Let’s go bird watching

Samburu / Buffalo Springs National Reserves

Bird Watching

This national reserve is on the north part of Kenya or north of the Equator. The area is quite hot and dry. But during the raining season it is green with wild flowers and paradise for the birds. Here you will see bird species like Donaldson- Smith Sparrow-Weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, White-headed Mousebirds, Golden-breasted Starling, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Bee-eater, Somali Ostrich and African Orange-bellied Parrot.

Lake Baringo

This is one of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley and again north of the Equator. The habitat is very similar to Samburu, but has Cliffs. Birding along the cliffs is a good place to look for Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich Hornbill , Jackson’s Hornbill, Cape Eagle-Owl and White-faced Scops Owl. Others included Heuglin’s Courser, Northern Masked Weaver and Northern Red Bishop. Take a boat ride to see the Goliath Heron, Yellow-crowned Bishop which are seen during the raining season and many more. Good place to see the White-billed Buffalo Weavers

Kakamega Forest

This forest is in western part of Kenya. Home to the Blue-headed Bee-eater, a Kakamega speciality that, in the whole of the East Africa region, can be seen only in this one forest. Here you will see Black-and-White casqued Hornbill, Great Blue Turaco, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Equatorial Akalat, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Turner’s Eremomela, Western Black-headed Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Black-billed Weaver and Red-headed Malimbe.

Any of these three locations is a beautiful spot to start your bird watching. Don’t forget to pack well for your adventure. Be sure to have a good size back pack, a good camera so you can catch some beautiful birds in actions. You will want some dry socks a small first aid kit and some type of food supplement in case you get hungry.