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.
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RIO GUADIARO AT ESTACION DE CORTES Dawn and I were joined by John McClure, our American friend and budding birder also from Gaucin, for an afternoon of birding by the river. We just sat under our favourite tree and whiled away t...View Report
MARCHENILLA TRACK AND RIO HOZGARGANTE Today, Dawn and I met up with Mary, a birder from New Mexico and John, also an American, but who lives in Gaucin and is a good friend of ours. Mary is visiting John for a few days and insisted on ...View Report
ENCINAS BORRACHAS TRACK Today I met up with Paul and Claire who have also purchased a house in Gaucin and have been regular companions on my day tours and birding holidays over the last few years. We met early because we expected the ...View Report