Uganda Trip report August 2018

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UGANDA: SET DEPARTURE TRIP REPORT

1 – 14 August 2018 

By Jason Boyce

 

Overview

It was once again a privilege to be in one of Africa’s most species-rich countries, Uganda never ceases to deliver some incredible bird and mammal sightings, and this tour was a great example of that. We started the tour with the magnificent Shoebill (no less than four individuals seen on the tour!) and then headed south-west over the equator to the savanna of Lake Mburo National Park, where we had a blast with nightjars, including male Pennant-winged Nightjar, and some unexpected bird and mammal sightings. We then made our way to the Albertine Rift Endemic hotspots Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Highlights here included cracking sightings of Rwenzori Turaco, Archer’s Ground Robin, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, and Red-throated Alethe, as well as confiding Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, to name but a few. Queen Elizabeth National Park was our next stop, and we ended the tour in the home of Green-breasted Pitta, Kibale National Park. We have now managed to see Green-breasted Pitta on all our set-departure tours for the last three years running – let’s keep it going! It was a tour that also produced rare mammal sighting after rare mammal sighting, including a stunning Serval and an Aardvark. We were blown away by the sheer diversity of the country!

 

Itinerary at a glance 

DateLocationOvernight
01 August 2018Introduction to Uganda’s birding, EntebbeEntebbe
02 August 2018Mabamba Swamp and Lake Mburo National ParkLake Mburo NP
03 August 2018Lake Mburo National ParkLake Mburo NP
04 August 2018Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkKisoro
05 August 2018Mgahinga Gorilla National ParkKisoro
06 August 2018Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkRuhija
07 August 2018Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkRuhija
08 August 2018Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkBuhoma
09 August 2018Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkBuhoma
10 August 2018Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkBuhoma
11 August 2018Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National ParkMweya
12 August 2018Transfer to Kibale Forest National ParkKibale
13 August 2018Kibale Forest National ParkKibale
14 August 2018Travel back to Entebbe

 

Detailed Report

Day 1, 1st August 2018. Introduction to Uganda birding: Entebbe

The previous afternoon as well as this morning were both really productive birding-wise. We started the tour’s birding with some cracking species, such as African Openbill, Pink-backed Pelican, Marabou Stork, Yellow-billed Kite, Hooded Vulture, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Plantain-eater, Red-chested, Marico, and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Baglafecht Weaver, Brimstone Canary, and Northern Black Flycatcher. A pair of African Hobbies was spotted perched on one of the radio towers behind our guest house. Another highlight was a family of Black-and-white Shrike-flycatchers hanging out near the lodge. The lodge grounds had loads more to offer too: Bronze Mannikins had made a nest a few meters outside the entrance to our chalets, while White-browed Robin-Chats sang loudly every morning before sunrise. Meyer’s Parrots were also a treat, cruising around overhead every afternoon.

Despite some unfavorable weather, including quite a bit of rain, the Entebbe Botanical Gardens really did put on a great show for us. The gardens are a great introduction to birding in Uganda and hold a good number of representatives of many of the bird families we would see over the next two weeks. Woodland Kingfisher was one of our first sightings here – a dapper kingfisher with a very distinctive trilling call. Shouts of, “raptor” echoed through the group, and much to my surprise we had an awesome flyby of a Bat Hawk, definitely one of the highlights of the morning. Other highlights during the morning included Orange and Golden-backed Weavers, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Great Blue and Ross’s Turacos, Grey Parrot, Grey Kestrel, Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, and a very confiding Grey-capped Warbler. The lakeside produced a number of enjoyable sightings over the course of the day. Grey-headed Gull and both Reed and White-breasted Cormorants were constantly moving up and down the shoreline, while Pied Kingfisher and Olive Bee-eater lined a few of the trees and bushes. A pair of African Wood Owls had been staked out by some of the local guides and we managed to get some good scope views. Other species that we spent some time watching today included Klaas’s and African Emerald Cuckoos, African Harrier-Hawk, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Green Crombec, Yellow-throated Longclaw, and Western Citril. 

