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 »

Striped Ground Squirrel in Morocco, hidden in plain sight

A recent study shed light on one of the most obscure mammal species in Morocco, the striped ground squirrel. An animal that is diurnal and relatively large but was poorly known since it was discovered in Morocco. The study by Kryštufek et al. (2017) is published in the journal Mammalia. The striped ground squirrel (Euxerus… Read More »

Goosander (Mergus merganser) at Oued Loukkos, Morocco

A female Goosander (Mergus merganser) photographed yesterday at Oued Loukkos, Larache (Benoit Maire, Sabine Zègres and others). This is the sixth record for Morocco. The last time observed in Morocco was almost 30 years ago in February 1988 (in ‘Birds of Morocco’- Thévenot et al. 2003). The second photo is reminiscent of this Little Grebe… Read More »

Seawatching off Agadir, Morocco, 30 October 2017

A short report about a pelagic trip off Agadir on 30 October 2017 by Arnoud B. van den Berg: “More than a month ago, high numbers of six shearwater species were seen on a Limosa pelagic trip c 15 km offshore from Agadir, Atlantic Morocco. No wind, so most were floating on the water. Also… Read More »