9. Oct A flock of 6 Geronticus eremita circling low over the Agadir




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Morocco 9.-15. Oct 2008 Heikki & Olli Karhu

Some bird observations, made during a family holiday in Agadir area:


9.Oct A flock of 6 Geronticus eremita circling low over the Agadir tourist quartier hotels at 12.10 and then heading to S. Also a Pandion haliaetus migrating S. Sterna hirundo 10 feeding at Fish Harbour. Another flock of 3 Geronticus eremita flying N over the surfing beach, N of Tamraght (ca. 15 km N of Agadir) + 8 Calidris alba at the beach.
10.Oct At mouth of Oued Souss at 7 – 9.40 o´clock: Platalea leucorodia 20, Anas clypeata 1, Tadorna ferruginea 4, Accipiter nisus 2, Circus pygargus/cyaneus 1 wing-tagged female / 1cal, C.aeruginosus 1 ad female, Pandion haliaetus 2, Haematopus ostralegus 40, Charadrius hiaticula 55, Pluvialis squatarola 5, P.apricaria 1, Calidris canutus 62, C.alba 1, C.alpina 65, C.minuta 1, Limosa limosa 100, Numenius arquata 22, Tringa totanus 22, T.nebularia 40, T.ochropus 1, T.hypoleucos 7, Philomachus pugnax 40, Larus ridibundus 28, L.genei 120, Sterna sandvicensis 1, S.hirundo 1, Chlidonias niger 2.
In the afternoon in Souss Valley nr Ait Igas, between Oulad Teima and Taroudant: Hirundo daurica 2, Ficedula hypoleuca 4, Phoenicurus phoenicurus 1. To E of Taroudant at Tafingoult Ficedula hypoleuca 2. At dusk at 18.30 a Caprimulgus ruficollis/europaeus flying over the road NE of Ait Melloul.
11.Oct At mouth of Oued Massa 9.40 – 14.40: Plegadis falcinellus 40, Ardeola ralloides 1, Anas platyrhynchos 70, A.clypeata 50, A.penelope 3, A.crecca 3, A.acuta 4, A.strepera 14, Marmaronetta angustirostris 60, Aythya nyroca 2, A.ferina 50, Hieraeetus fasciatus 1 juv, Falco peregrinus/pelegrinoides 1 ad (caught a hirundine), F.subbuteo 1, Alectoris barbara 2, Calidris alpina 70, C.ferruginea 3, C.minuta 40, Limosa limosa 13, Tringa nebularia 20, Gelochelidon nilotica 1, Sterna maxima/bengalensis 1, S.albifrons 1, Chlidonias niger 7, Streptopelia turtur 1, Upupa epops 1, Phoenicurus phoenicurus 3, Phylloscopus sp. 5, P.collybita 1, Ficedula hypoleuca 2, Tchagra senegala 2.
12.Oct At N part of Paradis Plage, to N of Agadir and Taghazoute 7.30- 8: Larus audouinii 445 ad and nearly ad plumaged, of which at least ca 25 ringed, 16 read (will be reported to cr-projects), L.melanocephalus 1 2cal, L.fuscus graellsii 60, of which 1 red-ringed read, L.michahellis 10, Sterna sandvicensis 1 ad 1 juv. Another beach to N of the former -8.20: L.audouinii 465 ad and nearly ad-plumaged, 2 juv, L.fuscus (mostly graellsii) 1000, L.michahellis 100.
At Amesnaz Streptopelia turtur 1, Monticola solitarius 1, Phylloscopus collybita 1.
Cap Rhir 8.35 – 11.10: Geronticus eremita 27 feeding at W of the lighthouse, Falco subbuteo 1, Circus aeruginosus 1 female S, Anthus campestris 3, Motacilla flava 5, Phoenicurus phoenicurus 1, Saxicola rubetra 1, Oenanthe sp. 3, O.leucura 1, O.oenanthe 1, Monticola solitarius 1, Emberiza hortulana 1, E.calandra 1.
Seawatching at the shoreline hut, 8.55 – 10.15 (1h 20 min): Puffinus mauretanicus 2 N, Calonectris diomedea 10 local, Sula bassana 58 S, Egretta garzetta 2 S, Pandion haliaetus 1 S, Larus audouinii 1 ad 1 juv N, Sterna caspia 2 ad S, S.maxima 1 S, S.bengalensis 2 S, S.maxima/bengalensis 2+2+1+1 = 6 S, S.sandvicensis 45 S + 7 likely, S.hirundo / paradisaea 1 S.
13.Oct At Oued Massa Bridge 25 km N of Tiznit, 7.25-7.35: Riparia paludicola 1, Monticola solitarius 1 male.
At 24 km N of Goulimine, N-side of P41 9.50 -11.05: Buteo rufinus 1 juv, Pterocles sp. 2, Oenanthe sp. 2, O.deserti 2 male, Sylvia deserticola 1 male.
Between Goulimine and 42 km S of G. 12-15: Buteo rufinus 2 ad, Oenanthe moesta 10, O.deserti 2.

At 10 km S of G. Oenanthe leucopyga 1 1cal.

At 32 km S of G. Cursorius cursor 4, Calandrella rufescens 25, Anthus campestris 3.

At 40 km S of G. Monticola solitarius 1 male.

At 42 km S of G. a flock of Pterocles orientalis 70 plus P.alchata 2 (alchata by voice and photos), Sylvia conspicillata 1.

14.Oct Agadir Beach S end at 8.30: Larus fuscus ca. 1000, L.audouinii ca. 40.
Mouth of Oued Souss 16.30-18.40: Phoenicopterus ruber 350, Recurvirostra avosetta 2, Calidris canutus 80, C.ferruginea 6, Tringa glareola 4, Larus fuscus ca. 5000, Sterna bengalensis 4, S.sandvicensis 50, S.hirundo 8, S.albifrons 1.
15. Oct Between Tiznit and Agadir Pterocles orientalis 3 flying over the road 46 km S of Ait Melloul.

A fuller report with photos will follow later.


Lahti 23.10.2008
Greetings!
Heikki Karhu

Ruoriniemenkatu 24, 15140 Lahti, Finland



heikki@karhut.org


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