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 »

Two new subspecies of Reed Warbler in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula

Two new subspecies of the Eurasian/African Reed Warbler complex have been added to the avifauna of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula by two studies published in 2016. The first study by Olsson et al. (2016) analysed the phylogeny of the Eurasian/African reed warbler complex (Acrocephalus scirpaceus – A. baeticatus) and found eight distinct lineages… Read More »

Ibis chauve: Zoom sur la dernière population sauvage du Maroc

L’ibis chauve (Geronticus eremita) est une espèce d’oiseau en danger critique d’extinction, du fait de ses faibles effectifs et de son aire de répartition réduite. Aujourd’hui, la dernière population sauvage reproductrice au monde occupe la bande littorale atlantique du sud-ouest marocain, au niveau du Parc National Souss-Massa (PNSM) et des falaises de Tamri. Depuis 1991,… Read More »

صيادون يقتلون النسر الأسمر المحمي بالقانون في شمال المغرب

مرة أخرى النسر الأسمر يقع ضحية صياد جاهل ومغرور. لمذا قتل؟ هل يؤكل كما يؤكل الحجل مثلاً، أم أنه طائر ضار قد أضر بالفلاحة وما إلى ذلك؟ لا ثم لا. هذا الطائر و جميع انواع النسور الاخرى تتغذى على الجيف، أي على العكس تماما تقوم بتنظيف الطبيعة من بقايا الحيوانات الميتة وبهذا تحد من إنتشارالأمراض… 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 »

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) at Oran, Algeria

A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) was found by the Civil Protection personal at the port of Oran, western Algeria in January 2016. It was taken to the Oran section of the Forest Conservation Service where it was helped to recover its strength. In mid-February, it was released in a daya (intermittent wetland) where some individuals… 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 »

Autumn breeding by Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Laughing Dove in North Africa

Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis): A clutch of two eggs of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga unibande) was photographed two days ago near Oued Massa, Tiznit region, southern Morocco by Mohamed Bargache. Available data up to early 2000s as summarized by Thévenot et al. (2003): egg-lying in Morocco is usually from end April to June, sometimes later… Read More »

Record breeding year for Eleonora’s Falcon at Mogador islands: 1217 nests

A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this population. The census was carried out in the framework of PIM-Initiative, launched jointly by the Morocco’s Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… Read More »