Birdwatching trip to Morocco (22nd February to 10th March 2002)

Members

László Albert, Imre Fatér, Szabolcs Kókay, Márton Zsoldos

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank to everybody who helped and sponsored our trip. To Budget Car Rental, especially to Mr Balázs Dobai at Budget Buda in Hungary; to Zoo Budapest; to Franciska és Lányai Ltd.; to Kon-Tiki travel agency; to Atlas Insurance; to Fujifilm Hungary; to Sandstone; to Mountex and Tengerszem. We would like to thank to Mr Saad Baddou, embassador of Morocco in Hungary his help. We could use his letter of recommendation right at the arriving!

Details

On all the trip we preferred to sleep in tent not to bother with looking for hotels. This proved to be very fruitful in most of the places (see below). Naturally sometimes it was necessary to have roof over our heads (eg. in the High Atlas).

1stday

Leaving Budapest, Hungary at 7 am. and arriving to Mohammed V., Casablanca (through Rome) at 13.30 (local time). We’ve picked up our car (a Toyota Corolla) from Budget at the airport and head for the south. We’ve reached Sidi Moussa in the evening. Birds to be mentioned: Black-shouldered Kite

2ndday

Waking up early we started at the lagoons and the Atlantic coast. The local people were very friendly, we showed a lot of birds to them. One elder man was very kind and brought tea and cake for us. We drove to Oualidia checking the lagoons carefully and then through Safi we reached Tamri in the evening. Birds to be mentioned: Slender-billed and Auduin’s Gulls; Crested Coot, Great Spotted Cuckoo.

3rdday

Waking up with the light we could enjoy the sight of arriving Bald Ibises from the cliffs from 7 am. The place was north of Tamri at Agadir 60 km stone. If you don’t want to spend too much time with searching the feeding Ibises we offer to be somewhere here on the road in the early morning and catch them when they’re leaving their roosting places. After a few hour Ibis-watching we headed south. After a refreshing bath in the Ocean, through Agadir (where we missed the road to the Red-necked Nightjar place at the mouth of Oued Sous /river/) we arrived to Sidi R’bat at Oued Massa. We could sleep at the camping place. Birds to be mentioned: Bald Ibis, our first Moussier’s Redstart and House Bunting (jumping in a cafe where we were invited to a tagine-lunch).

4thday

We started the day around the campsite. Then we walked down the river to the coast (an Egyptian Mongoose seen on the opposite side of the river). Again a memorable bath in the Ocean. We checked Massa village for Tchagra but with no luck, then we went on south, arriving to Oued Seyad south of Guelmime in dark. Birds to be mentioned: Laughing Dove, Marbled Duck, American Black Duck, Crane, Bald Ibis.

5thday

We headed towards Tan-tan checking the desert habitats and wadis by the road. After 11 the day became so warm that no birds moved and we escaped back to Guelmime where we had a tagine. We met a friendly guy who helped us with all our questions and showed us the city, his home, and found water-pipe for us. We left Guelmime in dark and drove back to Massa river and slept again at Sidi R’bat. Birds to be mentioned: Cream-coloured Courser, Scrub Warbler, Fulvous Babbler.

6thday

We started in Massa village checking the places around the bridge mentioned by Gosney. Now we had luck with both the Plain Martin and the Tchagra. Finishing here we travelled east in the Sous-valley through Taroudannt. We climbed up the Atlas mountains (seeing some Barbary Ground Squirrel) and stopped in the tourist house at Tizi-n-Test. Birds to be mentioned: Plain Martin, Tchagra, Egyptian Vulture, Levaillant’s Woodpecker (only heard).

7thday

Early birdwatching around Tizi-n-Test then we drove up Oukaimeden (through Asni, Tahanaoute, and the Ourika-valley). We slept in the Fench Alpin Hotel. Birds to be mentioned: Barbary Partridge (seen well), Peregrine, Ring Ouzel, Shore Lark, Rock Bunting.

