Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd and other rarities

By MaghrebOrnitho | 10 January 2017

At least one male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) observed yesterday by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…) at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo 1).

To my knowledge, last year there was only one observation of Sudan Golden Sparrow in Aousserd: a juvenil bird photographed by Peter Stronach and Bob Swann during the same birding trip when they recorded 4 Golden Nightjars. On the other hand, 2015 was an excellent year for the species both at Bir Anzarane and at Oued Jenna and the small ‘wadis‘ along the Aousserd road.

Other rarities:

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) photographed yesterday at 21 km north-east of Tarfaya by Abdeljebbar Qninba, Abdeslam Rihane and their colleagues. The long-staying Pied Crow at Mhamid was still there in November 2016 and in 2017.

A Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) observed on 8 January at Dakhla Bay by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…). The group noted in observation.org that it’s from the nominate subspecies (rapax). No photos yet.

Updates on the Sudan Golden Sparrows:

– On 6 February, a flock of 20 birds observed at Oued Jenna by Norbert van de Grint, but he couldn’t photograph them (observation.org). The flock size reminiscent of the observations at Bir Anzarane in 2015.

– On 13 February, Bart van Hoogstraten saw a large group of Sudan Golden Sparrows at Oued Jenna. He counted more than 10 but there were at least 20 birds (photo of 5 birds at observation.org). The same day, the ‘Big Year WP’ team observed a few birds including the nice male in photo 2.

– On 4 March, 9 Sudan Golden Sparrows at Adrar Soutouf, Oued Dahab region (Dan Brown/BiOME Consulting).

– Four birds seen on 20 March (Mats Dahlen and colleagues)

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 9 Jan 2017 (Larissa Bakker)

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 9 Jan. 2017 (Larissa Bakker).

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 13 Feb. 2017 (Big Year WP).

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 13 Feb. 2017 (Big Year WP).

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