Trip Reports

Central Morocco March 2010

Despite a very wet winter the amount of ground water was very low and the snow on the mountains was 
surprising lacking which was a contrast to the last couple of years at this time. This year’s rains had been 
followed by a hot, dry spell and consequently reduced the chances of finding the usually easy, high atlas, 
species. We also failed to find a couple of the desert species, no bustard nor any sandgrouse. Migrants were 
virtually non-existent with no visible raptor passage and only sparse scatterings of migrant warblers. 
The group enjoyed great views of Tristram’s Warbler, Desert Warbler and after some hard leg work Scrub 
Warbler. We had several sightings of Egyptian Nightjar including a daytime roosting bird and several birds 
coming to a pool to drink just after dusk. The Pharaoh Eagle Owl showed well as did Levaillant’s 
Woodpeckers, Thick-billed Lark, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and the newly named Magreb Wheatear. 
However, for me, the most impressive sight was the sheer number of birds on the seasonal lake at Merzouga, 
seeing a flotilla of over 1,000 Marbled Duck was a sight never to be forgotten. 

 

Download Trip Report (330 KB)

Latest Trip Reports

  • Central Morocco - March 2019 : Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019

    It was another very successful WINGSPAN TOUR of this beautiful part of Africa and resulted in an impressive list of nearly 200 species. The trip was made so much more pleasurable because the group were so fantastic, they gelled really we...

    View Report
  • Sri Lanka 2019 : Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Saturday, February 16, 2019

    We had a great time touring this wonderful, scenic country. Our bird-watching experience exceeded our wildest expectations, the food, the people and our accommodation were all first class. A truly wonderful adventure, we saw nearly 250 s...

    View Report
  • COLOMBIA - ANDES TOUR 2019 : Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Eight intrepid Wingspanners made this a great tour, we visited part the Eastern, Western and Central Andes of Colombia. Logging over 420 species including over 50 species of Hummingbirds, 15 Wrens, 10 Woodpeckers and dozens of Tanagers. ...

    View Report