First Upland Sandpiper for Morocco

By MaghrebOrnitho | 17 October 2013

An Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) was observed and photographed near Dakhla, Oued Dahab by Franck Chevalier on 11 October 2013. The bird seen at a water point at “ferme Maraîchage du Sahara 1”, and seemed neither tired nor in poor condition. This place produces some interesting rarities both from North America like this Upland Sandpiper and from sub-Saharan Africa like the African Crake (Crecopsis egregia) found there in 2009.

This is the first record for Morocco and only the second (or third) documented record for mainland Africa. The first African record was photographed south of Nouadhibou, Mauritania on 11 May 1986. It is also on the list of birds of Gabon, but without details about their first record.

See this note for more information:

Chevalier, F. & Bergier, P. 2013. Première mention de la Bartramie des champs (Bartramia longicauda) au Maroc. Go-South Bull. 10: 235-237. PDF

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda - Bartramie des champs), Dakhla, Oued Dahab, 11 October 2013 (Franck Chevalier)

Upland Sandpiper / Bartramie des champs (Bartramia longicauda), Dakhla, Oued Dahab, 11 Oct. 2013 (Franck Chevalier).

3 thoughts on “First Upland Sandpiper for Morocco

  1. StourbridgeRantBoy

    Superb record, I managed a couple back in the 80's in Britain but would love to find/see one in Maroc….

    Laurie –

    1. Tom van Spanje

      This might be the second for Africa. On 11 May 1986, I observed and photographed one near the airport of Nouadhibou, Mauritania.
      It was feeding at flies near a rubbish tip.

    2. magornitho Post author

      Thanks Tom. Indeed, your record was the first documented observation for Africa and this one is the second. The species is also in the Gabon's list as the authors indicated in the paper, but neither a date nor a location is mention for the latter country.

      Laurie, as I said earlier, it’s time to find a rarity in Morocco, since you visited the country enough times now. Good luck!



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