Barbary Partridge, Brown-throated Martin, Moussier’s Redstart, Black-crowned Tchagra and the sought-after Northern Bald Ibis are among many specialities we hope to see on this trip, while the cheery calls of Common Bulbuls enliven the hotel gardens and Spotless Starlings, and House Buntings sing from the rooftops.
Two of Morocco’s very best birding spots, the estuaries of the Oued (river) Souss and the Oued Massa, lie within an easy drive of our comfortable Agadir hotel. Here, waterbirds abound with herons, Eurasian Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, waders, gulls and terns being numerous and the likes of Marbled Teal, Black-winged Kite, Laughing Dove and Maghreb Magpie among the more exotic species to look for in the Massa valley.
A day in the Atlas Mountains in and around Immouzzer will provide a splendid contrast to our desert birding and we will look for Tristram’s Warbler (another Maghreb endemic), as well as Bonelli’s Eagle and Rock Bunting. In Paradise Valley, where we spend the afternoon, it is exactly that, with its amazing rock formations and palm trees, plus birds such as African Blue Tit, Black Wheatear and North African Chaffinch.
Agadir lies far enough South that even in November, we might also encounter a wide range of European migrants, pausing to refuel before continuing their way South to sub-Saharan Africa. Rare and unusual species turn up from time to time and over the years, our tours have found a number of vagrants including Great Knot and Olive-backed Pipit.
A special feature of this late autumn tour will be a two-night stay at Guelmim, where the creeping fringes of the Sahara Desert provide a true flavour of this ancient kingdom.
Famed for its camel market and as a historic meeting place for the Sahara’s nomadic Tuareg people, the arid Guelmim region is home to a splendid range of desert birds that are rarely found near Agadir. ‘Atlas’ Long-legged Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Cream-coloured Courser, Bar-tailed, Desert, Temminck’s, Lesser Short-toed, Thick-billed and Greater Hoopoe Larks, Streaked Scrub Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Fulvous Babbler and Red-rumped, Desert and White-crowned Wheatears are all possible.
Limosa first operated this tour in the 1980s and it is a trip that we have made many times over the past 35 years.
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