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Birds in Spain
Photos by Miguel Avelino
A male Northern Mockingbird, the 1st for the Canary Islands and Spain was been present during the last week of March and up to 5.4 at least at Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands where it was found by a pary of Scandinavian birders (Lars Sandberg). After having news of the observation, local birders visited the area and relocated the bird that was holding a territory (Miguel Avelino Suárez; Yeray Seminario). The bird was unringed and its plumage was in pristine condition. It behaved aggresively and territorial.
local people who feeded the bird (!) the bird reached the place last November
2004 [matching a natural vagrancy pattern, ed. comment] so it
The record was submitted to the Spanish Rarities Committee.
Part of the description submitted by Miguel Avelino to Spanish Rarities Committee (in Spanish):
DESCRIPCION DEL SINSONTE COMUN
El ave era
algo mansa hacia las personas,muy agresiva con otras aves y estremadamente
territorial,la gente de la zona me comentaron que el ave esta
Cosa curiosa,es que esta ave es una gran imitadora de cantos y sonidos,desde el canto de un mirlo hasta el pitido de un silbato imito esta ave delante de mi.
En tamaño es mas o menos de un mirlo.
PARTE NO PLUMADA-
PICO- Es delgado,recto
y de coloracion negra.
All photos by © Miguel Avelino
Avelino would thank an e-mail with any sighting of birds at Gran Canaria
since he is (one of the few) resident birders in the island. More information
or further advice and sightings please be sent to J.A.Lorenzo from SEO/Canarias
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos at Gran Canaria, April 2005
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