Two Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) photographed in a wadi close to the Aousserd road on 20 April 2015 by Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora. The wadi, located some 66 km north-west of Aousserd, is similar to Oued Jenna but smaller. The exact location is: N 22.95729, W 14.77716. The Sudan Golden Sparrows were as usual with a flock of Desert Sparrows (Passer simplex).
The birders were accompanied by Ibtissam El Jaffali of the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I).
Sudan Golden Sparrows in a wadi some 90 km west of Aousserd
The observation above was like a ‘good omen’ for a group of Dutch birders that hoped to see the species in Morocco. This is especially true since no Sudan Golden Sparrows were seen at Bir Anzarane since mid-March. The group was still birding in Central Morocco when the observation was published here. After reading the news, Marten Hornsveld commented below asking about the location of the site.
Anyway, on 1 May the Dutch birders found two Sudan Golden Sparrows in a wadi some 90 km north-west of the town of Aousserd. The exact location is: N 23.09747, W 14.94188. In addition to Marten, the group included Vivian Jacobs, Jelmer Poelstra and Martijn Hammers.
Here is the summary of their experience (see also what Marten Hornsveld wrote in the comments’ section:
We met up with people from the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I.) (contacted through Facebook and later telephone) in Dakhla to inquire about the sighting of Sudan Golden Sparrows on 20/4 reported by Moroccan Birds. They were happy to share information, though with our less-than-excellent understanding of French we still were slightly confused about the exact location the sparrows had been seen, the clearest clue was that it should be about 70 km west of Oued Jenna. They also confirmed no sparrows were present at Bir Anzarane any longer. 34 birds had been seen in February, so there was hope this could be a long-term reliable site. However, Peter Stronach subsequently only saw two individuals on 10 March, and they have not been seen at all since despite several visits (according to A.N.I.). We were lucky enough to locate two birds in a flock of 30 Desert Sparrows at the wadi 70 km west of Oued Jenna on 1/5.