Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
For this day, as most of the area to be covered was at best by track, we decided to ask the Hotel to arrange for a local driver to take us out. So by nine in the morning we were enjoying the rest from actually driving and aboard a Landrover heading generally towards the sea.
Crested Larks, Red-rumped Wheatear and Black-eared Wheatear were abundant. We soon reach the river, surprisingly little to see, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Grey Heron. By lunch we were at Plage Blanche with
In the afternoon we had Bar-tailed Lark, Temminck’s Lark and Rufous Bush Robin, along with many Camels before we started to head back with views of a Booted Eagle on the way and Richard’s Pipit on the track side.
Life bird count: 395 Year bird count: 172 Month bird count: 138
Photo: Red-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe moesta); Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica)
Saturday, 10 April 2010
To get across to where we were going to spend a couple of night we back tracked to Guelmin and took the road out to Laksabi, then, what turns into a rather bumpy track out across the desert to “The Fort”.
Crossing the Oued Noun, some where east of Laksabi, around the bridge we had superb views of two Marbled Teal along with Little-ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper, then yet more Trumpeter Finch came into to drink.
Having finished at the river it was pure scrub all the way, I guess as the warmer weather takes over this will be completely barren desert but for us it was covered in green Euphorbia. Birds just pop up, mainly Wheatears and Larks, then big surprises, first a Honey Buzzard sitting on a pylon, then out of the scrub about 100m from the track a Marsh Harrier, along with numerous Fat Sand Rats and regular Montagu’s Harriers.
As we closed on the Hotel a Bonelli’s Eagle soars up over a middle distant ridge.
Life bird count: 394 Year bird count: 166 Month bird count: 130
Photos: Fat Sand Rat (psammomys obesus);
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Our visit this year was centred around seeing some desert species and in order to stand any chance of doing that we had to head further south. So we pushed down over 200km through Tiznit and Guelmim, the next town on the sign posts was Tan-Tan, but there was no need to go that far.
En-route we saw Montagu’s Harrier, Black Wheatear, White crowned Wheatear, Rock Sparrow and Rock Thrush. At about 10km past Guelmim the road crosses the Oued Sayed, here we pulled off the road and drove along a track very close to the scrub. We soon saw Tristram’s Warbler amongst the Crested Larks, then further on Trumpeter Finch and Rock Bunting. We headed on a few kilometres before turning right into a small village for House Bunting and Desert Weatear.
Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 162 Month bird count: 119
Photos: Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githaginea); Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
We then decided, that rather than heading onto the National Park, we’d continue on the road to Sidi Ouassai, so from the flats around the river the road climbs up and we see a Little Owl sitting in one of the road side trees.
As the trees get fewer it is vital you scan the fences because here we found Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Subalpine Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Eventually we hit the coast at Sidi-Ouassai and there are several Kestrels being flighty around the buildings, along with Laughing Dove.
Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 134 Month bird count: 101
Photo: Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Saturday, 3 April 2010
We look for a sign to a camping site to the right. It’s some 15 or 20 miles down the road from Sidi Bibi and what’s more if you miss the first, there is a second less than a mile further on. We take the first right turn and enter bird land. The road is narrower and each side is scrub or crops. Both Thekla and Crested Larks are very common. Moussier’s Redstarts are frequent, as are Grey & Woodchat Shrikes.
Once we had gone through to the
Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 130 Month bird count: 95
Photo: Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Friday, 2 April 2010
Firstly the Swallows are in full muster and darting around like it’s mid summer in the
Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 123 Month bird count: 85
Photo: Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus)