Category Archives: Birding Morocco

Birding trip summary, Feb-March 2017

Notable records from the recent Rockjumper Birding Tours trip to Morocco included the following (thanks Mark Beevers for the summary): A minimum of 120 African Crimson Winged Finches and 15 Horned Larks at Oukaimeden on 22nd February, An immature Golden Eagle near the Tinmel Mosque in Tizi n’Test with an Alpine Accentor and eight Ring Ouzels… Read More »

White-throated Bee-eater at Dakhla bay: 2nd Western Palearctic record

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) found at Dakhla bay, Oued Dahab region on 28 February  2017 by Billy Herman. It’s the second Western Palearctic record for the species, the first record was observed at the site known to birders as ‘Gleb Jdiane’ in December 2013 (correct name of that place is not Gleb Jdiane but… Read More »

Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd

Three Golden Nightjars (Caprimulgus eximius) were heard calling at Oued Jenna, Aousserd by Dutch birder Norbert van de Grint two days ago (5 Feb. 2017). Norbert uploaded his record to observation.org and said photos will follow (he is still travelling). Updates: – On 12 February, Bart van Hoogstraten and his birding colleagues heard one signing… Read More »

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd and other rarities

At least one male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) observed yesterday by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…) at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo 1). To my knowledge, last year there was only one observation of Sudan Golden Sparrow in Aousserd: a juvenil bird photographed by Peter Stronach and Bob Swann during the same birding… Read More »

First Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) for Morocco

Yet another productive birding trip to Zemamra – located some km inland from Oualidia – this autumn. A Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) was photographed at this site by Benoît Maire on 28 October 2016. Three weeks earlier, an American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) was photographed there by the same observer. The Baird’s Sandpiper observation would… Read More »

Birding at Oualidia region

A Great Egret (Grande aigrette – Casmerodius albus) photographed at Sidi Moussa on 19 October 2016 by Ruth Garcia Gorria. In the photo below we can also see (in the foreground) that the wetland is full of waders at the moment. This post will updated regularly with interesting observations from Sidi Moussa-Oualidia wetland complex. Also… Read More »

American Golden Plover and possible Cinnamon Teal, Oualidia region

A birding visit by GOMAC member Benoît Maire and 7 other birders to Oualidia region proved productive with the group managed to see a total of 70 different species including some rare birds: An American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) was seen and photographed at Zemamra some 27 Km inland from Oualidia (coordinates: 32.6306202, -8.7852207). This… Read More »

Sound recordings of Golden Nightjars at Aousserd and more photos

After at least four Golden Nightjars were heard and one photographed by the BIOME team (Dan Brown, Richard Moores and Martyn Owen) on 16 March 2016. More observations of Golden Nightjar were made at Oued Jenna, Aousserd during the last two months. In early March, a German birding group with Mohamed Lamine Samlali of the Association Nature Initiative heard… Read More »

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): a new breeding species for Morocco

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) is widely distributed across Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. During the last 30 years, the species has undergone a range expansion across the Middle East where the species now recorded in many countries and has reached as north as Turkey and Georgia. In… Read More »

4 Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd: detailed report

Excellent birding observations in the Aousserd region, southern Morocco. Peter Stronach and Bob Swann have just returned back from a trip to the region. They recorded Golden Nightjars and provided valuable details indicating the (highly probable) breeding of the species in the region. They also recorded a Sudan Golden Sparrow whilst birding at Oued Jenna (first… Read More »

Possible breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd, Morocco

The first confirmed record of Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) for Morocco and the Western Palearctic only came last year when a bird was observed crossing the road and hit by the observers’ car on the Aousserd road (Dyczkowski 2016). Less than a year after this observation, the breeding of this species in the Aousserd region… Read More »