Tag Archives: Smir wetland

The Eurasian Spoonbill at Smir: past, present and future (book article)

“La migración intercontinental de la espátula (Platalea leucorodia)” is the title of the first monograph on the Eurasian Spoonbill published in Spanish. It was edited by the ‘Limes Platalea project’ of the ‘Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural’ and published last autumn in Cadiz, Andalusia. Despite the title, the book included articles about different aspects (migration, wintering… Read More »

Breeding range expansion of Black-headed Gull in Morocco

The first proven breeding of Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in Africa was found at an islet of Barrage Al-Massira in 2002 (Radi et al. 2004; Thévenot et al. 2004). Soon after, the species started to colonise other wetlands in Morocco and some sites in Algeria and Tunisia as well. The following sites is where the… Read More »

Good breeding season (2013) at Smir heronry

This breeding season (2013) was good at Smir heronry compared with the last year (2012) when at least the Glossy Ibis has most likely failed to nest because of disturbance. There was much less disturbance this year (probably because of the sensitisation of the gardeners done last year), and all species returned to breed in the… 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 »

Smir heronry in the breeding season 2012

On 12 May 2012, we visited Smir wetland to observe and count the breeding populations at the adjacent heronry. Unlike last year, this breeding season was not very good for all nesting birds, drought and disturbance have probably both contributed to the failure of the breeding this season. Here are the numbers we have counted… 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 »

Wintering of Penduline Tits (Remiz pendulinus) in Morocco

The Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) was until recently considered to be an accidental winter visitor to Morocco. Regular wintering was suspected in the north-west of the country but had been poorly documented. The ringing data collected in the Smir marshes (north-west Morocco) during the period 2004–2008 indicate that Eurasian Penduline Tits regularly winter in… Read More »