Category Archives: Migration, Wintering & Dispersion

First record of Cinereous Vulture for The Gambia

Until recently, the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) was considered as an accidental visitor to Morocco (and Northwest Africa in general). But now it’s actually a regular migrant and wintering species in small numbers. Movements of the species across the Sahara to West Africa are even rarer, but nevertheless, a few birds have reached sub-Saharan Africa… Read More »

New records of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in Senegal

Four previous records of Cinereous Vulture are known in Senegal (between 2005 and 2013). Two new observations were added in 2018. – One bird photographed near Fatick by Julio Rabadán González on 30 January (photo at observation.org). – One bird photographed at Sagata on 26 February during a birding trip organized by Banc d’Arguin Reizen… Read More »

First record of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) for Mauritania

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is considered an accidental visitor in Morocco. But based on recent observations, the species should be regarded as a migrant and wintering visitor in Morocco. For example, 4 birds were counted at Jbel Moussa in spring 2017 and 6 birds in spring 2016 (including 3 birds photographed together on 7 May).… Read More »

Big wintering flock of White-headed Duck at Merja Fouwrate, Morocco

Almost 1500 White-headed Ducks (Oxyura leucocephala) counted yesterday by Said Lahrouz and his team at Merja Fouwarate (Fouarat), a peri-urban wetland located at Kenitra (north-west Morocco). A more detailed census the next day, 1 January 2018, revealed a total of 1430 individuals, including 600 males (Lahrouz et al. 2018). This is probably the biggest wintering… Read More »

Migration of the Spanish Imperial Eagle to Africa in 2017

Dispersion and overwintering of Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) in Morocco and northern Africa in general is becoming regular and in relatively good numbers (for an endangered ‘sedentary’ species). As in previous years, this autumn at least 4 eagles crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to North Africa. We say “at least” because not every bird… Read More »

Spring raptor migration at Jbel Moussa in 2017 (report)

Census of vultures and other raptors in the 2017 prenuptial migration on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa – Morocco During the spring migration of 2017 at Jbel Moussa, and depending on the prevailing weather conditions and in particular with moderate westerlies, the census was carried out during 64 days from… Read More »

Spring migration census of raptors at Jbel Moussa in 2016 (report)

Census of vultures and other raptors during the prenuptial migration 2016 on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa – Morocco. During 68 days between 22 February and 20 August 2016, more than 24000 birds belonging to 20 species were counted on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular… Read More »

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa, Morocco

Over five thousands Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) migrate through northern Morocco twice a year, and an increasing number of Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) are also migrating through the region (a paradox, since the latter species is declining in its West African breeding areas from where these vagrants are coming). Some of these vultures can end up… Read More »