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Morocco: the deserts

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Between Erfoud and Boumalne are a number of sites worth checking for certain species. By taking detours from the main route you can check out what is probably the best site in Morocco for Scrub Warbler and visit the magnificent Gorge du Todra which has wintering Tristram’s Warbler and breeding Bonelli’s Eagles.

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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Erfoud to Boumalne

This is site 3 in my book. The arrow shows where I had breeding Scrub Warbler and Spectacled Warbler. Others have had Desert Warbler here too

Try to avoid visiting the Gorge du Todra on a weekend or Moroccan holiday - it can be very crowded

Go beyond the main gorge to look for Tristram’s Warbler and Rock Bunting and look back into the gorge for Bonelli’s Eagles

The scenery en route to the gorge is spectacular


March 2011 (D Gosney et al)

Site 3 was really productive. The first Scrub Warbler was found much closer to the road than before and we went on to find at least 5 more. We also had two other, more surprising, finds - 3 Fulvous Babblers in the bushes shown by the arrow on the photo and a group of larks flying over of which at least 2 were Thick-billed Larks.