Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Olive-backed Pipit

By MaghrebOrnitho | 29 January 2018

Golden Nightjar at Oued Jenna

Until now, Golden Nightjars (Caprimulgus eximius) have been recorded at Aoussed only from February until May. For example, during a birding trip to Oued Jenna for The Sound Approach in mid-December 2017, Arnoud B. van den Berg and Killian Mullarney have not recorded the species.

On 19 January 2018, Charles Coup found a fresh flight feather, in perfect condition, belonging to Golden Nightjar at Oued Jenna.

Sudan Golden Sparrows at Oued Jenna

Until now, the biggest flocks of Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) in Oued Dahab region were those recorded at Oued Jenna by Paul French and others in April 2017 (about 50 birds), and also the well-known flock at Bir Anzarane in 2015 (at least 31 birds).

On 19 and 20 January 2018, a record number of 100 birds were observed by Charles Coup at Oued Jenna.

On 21 January, Lars Petersson and his partner observed a big flock of at least 50 Sudan Golden Sparrows flying around. Unlike the majority of observations in the previous years, this time the flock was mono-specific. Lars also photographed some ‘long-billed crested larks’, which some observes consider them as Maghreb Lark, while others count them as Crested Lark. Read: What is the ID and status of “long-billed” Crested Larks at Aousserd? 

Olive-backed Pipit at Rabat

One Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) found near Marjane Bouregreg, on the eastern part of Rabat on 28 January 2018 (Pedro Fernandes, eBird). Last autumn, Pedro found four Olive-backed Pipits at two urban parks located inside Rabat (three birds stayed at one site at least from 5 until 22 November).

Other recent rarities from this month.

Update: 

Added the observation of Lars and the link about the ID and status of “long-billed” Crested Larks at Aousserd.

Olive-backed Pipit / Pipit à dos olive (Anthus hodgsoni), marshes of Bou Regreg, Rabat, 28 Jan. 2018 (Pedro Fernandes).

Olive-backed Pipit / Pipit à dos olive (Anthus hodgsoni), marshes of Bou Regreg, Rabat, 28 Jan. 2018 (Pedro Fernandes).

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