Tag Archives: colour-rings

First colour-ringing of Eurasian Spoonbill in Morocco

The nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia leucorodia) is a rare breeder in Africa. Until the installation of a new colony at Oued el-Maleh Dam near Casablanca in 2017, the Smir colony located in the north of Morocco used to be the only breeding colony in Africa. (Though other subspecies breed in the… Read More »

قنص ‘بقويقة سوداء الذيل’ هولندية في المغرب

Colour-marked Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) hunted in Morocco. See below. تمتد مواطن تعشيش ‘بقويقة سوداء الذيل’ على منطقة واسعة ولاكن بشكل متقطع من اسلندا إلى شرق روسيا. في المغرب و شمال إفريقيا يعد هذا النوع من الطيور المهاجرة و المشتية: أي أن البعض يعبر المنطقة في فترات الهجرة فقط، و البعض الآخر يقضي فترة الشتاء… Read More »

First record of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) for Mauritania

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is considered an accidental visitor in Morocco. But based on recent observations, the species should be regarded as a migrant and wintering visitor in Morocco. For example, 4 birds were counted at Jbel Moussa in spring 2017 and 6 birds in spring 2016 (including 3 birds photographed together on 7 May).… Read More »

Finnish Peregrine and Saker Falcon rescued from poachers in Morocco

About two years ago Karim Rousselon shared with us the story of how a Swedish Peregrine Falcon was rescued from poachers at Casablanca. The same story happened again last November with a Peregrine Falcon from Finland and a Saker Falcon. This account is based on the report by K. Rousselon and his co-authors published today.… Read More »

Swedish Peregrine Falcon rescued from poachers at Casablanca, Morocco

A 3-year old male Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) ringed in Sweden was captured in south of Casablanca by poachers on 18 December 2015. It was released by Karim Rousselon after negotiations with the captors. The information has been transmitted to the Swedish Bird Ringing Centre. Un Faucon mâle pèlerin d’origine suédoise de 3 ans capturé… Read More »

Regular wintering of Dutch-ringed Spoonbills in northern Morocco

Two Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) have connected The Netherlands with northern Morocco during the last few years, here are their stories. These spoonbills were ringed at two different Dutch islands and observed regularly wintering in the wetlands of northern Morocco during the autumns of 2011 and 2013 (and again in 2015 and 2016, see updates).… Read More »

Breeding of Glossy Ibis at Smir heronry, northern Morocco

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) has finally returned to breed in northern Morocco after it has deserted the region for nearly a century. An important breeding colony of the species was discovered in the heronry installed in dune vegetation near Smir marshes (northern Morocco) by one of us, Rachid El Khamlichi, on 1st May 2011. Several… Read More »