Birds in Spain
Recent Reports: October 2000
Magnificent Frigatebird* Fregata magnificiens. A probable subadult female recorded off Torremolinos, Málaga on 17:25 h on 22.10 (Andrew M. Paterson). The 2nd for Spain after an adult male seen off Baiona, Pontevedra on 29.09.1985.
Great White Egret Egretta alba. What formerly seemed an scarce or even irregular bird is turning up to be, this year at least, a relatively frequent species:
(A. Spromg i H. de Vos).
October figures would include 16 different birds.
Therefore a temptative total for the country would include 139+ different birds at least. See also september sightings.
Reef Heron* Egretta gularis schistacea. Pale phase, slightly
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. Largest recorded flocks are those at Buda Island, Ebro Delta (c.60 birds, David Bigas) and Brazo del Este, Sevilla (73 birds on 5.10 but 226! on 29.10, the largest-ever party recorded in Spain, Francisco Chiclana). Another single bird was seen in Txingudi Bay, Euskadi, on 10.10 (comm. by Gorka Gorospe).
Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus. A bird was photographed at Veta la Palma on 24.10.2000 but it had been seen lingering arounf the area for a month (Héctor Garrido).
Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor. Two birds were on 18.10 at Parque Natural El Hondo, Alicante, in company of c. 3000 P. ruber (Marcos Ferrández & Jose Luis Echevarrías). Origin unknown.
Mute Swan* Cygnus olor. A bird seen at Estero Domingo Rubio, near the old road Palos - Mazagón, Huelva on 15.10 (Demetrio Aguado Macias). Perhaps the same bird that had been seen before in Veta la Palma (F.Chiclana). Despite its relative common status in C Europe, only a few sightings in Spain are reported every year.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis. A bird was seen at Embalse de Tresona, Asturies on 23.10 (Elías García Sanchez).
Palle-bellied Brent Goose* Branta bernicla hrota. A juvenile was seen at ensenada de Feás, Cariño (Ría de Ortigueira), A Coruña from 13-21.10 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar).
Ruddy Shelduck* Tadorna ferruginea. 5 birds were present at embalse de Santillana,Manzanares El Real, Madrid on 4.10 (Daniel L.Huertas).
American Black Duck* Anas rubipres. On 21.10 a male was found at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña, in company of Mallards. Perhaps a returning individual following last year sighting of a drake which arrived on 11.10.1999 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar).
Falcated Duck* Anas falcata. The 3rd for Spain was a 1st winter male seen at embalse de San Andrés, Asturies from 20-28.10 at least (Elías García Sánchez).
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris . Two birds were counted at Canal Vell lagoon, Ebre Delta on 3.10.2000 (David Bigas). 55 birds were counted at Brazo del Este. Sevilla on 21.10 (Francisco Chiclana). And 3 more were at Albufera de València on 21.10 (J.I. Díes & Bosco Díes).
Scaup Aythya marila .A female was present at Ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña, on 13.10 but not afterwards(José Miguel Alonso Pumar).
Ferruginous Duck. Aythya nyroca. The only reported birds were two at Albufera de València on 21.10 (J.I. Díes & Bosco Díes), a male at La Furta, Asturies, from 02.10 onwards (Clemente Álvarez Usategui) and seven (!) at balsa de Zolina, Navarra on 21.10 (Gabriel Berasategui).
Ruddy Duck* Oxyura jamaicensis. The bird initially in company of 3 White-headed ducks Oxyura leucocephala at Canal Vell lagoon , Ebre Delta, Tarragona found on 18.9.2000 was still there on 15.10.2000 (David Bigas). From 6.10 the number of White Headed Ducks has increased to 16 individuals, still present on 15.10, the largest-ever group recorded in recent times in Catalonia (David Bigas).
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus. A bird showing rufous tail was seen flying over Garraf hills, Barcelona on 15.10 (F.Xavier Santaeufemia).
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. Two birds were hunting between Canopolis and Garraf at Garraf hills, Barcelona on 8.10 whilst another single bird passed by on 15.10 (F.Xavier Santaeufemia).
Cream-coloured Cursor* Cursorius cursor. A bird found at Punta de la Banya beach on 7.10 (David Bigas) might have been there from mid September as told by the local warden (Ferran Blanch). Only recent record for NE Spain. Severe flooding of the Punta de la Banya from 11.10 has prevented further search of this sought-after scarcity.
Pacific Golden Plover* Pluvialis fulva . An adult seen on 7.10 near the river mouth, Llobregat Delta, the first for the area (Xavier Larruy, Juan Becarés).
Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos. A bird was seen at Tresona reservoir, Asturies, on 3.10 (Elías García Sanchez).
Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus. 1.10.2000 and previous days: a bird
at Tancada Saltpans, Ebre Delta (pers.com. to David Bigas). Perhaps the
bird seen in August at Buda island now moved there.
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. A bird was seen on 15.10 at Txingudi bay, Euskadi (Héctor González). Only the 2nd record for Gipuzkoa.
Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi. A 1st winter was at Mas Trencat field, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona on 20.10 (Jordi Martí).
Siberian Blue Robin* Luscinia cyane 18.10.2000. A 1st winter bird having moulted two wing coverts was trapped and ringed at Canal Vell lagoon biological station, Deltebre, Tarragona by David Bigas. 1st record for Spain and only the 2nd-ever record for the whole Western Palearctic. Perhaps the rarest-ever bird seen in Spain. Only twitched by 9 lucky people amongst whose I happily was :-)))))) .
Greenish Warbler* Phylloscopus trochiloides . 2nd - 3rd for Spain. A bird seen at Embalse de la Granda, Asturies on 23.10 (Elías García Sánchez) would follow the first seen last year in the same place by the same qualified observer and another recent claim in Catalonia yet to be concreted (GCA).
Red-eyed Vireo* Vireo olivaceus. A 1st winter bird (retained tail and primaries, moulted head and coverts) was trapped and ringed at Tiana, Barcelona on 30.10 (Carles Llebaria and others) during a GCA ringing campaign. The 3rd for Spain.
Bunting* Emberiza pusilla. A bird was trapped and ringed at
Segre river, Seu d'Urgell, Lleida (near the Andorra border) on 26.10 (Jordi
Dalmau i Ausàs).See photos below.
Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible
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