Anyway, I hope that was interesting. I'd recommend Morocco and Western Sahara, although I expect most of you knew how good it was anyway.
Here's a cliched sunset picture from Oued Jenna to round things off.
I didn't look as much for mammals as some people do, although I did do a couple of night drives on Aousserd Road. This probably isn't as productive on your own as with other people who can scan to the side. I did see several Lesser Egyptian Jerboas and Desert Hedgehogs doing this...
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Predominantly Blue-headed and Spanish but a Grey-headed was seen at Gleb Jdiane. Generally common, both as a breeding bird and a migrant.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Ourika, Morocco 17/04/17 1
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Oued Tensift, Morocco...
White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus minor
Oukaimden, Morocco 16/04/17 1
Contrary to Gosney, the minor subspecies in the Atlas didn't seem particularly 'black-bellied'.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Desert Sparrow Passer simplex
Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 11/04/17 50
Oued Jenna, Western...
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Oued Massa, Morocco 10/04/17 1
Lac de Sidi Boughaba, Morocco 22/04/17
Wadi Ksob, Morocco 09/04/17 3
Ourika, Morocco 16/04/17 1
Streaked Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inquieta saharae
Goulmima, Morocco 18/04/17 1
One was seen fairly easily at the well known site of...
Thanks for the comments Stuart (and others). I noticed you'd been in Morocco recently. Hope you had a good time!
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
Definitely a target you don't have to target. Very common and conspicuous in lower lying areas either side of the Atlas.
Atlas Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris atlas
Oukaimden, Morocco 16/04/17 4
Seen fairly easily along the track up to the pass at Oukaimden.
Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha
Boumalne du Dades, Morocco 17/04/17 1
Boumalne du Dades, Morocco 18/04/17 10
Only seen around the Tagdilt Track, where it...
Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus cucullatus
Oued Massa, Morocco 10/04/17 2
Oued Massa to Agadir Airport, Morocco 10/04/17 1
Taroudannt, Morocco 15/04/17 1
One was seen very nicely at Oued Massa along the river north of the Arhbalou Bridge (Gosney site 3). Others were heard or seen...
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 12/04/17 2
Gleb Jdiane, Western Sahara 13/04/17 1
Gleb Jdiane, Western Sahara 14/04/17 1
Dakhla, Western Sahara 14/04/17 2
Some great views of migrants in Western Sahara.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
Riad Titima, Morocco 08/04/17 2
This was a species I targetted a bit. I stayed at a hotel to the southeast of Essaouira (the 'Riad Titima', which was quite pleasant), as I'd read trip reports that had sometimes encountered them around there. I had a...
Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops
Dayet Aoua, Morocco 21/04/17 2
This was really pleasing, as I wasn't sure how likely I was to connect with this species. I was along the road on the south side of Dayet Aoua lake in the middle of the afternoon when I heard what sounded like a Scops Owl calling from...
They seem pretty easy these days but I guess the numbers have increased. You would probably just need to hang about around the estuary mouth for an hour or two and you should see them, at least distantly or in flight. That's what I did anyway!
Here are some more sandgrouse pictures, mostly...
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus
Auberge Yasmina, Morocco 20/04/17 100
Large numbers (100 is a 'ball park figure') coming to drink at a small pool east of Auberge Yasmina, I think at approximately 31.206, -3.924. Although I had an idea where the pool was, I don't think I'd have got there...