Category Archives: Bird Movements (Migration, Wintering & Dispersion)

Spring migration census of raptors at Jbel Moussa, Morocco, 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 Between 22 February and 20 August 2016, the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular Jbel Moussa and its surroundings, experienced an important passage of soaring birds belonging to… Read More »

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa

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 »

Migration of the reintroduced Bald Ibises from Spain to Morocco

More Northern Bald Ibises (Geronticus eremita) from the reintroduced population in southern Spain crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco this autumn than during the entire life of Projecto Eremita (the project which started in 2003 and aims to reintroduce the species in La Janda area, Province of Cadiz led by Jerez Zoo and the… Read More »

Vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2016

The following chronicle describes the experience of Juan Ramírez Román and his friend Antonio Román Muñoz in northern Morocco. They visited the area between 2 and 4 November to witness vulture migration, and also made a short visit to lower Loukkos marshes. Both the English summary and the detailed Spanish version below were written by… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Rissani, eastern Morocco

A Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) photographed and recorded in video in the Rissani region, eastern Sahara by Deirdre Robinson on 15 March 2016. The eagle was initially perched on post with wide white wing patches visible, soared over rocky desert for several minutes with good views of white leading edge of wings. Deirdre was in… Read More »

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa

Observation of a 2cy Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa today at 1:47 p.m by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the fourth record of the species in Morocco. The first one was observed at Merzouga in April 1996 by P.-A. Crochet et al. (Bergier et al. 1997), the second observed at Punta Cires near… Read More »

Spring vulture migration at Jbel Moussa, May 2016

A summary of raptor migration observations during three days in May 2016 at Jbel Moussa (with emphasis on vultures): 2 May: A Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) was photographed with a flock of 32 Griffon Vultures (G. fulvus) by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the second bird for spring 2016, the first one observed… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Jbel Moussa

A Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) was photographed just south of Jbel Moussa on 27 April 2016 by Rachid El Khamlichi. The bird was flying north towards the Strait of Gibraltar when seen. It’s a 2nd calendar-year bird (born in 2015) like the six Spanish Imperial Eagles tracked with GPS-GSM transmitters from Andalusia and which all visited… Read More »

Satellite-tracked Bonelli’s Eagles wintering in Africa for the first time

The recent detection of two young Bonelli’s Eagles (Aquila fasciata) crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco (one has even crossed the Sahara desert) shows an unknown dispersive movement in this species. It is one more example that confirms the importance of North Africa to the Iberian raptors.   The Bonelli’s Eagle is usually resident across… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle: recovering space beyond borders

Tracking Spanish Imperial Eagles with GPS-GSM transmitters brings to light perhaps a more common than previously thought movements. In 2015, six young Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) visited North Africa from Andalusia. A recent article by researchers from the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) and the Government of Andalusia explored the subject of these eagles’ movements… Read More »

Northern Bald Ibis at Larache, northern Morocco

Two Northern Bald Ibises (Geronticus eremita) were photographed yesterday at Larache, northern Morocco by Moroccan birder Imad Yassine. The birds were not ringed, so they are either from the Moroccan populations or from the introduced population in southern Spain. The Moroccan breeding colonies located at Tamri and Souss-Massa National Park are situated at about 640… Read More »

Egyptian Nightjars in the breeding areas in February

We received two recent sightings of Egyptian Nightjars (Caprimulgus aegyptius) in this February from two Moroccan birding hotspots: Aousserd in Western Sahara and Merzouga in Eastern Sahara. The first bird was seen at Laglat/Derraman near Oued Jenna on 18 February by Javier Elorriaga/Birding the Strait. Javier, who was with Yeray Seminario, added that an unidentified nightjar… Read More »

Autumn vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2015

A summary of vulture migration census during November 2015 at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires (Dalia beach) on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco: 4 November: More than 400 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) crossed the Strait of Gibraltar this day at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires. They were first detected (by… Read More »

Wintering of Spanish Imperial Eagles at Guelmim

A wintering Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) was photographed yesterday by Ali Irizi in the Guelmim region, Morocco (photo 1 and video at the end). In 2015, six juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagles tracked by GPS-GSM transmitters in Andalusia, southern Spain have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. One of these eagles was found electrocuted… Read More »

3500 Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar at Jbel Moussa

In less than 1 hour this morning, more than 2300 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, and passed above Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco. At the time of writing this (12h44), some smaller groups are still crossing.By late afternoon, over 3500 Griffon Vultures have been estimated to have crossed the Strait towards… Read More »