8thday

Early morning birdwatching around Oukaimeden (disappointed by the lack of Crimson-winged Finch now). Via Tizi-n-Tichka we drove down to Ouarzazate. A quick look at the Barrage d’ El-Mansour-Eddahbi with the last lights, then in dark arriving to the beginning of Tagdilt track at Boulmane-Dadés. Birds to be mentioned: Dipper, Crag Martin, Bonelli’s Eagle, our first White-crowned Wheatear.

9thday

The day of Tagdilt track from dawn to dusk. The rubbish dump close to Boulmane was the best place! In dark we drove to El Jorf. Birds to be mentioned: Thick-billed, Hoopoe, Bar-tailed Desert and Desert Larks, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Cream-coloured Courser.

10thday

Birdwatching in the oazis at El Jorf, then through Erfoud aiming Merzouga. Only aiming because we got stuck in the sand at Cafe Dunes D’Or. We could reach Cafe Yasmina in safe and spent the night there (in a smaller sand-storm). Growing wind from mid-day and a very aggressive, shouting French guy at Darkaoua kasbah (the owner?) spoiled birdwatching a little bit. Birds to be mentioned: Fulvous Babbler, Tristram’s Warbler, Brown-necked Raven, Desert Sparrow.

11thday

Birdwatching around Cafe Yasmina until noon then driving north slowly in Ziz-valley. Night in Midelt. Birds to be mentioned: Tristram’s Warbler, Brown-necked Raven, Desert Sparrow, Black-eared Wheatear.

12thday

Birdwatching around Tizi-n-Tretten and in Foret de Cédres around Mischliffen (missing the Monkeys probably because of the bad weather). Night in Ifrane (snowing heavily). Birds to be mentioned: Shore Lark.

13thday

Start at Dayet Aaoua, then driving to Larache through Meknes. Spending the night at the marshes. Birds to be mentioned: Levaillant’s Woodpecker (at last seen), Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Crested Coot, Purple Swamp Hen.

14thday

From early morning birdwatching on Larache marshes then driving to Merja Zerga. Waiting for Marsh Owl at the campsite in the evening. Birds to be mentioned: Crested Coot (1100 counted), Purple Swamp Hen, Lesser Kestrel, Slender-billed…Gull, Marsh Owl.

15thday

Birdwatching at Merja Zerga, then going south to the Francolin site south of Sidi Yahya Zaer (there’s a Sidi Bettache table in international language at the junction in Sidi Yahya Zaer, wher Gosney mentiones only in Arabic). Exploring the bushes around there, and sleeping at the car-park (with Golden Jackals calling close). A short call of Farancolin heard. Birds to be mentioned: Black-shouldered Kite, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel.

16thday

Waking up for the first Francolin calls. Altogether 4 birds heard, and 2 birds flushed (poor views). Then heading to Casablanca, having our last tagine on the road. Sleeping at the airport, because no package-safe there. We missed a night in Casablanca. Birds to be mentioned: Double-spurred Francolin, Booted Eagle.

17thday

Leaving Morocco at 14.30

 

1. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa

2. Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) Barrage d’El-Mansour-Eddabbi near Ouarzazate

3. Gannett (Morus bassanus) over Atlantic-ocean (Sidi Moussa, Agadir, Oued Massa)

4. Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) common, race moroccanus seen at the lagoons south of El Jadida, Oualidia, Tamri, Oued Massa, Merja Zerga

5. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) no comment

6. Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) Oued Massa, Larache marshes, Merja Zerga

7. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) common

8. Great White Egret (Egretta alba) lagoons at Sidi Moussa

9. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) common

10. White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) common (seen on nest)

11. Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) Sous-valley (after Taroudannt) 5+ migrating with Black Kites

12.Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) Oued Massa (35), Larache marshes

13. Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) north of Tamri (at Agadir 60 km) 100 birds coming from the ocean at 7 am (see at the daily details); 7 birds at Oued Massa (seen only in flight)

14. Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) Oued Massa, Larache marshes

15. Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) lagoons south of El Jadida, Oued Massa, Larache marshes, Merja Zerga

16. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 2 on Oued Massa

17. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) no comment

18. Pintail (Anas acuta) Oued Massa

19. American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1 young on Oued Massa

20. Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Oued Massa, Larache marshes

21. Wigeon (Anas penelope) Oued Massa

22. Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) lagoons south of El Jadida; 3 on Oued Massa

23. Teal (Anas crecca) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes

24. Garganey (Anas querquedula) Oued Massa; Larache marshes

25. Pochard (Aythya ferina) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa

26. Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) lagoons south of El Jadida (2-3 pairs); Larache marshes (1 pair)

27. Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) Oued Massa

28. Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 1 male on Oued Massa

29. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) 1 adult in Sous-valley after Taroudannt (with migrating Black Kites)

30. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Oued Massa (2 birds)

31. Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1-2 birds here and there

32. Booted Eagle (Hieraetus pennatus) 3 birds between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache (a pair in display flight)

33. Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraetus fasciatus) 2 adult (20 km west of Ouarzazate); 1 immatur (east of Sidi Kacem)

34. Black Kite (Milvus migrans) common, good passage in Sous-valley and between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

35. Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) common

36. Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus) adult male in the High Atlas, south of Tizi-n-Test

37. Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) 2 north of Bir Jdid, 1 south of it; 1 at Merja Zerga

38. Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus cirtensis) fairly common

39.Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) only 1 around Rabat over the motorway

40. Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Oukaimeden, Dayet Aaoua

41. Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) common

42. Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) 21 (24 km south of Fes); around Merja Zerga; 20-25 between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

43. Peregrine (Falco peregrinus brookei) 1 pair at Tizi-n-Test (at the alberge), at Oukaimeden (carrying a Chough or Alpine Chough)

44. Lanner (Falco biarmicus erlangeri) 1 (40 km south of Guelmime); 1 (Sous-valley, at the junction of road no.: 501.); 1 (somewhere between Tizi-n-Tichka and Ouarzazate); 1 (Tagdilt track)

45. Double-spurred Francolin (Francolinus bicalcaratus) 4 heard and 2 seen when flushed (between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache)

46. Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara) south of Tamri; Tizi-n-Test (seen extremely well in the morning); between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache (at the small white church)

47. Quail (Coturnix coturnix) heard commonly

Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1 male heard between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache (but probably it was a cage-bird)

48. Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) Oued Massa

49. Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) Oued Massa, Larache marshes

50. Coot (Fulica atra) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

51. Crested Coot (Fulica cristata) 3-4 (lagoons south of El Jadida); ~1100 (Larache marshes)

52. Purple Swamp-hen (Porphyrio porphyrio) ~5 (Larache marshes)

53. Crane (Grus grus) 27 (Oued Massa)

54. Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Merja Zerga

55. Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) Larache marshes

56. Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

57. Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) north of Tamri; Oued Massa; south of Guelmime; Larache marshes; between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache (they were mostly heard at night)

58. Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor) 6-8 (south of Guelmime, at Tan-tan 116 km); 3 at Tagdilt track

59. Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Oued Massa; Larache marshes

60. Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Merja Zerga

61. Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Merja Zerga

62. Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) lagoons south of El Jadida; Merja Zerga

63. Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) lagoons south of El Jadida

64. Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Merja Zerga

65. Knot (Calidris canutus) lagoons south of El Jadida

66. Sanderling (Calidris alba) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes

67. Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oualidia

68. Dunlin (Calidris alpina) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes

69. Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) Larache; Merja Zerga

70. Temminck Stint (Calidris temminckii) lagoons south of El Jadida

71. Little Stint (Calidris minuta) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

72. Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 1 at Larache marshes

73. Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

74. Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) Oued Massa; Oued Loukkos (Larache)

