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  1. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Thanks for your very interesting comments Mohamed. They give quite a bit of background to what I encountered.
  2. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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.
  3. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Other stuff 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...
  4. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    European Greenfinch Chloris chloris Common Linnet Linaria cannabina European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis European Serin Serinus serinus Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra Oualidia, Morocco 08/04/17 2 Oued Tensift, Morocco 08/04/17 Oued Massa, Morocco 10/04/17 1 Ourigane, Morocco 16/04/17 1...
  5. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Hawfinch and Trumpeter Finch looking cool.
  6. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  7. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  8. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Here are some wheatears and chats.
  9. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Here are some shots of the Atlas Flycatcher from Azrou, together with a picture of a male Pied Flycatcher from Dakhla.
  10. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos Oualidia, Morocco 08/04/17 1 Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 13/04/17 1 Gleb Jdiane, Western Sahara 14/04/17 1 Ourigane, Morocco 16/04/17 2 Ourika, Morocco 16/04/17 1 Ourika, Morocco 17/04/17 1 Zerkten to Amerzgane, Morocco 17/04/17 1 Boumalne du Dades...
  11. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Common Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Azrou, Morocco 21/04/17 10 Dayet Aoua, Morocco 21/04/17 Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes kabylorum Oukaimden, Morocco 16/04/17 5 Azrou, Morocco 21/04/17 Azrou, Morocco 22/04/17 Lac de Sidi Boughaba, Morocco 22/04/17 1 Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta...
  12. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Fulvous Babbler Turdoides fulva Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 11/04/17 8 Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 12/04/17 15 Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 13/04/17 Aousserd Road, Western Sahara 13/04/17 1 Auberge Yasmina, Morocco 20/04/17 10 Fairly easy to find this engaging bird in the Aousserd Road/ Oued Jenna...
  13. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Oualidia, Doukkala-Abda, Morocco 08/04/17 5 Oued Massa, Morocco 10/04/17 1 Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus Oued Massa, Morocco 10/04/17 10 Aousserd Road, Western Sahara 13/04/17 1 Gleb Jdiane, Western Sahara 14/04/17 2 Boumalne du Dades...
  14. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  15. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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. Brown-throated Martin...
  16. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  17. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura arenicolor Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 12/04/17 20 Aousserd Road, Western Sahara 13/04/17 2 Boumalne du Dades, Morocco 17/04/17 1 Goulmima, Morocco 18/04/17 2 Hotel Said Merzouga, Morocco 19/04/17 2 Auberge Yasmina, Morocco 19/04/17 2 Auberge Yasmina, Morocco...
  18. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes alaudipes Gleb Jdiane, Western Sahara 11/04/17 3 Oued Jenna, Western Sahara 12/04/17 5 Aousserd Road, Western Sahara 13/04/17 5 Boumalne du Dades, Morocco 17/04/17 1 Rissani, Morocco 18/04/17 3 Boumalne du Dades, Morocco 18/04/17 5 Auberge Yasmina, Morocco...
  19. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  20. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    Thanks Gareth! That's what a high ISO can do for your pictures ;). Here's a couple more Wryneck pictures, because Wrynecks.
  21. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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 Oukaimden, Morocco...
  22. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  23. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  24. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
  25. Andrew Whitehouse

    Maghreb Meanderings: Morocco and Western Sahara 2017

    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...
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