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First record of Eastern Imperial Eagle for Tunisia and Northwest Africa

An Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) was photographed in spring 2017 at El Haouaria, northern Tunisia (Mohamed El Golli). El Haouaria, located at the extreme north-east of the Cap Bon peninsula, is known as a major point for migratory raptors following the Central Mediterranean Flyway (continental Italy-Sicily-Tunisia). In our opinion, this is the first record… Read More »

Blue-naped Mousebird at Tamanrasset: first record for Algeria

A Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) was photographed three days ago in the Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria (Soufyane Bekkouche). This is the first (known) record of the species for Algeria. The bird was photographed at a village in the Tin-Zaouten district, located in the south of Tamanghasset province. The village location (20° 23’N) is slightly outside… 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 »

First record of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) for Morocco

During one of his marine surveys off the Moroccan coast, Andy Williams photographed a Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) flying c. 30 km off Agadir on 23 March 2013. However, he could not get access to the photos from the trip for a long time until last summer (see Andy’s comment below). The ‘WP reports’ (Ławicki &… Read More »

First record of Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) for Morocco

On 18 May 2017, Rachid observed an immature Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) at Jbel Moussa. The bird was migrating northward along with Short-toed Snake Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) and Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) at an altitude of about 1500 m. This is the first record for Morocco. In the Maghreb, the species was previously recorded in… Read More »

Premières observations du Bécasseau tacheté en Algérie

Le Bécasseau tacheté (Calidris melanotos) se reproduit au nord de l’Amérique du Nord (Canada et Alaska) et au nord de la Sibérie, et hiverne dans la partie sud de l’Amérique du Sud, sud-est de l’Australie, la Tasmanie et la Nouvelle Zélande. C’est l’une des espèces néarctiques les plus observées dans l’Europe occidental et aussi dans certaines… Read More »

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 »

American Golden Plover and 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 »

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 interesting record which confirms once more that the Aousserd region is… 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 »