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DECEMBER 2011 NEWS
 

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topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
topoMonth Overview topoResumen del mes
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topoSpecies index (n= 8 + 29= 37) + 4 Only Canary Islands + 1 Gibraltar
GALLOANSERAE
 
Anser fabalis rossicus Anas carolinensis Melanitta perspicillata
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas discors Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri
Branta bernicla hrota Aythya collaris  

NEOAVES

Pterodroma madeira/feae Tryngtes subruficollis Larus glaucoides kumlieni
Phoenicopterus minor Actitis macularius Larus hyperboreus
Gyps ruepellii Phalaropus lobatus Larus hyperboreus x marinus
Buteo rufinus Stercorarius longicaudus Apus affinis
Circus macrourus Larus atricilla Oenanthe deserti
Falco biarmicus Larus philadelphia Phylloscopus inornatus
Crex crex Larus fuscus fuscus Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Porphyrio alleni Larus cachinnans Sturnus roseus
Vanellus gregarius Larus smithsonianus Passer italiae
Calidris melanotos Larus glaucoides Calcarius lapponicus

RARITIES ONLY FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS*

 
Ciconia nigra Phoenicopterus roseus Larus audouinii
    Larus melanocephalus
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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GALLOANSERAE

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Bean Goose Anser fabalis rossicus (1,2-3,4)
(1) Ávila The bird found on 20.11 at Laguna del Oso, Ávila remained there on 2.12 (Delfín González). See a photo below, a thumbnail here and a video below (all Delfín González). It was still present on 9.12 (Juan Ramón Cuervo, Jordi Vázquez) and 17.12 (Jus Pérez Martín) to 28.12 (Hugo Sánchez).

Ansfab

Photo above:© Delfín González 2.12.2011

 

Video above:© Delfín González 2.12.2011

(2-3) Zamora On 3.12 there were 2 ind at Salina Grande, R.N. de las Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora (José Barrueso). One remained there on 8.12 (Cosme Damián Romai Cousido y Atocha Ramos). Same bird was seen on 27.12 too (Cristian Osorio)

(4) Palencia There was a bird at La Nava, Palencia, on 3.12 (David Calleja Marcos). See a thumbnail here. It was still there on 18.12 (Juan Sagardía).

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Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (1-2,3-4,5,6,7)
(1-2)
Palencia There were two birds at La Nava on 7.12 (Delfín González). See a thumbnail here. See a video below (D.González). Still around on 18.12 (Juan Sagardía)

 

Video above:© Delfín González 7.12.2011

(3-4) Cantabria There were two at Escalante meadows, Santoña on 9.12 (Oscar Gutiérrez). Birds remained there on 11.12 (Javier Portillo y Juan Carlos Andrés). See photos in their blog Miradas Cantábricas here or two thumbnails here. Also seen on 11.12 by more authors (Aitor Rincón/SEO-Cantabria; SEO-Asturias: Luis Mario Arce, Manuel López de Lerma, María Belén Alonso Pruneda, José Antonio García Pérez, Mario Palacio Díaz, Severina Nava, María Jesús Mangas, Aránzazu González Escudero, Marta Elena Fernández Vigara y Santiago Hernández Sande; Manuel Quintana).

(5) Zamora On 8.12 there was one at R.N. de las Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora (Cosme Damián Romai Cousido y Atocha Ramos). On 17.12 it was still there (Pedro Tapia, Jesús Ruiz, Gregorio García, Javier Martínez de Aramallona y Ángel Martínez). This bird with a new one was seen on 24.12 at the same site (Abraham Arias y José Barrueso)

(6) Huelva On 22.12 an adult was found at Marisma Gallega, Hinojos, Huelva (David Vargas, José Juan Díaz, Javier Salcedo y Rafa Romero)

(7) Zamora On 24.12 two birds (presumably this and (5) were seen at Salina Grande, R.N. de las Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora (Abraham Arias y José Barrueso).

