Tag Archives: Merzouga

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 »

Dunn’s Lark at Merzouga and other rare birds

Some rare birds observed recently in different regions of Morocco: Isabelline Shrike, Lesser Flamingo, African Dunn’s Lark, Golden Nightjar and Sudan Golden Sparrow. African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni) Dunn’s Larks were discovered near Merzouga in 2010 and stayed there until 2012. After an absence of nearly 7 years, the species reappeared in the area again.… Read More »

First records of Eastern Subalpine Warbler for Morocco

The split of the Subalpine Warbler complex (sensu lato) into three different species (i.e. Moltoni’s, Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers) was proposed a few years ago. However, the split of the Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), which is the most divergent of the three, is currently the only widely accepted split. Although the full three-way split… Read More »

Presumed ‘Cinnamon Teal x Shoveler hybrid’ at Merzouga lake, Morocco

A presumed Cinnamon Teal x Shoveler hybrid (Spatula cyanoptera x S. clypeata) photographed at Dayet Srij near Merzouga, south-eastern Morocco. The bird was found by Frieder Klöpfer and Laura Lüdtke on 3 March 2019 and reported by Marc Illa. The desert lake is full of water and birds. About 500 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) and… Read More »

Egyptian Nightjars arrive early to the breeding areas

We received two recent sightings of Egyptian Nightjars (Caprimulgus aegyptius) in this February from two Moroccan birding hotspots: Aousserd in Western Sahara and Merzouga in Eastern Sahara. The first bird was seen at Laglat/Derraman near Oued Jenna on 18 Feb. 2016 by Javier Elorriaga and Yeray Seminario (Birding the Strait). In addition to the single Egyptian… Read More »

African Dunn’s Lark at Merzouga, Morocco

African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni) was discovered at Merzouga in April 2010. In 2011, many birders failed to see the larks, and thus believed the species has disappeared from Merzouga. The purpose of this blog-post is to show that Dunn’s Larks were present also in 2011. The second aim is to compile future sightings in… Read More »