Guest post by David Fisher (Sunbird):
Brian Finch has encouraged me to post part of the introduction to the tour report that I wrote for the participants on my Sunbird tour to Kenya in January this year. It was certainly a very strange year. To put this into context I have led the same tour following the same itinerary on roughly the same dates every January for the last 18 years.
"Bird wise this year's tour to Kenya was very unusual. Unseasonable and heavy rain throughout December had turned most of the country green, which was very good for the local people and for birds such as bishops, widowbirds, whydahs and weavers. We saw males of many of the latter groups in full breeding plumage, often engaged in dramatic display flights some of which had never been seen on previous Sunbird tours. We also benefited by finding some shy and skulking birds such as Broad-tailed Warbler which we watched singing and displaying - a species we have not seen on this tour for at least eight years.