Day 2, 2nd August 2018. Mabamba Swamp and drive to Lake Mburo National Park

This day was truly remarkable! We started with a trip to Mabamba Swamp to see one of the most-wanted birds in the world, the iconic Shoebill. We climbed into a small motorized boat and headed down a channel; here we picked up many Malachite Kingfishers, Winding Cisticola, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, and Blue-breasted Bee-eater. We had barely taken the last few species in and, low and behold (as they say), we found two Shoebills within about half a minute. One was in particularly good light, and we sat in the boat observing this amazing animal for quite some time. A little further down we bumped into yet another one, and later on we actually found a fourth bird – absolutely incredible! The swamp was alive with activity, and throughout the morning we did well with areal feeders such as White-headed Saw-wing and Mosque, Blue, Lesser Striped, and Grey-rumped Swallows. We also managed to track down a Papyrus Gonolek as well as the interesting and nomadic Weyn’s Weaver, the latter being a very sought-after species with a strange distribution.

Arriving at Lake Mburo National Park we were super pleased to find a small group of Brown-chested Lapwings and also in the same area our first Holub’s Golden Weaver, Blue-naped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, and a single Wahlberg’s Eagle cruising overhead. After checking in we spent some time on the large boulders that the camp is built on, mainly in the hope to pick up Red-faced Barbet, which is known to occur here. Olive Baboon and African Green-Pigeon were both in the large fig trees having their fill, when I noticed some movement in the back of one of the trees: Red-faced Barbet! A pair of these elusive barbets were also enjoying the ripe figs.

After dinner we set off on a night drive in the park – a drive that didn’t produce all that much from a birding point of view (African Scops Owl was heard), but it was very successful on the mammal front. It started with a couple of melanistic Thick-tailed Greater Galagos (Bushbabies) in a large acacia tree alongside the road. After connecting with a few more diurnal animals, including African Buffalo, our first mammal surprise was a single White-tailed Mongoose, a lesser-known,

fairly large nocturnal mongoose that sauntered off into the darkness once it realized that we were onto it. We tried really hard to locate Swamp and Pennant-winged Nightjars but didn’t manage to find them. We did see, however, a single Square-tailed Nightjar moving up and down in one of the acacia patches. Later that evening, on our way back to the main gate, the biggest surprise (perhaps of the whole trip) was finding an Aardvark! Yes, an Aardvark – the large, terrestrial ant-eater-type mammal. Since this is a truly fascinating and rare animal to see anywhere in Africa, we were incredibly fortunate. 

Day 3, 3rd August 2018. Lake Mburo National Park

We had breakfast at the lodge and a small bit of birding from the restaurant area. Here we picked up a surprise Striped Pipit – it even seemed to be breeding in the area! Quite a good bird for Uganda! Lake Mburo certainly gave us a good number of brilliant birds this morning. Orange-breasted Bushshrike was one of the first to show nicely, while a bit further down the road we picked up Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Trilling Cisticola, and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, as well as a small party of smart-looking Little Bee-eaters.

Once we were a couple kilometers into the park itself we added a plethora of new species for the trip. The first of these was a White-backed Vulture perched on a small tree on the ridge line. A pair of Lappet-faced Vultures was also spotted nearby, and soon after that we spent time with a large party of different species, which included White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Nubian Woodpeckers, Common Scimitarbill, Black-lored Babbler, Lesser Masked Weaver, and Fork-tailed Drongo. Yellow-billed Oxpeckers landed on a small herd of Plains Zebra nearby, a couple Red-breasted Swallow’s took to the skies above us, and a few very smart (and sometimes difficult-to-pin-down) Long-tailed Cisticolas were also present. The calls of Tropical Boubou, Black-headed Oriole and Emerald-spotted Wood Dove echoed through the area all morning. We headed back to the lodge for some lunch and soon were back in the park again, looking forward to our boat cruise on the lake later in the afternoon. On the way to the boat we saw a dark Wahlberg’s Eagle, which had caught a small bird and was enjoying the meal atop a dead tree. We boarded a small boat and headed out, scanning the banks of the lake. It didn’t take long to pick up our first of three African Finfoots, the first one being a female, the other two being males. African Fish Eagle and Pied Kingfishers were both incredibly abundant, while Striated Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron were much less common. The second specialty of the cruise was a pair of White-backed Night Herons (with chicks), a super sighting! Red-headed Weaver was seen just as we docked the boat.

