Tag Archives: Strait of Gibraltar

3500 Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar at Jbel Moussa

In less than 1 hour this morning, more than 2300 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, and passed above Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco. At the time of writing this (12h44), some smaller groups are still crossing. By late afternoon, over 3500 Griffon Vultures have been estimated to have crossed the Strait… Read More »

House Bunting at Jbel Moussa, is the Iberian Peninsula next?

The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier since at least a decade ago and now is abundant in many parts of this big city. Then it colonised Tétouan since at least 2010. Now it moved to the countryside. Yesterday, Rachid El Khamlichi took a quick photo of one bird at Jbel Moussa. Taking into account the… Read More »

Vultures bathing captured by camera trap, Jbel Moussa

These Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) were captured by camera trap set up near a water source at Jbel Moussa (northern Morocco) by Rachid El Khamlichi and Mohammed Karim El Haoua .The vultures passing through this area during migration have the privilege of drinking and bathing in clean water running from the spring (the vultures can render the… Read More »

1335 Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in one day

Yesterday, 5 November, we had a fantastic day watching bird migration (or precisely vulture migration) around Jbel Moussa, on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar. We have counted 1335 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) in 6 hours (between 10:00 and 16.00). The vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar mainly at Jbel Moussa, with some reached… Read More »

Gibraltar buzzard

Interesting news posted by Dick Forsman in his website following his short visit with Javier Elorriaga and Antonio-Roman Muñoz from Fundación Migrés to the Moroccan side of the Strait of Gibraltar this month. The aim of this visit was to study the controversial ‘Gibraltar buzzard’ which occurs in the areas around the Strait. Dick commented:… Read More »

Expansion of House Bunting in Tangier, north Morocco

Up until the publication of ‘The Birds of Morocco’ (Thévenot et al. 2003), the House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) was only recorded as a vagrant in Tangier. By mid-2000s, it started to breed in the Medina of Tangier (Birding World 19: 263). How the original nucleus population started to breed in Tangier, however, is still a… Read More »