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

Autumn migration of the Spanish Imperial Eagle 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 »

Second White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) for Morocco

A White-backed Vulture was observed on 5, 6 and 8 July 2017 at Jbel Moussa. The bird was flying in the area with 4 Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) and Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus). This is the second record for Morocco and the 7th or 8th for the Western Palearctic. The first for Morocco and North… 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

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 »