The evening arrived, and we had an amazing half hour with three species of Nightjar: Pennant-winged Nightjar (a male with full pennants), Black-shouldered Nightjar, and Freckled Nightjar all showed well!

Day 4, 4th August 2018. Lake Mburo National Park to Kisoro

We spent about half an hour before breakfast around the lodge and picked up Arrow-marked Babbler, Yellow-throated Leaflove, and a few Flappet Larks. We sat down to enjoy a good breakfast when the unimaginable happened, I heard the call of Thick-billed Cuckoo quite a way off. I knew that they aren’t known to occur that frequently in Uganda, but I was sure I could hear this species. So I grabbed the scope and scanned the top of the trees in the distance – sure enough, we had scope views and eventually cracking views later on when the bird came and did an awesome flyby. This was an unexpected treat! We also stopped at a small pond on the Mburo exit road, where we picked up African Sacred Ibis, Black-faced Waxbill, Green-winged Pytilia, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Chinspot Batis, Black-headed Oriole, and another Grey Kestrel.

En route to Kisoro we enjoyed Black-chested Snake Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Woolly-necked Stork, Black Saw-wing, and many Grey Crowned Cranes! After arriving at our accommodation we checked in, enjoyed dinner and a cold beer after a long day in the car, finished up our list, and prepared ourselves for a great walk in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 5, 5th August 2018. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Certainly one of the most scenic days birding of the tour was the day when we walked up toward Mount Sabyinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. We arrived at the park at around 7:30, and by 8:00 we had already notched up our first Albertine Rift endemics for the day – these included Rwenzori Batis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, and Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird. A bit further up the trail we enjoyed a very active (and noisy) bird party, which held White-starred Robin, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Chestnut-throated and Mountain Masked Apalises, Western Tinkerbird, Northern Puffback, and Doherty’s Bushshrike. The bushshrike was of course hidden away in dense foliage and didn’t show too well. Rwenzori Hill Babbler, on the other hand, really did show nicely for us, allowing some photographic opportunities too.

We took our time walking up the track, gradually ascending toward the gorge at the bottom of the volcano, which borders Rwanda as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. En route we picked up Mountain Sooty Boubou, Regal Sunbird, Streaky Seedeater, Yellow-whiskered and Little Greenbuls, Abyssinian Thrush, and the striking Kandt’s Waxbill. A few kilometers up the trail we heard our first Rwenzori Turaco, most definitely our biggest target for the morning. We spent a few moments scanning the area, and soon enough we had no less than five birds in a few trees. One cannot miss the beautiful flashes of crimson-red in their wings as they fly from tree to tree. A spectacular bird indeed, and a happy group of birders! We finished the day after taking our time back down with Crowned Eagle as well as White-necked Raven. 

Day 6, 6th August 2018. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Ruhija

Another early morning breakfast gave us enough sustenance to bird the Echuya Forest Reserve for a few hours in the morning as well as travel to Bwindi, where Ruhija would be our base for two days. Echuya was decent this morning; we managed to pick up the likes of Red-chested Cuckoo, Sharpe’s Starling, Mountain Oriole, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Black-faced Prinia, White-browed Crombec, Thick-billed Seedeater, and Brown-capped Weaver. Both Black Saw-wing and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters were cruising around, snatching insects from the forested skies. We left the Echuya Forest Reserve and tried one of the local sites around Lake Bunyonyi for Papyrus Yellow Warbler; unfortunately the wind made birding difficult and we couldn’t get any sign of the warbler. We did, however, pick up consolation species in the form of Wahlberg’s Eagle, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Yellow-bellied Waxbill. We entered Bwindi and spent time birding the Ruhija area in the afternoon. A walk on one of the nearby trails produced the Albertine Rift endemics Stripe-breasted Tit, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, and Rwenzori Apalis. The bird parties also included Grey Cuckooshrike and Yellow-streaked and Yellow-whiskered Greenbuls.

