Warbler at Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat delta on 27.9.2004
Ferran López and Ricard Gutiérrez
During september and october a ringing
campaing to monitor the autumn passage is regularly carried out at the
Remolar-Filipines reserve, within the Llobregat delta, at Viladecans, Barcelona,
NE Spain. Joan Castelló is in charge of the ringing operative.
During 2003, a number of rarities
were recorded the last week of September (see here
for the complete report). On 27.9 and after a weekend of strong N winds
reaching NE Spain a Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides viridanus
trapped at 10:00 AM (Joan Castelló, Ferran López; Rafael
Armada; Ricard Gutiérrez; Armand Ramal, Xavier Sampere, Néstor
Urios). This is the 1st record for Catalonia and the 2nd for Mediterranean
Spain after a bird trapped on 6.9.1988 at Columbretes islands, Castelló.
A number of reports from september
2003 for Asturies , almost in the same dates as this one, have not
yet been studied by the CR/SEO.
The following photos show clearly
the main structural features of the species, and the main plumage characteristics
particularly wing bar, proportions, bill shape (see thumbnails in the right
side of page) and head pattern.
The record has been submitted via
snail mail to the Spanish Rarities Committee
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Some of the
lucky observers. Left to right Xavier Sampere (green-dressed), F.López
(with the telescope), an unknown visitor (hidden), Joan Castelló
(center) and Rafa Armada (right, stand up). Photo: R.Gutiérrez