75. Redshank (Tringa totanus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

76. Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 1 heard at Larache marshes

77. Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes

78. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2 (Larache; Merja Zerga)

79. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

80. Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) lagoons south of El Jadida; Merja Zerga

81. Curlew (Numenius arquata) lagoons south of El Jadida; Merja Zerga

82. Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) lagoons south of El Jadida; Merja Zerga

83. Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

84. Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) lagoons south of El Jadida; Oued Massa; Larache marshes; Merja Zerga

85. Great Skua (Stercorarius skua) 1 over the Atlantic-ocean at Sidi Moussa

86. Small Skua species (Stercorarius sp.) over the Atlantic-ocean at Sidi Moussa and north of Agadir

87. Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) common

88. Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei) lagoons at Sidi Moussa; Merja Zerga

89. Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) Oualidia

90. Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans) in small numbers

91. Auduin’s Gull (Larus auduinii) at the cost of the Atlantic-ocean at Sidi Moussa; Oued Massa; Merja Zerga

92. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) the commonest gull

93. Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) Sidi Moussa; Oualidia; Agadir; Merja Zerga

94. Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) Larache; Merja Zerga

95. Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) Larache marshes (3-4)

96. Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) Tagdilt track

97. Rock Dove (Columba livia) true wild birds in the High Atlas and around Tamri

98. Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 1-2 (between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache)

99. Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) migrating flocks seen

100. Collared Dove (Streptopelis decaocto) common

101. Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) Sidi R’bat; Massa village

102. Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) 2 north of Oualidia

103. Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) 5-6 Moulay Bousselham(at the camping)

104. Little Owl (Athene noctua) Oued Massa; Tizi-n-Test; Larache marshes; Moulay Bousselham

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) one very old (1-2 years) corpse found behind Cafe Yasmina

105. Swift (Apus apus) common

106. Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) common

107. Alpine Swift (Apus melba) Oued Massa; somewhere between Ifrane and Larache

108. Little Swift (Apus affinis) fairly common (for example Mohammed V. airport)

109. Hoopoe (Upupa epops) singles

110. Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) Oualidia; Oued Loukkos (Larache)

111. Bee-eater species (Merops sp.) 2 in Sous-valley around Taroudannt

112. Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker (Picus vaillantii) 1 heard at Tizi-n-Test; 1 seen and 1 heard at Dayet Aaoua

113. Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) High Atlas; Dayet Aaoua; Sidi Yahya

114. Skylark (Alauda arvensis) here and there

115. Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) common, desert race at Cafe Yasmina

116. Thekla Lark (Galerida thekla) a few identified for sure (for example around Tamri and in Sous-valley)

117. Woodlark (Lullula arborea) Dayet Aaoua; between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

118. Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla) south of Guelmime; 1 at Oukaimeden (!); Tagdilt track

119. Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens) Massa village; south of Guelmime

120. Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti) Tagdilt track; and here and there by the road

121. Bar-tailed desert Lark (Ammomanes cincturus) 2 at Tagdilt track; a lot behind Cafe Yasmina

122. Thick-billed Lark (Ramphocoris clotbey) 2 at Tagdilt track (superb views at the rubbish damp)

123. Shore Lark (Eremophila alpestris atlas) Oukaimeden; Michliffen

124. Temminck’s Horned Lark (Eremophila bilopha) South of Guelmime; Tagdilt track; El Jorf; between Erfoud and Erg Chebbi

125. Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) Tagdilt track; El Jorf; between Erfoud and Erg Chebbi

126. Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) common

127. Brown-throated Sand Martin (Riparia paludicola) 4-5 at Massa village (at the bridge mentioned by Gosney)

128. Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) High Atlas

129. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) common

130. Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) a few (Oued Massa, Guelmime, Larache marshes)

131. House Martin (Delichon urbica) common

132. Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) Tamri; Cafe Yasmina

133. Tree Pipit (Anthis trivialis) a few heard

134. Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) everywhere

135. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) common (but no luck for subpersonata)

136. Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) common

137. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) High Atlas

138. Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) mainly in the High Atlas

139. Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) 1 at Oukaimeden)

140. Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) no comment

141. Robin (Erithacus rubecula) common

142. Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1-2 at Oued Seyad (Guelmime)

143. Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1 female between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

144. Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) common (mainly in the High Atlas)

145. Moussier’s Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri) common

146. Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 3-4 seen (no seebohmi)

147. Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) a lot

148. Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) 1 male behind Cafe Yasmina

149. White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) it’s more and more common east of Ouarzazate

150. Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) common in rocky areas (1 pair at the Tizi-n-Test alberge )

151. Red-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe moesta) the most common Wheatear in desert places

152. Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) common

153. Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) Tamri; El Jorf; High Atlas

154. Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) common

155. Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 2 at Dayet Aaoua

156. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) fairly common (mainly in the High Atlas)

157. Blackbird (Turdus merula) common

158. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 2 in the High Atlas

159. Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) not so numerous

160. Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) the commonest Sylvia

161. Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata) 1 (Sidi R’bat)

162. Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) south of Guelmime; Oued Massa; Cafe Yasmina

163. Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) 1 male at Sidi Moussa

164. Tristram’s Warbler (Sylvia deserticola) 1-1 pair at Darkaoua wadi and Cafe Yasmina

165. Scrub Warbler (Scotocerca inquieta saharae) a pair building the nest (in the wadi 15 km south of Guelmime)

166. Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) Oued Massa (many); and here and there

167. Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) Larache marhes (singing birds)

168. Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) common everywhere

169. Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) Massa village; Merja Zerga

170. Savi’s Warbler (Locustella luscinioides) Larache marshes

171. Ceti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti) common

172. Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) Oued Massa

173. Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) common (some with strange call)

174. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) High Atlas (before Oukaimeden); Dayet Aaoua

175. Great Tit (Parus major excelsus) common

176. Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus ultramarinus) fairly common

177. Coal Tit (Parus ater atlas) High Atlas; Dayet Aaoua

178. Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) regularly seen

179.Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) race algeriensis (regularly seen from the car on the road)

race elegans (behind Cafe Yasmina)

180. Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegala) Heard at Oued Massa and between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache; a pair seen extremely well in Massa village (see at the daily details)

181. Fulvous Babbler (Turdoides fulvus) 7-8 (in the wadi 15 km south of Guelmime); 3 behind Darkaoua kasbah (see at the daily details)

182. Magpie (Pica pica mauretanica) a lot seen (the commonest in the Sous-valley)

183. Jay (Garrulus glandarius minor) Tizi-n-Test; between Sidi Yahya and Sidi Bettache

184. Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) only 2 (Ksar-el-Kebir)

185. Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) 5-6 before Tizi-n-Test; a lot at Oukaimeden

186. Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) Oukaimeden

187. Raven (Corvus corax) common

188. Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) around Cafe Yasmina (5-6)

189. Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor) common

190. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) common everywhere)

191. Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) Oued Massa; Guelmime

192. Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia) Oukaimeden (a lot)

193. Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex) Cafe Yasmina (3-4 pairs)

194. Chaffinch(Fringilla coelebs) race africana (everywhere)

race coelebs (only at Oukaimeden)

195. Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) common

196. Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) common

197. Greenfinch (Carduelils chloris) common

198. Siskin (Carduelis spinus) Larache marshes; Merja Zerga; Mohammed V. airport

199. Serin (Serinus serinus) no comment

200. Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) High Atlas (before Tizi-n-Test)

201. Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes gitagineus) south of Guelmime; Tagdilt track; Erg Chebbi

202. Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguinea) 2 at Oukaimeden (only for 2nd visit)

203. Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) lagoons at Sidi Moussa

204. Cirl Bunting (Emeriza cirlus) 1 singing male at Sidi R’bat

205. Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra) common

206. Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) High Atlas

207. House Bunting (Emberiza striolata sahari) locally common

 

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