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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Franklin's Gull at Nador Port: 1st record for the Mediterranean coast

A Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan - Mouette de Franklin) is present at the port of Nador on the eastern Mediterranean coast since 15 April 2015. It was still there yesterday. 

This is the 8th record for Morocco and the first record on the Mediterranean coast of this North American species.

Observations and photo by Diego Jeréz.


Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) Nador Port, Mediterranean coast, 15-24 April 2015 (photo: Diego Jeréz).
Gracias

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) at Aousserd road

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) photographed on 20 April 2015 on the Dakhla-Aousserd road by Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora who were with Ibtissam El Jaffali of the ‎Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I). 

The Sudan Golden Sparrows were accompanied as usual by Desert Sparrows (Passer simplex).

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 22 April 2015 (photo: Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora).
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) and Desert Sparrows (Passer simplex) Aousserd road, 22 April 2015 (photo: Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora).
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Aousserd road
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd road, 22 April 2015 (photo: Jaione Echarte and Xavier Idígora).


Monday, April 20, 2015

Collard Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) in a café chair !

What is more wonderful than finding a rare bird sitting in a café chair and waiting to be photographed? This is what David Walsh and his group of birders witnessed during their recent birding trip to Morocco. David twitted the following:

Indeed, this bird is the 13th known record of Collard Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis - Gobemouche à collier) for Morocco.

Here I am: a Collard Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) sitting in a chair, Morocco, April 2015 (David Walsh)
Thanks David!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mystery wheatear (Oenanthe sp.) photographed in Morocco

This wheatear (Oenanthe sp.) with a strange plumage was photographed in Morocco by Chris Smallbones last March and forwarded to us by his colleague Mike Langman.

It’s difficult to assign a name to this ‘white-eared wheatear’ (note that the white patch around the ear looks well defined). It appears that it’s an abnormal individual. But, is it a White- crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga), or a Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)? Or a hybrid bird?

Comments welcome (please don’t ask for better photos, because those are cropped versions of the original photos which were taken from quite a distance).

Thanks to both Chris and Mike.


Mystery wheatear (Oenanthe sp.), Morocco (Chris Smallbones).



Comment:

Thomas S. Lahlafi commented (in GOMAC FB group) the following:

"It reminds me of this Black Wheatear (photos below) observed feeding its chicks last summer, more or less in the region of Oukaimeden with Brahim Bakass” (Ca me rappelle ce Traquet rieur observé en train de nourrir ces petits l’été 2014, plus ou moins dans la région de l'Oukaimeden, avec Brahim Bakass).

We can see that these birds are quite similar in general appearance and also in having the white patch around the ear of same shape. So the conclusion is that the first bird is also a partially leucistic Black Wheatear. 

Thanks to Thomas and Brahim for the comment and the observation.


Parially leucistic Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), summer 2014, Oukaimeden, High Atlas (Thomas S. Lahlafi).
Parially leucistic Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), summer 2014, Oukaimeden, High Atlas (Thomas S. Lahlafi).
Parially leucistic Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), summer 2014, Oukaimeden, High Atlas (Thomas S. Lahlafi).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) at Mohammedia

What it looks like a Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis - Inséparable rosegorge) was photographed at Massaman beach, Mohammedia on 7 April 2015 by Ines Beert, a birder from Belgium. 

It's most likely escaped from captivity as in the case of other exotic birds.


Thanks Ines.


Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), Mohammedia, 7 April 2015 (Ines Beert).

Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), Mohammedia, 7 April 2015 (Ines Beert).

Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), Mohammedia, 7 April 2015 (Ines Beert).



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with deformed bill at Dakhla Bay

A Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with deformed bill (over grown and down-curved) was photographed at Dakhla Bay by Mohamed Mediani on 6 April 2014. Strange enough, this bird looks very similar to a Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) with deformed bill found at Agadir in April 2011. 

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with a deformed bill, Dakhla Bay, southern Morocco
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with deformed bill, Dakhla Bay, southern Morocco, 6 April 2015. (Mohamed Mediani).
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with a deformed bill, Dakhla Bay, southern Morocco

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) with a deformed bill, Dakhla Bay, southern Morocco

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Trip report March 2015 (Sudan Golden Sparrows, Kelp Gull, Egyptian Nightjars...)

We received this trip report (PDF) with the following message from Peter Stronach which details his birding trip from 7-14 March 2015: 

Best sightings were:

- Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus): 1 adult at a rubbish tip at Akhfenir.

- Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus): at least 3 still present at Bir Anzarane.

- Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius): 2 singing males in Oued Souss.

- Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla): at least three in a pool in Oued Massa, along with a Little Crake (Porzana parva).

A photo of the Kelp Gull is attached,

Thanks, really enjoy your blog, keep it up! :-)

Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), Akhfenir, 8 March 2015. (Peter Stronach).

Thanks Peter for your nice words!