Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco

By MaghrebOrnitho | 14 April 2019

A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) caught and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station yesterday. As with the recent presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher, it was ringed by Marc Illa and his co-workers.

Marc added in an email that “The bird had some fat, indicating probably a long flight, so perhaps coming from south of the Sahara (as it has been already documented to happen)”. [For non-ringers, fat is the subcutaneous adipose tissue used to fuel long-distance migration of birds].

The Yellow-browed Warbler in a rarity in Morocco: 18 records have been accepted by the MRBC so far. A bird at Rabat last autumn would be the 19th and this one would be the 20th (if both accepted).

The species is mainly encountered during autumn migration with some probable wintering records (e.g. a bird photographed at Tagdilt Track on 1 December 2017 is likely a wintering bird. While a bird that stayed at Rabat between 15 October and 3 November 2015 could have been a wintering or a migrant). During spring migration, the species is even rarer.

Marc is regularly publishing the updates of the ringing station at Yasmina Primavera blog (primavera means spring in Catalan).

Yellow-browed Warbler / Pouillot à grands sourcils (Phylloscopus inornatus), Merzouga, Morocco, 13 April 2019 (Marc Illa).
Yellow-browed Warbler / Pouillot à grands sourcils (Phylloscopus inornatus), Merzouga, Morocco, 13 April 2019 (Marc Illa).

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2 thoughts on “Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco

  1. Michel Ittelet

    Lors d’une prochaine visite au Maroc, je souhaiterais visiter votre station de baguage. Est-il possible d’organiser des séances de baguage du côté de M’Hamid ou dans l’oued Massa ?
    Michel Ittelet
    Chef du groupe de baguage Cinclus

    1. MaghrebOrnitho Post author

      Bonjour Michel,
      Bien sûr, vous êtes bienvenus (même les birdwatcheurs leur rendent visite régulièrement pendant leur séjour à Merzouga).
      Cette station de baguage est gérée par l’Institut Catalan d’Ornithologie en partenariat avec d’autres partenaires depuis 2008. Concernant la possibilité de la mise en place d’autres stations, vous pouvez demander à Marc Illa (le bagueur en charge actuellement de la station).
      Note :
      Ici, à MaghrebOrnitho, nous ne publions que les oiseaux rares/intéressants que Marc partage avec nous (soient capturés à la station de baguage ou observés dans le voisinage comme la Mouette de Franklin observée récemment à Dayet Srij par exemple).



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