Tag Archives: rare birds

Collared Flycatcher caught by a cat

A cat was photographed just after he caught a Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) at Rhourde el-Baguel, Ouargla province, eastern Algeria. The scene was captured by Fethi Saadaoui on 7 April 2017. Cats are known to catch a wide variety of birds, but catching an agile bird like a flycatcher is not easy. The bird must… Read More »

Lesser Scaup (Petit fuligule) at Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Ouarzazate

A Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) photographed at Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Ouarzazate, on 18 March 2017 by Chris Townend during his Wise Birding tour to Morocco. It’s the 7th record for Morocco.   Une Fuligule à tête noire (appelée aussi Petit fuligule selon Wikipedia) photographiée au Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi le 18 mars par Chris Townend.  C’est… Read More »

Birding trip summary, Feb-March 2017

Notable records from the recent Rockjumper Birding Tours trip to Morocco included the following (thanks Mark Beevers for the summary): A minimum of 120 African Crimson Winged Finches and 15 Horned Larks at Oukaimeden on 22nd February, An immature Golden Eagle near the Tinmel Mosque in Tizi n’Test with an Alpine Accentor and eight Ring Ouzels… Read More »

Première observation documentée de la Fauvette babillarde (Sylvia curruca) en Algérie

L’aire de reproduction de la Fauvette babillarde (Sylvia curruca) s’étend depuis l’Europe occidental jusqu’à l’Asie centrale, et hiverne en Asie du Sud et en Afrique (principalement à l’est et au centre du continent). Au Maghreb, l’espèce est considérée rare (migrateur irrégulier et hivernant accidentel): En Tunisie: Isenmann et al. (2005) citent seulement deux mentions authentifiées… Read More »

Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd

Three Golden Nightjars (Caprimulgus eximius) were heard calling at Oued Jenna, Aousserd by Dutch birder Norbert van de Grint two days ago (5 Feb. 2017). Norbert uploaded his record to observation.org and said photos will follow (he is still travelling). Updates: – On 12 February, Bart van Hoogstraten and his birding colleagues heard one signing… Read More »

Moineau doré (Passer luteus) à Djanet, sud-est d’Algérie

Un joli mâle Moineau doré (Passer luteus) a été photographié le 16 janvier 2017 à Djanet, au sud-est de l’Algérie par Bilal Gueroui. L’espèce n’a pas été observée en Algérie depuis des décennies, et Djanet est le deuxième site pour l’espèce dans le pays. La première observation du Moineau doré en Algérie remonte à janvier… Read More »

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd and other rarities

At least one male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) observed yesterday by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…) at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo 1). To my knowledge, last year there was only one observation of Sudan Golden Sparrow in Aousserd: a juvenil bird photographed by Peter Stronach and Bob Swann during the same birding… 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 »

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) at Oran, Algeria

A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) was found by the Civil Protection personal at the port of Oran, western Algeria in January 2016. It was taken to the Oran section of the Forest Conservation Service where it was helped to recover its strength. In mid-February, it was released in a daya (intermittent wetland) where some individuals… Read More »

American Golden Plover and possible 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 »

Sound recordings of Golden Nightjars at Aousserd and more photos

After at least four Golden Nightjars were heard and one photographed by the BIOME team (Dan Brown, Richard Moores and Martyn Owen) on 16 March 2016. More observations of Golden Nightjar were made at Oued Jenna, Aousserd during the last two months. In early March, a German birding group with Mohamed Lamine Samlali of the Association Nature Initiative heard… Read More »

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa

Observation of a 2cy Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa today at 1:47 p.m by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the fourth record of the species in Morocco. The first one was observed at Merzouga in April 1996 by P.-A. Crochet et al. (Bergier et al. 1997), the second observed at Punta Cires near… Read More »