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Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco

A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) caught and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station yesterday by Marc Illa and his co-workers.

Marc wrote in an email that “The bird had some fat, indicating probably a long flight, so perhaps coming from south of the Sahara (as it has been already documented to happen)”. [For non bird ringers, fat is the subcutaneous adipose tissue used to fuel long-distance migration of birds].

The Yellow-browed Warbler in a rarity in Morocco: 18 records have been accepted by the MRBC so far. A bird at Rabat last autumn would be the 19th and this one would be the 20th (if both accepted).

Yellow-browed Warbler / Pouillot à grands sourcils (Phylloscopus inornatus), Merzouga, Morocco, 13 April 2019 (Marc Illa).

The species is mainly encountered during autumn migration with some probable wintering records (e.g. a bird photographed at Tagdilt Track on 1 December 2017 is likely a wintering bird. While a bird that stayed at Rabat between 15 October and 3 November 2015 could have been a wintering or a migrant). During spring migration, the species is even rarer.

Marc is regularly publishing the updates of the ringing station at Yasmina Primavera blog (primavera means spring in Catalan).

2 thoughts on “Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco”

  1. Michel Ittelet

    Bonjour,
    Lors d’une prochaine visite au Maroc, je souhaiterais visiter votre station de baguage. Est-il possible d’organiser des séances de baguage du côté de M’Hamid ou dans l’oued Massa ?
    Merci
    Michel Ittelet
    Chef du groupe de baguage Cinclus
    Belgique

    1. Bonjour Michel,
      Bien sûr, vous êtes bienvenus (même les birdwatcheurs leur rendent visite régulièrement pendant leur séjour à Merzouga).
      Cette station de baguage est gérée par l’Institut Catalan d’Ornithologie en partenariat avec d’autres partenaires depuis 2008. Concernant la possibilité de la mise en place d’autres stations, vous pouvez demander à Marc Illa (le bagueur en charge actuellement de la station).
      Note :
      Ici, à MaghrebOrnitho, nous ne publions que les oiseaux rares/intéressants que Marc partage avec nous (soient capturés à la station de baguage ou observés dans le voisinage comme la Mouette de Franklin observée récemment à Dayet Srij par exemple).

      Mohamed

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