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Mida Creek

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Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area and together with Arabuko-Sokoke Forest forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.It is not only a paradise for national waterfowls but also migrating birds from Europe and Eurasia to find a place to rest during their journey or they choose to stay at Mida Creek to over-winter

Mida Creek Birdwatching

Mida Creek is 6 kilometers long. Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 kilometers square. It comprises different types of habitats that are influenced by the tide, for example, mud and sand flats, open shallow waters, and mangrove forests. At low tide, extensive sand flats are exposed, providing feeding grounds for thousands of passage and migrant waders. The twice-daily tides and freshwater received from underground seepage provide food and habitat for fish, shrimps, crustaceans, mollusks, and turtles. Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area and together with Arabuko-Sokoke Forest forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is not only a paradise for national waterfowl but also for migrating birds from Europe and Eurasia to find a place to rest during their journey or they choose to stay at Mida Creek to over-winter.  Mida Creek is an important passage and wintering area for Palearctic migrant waders. The populations of Greater and Lesser Sandplover and Crab-plovers at Mida Creek are internationally important. Mida creek is a significant feeding area for Dimorphic Egrets, Lesser Crested, and Roseate Terns. Common migrant shorebirds here include Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, and Greater and Lesser Sandplover. In the landward area around the creek, a further 115 species have been recorded. Similarly varied in numbers and distribution is the aquatic flora of Mida Creek. Eleven seagrass and thirty-three seaweed species are found here alongside nine species of mangrove. Both seagrasses and mangroves serve to trap sediments – benefiting local coral reefs and providing important habitat for many marine species. The Creek is also an important feeding and development area for juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles. Coral heads and the rich seagrass beds provide food in a sheltered area away from large predators. The open areas of the Creek and its mangrove channels are important feeding and breeding grounds for many species of fish species including Jacks, Snappers, Groupers, Rabbit Fish, Parrotfish, Emperors, and Barracuda

Mida Creek Birds

Mida Creek Birds; Crab Plover, Greater Sandplover, Lesser Sandplover, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Dimorphic Egret, Grey Plover, Lesser-crested Tern, Sanderling, Roseate Tern.

 

Mida Creek Birds