Just a briefish note for anyone aiming for Somali Sparrow in northern Kenya following a successful visit last Thurday/Friday to Kapedo.
Had a minimum total of 74 (probably more than 80) coming in to roost on Thursday behind the hospital in Kapedo, with a few already present on our arrival at about 17h00. This would appear to be a large number for this site, perhaps a direct result of the recent drought.
On Friday we birded further north during much of the morning, and no birds were seen in the area of the hospital late morning, but 12 were found feeding on seed in a fenced compound on the southern edge of town (also three Crested Larks in the same compound).
Contrary to statements in "Finches and Sparrows" (Clement, Harris & Davis) and "Birds of Kenya & Nthn Tanzania" (Zimmerman et al) House Sparrow was also present in small numbers in Kapedo.
There is no accommodation or food available as such in Kapedo, but anyone wishing to stay should ask for "Jane's Place". This very cheerful lady (a teacher I think) put four of us up (2 Brits, 2 Kenyans) and kindly gave a chicken the chop for dinner for the princely sum of 1000Ksh (c.US$14) in total. Shame the local pub only had warm beers!