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Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1)
(1) Murcia One individual frequented the muddy areas between La Manga del Mar Menor and las salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia on 17.12 (Richard Howard) and 18.12 (Conrado Requeño, Javier Noguera, Francisco Javier Palacios y Toni Garcia; Richard Howard, Isidro Bartolomé). See thumbnails here.

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Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2)
(1) A Coruña There was a drake at As Forcadas, Valdoviño, on 6.12 (Ricardo Hevia). It
remained there on 8.12 (Óscar Llama) and 10.12 (Joan A. Ximenis, Pablo Galiano, Ricardo Fernandez, Manuel Santa Cruz)

(2) Asturies On 14.12 presumably the same drake it has been seen intermitently was again at Ria de Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde)

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topoBlue-winged Teal Anas discors (1,2)
(1) Tenerife. There was a probable ♀ at charcas de riego de El Polvillo, Los Silos, Tenerife (Juan José Ramos Melo y Gonzalo Gil / Birding Canarias).

(2) Fuerteventura. The bird found on 31.10 remained at Rosa de Catalina García, Fuerteventura on 17.12 (Hugues Dufourny) and 18.12 (David Walsh;Hugues Dufourny) to 26-30.12 at least (Eckhard Moller).

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topoRing-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1-2,3)
(1-2) Fuerteventura On 18.12 (Hugues Dufourny) and 19.12 (David Walsh)there were 2 ♀ at Los Molinos reservoir, Fuerteventura.These birds remained there on 26.12 (Eckhard Moller)
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(3) Lleida On 29.12 a drake, very probably the same individual having frequented the ponds and small reservoirs W of Lleida city, was found at Pantà de Camelis, Torres de Segre (Ricard Gutiérrez, Josep Arbonés). See a photo below and thumbnails here. The bird had been seen in late November (from 20.11.2011, Marc Gàlvez & José Guerra) in the wide area but the record had not been widespread for conservation purposes. Current location, however, is safe for any would-be observer.

Aythya collaris

Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez 29.12.2011

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ASIAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) Pontevedra There was an adult male at Ensenada de San Simón, Vigo, Pontevedra on 23.12 (José Ramón Gómez). See two photos below and thumbnails here (J.R. Gómez) and his blog too. On 27.12 the bird was relocated at A Lanzada, O'Grove, Pontevedra (Xurxo Piñeiro, Gonzalo Palacios). On 28.12 it was videoed (D.Lopez Velasco et al), see two thumbnails here. On 29.12 more observers saw it (Ricardo Hevia, Marcos Otero, Encarna Gonzàlez Rodiño, E.Amengual,A.Rodrigo, Graciela Fdz., J.Portillo, Xurxo Piñeiro y un servidor. Un saludo. José Miguel Alonso). One photo taking off in flight was obtained, see below (Ricardo Hevia). On 30.12 too (Antonio Fontoira, Atocha Ramos, Eileen Walters, Samu Paz, Encarna González, Gustavo Ferreiro, Gonzalo Palacios, Begoña de la Torre y Cosme Damián Romai; Pablo Fernández García, Jose Antonio García, Nacho Castelao y Clemente Alvarez) See a chronicle of the twitch in Aves de Villadún blog and a video below plus two thumbnails here (C.A.Usategui).

Meldegste

Photo above:© José Ramón Gómez 23.12.2011

Meldegste

Photo above:© José Ramón Gómez 23.12.2011

Meldegste

Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia 29.12.2011

 

Video above:© Clemente Álvarez Usategui 30.12.2011

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Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata (1)
(1) A Coruña The bird found in November at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña, remained there on 6.12 (Ricardo Hevia). Still present on 8.12 (Óscar Llama Palacios & J.L. Pacheco). On 9.12 (Joan A. Ximenis, Pablo Galiano, Ricardo Fernandez, Manuel Santa Cruz) and 17.12 it was still there (Toño Salazar). The bird was photographed again on 24.12 (Antonio Martínez Pernas). see two thumbnails here.

