Tag Archives: first for Morocco

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 »

Rare birds in Morocco: 21st report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) for the year 2015 has just been published. During that period, the MRBC examined 124 new records of which 112 were accepted. The report included the first Moroccan records of three species: White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus), it’s also the 4th for the Western Palearctic, seen at… Read More »

Golden Nightjar at Aousserd: first Western Palearctic record

A Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) was observed crossing the road between Dakhla and Aousserd and hit by the observers’ car and died on 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski). This is the first record for Morocco and the Western Palearctic. We will hopefully receive more information about this great record which confirms once more that the Aousserd region is… Read More »

Rare birds in Morocco: 20th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The 20th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee has just been published. In 2014, MRBC examined 109 new records of which 92 were accepted including four species new to Morocco: Long-tailed Duck – Harelde boréale (Clangula hyemalis): seen at Oualidia in June 2014. This is also the first record for mainland Africa. Upland Sandpiper – Bartramie des… Read More »

First American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) for Morocco

Exceptional observation of an American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) in Kenitra. “The bird found very weak in the city of Kenitra three days ago by my uncle, and was collected to his garden” reported Thomas S. Lahlafi in the facebook group of GOMAC. The bird would have gained its strength until last night, and was… Read More »

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus): a new species for Morocco and North Africa

We found a mega Western Palearctic rarity! Yesterday, we reported the observation of a group of 3 Rüppell’s and 38 Griffon vultures at a carcass near Tétouan, northern Morocco. We went back to the site today (25 May), and to our great pleasure we found a White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) with the other birds that… Read More »

First White-throated Bee-eater for the Western Palearctic

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis – Guêpier à gorge blanche) was seen at Gleb Jdiane, Oued Dahab on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob. This is not only the first record for Morocco, but it’s a first for the Western Palearctic as well. According to the last AERC Western Palearctic list… Read More »

First Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) for Morocco

An Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) was observed and photographed near Dakhla, Oued Dahab by Franck Chevalier on 11 October 2013. The bird seen at a water point at “ferme Maraîchage du Sahara 1”, and seemed neither tired nor in poor condition. This place produces some interesting rarities both from North America like this bird and from sub-Saharan… Read More »