Tag Archives: Western Palearctic rarities

White-throated Bee-eater at Dakhla bay: 2nd Western Palearctic record

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) found at Dakhla bay, Oued Dahab region on 28 February  2017 by Billy Herman. It’s the second Western Palearctic record for the species, the first record was observed at the site known to birders as ‘Gleb Jdiane’ in December 2013 (correct name of that place is not Gleb Jdiane but… Read More »

Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… 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 »

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 »

4 Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd: detailed report

Excellent birding observations in the Aousserd region, southern Morocco. Peter Stronach and Bob Swann have just returned back from a trip to the region. They recorded Golden Nightjars and provided valuable details indicating the (highly probable) breeding of the species in the region. They also recorded a Sudan Golden Sparrow whilst birding at Oued Jenna (first… Read More »

Possible breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd, Morocco

The first confirmed record of Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) for Morocco and the Western Palearctic only came last year when a bird was observed crossing the road and hit by the observers’ car on the Aousserd road (Dyczkowski 2016). Less than a year after this observation, the breeding of this species in the Aousserd region… Read More »

Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) photographed at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th or the 12th record for Morocco, depending whether we count the bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found by Daniel Vrauwdeunt three days later as one or two records… Read More »