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Tristram's Warbler at Albufera de Valencia, 1st for mainland Spain

Joan Balfagón

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Introduction

On 13 April 2019 small warbler, after having received news of a good fall of migrants, particularly Subalpine Warblers by the coast I decided to visit Platja de l'Arbre del Gos car park, at Albufera de Valencia, Valencia, an area that being near the coast always shows a good number of migrants in case of a fall.

Once I reached the area I realised there were a number of migrants around including Woodchat Shrike, Willow Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Nightingale, Whitethroat and particularly Subalpine Warblers (5-6 birds). About 1 PM I saw a Sylvia warbler that was eye-catching. Despite its underparts looked a bit cantillans -like, the wing was reddish, much more than anyone I'd seen before.

Already with my camera I took some photos (enclosed). It was pretty confident and for 5-10 minutes it remained within a 5 meters distance. I saw it twice with the binoculars until it dissappeared. Despite deserticola came into my mind in that moment, the possibilities of finding any were so low to me that I did not try to relocate it and I continued birdwatching. When I reviewed the photos I realised that it had a white orbital ring and, secondly, that cantillans does not have it. After checking some deserticola photos I saw that most of the species features matched my bird. Throat colour, amongst others, discarded Spectacled Warbler for example.

Astonished, I sent the photos to a Albufera whatsapp group, where most of the members concurred it had to be that species. Despite almost anybody could hardly believe it!

[En valencià/català]

El dissabte 13 d'abril, després d'haver rebut notícies de que hi hava una bona entrada de diverses espècies de migrants(especialment Sylvia cantillans) a la costa vaig decidir anar al parking de la Platja de l'Arbre del Gos, una zona que al estar prop de la costa sempre que hi ha entrada de paseriformes sol estar molt animada.

Al arribar vaig trobar diverses espècies de migrants com Lanius senator, Phylloscopus trochillus, P.bonelli, Luscinia megarhynchos, Sylvia communis i especialment Sylvia cantillans (uns 5-6 exemplars). Sobre la 1 del migdia vaig veure una Sylvia que em va cridar l'atenció. Encara que la coloració de les parts inferiors semblava de cantillans, l'ala era clarament més rogenca que totes le que havia vist abans.

Vaig traure la càmera i vaig fer-li unes quantes fotos. Es mostrava prou confiada i durant els 5-10 minuts d'observació es va mantenir a una distancia d'uns 5 metres. La vaig observar només un parell de vegades amb els prismàtics fins que va desapareixer. Encara que vaig pensar en deserticola en aquell moment, les posibilitats em semblaven tan poques que no vaig tractar de relocalitzar-la i vaig continuar el meu camí. Quan vaig revisar les fotos, em vaig adonar de que tenia l'anell ocular blanc i que les cantillans no ho tenen, i buscant fotos de deserticola vaig veure que la majoria de característiques coincidien.La coloració de la gola, entre altres coses, descartava Sylvia conspicillata.

Incrédul, vaig enviar les fotos a un grup de whatts de l'Albufera on la majoria vam coincidir en que semblava esta especie, pero encara ningú s'ho acavaba de creure!!.

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All photos below: © Joan Balfagón, 13.4.2019

Citation

Balfagón, J. 2019 Photos. Tristram's Warbler at Albufera de Valencia, 1st for mainland Spain. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsf086.htm

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