Birding at Oualidia region, Atlantic coast of Morocco

By MaghrebOrnitho | 31 October 2016

Birding at Oualidia region is always interesting and rewarding. Below we cite some rare birds observed at Sidi Moussa-Oualidia wetland complex and adjacent areas. Of course, no need to repeat that the “star bird” of the region is the Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus).

– A Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) at Oualidia saltpans, plus an American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) at Zemamra which is located at some 27 Km inland (8 Oct. 2016).

– A Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) at photographed at Sidi Moussa by Ruth Garcia Gorria (19 Oct. 2016). In the photo below we can also see (in the foreground) that the wetland is full of waders at the moment.

– A Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) at Zemamra (28 Oct. 2016). First record for Morocco.

– A Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor) at Oualidia, Morocco (16 Oct. 2017).

– A Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) at Sidi Abed (20 Jan. 2018).

Birds observed here in the recent past:

– A Moroccan Marsh Owl (Asio capensis tingitanus) at El Hotba marshes (2 Oct. 2014).

– A Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) at Oualidia lagoon (5 and 6 June 2014). First record for Morocc and mainland Africa.

This blog-post will be updated regularly with interesting observations from the Sidi Moussa-Oualidia wetland complex and adjacent areas.

Great Egret /Grande aigrette (Casmerodius albus), Sidi Moussa, Atlantic Morocco, 19 Oct 2016 (Ruth Garcia Gorria)

Great Egret / Grande aigrette (Casmerodius albus), Sidi Moussa, Atlantic Morocco, 19 Oct 2016 (Ruth Garcia Gorria)

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