30 April 2017 – Recent records in the Oued Ad Deheb

Sam Jones

Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cinctura). Oued Jenna, 24 March

  • Many of these appear to be nesting currently so are perhaps not as conspicuous as they might be otherwise

Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti). Oued Jenna, 24 March

  • After thoroughly checking every potential lark for 3 days still a blank

Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni). Oued Jenna, 24 March

  • Finally tracked down! Windy conditions didn’t help our efforts but we eventually found one singing on territory giving good flight views and then disappearing into the desert never to be seen and heard again! Some nice features notes such as the really obvious black under side of the tail

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius). Oued Jenna, 23 March

  • Initially flushed serendipitously where in a brief flight view in torch light, colouration and white wing patches ruled out other candidates. After 20 mins of nervous searching we re-located the bird sitting under a small bush. We had read elsewhere that Golden Nightjar does not have eyeshine – from this experience at least, this is not true. Eyeshine gave away the birds position like in most Caprimulgids

White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis). Dakhla Attitude, 23 March

  • This time affording exceptional views hawking insects from outside of cabins! Note the progression of moult on this bird compared to earlier images.

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps). Oued Jenna, 23 March

  • Relatively common here. Had a reasonably breeding season it seems with several young birds in presence (and also lots of young birds seen in subsequent days)

Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris). Laâyoune, 21 March

  • 450. A conservative estimate of the number present via some full counts on a closer pool and then lump counts scanning over the whole delta (in view). Almost all the the west of bridge with only a handful (seen at least) on the east of bridge. Encouraging to see such large numbers here. Realistically this might only represent a portion of the number present as we were restricted in our viewing and there is a lot more of the delta with suitable habo out of view

Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temmincki). Laâyoune, 21 March

  • One seen briefly


Anonymous eBirder

Khat Samqa, 23°59’45″N 15°30’21″W

  • 3 Bluethroats, 25 Tree Pipits on 17 March

Road to Bir Anzarane, 23°49’34″N 15°33’50″W

  • 80 Spotted Sandgrouse, 50 Crowned Sandgrouse, 3 Little Owls, 1 Barbary Falcon, 6 Tawny Pipits, 1 Meadow Pipit, 15 Tree Pipit, 1 Red-throated Pipit on 17 March

Pointe de La Sarga, 23°37’59″N 15°59’19″W

  • One adult Kelp Gull, one Western Reef-heron, 200 Caspian Tern, 4 Royal Tern, 2 Red-throated Pipit on 13 March

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