Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Olive-backed Pipit

By MaghrebOrnitho | 29 January 2018

Some recent rarities were published a couple of days ago, here are some more.

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius)

Until now, Golden Nightjars 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 (Passer luteus)

Until now, the biggest flocks of Sudan Golden Sparrow 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? 

On 2 March, Benoit Maire and colleagues observed two big flocks of about 50 birds each.

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

One Olive-backed Pipit 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).

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).

Sudan Golden Sparrow / Moineau doré (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 2 March 2018 (Benoit Maire)

Sudan Golden Sparrow / Moineau doré (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 2 March 2018 (Benoit Maire).

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