Large influx of Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus) has been detected in Morocco during the last few days and continues to this date.
– On 2 May, Brahim Bakass photographed 2 Red-footed Falcons near Kelaat M’Gouna.
– On 10 May, Karim Laïdi and his colleagues of GOMAC photographed a male and female at Enjil Plateau, Boulemane Province (photo 1).
– On 11 May, Karim Rousselon commented the following: “a group of about 50 Red-footed Falcons are passing through the Enjil plateau at the moment”.
– On 12 May, Said Azaouaghe photographed a male Red-footed Falcon being attacked by a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) at Nador on the Mediterranean coast (photo 2).
Updates 1: The influx continues
– On 13 May, Karim Rousselon shared the photograph 3 with this comment: “daily passages of Red-footed Falcons in the Oriental region since 10 May 2015. Today this adult male takes it’s time to eat a young lark. Most are content with insects which are consumed in flight”.
Passages quotidiens de Faucons Kobez dans l’Oriental depuis le 10/05/2015. Aujourd’hui ce mâle adulte prend le temps de manger une jeune alouette. La majorité se contentent d’insectes consommés en plein vol.
– On 13 May, Brahim Bakass photographed an adult male near Marrakech feeding on insects (photo 4).
– On 14 May, Diego Jeréz observed 15 Red-footed Falcons migrating in the direction of NW and photographed an adult female at Melilla on the Mediterranean coast.
All these and other new records obtained from southern Morocco were summarised in the following report:
Bergier, P., Amezian, M., Chevalier, F., Qninba, A. & Rufray, X. (2015). Les observations de Faucons kobez (Falco vespertinus) au Maroc ; afflux en mai 2015 et premières mentions au Sahara Atlantique. Go-South Bulletin 12: 49–54.