Tag Archives: Asian vagrants

Recent Moroccan rarities: Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits and Kelp Gulls

Some recent Moroccan rarities include a Laughing Gull and Olive-backed Pipits in February and Kelp Gulls in the previous month. Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) A Laughing Gull was photographed on 14 February at Essaouira fishing port by Andrzej Kośmicki and Helena Trzeciak. There are 6 previous known records of this American species in Morocco, so… Read More »

Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco

A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) caught and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station yesterday. As with the recent presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher, it was ringed by Marc Illa and his co-workers. Marc added in an email that “The bird had some fat, indicating probably a long flight, so perhaps coming from south of the… Read More »

Franklin’s Gull at Merzouga Lake and Olive-backed Pipits at Massa, Morocco

Merzouga is not only known for its great variety of desert birds, but also by its small lake, Dayet Srij. This desert lake in the middle of nowhere can be a real magnet for rare waterbirds (and common birds as well!). A cracking adult Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) observed at this lake yesterday afternoon by… Read More »

Four Richard’s Pipits and an Olive-backed Pipit in Morocco

At least four Richard’s Pipits (Anthus richardi) at Dayet Dar Bouazza, and an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) at an urban park in Rabat. While both Asian pipit species are rare in Morocco, the former is much more regular and even winters in small numbers at some sites, the latter is much rarer. Richard’s Pipit On… Read More »

Yellow-browed Warblers in Morocco in autumn 2017

Four Yellow-browed Warblers (Phylloscopus inornatus) have been recorded so far this season: – 1 bird found at Melilla on 15 October by Francisco José Pérez Ruiz and Francisco Arias Nicolás. – 1 bird found at Missour, Moyenne Moulouya on 22 October by Geoffrey Monchaux (Geoffrey said the homologation form already sent to the MRBC, Merci!)… Read More »

Yellow-browed Warbler at Rabat, is it overwintering?

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) was seen foraging with other Phylloscopus warblers at the Botanical Garden in Rabat on 15th October 2015 by Pedro Fernandes. This is the 13th record of this Siberian species for Morocco. Pedro detailed the observation in his eBird checklist as follows: Detected by ear and later spotted with binoculars; seen at close… Read More »