Birds in Spain
Joan Estrada Jofra, Víctor Estrada & Montse Jofra
On 18.4.2015 a Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus was found at Mas Carles ricefields, on the road from Torroella de Montgrí to Pals, Girona. The bird was found by a family of birdwatchers whose son, Joan, was very excited with this finding. No worries. It was the first for Catalonia and there is only one previous accepted record for Spain (6-7 May 1983 at Salinas de Levante, Mallorca, Balearics. The bird is very rare so once checked the news with fellow birdwatchers it was spread through ©rarebirdspain twitter.
On 19.4.2015 over 20 birdwatchers gathered in the area but despite finding a Great Snipe (Gallinago media) no sign of the Stilt Sandpiper was obtained. Luckily, a full sequence of photos had obtained the day before. This is the 1st record for Catalonia and 2nd for Spain after the Mallorca accepted one. There is another Andalusian record which appears to be feasible and proven, but it is not accepted neither public yet. If so, this would become third.
All photos below: © Víctor Estrada
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Stilt Sandpiper at Pals, Girona on 18.4.2015. 1st for Catalonia and 2nd or 3rd for Spain
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