Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 20, 2018

The Lagoon at Oualidia

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 3:38 pm

Oualidia Birds

I got to Oulidia yesterday via a shared taxi. It was pretty good value and faster than a bus. Oualidia is on the coast with a big lagoon stretching for miles. In the afternoon I went for a walk down to the lagoon. It did not seem like there was much around but I seemed to get a few birds nevertheless.

Common Whitethroat
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Not seen this bird before.

Lesser Redpoll  or Common Redpoll
Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina)

Edit: got it totally wrong. It is a Common Linnet. doh! Way too south for a redpoll. (Not sure which this is. Will have to get some help with the ID. I do not know European birds. I have seen Redpolls in New Zealand, where they were introduced. I think they may have been introduced in Morocco too, or are vagrant. )

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Thanks to Gustav, Kuzey and crew on the facebook ID group. Pipits are a nightmare for me. And I guess lots of other birders.

Western Cattle Egret
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

This was the first bird I saw as I stepped out for the afternoon. Scrounging around in a garbage bin. He has got the first flushes of breeding plumage as well.

European Serin
European Serin (Serinus serinus)

Lots of twittering Serin on the hills above the lagoon.

Sardinian Warbler
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)

These are everywhere in Morocco.

Common Kestrel in flight
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Oualidia bird list

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) aka Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Collared Dove
European Serin (Serinus serinus)
Sardinian Warbler
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Common Kestrel
EURASIAN CURLEW (Numenius arquata)
Spotless Starling

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