Birds in Spain
Jana Marco & Óscar Aldeguer
On 6.12.2016 a black coloured seaduck was seen near the beach of La Marina, S of Alicante (Jana Marco, Óscar Aldeguer). The duck was soon identified as a Melanitta but it had an odd bill and a white crescent which looked odd for fusca. Was one of the other two related taxa, deglandi or stejnegeri?. Soon it was confirmed as a stejnegeri according to the shape of the bulb on the bill, the form of the forehead and the bill pattern, including a diagnostic yellow stripe in the upper mandible. News were quickly broadcasted and the duck, a bird expected to be in Japan, became a major attraction for locals and birdwatchers from all over the country.
The bird continued in the area on 7.12 (Jana Marco, Álex Alamán), 8.12 (Ferran López, Alberto Somoza, Dani Diaz, José Luís Copete; Manolo Salas and others), 9.12 (Jana Marco et al), 10.12 (Vittorio Pedrocchi, Arnau Pedrocchi, Joan Pedrocchi, Clara Pedrocchi, Elisabet Pons; Elias Gomis, Toni Zaragozí, David Bañuls y Toni Mulet).
See some photos and videos from the original authors below.
Five photos below: © Jana Marco, , 6.12.2016
Video: © Jana Marco, 6.12.2016
Video: © Jana Marco, 7.12.2016
Photo below: © Jana Marco, 7.12.2016
Photos below: © Óscar Aldeguer, 6.12.2016
This is the 2nd record for Spain, previous from Galicia, a male from on 13-23.12.2011 at Ensenada de San Simón, Vigo (José Ramón Gómez González), later moved to O Grove, A Lanzada beach, also Pontevedra from 27-30.12.2011 (Xurxo Piñeiro, José Ramón Gómez González y otros, accepted record by the SEO/BirdLife Rarities Committee (Ardeola 60(2): 437-506, also see December 2011 page).
Of the page: Marco, J. & Aldeguer, O. 2016 Asian White-winged Scoter Melanitta (deglandi) stejnegeri in Alicante, December 2016: 2nd for Spain Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsf083.htm
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Asian White-winged Scoter Melanitta (deglandi) stejnegeri in Alicante, December 2016: 2nd for Spain
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