16 March 2013

The road to Ouarzazate: 16 March

A travel day driving westwards from Merzouga to the town of Ouarzazate with a few stops en route. A Black Kite north over the edge of Merzouga was a new migrant for the trip. A stop at a wadi in Goulimine, along N10 from Goulmima to Errachidia, produced 1 Scrub Warbler, 4 Thick-billed Lark, 2 Bar-tailed Lark, 1 'Long-billed' Crested Lark, 1+ Barn Swallow, 1 Spectacled Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2m and 1f Desert Wheatear, 1m Northern Wheatear, and best of all, a superb male migrant Seebohm's Wheatear.

Male Desert Wheatear, Goulimine

'Long-billed' Crested Lark, Goulimine

A picnic lunch at a wadi near Tinejdad produced a few migrants, including 1m Desert Wheatear, 1 'Desert' Grey Shrike, 1 Subalpine Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat and incredible views of an Egyptian Nightjar that flushed from the bed of the wadi under our feet before settling to roost.

Egyptian Nightjar - what a bird!

Egyptian Nightjar - up close and personal!

A well-earned lunch after amazing views of Egyptian Nightjar

A coffee stop late afternoon just east of Ouarzazate also produced a few migrants including 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1-2 Red-rumped Swallow, a Barn Swallow and lots of Sand Martin. Also, this Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis was found in our hotel room in Ouarzazate this evening.

Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis, Ouarzazate

1 comment:

  1. That Nightjar is just superb...and so well camouflaged!! Morocco is only just over the water from us here in Spain but I have yet to go. Hopefully sometime soon though. Regards, Mike at Oretani Wildlife.

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