Sudan Golden Sparrows near the Aousserd road

By | 22 April 2015

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).

Update:

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.

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 (Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora).

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 (Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora).

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 (Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora).

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 (Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora).

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 ( Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora)

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 20 April 2015 ( Jaione Echarte & Xavier Idígora)

9 thoughts on “Sudan Golden Sparrows near the Aousserd road

  1. Marten Hornsveld

    Good news! The 29th of April me and other Dutch birders will visit the area. Is there info on the exact location by any chance? Would be really great 🙂

    Cheers,
    Marten Hornsveld

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    1. magornitho Post author

      No, we don’t have the exact location. But based on the photographs, the bird in the Acacia tree and those feeding on Panicum turgidum), I can say that it was either at Oued Jenna or at a similar wadi near the road. You might want to compare with similar photographs from last year – just search Passer luteus inside the blog. Also, when you arrive to Dakhla you can ask the people of the ‎Association Nature Initiative, they know the area and are very helpful.

      Good luck!
      Mohamed

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    2. Marten Hornsveld

      Thanks for the info! We'll keep our eyes open when we are there, looking foreward to it!

      Reply
    3. Marten Hornsveld

      We found them! Two really nice guys from A.N.I. told us that they were seen in a wadi 70km before Oued Jenna. Took us some time due to the heat to find them (45C), but we were able to locate 2 in a flock of 30 Desert Sparrows.

      Though but great birding here!
      Cheers, Marten

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    4. magornitho Post author

      Excellent! I am glad that you have found them, and that you have received help from the people of A.N.I.

      By the way, was it on 29/30 April or on 1st May?

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    5. Marten Hornsveld

      We found them on the 1st of May. The exact location was: N 23.09747 W 014.94188. The rest of our observations during our 2,5 week tour will be available on observado.org asap 🙂

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  2. Jaione Echarte

    Our observation where at:
    N 22.95729°
    W 014.77716°
    2 Passer luteus and Passer simplex on April 20th
    Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora

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    1. magornitho Post author

      Thanks Jaione for the details and for the photographs!

      Reply

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