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Morocco in Spring

We’ll arrive in the bustling city of Marrakech,.. …in time to wander around the fruit and nut stalls (with White Storks and Little Swifts overhead)… …before heading to the High Atlas, and hopefully ‘African’ Crimson-winged Finch… …which we might find in snow… …but the scenery is always stunning. The Maghreb endemic Levaillant’s Woodpecker can often be found… …and Seebohm’s Wheatear is now widely regarded as a separate species and yet another near endemic… …just like Moussier’s Redstart. As we leave the mountains we’ll will look for Tristram’s Warbler… …before arriving in the Sahara . No camel trains for us, I’m afraid… …but we will use 4x4’s for a few days… …to look for Cream-colored Courser… …and the nomadic Thick-billed Lark. We’ll refresh now and then with a glass of mint tea; the higher the tea pot the greater the respect for the recipient. We’ll search for Egyptian Nightjar at dusk… …and scan  the skies for Lanner Falcon… …Desert Wheater is common… …while Hoopoe Larks scurry across the desert, hopefully treating us to their amazing display flight… We may bump into migrants at desert oases - here a Eurasian Wryneck - and here… …our oasis, swimming pool, good food and migrants, a perfect combination… …this European Bee-eater certainly thought so… …and sometimes they are joined by Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Heading towards the coast we’ll search for Black-bellied Sandgrouse… …and the famous Argan tree climbing goats of the Souss Valley… …leading us to one a highlights of the trip, the globally endangered Northern Bald Ibis. Greater Flamingos frequent the coastal marshes… …although Yellow-legged Gulls think our hotel pool is also suitable habitat Tajines, this one chicken, olive and preserved lemon, mean we won’t go hungry… …and our tasty picnics feature local bread, sardines, onion, olives, dates, cheese and fruit. Yum.. The scenery is ever changing… …and this House Bunting might sell you one of these plates if you haggle hard enough.