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Kelp Gulls at Akhfenir, southern Morocco

Robert Swann visited Morocco in late February to see two Western Palearctic rarities.

He started at Mhamid where he got good views of the Pied Crow (Corvus albus) on 23 Feb. Here is his comment:

I spotted the Pied Crow flying out over the village from the palms. We walked round the northern outskirts of the village and eventually located the crow on some open ground just beyond the military base. Unfortunately it was disturbed by a villager and we lost sight of it. After breakfast we walked back round the northern outskirts of the village and relocated the Pied Crow feeding in open areas beyond the base where there was a bit of a dump. Got good views and photos (attached).

On 25 February, he got good views of a pair of Kelp Gulls (Larus dominicanus) at the dump just south of Akhfenir, see photo below. (Read: Breeding of Great Black-backed Gull at Khnifiss Lagoon and the status of Kelp Gull).

Updates on the Kelp Gulls:

– Two adults south of Akhfenir on 17 March (Arnoud B. van den Berg).

– One adult was still present at the landfill on 3 April (Paul French). Excellent photos posted at birdforum.

Updates on other rarities:

Dan Brown (BiOME Consulting) got the following observations on 4 March:

– The White-throated Bee-eater still present at Dakhla Attitude hotel, Dakhla bay. See new photos on the other blog-post.

– A Golden Nightjar  and 9 Sudan Golden Sparrows at Adrar Soutouf, Oued Dahab region.

Kelp Gulls (Larus dominicanus), Akhfenir, southern Morocco, 25 Feb. 2017 (Robert Swann).
Pied Crow (Corvus albus), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 23 Feb. 2017 (Robert Swann).

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