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First record for Gadwall (Mareca strepera) on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

Tom Butynski, Per Aronsson & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

A solitary adult female Gadwall Mareca strepera was observed at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (N0.29216; E37.13620; 1830 m asl) by Per Aronsson on 14 December 2017 and spent more than a month at this site. This individual was observed and photographed by Per Aronsson, Yvonne de Jong, Tom Butynski, and Carly Butynski on 4 January 2018. 

Solitary adult female Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

Gadwalls are Palearctic migrants that depend on fresh water dams, lakes, and marshes. Although common in many part of its wide geographical range, Gadwall is a rare species in Kenya with only about five records in during the past 15 years (Brian Finch pers. comm.). This appears to be only the second record for Gadwall east of the Eastern Rift Valley, and the first record for the Kenya Highlands.

Solitary adult female Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

The Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List now stands at 401 species. Click here to view the bird List.

Solitary adult female Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

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