follows the Red Sea coast. While the hills to the south of Port Sudan (e.g. around Arkowit) form a plateau, these hills…

77 توتي في شهر يونيو Tuti in June

Friday, 1 June 2012 Tuti in June The rains have arrived this week, so I was interested in seeing what was around at Tuti when I visited with birder Julie Dewilde. Unfortunately there were no signs of any starlings, nor the various other species that should…

78 توتي والنيل الأزرق مع جحا Tuti and Blue Nile with Juha

Sunday, 24 October 2010 Tuti and Blue Nile with Juha Once again, I had the chance to visit Tuti Island with a different companion. Juha is visiting from Finland for the second time this year and joined me for some birding. There were no new species to report…

79 جبل أولياء برفقة ستيفن Jebel Aulia with Stephen

Friday, 18 November 2011 Jebel Aulia with Stephen I visited Jebel Aulia this morning with Stephen Blight. The water levels were quite high, but there were still some waders along the sandy shores. There were several Kentish Plovers, which were my first in…

80 جبل أولياء في شهر مايو Jebel Aulia in May

Friday, 18 May 2012 Jebel Aulia in May The rains have yet to arrive in Khartoum, currently lying a little to the south. Yellow-billed Stork is a rainy season visitor to the north and Terry, Stephen and I saw our first of the season today, with 5 individuals…

81 جزيرة توتي بواسطة كريس وود - Tuti Island - By Chris Wood

Monday, 14 November 2011 Tuti Island - By Chris Wood Walked the complete circumference on Tuti Island starting at 0730 and finishing at 1230. Weather fine and cool by Khartoum standards with no significant wind. Birding quite good with small numbers of waders…

82 جزيرة توتي وغابة السنط برفقة تيري Tuti Island and the Sunt Forest with Terry

Saturday, 17 December 2011 Tuti Island and the Sunt Forest with Terry Terry and I visited Tuti Island yesterday, followed by a brief visit to the Sunt Forest. A group of three Black-headed Lapwings was a nice find and the first that Terry has seen here. Black-headed…

83 جنوب الخرطوم جوار النيل الأزرق South of Khartoum near the Blue Nile

Friday, 9 March 2012 South of Khartoum near the Blue Nile We have been hoping to try out some new spots, so this week Stephen, Terry and I headed south along the Wad Madani Road to an area near the Blue Nile about 30 km south of Khartoum. Stephen had spotted…

84 حركة البجع الأبيض على امتداد النيل الأزرق White Pelican movement along the Blue Nile

Saturday, 31 March 2012 White Pelican movement along the Blue Nile It is good to hear that Juha is back in Khartoum for another visit. As before, he is staying beside the Blue Nile just south of the city, where he is well placed to see migrants moving along…

85 حركة النورس في جبل أولياء Gull movements at Jebel Aulia

Monday, 23 February 2015 Gull movements at Jebel Aulia I was down at the 'Escape' camp at Jebel Aulia at the weekend with my family and some friends. There was little time for birding as it was mainly a time for camping, relaxing and chatting, while eating…

86 حلة سابغة من الريش لذكور الحباك Extensive feather wear of breeding male weavers

Sunday, 7 September 2014 We must be nearing the end of the breeding season for the Northern Masked weavers at Bahri, because some of the males have started moulting out of their breeding plumage. I first reported them nesting way back in early February, making…

87 رحلاتي مؤخراً إلى بحري Recent trips to Bahri

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 I haven't yet written up my last two trips to Bahri, on May 9th and 23rd, so I thought I would mention some of the sightings. Most of the effort was based around netting weavers, but we also caught a few other good birds. On the 9th…

88 رحلة أخرى إلى جبل أولياء Another trip to Jebel Aulia

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 Another trip to Jebel Aulia I used the Eid vacation for an overnight camping trip to Jebel Aulia with my family and some friends. This time, I focussed a bit more on the water birds. There were several that I had not seen previously…

