Just back from an epic week in Ghana. We concentrated on two sites, Bobiri Forest for two days and four days at Manso Nkwanta forest with a quick look at Shai Hills en route.
Ebird list from Manso Nkwanta HERE . This is a relatively unexplored area so the main aim of the trip was to set up an Ebird recording area and start recording the birds of the area. We also recorded the butterflies and did a bit of moth trapping at Bobiri too. Hope to return to this target area on a regular basis to carry out further recording.
The team this year was Robert and Isaac Ntakor as our guides ( GHANA BIRDING TOUR ADVENTURES) , Sue Healey, Roger Payne and myself.
MANSO NKWANTA FOREST (Ebird Hot Spot Here)
White-throated Bee-eater- up to 150 of these in the Wetland (Mine workings)
Immature Cassin's Hawk Eagle
Greater Swamp Warbler- mainly confined to the south east coast but there have been several records from the forest/transition zone border areas
Common Red Glider
Blue Leaf Pansy
Black Mamba- we also had Green Mamba, Green Leaf Snake, Spitting Cobra and the unidentified snakes at Bobiri (see below)
Gambian Sun Squirrel
Red-legged Sun Squirrel
View looking north over farm bush mosiac from the miner's road ridge
View over the wetland from the ridge
The Jungle Ice Cream Man- this track was the main track to farm communities across the range complete with a regular flow of bush motorbike taxis and the jungle ice cream man who walks along the forest tracks sounding his horn (visible in his hand in this pic) and selling ice cream to the local cocoa farmers who are isolated miles away from the nearest village. A most welcomed surprise!
Black Dwarf Hornbill
Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill
Grey Parrot - still a small population at Bobiri despite widespread persecution (trapped for the bird trade)
Male Narina Trogon
African Emerald Cuckoo
Western Blue Beauty
Western Yellow-banded Swallowtail
Drinkers- several hundred of these along the paths
Silk moth sp
Tiger moth sp
Hawk moth sp
Roger and Sue at Bobiri
Setting a butterfly trap up with Isaac (Sue Healey)
Another great trip to Ghana (more to follow on the 110+ Butterfly species we recorded next and also some sound recordings). Looking forward to the next one where we plan to get deeper into the Manso Nkwanta forest so need to return with machetes and a Land rover next year. (Sue Healey)
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