Nearctic vagrants

Index of articles about North American bird species observed in Northwest Africa.

Olive-backed Pipit / Pipit à dos olive (Anthus hodgsoni), Dakhla Bay, 19 Feb 2020 (Javi Elorriaga).

Recent Moroccan rarities: Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits,…

Some recent Moroccan rarities include a Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits and Sudan Golden Sparrow in February and Kelp Gulls in the previous month. Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) A Laughing Gull was photographed on 14 February at Essaouira fishing port by Andrzej Kośmicki and Helena Trzeciak. There are 6 previous known records of this American species …

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Presumed ‘Cinnamon Teal x Northern Shoveler hybrid’, Merzouga Lake, Morocco, 3 March 2019 (Frieder Klöpfer and Laura Lüdtke).

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 …

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Pectoral Sandpiper / Bécasseau tacheté (Calidris melanotos), Constantine, Algeria, 1 May 2017 (Aissa Djamel Filali)

First records of Pectoral Sandpiper for Algeria

The Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) breeds in northern North America (Canada and Alaska) and northern Siberia, and winters in southern South America, southeastern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. It’s one of the most observed Nearctic species in Western Europe and also in parts of the west coast of Africa. For example, the species was removed …

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Lesser Scaup / Fuligule à tête noire (Aythya affinis), Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Ouarzazate, 18 March 2017 (Chris Townend / Wise Birding).

Lesser Scaup at Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Morocco

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 la …

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Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii), Zemamra, Morocco, 28 Oct 2016 (Benoît Maire)

First record of Baird’s Sandpiper 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 …

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Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera - Sarcelle cannelle), Oualidia, Morocco, 8 Oct 2016 (Benoît Maire)

Cinnamon Teal and American Golden Plover, Oualidia region, Morocco

A birding visit by GOMAC member Benoît Maire and 7 other birders to Oualidia region two days ago proved productive. The birding party 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: …

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Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata - Bécassine de Wilson), Dar Bouazza, 27 December 2014 (Benoît Maire)

Probable Wilson’s Snipe at Dar Bouazza, Morocco’s Atlantic coast

A probable Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) was found and photographed at Dar Bouazza near Casablanca on 27 December 2014 by Benoît Maire. This is would be the first Moroccan record for the species if accepted by the MRBC. The relatively recent split of the Wilson’s Snipe from the Common Snipe (G. gallinago) means that the Nearctic species is still …

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