89 رحلة أخرى إلى سنار Another trip down to Sennar

Thursday, 5 June 2014 Term finished on Monday at the school where I work and I headed straight down to Sennar, because I wanted to know if the Cinnamon Weavers would be breeding. The irrigation ditches were all dry and there was little sign of any active…

90 رحلة إلى مروي Trip to Meroe

Saturday, 20 November 2010 Trip to Meroe The other day I visited the pyramids at Meroe with my family and some friends. The habitat is much drier than I have seen around Khartoum and immediately apparent was the low numbers of birds in the region. There were…

91 رحلة إلى مروي مع مارك Trip up to Meroe with Mark

Sunday, 27 February 2011 Trip up to Meroe with Mark This weekend was the first chance for Mark Mallalieu and I to head out on a proper birding trip into the desert north of Khartoum. We were a bit short of options, so decided to head up to Meroe, stopping…

92 رحلة شهر ديسمبر إلى بحري December visit to Bahri

الثلاثاء 16 ديسمبر 2014 كنا أنا ومروة عند برك مياه الصرف الصحي ببحري مرة أخرى الأسبوع الماضي. وقد أمسكنا بالعديد من طيور الحباك الشمالي وهازجة السعد…

93 رحلة قصيرة إلى اسطبلات المدرسة على النيل الأزرق A brief trip to the KICS stables on the Blue Nile

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 A brief trip to the KICS stables on the Blue Nile My son now takes riding lessons every Sunday, and this week I was able to pop off for half an hour to check the birds. There was little on the river except for a few stilts and other…

94 رحلتي الأخيرة لاسطبلات المدرسة My latest visit to the KICS riding stables

Sunday, 4 March 2012 My latest visit to the KICS riding stables I made a brief trip to the KICS riding stables again today. The last couple of weeks there have been quite quiet, with most of the waders and terns having left. There have been a few migrants,…

95 رحلتي الأولى في فصل الشتاء إلى جزيرة توتي My first winter trip to Tuti Island

Saturday, 5 February 2011 My first winter trip to Tuti Island Today was my first visit to Tuti Island since the end of October, so my first chance to see what is around when there is no migration. I saw three species that I had not seen before in Sudan: a…

96 زائر استرالي غير متوقع لتوتي وزيارة قصيرة إلى غابة السنط An unexpected Australian visitor to Tuti and a brief visit to the Sunt

Friday, 21 October 2011 An unexpected Australian visitor to Tuti and a brief visit to the Sunt I visited Tuti Island this morning with Chris Wood. Without doubt the biggest surprise of the day was the dove shown below. It was clearly very different to anything…

97 زيارة أخرى إلى مجمعات بالقرب كابو للألبان Another visit to the pools near Capo Dairy

Saturday, 14 April 2012 Another visit to the pools near Capo Dairy I made another visit to the pools this evening. Once again there were lots of Hottentot Teals (some of which gave the impression of being in pairs), with perhaps 15 in total. I only saw one…

98 زيارة إلى اسطبلات المدرسة على النيل الأزرق Visit to KICS stables on the Blue Nile

Friday, 3 February 2012 Visit to KICS stables on the Blue Nile The school where I work (KICS) has a stables on the Blue Nile just south of Khartoum. It is a lovely location with many good birds and I have seen over 80 species on my various visits. I made…

99 زيارة إلى جبل أولياء Visit to Jebel Aulia

Friday, 8 October 2010 Today I made my first visit to Jebel Aulia, a large reservoir on the White Nile about 40km south of Khartoum. We were visiting a new camp (Escape) that has just opened on the lake, run by Pantelis Tiritas. It was a work trip and I only…

100 زيارة إلى جبل أولياء برفقة تيري وستيفن A visit to Jebel Aulia with Terry and Stephen

Saturday, 18 February 2012 A visit to Jebel Aulia with Terry and Stephen On Friday morning I visited the lake at Jebel Aulia with Terry and Stephen. We birded on the eastern shore, with our first stop about 25km beyond the dam. This area is quite open with…