Later that evening after a really good dinner (complete with banana-caramel desert) we made our way back into the park to look for Rwenzori Nightjar. It was incredibly quiet, and we unfortunately didn’t hear or see any nightjars that night. In my books a night drive is always worth the effort, who knows what one might find? In this case we may have missed the nightjar, but we were certainly treated with an amazing Serval that appeared out of the blue in front of us. Not only that, but it also actually hung around for about thirty seconds before disappearing into the bush alongside the road. What a great mammal sighting!

Day 7, 7th August 2018. Magical Ruhija birding

One of the well-known walks among birders in Uganda is the Mubwindi Swamp walk. On this trip we didn’t make it all the way to the swamp, where Grauer’s Rush Warbler is found, but the walk did produce other great species. The first new species were saw were two really tough-to-see undergrowth birds, Grey-chested Babbler and Mountain Illadopsis. Both these species took some time and effort, and while we were trying to lay eyes on them Black-billed Turaco calls were heard ‘roaring’ through the forest. A little further along we all managed to see the likes of Mountain Oriole, Mountain Buzzard, Grey-throated Barbet, the cryptic and little-known Grauer’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Tiny Sunbird, a small family of White-chinned Prinia, Mountain Masked Apalis, and Rwenzori Hill Babbler. The area was bustling with activity, and the calls of Bar-tailed Trogon, Lagden’s and Doherty’s Bushshrikes, and Blue-headed Sunbird were all prominent. We did, however, struggle for some time trying to get visuals of Lagden’s Bushshrike and Blue-headed Sunbird, without success. A single glimpse of Dusky Crimsonwing was had before we finally managed to get some looks at African Paradise Flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Western Citril, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, and Strange Weaver.

One of the best afternoon birding sessions that we had within Bwindi was this afternoon around Ruhija. The local community trails as well as birding from the road within the national park are always productive. Our best sightings of the afternoon were no less than two male Purple-breasted Sunbirds, feeding on some flowers alongside the road. We spent quite a bit of time with these stunning Albertine Rift endemics, even getting scope views. Here we also managed to see Grey-throated Barbet, Black Saw-wing, Mountain Masked Apalis, and Rwenzori Hill Babbler. 

Day 8, 8th August 2018. Transfer to Buhoma, birding The Neck

Having missed Montane Nightjar on previous nights, we made one last-ditch effort to pick it up this morning. Over an hour before sunrise the forest was pretty quiet, until finally we saw some movement on the road – sure enough, there it was! A single bird that gave a quick call for us as well. Admittedly, nightjars can be tough throughout Africa, and it’s always nice when a nightjar calls to help clinch the ID. Supporting acts were African Wood Owl as well as a small group of Northern Lesser Galago. Later that morning we found a party of Black-billed Turacos moving through some of the taller trees alongside the road, while Handsome Francolin, being another target, eluded us this morning. We spent some time birding The Neck, which is a small section of forested national park that connects the Ruhija side to the Buhoma side of Bwindi. Here we spent time at the bridge as well as birded along the roadside, which were both productive. Highlights at The Neck included; Mountain Wagtail, Black-bee-eater, Cassin’s, Chapin’s and Dusky-blue Flycatchers, Tiny Sunbird, and Black-faced Rufous Warbler.

An afternoon birding session at the start of the Buhoma forest trail is always very productive. Here we did well to add Black-billed Weaver, three Bushshrike species comprising Lühder’s, Many-colored, and Bocage’s, Tambourine Dove, Pink-footed Puffback, and a close-up visual of both White-spotted Flufftail and Grey-winged Robin-Chat in the same binocular frame!

