Monday, March 9, 2020

Ethiopia - Day 3 (09/03/20) - Fiche to Debre Berhan via Addis Ababa

For some reason best known to Abel, it was decided that we would retrace our steps to Addis Ababa, where we would have lunch at the Ghion Hotel, and then continue to Debre Berhan, our base for the next two nights. A ringtail Pallid Harrier seen soon after leaving Fiche was followed by a couple of roadside stops on the Sululta Plain, including one where we’d stopped on Saturday morning. These were reasonably successful, the first producing two each of Lanner Falcon and Tawny Eagle plus Blue-winged Goose,White-winged Cliff ChatYellow Bishop and our only African Black Duck and White Wagtail of the trip, while the second was notable for closer and more prolonged views of at least three Abyssinian Longclaws plus African StonechatAugur BuzzardBlue-winged GooseCattle EgretCommon and Green SandpipersGrey Wagtail, Malachite KingfisherMoorland ChatNorthern Wheatear, two Ortolan Buntings, eight Red-throated PipitsThekla Lark and Yellow Bishop
A few birds in the trees from the terrace at the Ghion Hotel included Abyssinian Slaty FlycatcherMontane White-EyeSwainson’s SparrowTacazze Sunbird and Willow Warbler while a brief stop a few kilometres before Debre Berhan was notable for four White-winged Cliff Chats and a Black-headed Siskin
In Debre Berhan we stayed in the Getva Hotel, a welcome improvement on the C-Lale.  
Abyssinian Longclaw (endemic), Sululta Plain, Ethiopia
Blue-winged Goose (endemic), Sululta Plain, Ethiopia

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