FIELD NOTEBOOK | Ecotono Birding

FIELD NOTEBOOK | Ecotono Birding

FIELD NOTEBOOK | Ecotono Birding

Last winter, Blanca and Rafa from Ecotono Birding Seville started to collaborate in conservation project in Senegal in "Langue de Barbarie " National Park with the NGO < strong> Tougoupeul . Our aim is monitoring the wintering and resident bird species at the National Park and also to asses the park to create a management plan for this important area in north Senegal.

The Langue de Barbarie National Park is situated in the south of Saint-Louis, and covers the region.

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Caspian Terns breeding at the Langue de Barbarie National Park

The Lizard in Langue de Barbarie Monitor

Our work with Tougoupeul The Non Profit Organization Tougoupeul has received a contract for two years from the Senegalese government to check the administration plans for the National Park 'Langue de Barbarie'. But a plan without any information is not a plan. From November 2015 on we are starting with the monitoring work. We are working in order to help the local Park rangers with the monitoring: how, where and when the birds must be counted, etc. The data are digitalized, and especially, we train the local staff members of the Park how to take the data and how to analyze it. Depending on the results, action plans are made up, and the National Park can start a new future.

Shikra at Langue de Barbarie

The local inhabitants are, of course, involved in this project;

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The working team in Langue de Barbarie

Paradise for Birds, Ospreys and a new species for Senegal!

White-faced Whistling Ducks

Over 115 species of birds have been recorded during our stay at Langue de Barbarie. Among them, we were surprised at the large amount of wintering Ospreys , around 170 individuals are wintering in Langue de Barbarie . We could read a lot of birds coming from Germany and Great Britain and also we spotted a bird (UV) to juvenile tagged with a GPS by Kielder Osprey Project in the north of England . In their blog you can follow the amazing life of this Osprey and other birds tagged in this interesting and important project. UV came back England in spring and it is already going south. Hopefully we will be with it next winter in Langue de Barbarie!

3VW Osprey ringed in Germany in 2012

Eyebrowed Thrush. First record for Senegal and sub-saharan Africa

Eyebrowed Thrush breeds in central and east Siberia, and winters in south and south-east Asia, from north-east India to Taiwan and the Greater Sundas . It is a rare but almost annual vagrant to Europe in autumn. In Africa there is just one previous record , of a first-winter photographed at Merzouga, Morocco, on 17 December 2008 (Messemaker 2009), c.2,100 km north-east of our record. The sighting reported here is thus the first documented record of Eyebrowed Thrush for Senegal and sub-Saharan Africa, and also the south-westernmost ever!

The record has been published in an article in the Bulletin of the African Bird Club Vol 23, 2 September 2016. For the the Benjumea-Pérez 2016 upcoming season (November 2016 until January 2017) we are glad and happy to announce that we will come back to this wonderful place with such a nice people . This winter we will focus our work on the wintering Ospreys and we will start a ringing project with passerines .

In Ecotono Birding we are always motivated to be involved in conservation projects all over the world, but your help is very important. To get it possible our funds come mainly from donations of people like you.

Join us in the conservation and protection of nature in Senegal!