Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Olive-backed Pipit

Golden Nightjar at Oued Jenna Until now, Golden Nightjars (Caprimulgus eximius) have been recorded at Aoussed only from February until May. For example, during a birding trip to Oued Jenna for The Sound Approach in mid-December 2017, Arnoud B. van den Berg and Killian Mullarney have not recorded the species. On 19 January 2018, Charles… Read More »

Some rare birds in Morocco and Algeria

Blue-winged Teal at Reghaia Lake, Algeria A male Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) was photographed by ‎Karima Rakem at the Reghaïa Lake located some 30 Km east of Algeria’s capital on 3 November 2007 (photo 1). Until 2000, there was only one record compiled in “Birds of Algeria” (a male at Béni Abbès in the centre-west… Read More »

Second record of Wahlberg’s Eagle for the Western Palearctic

Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) is an African raptor distributed south of the Sahara (map below). While it’s an intra-African migrant, movements north of the range are very rare. Indeed, the first Western Palearctic record was obtained only on 3 May 2013: a bird photographed by Ahmed Waheed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez,… Read More »