Category Archives: Western Palearctic birding

Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… 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 »

Moineau doré (Passer luteus) à Djanet, sud-est d’Algérie

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Djanet, Algeria. The northernmost record of the species in the Western Palearctic. See below. Un joli mâle Moineau doré (Passer luteus) a été photographié le 16 janvier 2017 à Djanet, au sud-est de l’Algérie par Bilal Gueroui. L’espèce n’a pas été observée en Algérie depuis des décennies, et Djanet est le… Read More »

Pied Crow at Khnifiss Lagoon, southern Morocco

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) observed at 21 km north-east of Tarfaya on 9 January by Abdeljebbar Qninba, Abdeslam Rihane and their colleagues (photo 1). Today (23 Jan), a Pied Crow observed at Khnifiss Lagoon (exactly near Auberge Khnifiss) by Imad Cherkaoui and Leabid Ayach (photos 2 & 3). Probably the same bird observed north-east… 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 »

Sound recordings of Golden Nightjars at Aousserd and more photos

At least four Golden Nightjars were heard and one photographed at Oued Jenna by the BIOME team (Dan Brown, Richard Moores and Martyn Owen) on 16 March 2016. Since then, the species was observed (or heard) several times during the last two months. In early March, a German birding group with Mohamed Lamine Samlali of the Association… 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 »

The resident Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Mhamid, Morocco (2015-2018)

Remember the Pied Crow photographed near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, on 1st November 2015 by Thomas S. Lahlafi? And next day, Brahim Bakass tried to find the bird but without success. Well, Brahim has finally found the Pied Crow at the village of M’hamid on 29 February 2016. Also, he was informed by his contacts in… Read More »