Day 9, 9th August 2018. Full day birding Buhoma

The walk into the forest of Buhoma at Bwindi is one of my personal favorite hikes and day-birding on the tour – the forest is beautiful and fairly open in some sections, allowing for some good viewing. This being said, many of the species seen today were true skulkers and really tough to get good visuals on – some birds needed to be tried over and over as we moved on. A full 13 kilometers were walked, and in the end we were certainly rewarded with amazing birds! White-

headed Wood Hoopoe was one of the early highlights, while the calls of Western Bronze-naped Pigeon were only heard. The Albertine Rift endemic Red-throated Alethe was not uncommon, and we managed to see quite a few individuals on the trail – what an awesome bird. Another that showed incredibly well was White-bellied Robin-Chat, a small akalat-like robin which can fairly easily be mistaken for an Equatorial Akalat. Other species we picked up along the trail throughout the day were the sought-after African Broadbill, Elliot’s Woodpecker, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Equatorial Akalat, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Bar-tailed Trogon, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Red-headed Malimbe, a host of Greenbuls including Plain, Kakemega, and Yellow-whiskered, Green Hylia, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Little Green and Green-throated Sunbirds, Willard’s Sooty Boubou (heard only), Dusky Tit, Olive-green Camaroptera, and White-browed Crombec.

Our excellent site guide picked up on a faint song coming from the tops of the trees in front of us at one stage, I popped the Swarowski onto a small yellowish bird, and, sure enough, there was a brilliant male Oriole Finch in the scope! A few other treats on the way back to the main entrance were African Shrike-flycatcher and Western Nicator as well as a small flock of the crazy “punk-rocker-like” Crested Guineafowl with their hilarious call and modern hairstyle. Throughout the day we were treated to sightings of troops of Red-tailed and L’Hoest’s Monkeys, both clambering through the dense foliage around us while we were walking.

Day 10, 10th August 2018. Birding the Buhoma area

Things started just before breakfast with Red-capped Robin-Chat in the gardens of our lodge, and soon we were on the way to the forest edge, full of expectation. Red-rumped and Angolan Swallows greeted us as we arrived, while the call of Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat echoed from the roadside vegetation. It was nice to pick up a pair of Narrow-tailed Starlings early on; a pair came flying overhead, giving good views of their fairly long “narrow” tails. We continued along the main trail and found some species that we had struggled to see the previous day. These were Plain Greenbul and Brown-capped and Black-necked Weavers. The Brown-capped Weaver was seen collective nesting material and actively building – it was indeed enjoyable to watch. Other species that we recorded this morning were Grey-winged Robin-Chat as well as the tricky Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Blue Malkoha, Black-billed Weaver, Elliot’s and Tullberg’s Woodpeckers, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Western Tinkerbird, and Waller’s Starling.

The afternoon birding session was spent in some of the agricultural land to the north of town. We started when it was still fairly hot, which meant that there were a few raptors still catching thermals above us. We enjoyed seeing a light-phase Augur Buzzard as well as a couple of Wahlberg’s Eagles. Other birds that we noted in the area were African Pygmy Kingfisher, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Black-lored Babbler, Eastern Plantain-eater, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, and Black-and-white Mannikin. 

Day 11, 11th August 2018. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya

We left Buhoma early this morning so that we could get into the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park with some morning birding time remaining. Bird activity was high here, and in the first hour we spent there we had already accumulated an impressive list. The new savanna species included White-headed Vulture, Senegal Lapwing, White-throated Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, Red-collared Widowbird, Croaking and Stout Cisticolas, and Crimson-rumped Waxbill. A little further north we added three new non-passerines; Goliath Heron, Brown Snake Eagle, and Black-bellied Bustard were all welcome additions to our day and trip lists. We spent a fair amount of time in some good areas this morning to try and locate the famous ‘tree-climbing’

lions, but unfortunately neither our fellow travelers nor we could locate these great animals. A couple of stops here and there en route to Mweya, where we would enjoy a boat cruise as well as spend the night, were productive. We picked up African Pygmy Kingfisher, Slender-billed and Black-headed Weavers, White-winged Tern, and Long-crested Eagle. A few kilometers from Mweya we were surprised with one of the sightings of the day – two giant Forest Hogs crossed the road in front of us and showed briefly before clambering into the thick bush.

