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February 5, 2018

South-west Morocco Birding Numero Dos

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Mirleft – South-west Morocco

It rained all day today on and off. Finally I got out late in the afternoon and went for a walk up to the shop to buy some coffee and look for the Spotless Starlings. I got the coffee but not the starlings. But read on, dear readers.

Iberian Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus)

I was at my wit’s end trying to identify this little barmaid. I think it is right. And it is always a chiffchaff when I am looking for fancy warblers.

Spotless Starling
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)

“The spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) is a passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is closely related to the common starling Sturnus vulgaris, but has a much more restricted range, confined to the Iberian Peninsula, northwest Africa, southernmost France, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica.” (wiki).

 Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

It was getting so dark with a big rain cloud coming over just before sunset. So, crap photo, but it’s a #recordshot.

Moroccan Wagtail
Moroccan Wagtail (Motacilla alba subpersonata)

This is supposed to be the local race, but I have my doubts. Maybe it is a young one and the black around the face has not fully formed yet. I dunno.

House Bunting
House Bunting

Popped up on the wall. Could not resist it.

Black Wheatear
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)

And then it started to rain, just on sundown. Back to the hostel.

Mirleft Birds List

Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Moroccan Wagtail (Motacilla alba subpersonata) ???
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Thekla Lark
Black Wheatear
House Bunting
Common Bulbul

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