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Mida Creek (03193958)


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Mida Creek is 32 sq kms of open water, sand flats and mangrove forest. It is a Marine Reserve and a Forest Reserve under the Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service. The actual area counted regularly is the inland section of mainly open sand flats which is the area where c.80% of waterbirds forage at low tide and on a neap high tide c.90% roost together not far from the constructed bird hide.
Deep water channel down the centre of the creek with extensive sand flats particularly on the inland side of the creek; the whole creek is surrounded by mangrove forest. The mouth of the creek is only c.500m wide and is just inside the Watamu Marine
Mida Creek is flooded twice a day by the tide through the mouth. There are no streams or freshwater channels entering the creek. However there is significant underground seepage of freshwater from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest to the west which reduces the e
The mangrove forests have a very high productivity level and the creek is important as a breeding site for fish as well as feeding area for juvenile sea turtles (mainly Green Turtle). It is an Important Bird Area particularly for Lesser Sand Plovers

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus11.001   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata228.4489   
2188Egret, Dimorphic (Mascarene Reef-)Egretta dimorpha111.0033
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba34.407   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta4040.0040   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer22.002
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber17110.23268   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica14.8018   
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa11.001 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11107.88247   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.003   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus322.9253   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.504
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
894Oystercatcher, EurasianHaematopus ostralegus12.333
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula174.88155   
273Plover, CrabDromas ardeola26485.651112700
239Plover, Greater SandCharadrius leschenaultii100618.311600650325380
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola70226.82386   
234Plover, Lesser SandCharadrius mongolus74615.2515002501251250
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus12.336   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax11.001  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba179.92440   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.502  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea201003.192500  
259Sandpiper, GreenTringa ochropus11.001
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis344.0085   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus42325.531121 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.007   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.805   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1984.672600   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus11.672   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis215.0041   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia11.001   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11.001   
902Tern, Gull-billedSterna nilotica154.64155 
297Tern, Lesser CrestedSterna bengalensis827.3178   
2070Tern, Saunders'sSterna saundersi125.40108
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii11.001   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus22.002   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres13.588   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A150150.00150
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus20118.94310   
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Sunday 31 May 2020 04:02
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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