We checked in and got ready for our private boat cruise up the Kazinga Channel. At the right time of year the banks of the Kazinga Channel play host to good numbers of the prolific African Skimmer; we were surely treated to aver 30 of these effortless flyers! The boat cruise delivered a whole host of other birds and mammals. Shorebirds were well represented with Common Greenshank, Marsh and Common Sandpipers, Three-banded and Kittlitz’s Plovers, Little Stint, and Water Thick-knee, while Gull-billed and White-winged Terns cruised by as well. African Buffalos were spending time cooling themselves in the water while Yellow-billed Oxpeckers were clambering all over them. Red-throated Bee-eater was another highlight, a pair was spotted perched midway on one of the small acacia trees along the river. Other highlights on the afternoon cruise were Black Crake, Yellow-billed Stork, Hamerkop, Malachite Kingfisher, African Spoonbill, and both Grey-headed Gull and the uncommon Lesser Black-backed Gull. We arrived back ashore and retreated to the hotel ahead of an oncoming storm in time for a buffet dinner.

Day 12, 12th August 2018. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale National Park

Today we transferred from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the world-famous (mainly for Eastern Chimpanzee) Kibale National Park. We did, however, make sure to use the early morning to do some more birding in the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We had a good morning here and picked up a few tricky species. In the grassy plains of the savanna, much of it having had recently burned, Plain-backed Pipit and White-tailed and Rufous-naped Larks were all around in small numbers, while African Pipit was common. One of the sightings of the morning was seeing several different Collared Pratincoles spread across the open plains. A relative of the pratincole, Temminck’s Courser, was harder to come by, but we did eventually find a single bird moving around inconspicuously. The good birds kept coming, and other crackers were Common Buttonquail and an awesome Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle. A few Black-winged Stilts and some very distant Greater Flamingos were also in the area.

The rest of the afternoon was spent transferring north to the home of Eastern Chimpanzee and the magical Green-breasted Pitta.

Day 13, 13th August 2018. Kibale National Park, Chimpanzees and Green-breasted Pitta

This was one of the earliest mornings of our tour in order to get us into the Green-breasted Pitta’s displaying territory on time. Our guide led us into the darkness of the forest, the calls of both African Wood Owl and Red-chested Owlet were heard above us in the tall trees – a quick scan, but no luck. We continued and by headlamp navigated our way through the trails of Kibale for about 20 minutes, and right on cue the display-call of the pitta was heard! Yes, we were in luck. We were also in luck with the mammal attraction of the day, Eastern Chimpanzee, whose calls were absolutely striking, and we actually saw a few chimps walk by before we had even properly begun our pitta search. This search did continue, and soon we found a single Green-breasted Pitta moving around slowly on the dark forest floor. At this time of year the forest floor is littered with one-foot-tall vegetation that perfectly conceals the pitta and leaves very little chance to get a clear view. We slowly tracked the bird, and suddenly it popped up onto an open branch about two meters off the ground. What a piece of luck that was! It displayed once and soon was a little lower and then back on the ground, disappearing into the forest once more.

The population of the habituated Kibale Eastern Chimpanzees is 130 strong, and it sure felt as if all of them were around us for the morning as the noise coming from all different directions was incredible. We did catch up with some of the chimps, right from some old ones down to one or two very young ones, and spent time watching and photographing them. This was well worth the trek. Later in the morning it was good to finally catch up with Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher that had been teasing us with its distinctive “treee-eeee” call for the past two days.

After lunch and a quick break we headed out again this afternoon and walked the Kibale Homestay trail. Here we did well to find a few new species for trip, Superb Sunbird, African Blue Flycatcher, a few Mottled Spinetails, Thick-billed Weaver, and Alpine Swift.  Later in the afternoon the stars of the show were Afep Pigeon, Sabine’s Spinetail, Black Bee-eater, Purple-headed, Narrow-tailed, and Splendid Starlings, Sooty Flycatcher, Crowned Hornbill, and a stunning African Emerald Cuckoo.

Day 14, 14th August 2018. Transfer back to Entebbe for our international flights home

Just like that, our 14-day Birding Ecotours Ugandan birding adventure had come to an end. Both the participant and I really enjoyed what Uganda had to offer us this year. We will certainly be back again next year, so do join us for that.

 

Please see the downloadable PDF above with the full species lists included.