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Morocco: the deserts

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The roads either side of Ouarzazate, between Boumalne and Taliouine, offer ample opportunities to see birds such as Desert Lark, Black Wheatear, Thekla Lark and Trumpeter Finch. They also pass through areas of high-altitude plains that can be great for Thick-billed Larks, Cream-coloured Coursers  and Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. However, they are perhaps best known as being, until recently, the most likely places to see Mourning Wheatear in Morocco.

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in Morocco: the deserts’

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Around Ouarzazate

Species such as Desert Lark are usually easy to see beside the roads but others such as Mourning Wheatear and Thick-billed Lark can be notoriously unreliable. Please use the space below to keep others up to date regarding where these species have been seen


March 2011 (D Gosney et al)

We tried site 4 (page 22) and were a little disappointed at the low numbers of birds. However, we did manage to find at least one male Mourning (Maghreb) Wheatear.