Birds in Spain
August - September 2000
rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
Spoonbill* Platalea alba. Reserva Natural de las Marismas de
Santoña y Noja, Cantabria. 14-17.9.2000 (SEO/Birdlife Cantabria).
3rd for Spain after a record in Odiel marshes and Doñana in 1999
(already submitted) and another recently known of a bird at Bahía
de Txingudi (Gipuzkoa) the 22.2. 2000 (Josean Belzunce). Certainly the
same individual, relocated the 24.09.00 at Azud de Riolobos (Salamanca)
in company of 42 Spoonbills (Eduardo Carrasco, SEO-Salamanca). See
a photo here. Origin unknown, associated to P.leucorodia.
crumeniferus. Bornos Reservoir, Cádiz. 11-15.9.2000 (Salvador
Reef Heron* Egretta gularis schistacea. Pale phase, slightly
pied bird. Cal Roc, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona. 18-22.9.2000. (First observers:
Xavier Larruy, Juan Becarés, F.López, G.Siré, R.Gutiérrez,
E.Guinart, A.Ramal. J.D.González). The same bird could have been
present in Molins de Rei roost (c.15 km away) since 12.8.2000 (S.Sales
White Egret Egretta alba. A scattering of observations along
the whole country which included birds well North at Santoña (up
to 3 the 23.9, Felipe González), and at Embalse de la Furta, Asturies,
with a single bird between 14-25.9 (Enrique Pascual & J. Manuel Fernández).
At Algete, Madrid there were 2 birds on 30.9, Delfín González),
3 birds at P.N. El Hondo, Alicante on 29.9 (Marcos Ferrández, J.Luis
Echevarrias)or a single bird at Canchales reservoir, Mérida, on
14.9 (Juan. A. García) plus about 13 birds at laguna de Las Cañas,
Navarra by the end of the month (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).
In addition, a single bird was present at Azud de Riolobos, Campo de Peñaranda,
Salamanca between 3.09 (Miguel Blanco) and 17.09 (Francisco Cosme) and
another at ría de Butroe, Plentzia, Bizkaia on 25.9 (Xabi Buenetxea
at least 25 birds seen during the month.
Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. Large flocks in the country include
one of 60 birds at Buda Island, Ebro Delta (all month, D.Bigas et al)
and another of 67 seen last 18.8.2000 at Olivillos, Puebla del Río,
Sevilla (Francisco Chiclana). Scattered birds seen elsewhere on passage.
Shelduck* Tadorna ferruginea 3 birds at Albufera de Valencia
(J.I.Dies) and another (female) at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona
(J.Martí) at least until 21.09.2000. An influx this August-September
that could be of wild origin.
Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris . A total of 54 birds were
counted at Brazo del Este, Sevilla last 13.9.2000 (Francisco Chiclana).
Duck* Oxyura jamaicensis. A bird in company of 3 White-headed
ducks Oxyura leucocephala at Canal Vell lagoon, Ebro Delta, Tarragona.
18-24.9.2000. (David Bigas et al.).
Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina . 2nd cy bird seen well and photographed
on 3rd of Sep at Tarifa. 2nd for Spain (Dick Forsman)
Buzzard* Buteo rufinus ssp. cirtensis studied in detail and
also photographed at Tarifa on 12th and seen again there on 15th Sep. (Dick
Forsman). See three photos here.
Harrier* Circus macrourus. Juvenile. Balsa de Zolina. Navarra.
29. September 2000. (Gorka Gorospe). Would be 1st Spanish autumn record.
Gull* Larus philadelphia. 1st winter. A bird from 8-10.9.2000
at Canal Vell lagoon, Ebro Delta (David Bigas). Relocated at same place
the 22.9.2000 (D.Bigas) but not found the 23-24th despite intensive research.
Gull* Larus atricilla . A bird was seen at Coto Doñana
Beach, Huelva from 28-29.9.2000 (Manuel Máñez, Héctor
Gull Larus sabini. 3 individuals were seen off Estaca de Vares,
Galicia, the 11th, plus 17 more the 17th (C.O. Sterna / El Ferrol) with
another single adult off Cabo Buruela, Lugo the same day (Luís José
Golden Plover* Pluvialis fulva , an adult moulting to winter
plumage. Illa de Buda, Ebro Delta, 13.9.2000. (David Bigas, Quim Bach,
Francesc Vidal, Pau Aragó, Xavier Sotomayor). 4th for Spain
Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus. 31.8.2000-12.9.2000. Juvenile. Salinas
del Cabo de Gata, Almería (Alberto Savijn).
Sandpiper Calidris melanotos. A juvenile bird at Aiguamolls
de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona, the weekend of 20.9-21.09 (Jordi
Swift* Apus affinis seen in mixed flock of Swifts including
Apus caffer(!) at Tarifa on 15th (Dick Forsman)
Wagtail* Motacilla citreola. At least one Euring
3 bird seen and photographed, another heard. 17.9.2000. Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
Natural Park (Rafael Armada; J.Luis Copete)
2000 BIRD NEWS
rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
early MANX SHEARWATER was present off Vigo near Cíes Islands the
13rd. Early BLACK STORKS were reported from Galicia (20.8 Antela, Ourense)
and Llobregat Delta (12th and another the 19-20th). The population of GLOSSY
IBIS seems to be doing well in the South and current roosts hold over a
hundred birds in Brazo del Este, Seville, while a party of 19 were at Albufera
de Valencia the 26th .
to be wild RUDDY SHELDUCK* (an adult eclipse male)
was seen at Remolar lagoon, Llobregat Delta from 24-27th. There are only
a handful of records in the NE and this well fits with the period of maximum
records in Central Europe (see http://www.gencat.es/mediamb/rndelta/cdllb907.htm#English
for more details). A party of 28 MARBLED TEALS were at Brazo del Este,
Seville the 28th.
in the previous two years, a TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura) has
been reported lingering around Tarifa, where seen during the raptor migration
survey hold every year. Three ringed CRESTED COOTS coming from a
reintroduction scheme in Valencia were seen in Canal Vell lagoon, Ebro
Delta (c.200 km well North) the last week of August. Two adult DOTTERELS
were seen at 2700 m high at Vallter 2000 sky resort, Girona, Pyrenees the
27th. It's not clear while they are migrants or part of the Spanish local
population which breeds in this part of the country, also on the move these
days. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER* was seen from 26-27th at Moro Marsh,
Sagunto, Valencia (there are 11 previous accepted records for mainland
Spain).The 2nd PECTORAL SANDPIPER*
this autumn was a non-juvenile seen from 6-10th at Llobregat Delta.
SANDPIPER* was the 14th at Garxal, Ebro Delta. Also there, a TEREK
SANDPIPER* was the 15th at Buda island. A PIED CROW Corvus albus
was reported around el Saler, Valencia during late July. It was believed
to come from a ship, but it's unknown wether if it was assisted during
the trip. A totally white (albino) HOUSE MARTIN was seen at Laguna de Zurbano,
Vitoria, the 5th. A LESSER WHITETHROAT (rarity for NE Spain) was reported
in Aiguamolls de l'Empordà the 20th.Also rare in the NE, an ICTERINE
WARBLER was trapped and ringed the 7th at Ebro Delta.