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Icterine Warbler at Llobregat Delta, 5.May 2002

Photos  by Ferran López and José Luis Copete
Comments by Ricard Gutiérrez


Icterine Warbler is almost a rarity in Spain. In fact it may be rarer than some of the birds included in the list of birds needing homologation by the Spanish Rarities Committee (CR/SEO). On 5.5.2002, during a migration campaign in the Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat delta, an Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina was trapped. Few moments after, a Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta was also captured and ringed. It was only the 2nd record-ever of the species in the Llobregat Delta, after a bird seen on 1.9.1990 (R.Gutiérrez; Els Ocells del Delta del Llobregat, Lynx Edicions).  We include three shots of the bird.


All photos depicting Icterine Warbler  Hippolais icterina with Melodious Warbler H.polyglotta below for comparison in the last. 1st photo by J.L. Copete, rest by Ferran López, Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta Nature Reserves, NE SPain, using Nikon Coolpix 880 . 

Thanks to all those who made possible this sighting. Gracias todos los que hicieron posible esta cita. Gràcies a tots els que van fer possible aquesta cita.

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Icterine Warbler at Llobregat Delta, 5 May 2002



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