Morocco: Coast and Mountains best birding sites

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Larache marsh - a great site for waterbirds including Purple Swamphen and Moustached Warbler - and Little Swifts breeding nearby

Merdja Zerga - no more slender-billed Curlews but still great for Marsh Owl

The Merdjas - how to find merdjas Khaloufa, Barga and Oulad Sgher

Lac de Sidi Bourhaba - close-up views of Red-knobbed Coot and Marbled Duck and a chance of Marsh Owl and White-headed Duck too

Sidi Yahya - hints on how to find Double-spurred Francolin at the only known site in the Western Palearctic

Oualidia to Sidi Moussa - exactly how to find the best wetlands along this stretch of coast including hotspots for waders, crakes, Red-knobbed Coot and Marbled Duck

Zemamra lakes - four lakes that can all be terrific for passage or wintering waders and waterfowl

Essaouira and Wadi Ksob - famous for Eleonora’s Falcon but with Brown-throated Sand Martin, Black-crowned Tchagra and Western Reef Egret too

Tamri estuary and Cap Rhir - the best site in the world for Bald Ibis but also an estuary and seawatch point where anything could turn up

Oued Sous - a terrific wetland close to Agadir including details of exactly where to look for Red-necked Nightjars

Oued Massa - a wetland where waterbirds have become more difficult to find but cranes, ibis and Marbled Duck still occur and there’s a breeding site for Brown-throated Sand Martin

High Atlas mountains - where to look for species such as Tristram’s Warbler, Levaillant’s Woodpecker and Bonelli’s Eagle

Oukaimeden - where to look for Crimson-winged Finch and Alpine Accentor, even in spring when the Seebohm’s Wheatears have arrived

Middle Atlas mountains - exactly where to look for the endemic Atlas Flycatcher plus Seebohm’s Wheatear, Ruddy Shelduck, Levaillant’s Woodpecker etc

Dayet Aoua - a delightful site with breeding Red-knobbed Coot including exactly where to look for Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Atlas Flycatcher and Roller

The following sites are all included in my book Finding Birds in Morocco:coast and mountains and many are also covered in my DVD of the same title.

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