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topoFea's/Zino's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1,2,3)
(1) Tenerife There was one bird, almost sure feae/desertas (see two photos below) 40 nautic miles N of Tenerife, Canary Islands on 4.12 (Marcel Gil/SEO-BirdLife)

Pterodroma

Photo above:© Marcel Gil/ SEO-BirdLife 4.12.2011

Pterodroma

Photo above:© Marcel Gil/ SEO-BirdLife 4.12.2011

(2) La Palma There was a an individual 1 15 nautic miles N of La Palma island, Canaries on 5.12 (Marcel Gil/SEO-BirdLife). See three photos below.

Pterodroma

Photo above:© Marcel Gil/ SEO-BirdLife 5.12.2011

Pterodroma

Photo above:© Marcel Gil/ SEO-BirdLife 5.12.2011

Pterodroma

Photo above:© Marcel Gil/ SEO-BirdLife 5.12.2011

(3) A Coruña There was a bird off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 16.12 (Antonio Sandoval, Dave McAdams). Best-ever year for the species in the area and Spain.

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Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2)
(1)
Cádiz The bird found on 24.11 at Salinas de Santa Teresa, Espacio Natural Doñana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz was still there on 5.12 (Eduardo Amengual)

(2) Málaga There was a bird at Fuentedepiedra lagoon, Málaga, on 25.12 (Andy Paterson).

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Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1-2)
(1-2) Cádiz On 6.12 2 birds were seen at Tarifa, Cádiz. One was possibly crossing back to Africa! (Javier Elorriaga/Fundación Migres)

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Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
(1) Cádiz. On 4.12 the adult ♂ present at La Janda, Cádiz, remained in the area. Will it overwinter? (Javier Elorriaga).

(2) Cádiz. On 6.12 a juvenile was present at La Janda, Cádiz, see a photo below (Stephen Daly, Andy Paterson)

Cirmac

Photo above:© Stephen Daly 6.12.2011

(3) Cádiz. On 8.12 an adult ♀ was seen at La Janda, the 3rd Pallid Harrier this month! (Javier Elorriaga, Eduardo Amengual). See three thumbnails here. It was seen again on 10.12 (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Birdguides). See photos below and thumbnails here.

Circus macrourus

Photo above:© Stephen Daly 10.12.2011

Circus macrourus

Photo above:© Stephen Daly 10.12.2011

(4) Valencia. On 10.12 a 1w was seen at Sollana ricefields, Albufera de Valencia (Rafa Muñoz Bastit). Still present since last month

(5) Cádiz. On 10.12 a new juvenile was present at La Janda, Cádiz, close to Los Charcones.See two photos below (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Bird Guides)

Circus macrourus

Photo above:© Stephen Daly 10.12.2011

Circus macrourus

Photo above:© Stephen Daly 10.12.2011

(6) Sevilla. On 26.12 one ♀ ad. was seen at Cochinato, Espacio Natural de Doñana, Aználcazar, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana)

(7) Sevilla. On 29.12.2011 a 1w Laguna de Ruiz Sánchez, Ecija, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín, Magda García, Antonio García)

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Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1)Huelva. On 3.12 there was one adult at arroyo del Algarbe, Hinojos, Huelva (Fernando del Valle)

(2) Cádiz On 6.12 a birds was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz crossing back to Africa! (Javier Elorriaga /Fundación Migres)

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Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Gibraltar. On 17.12 ( Vincent Robba) and 18.12 (Clive Finlayson), an adult Lanner frequented the territory of a Peregrine at Europa Point, Gibraltar. See two photos below (Clive Finlayson).

Falbia

Photo above:© Clive Finlayson 18.12.2011

Falbia

Photo above:© Clive Finlayson 18.12.2011

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Corncrake Crex crex (1)
(1) Barcelona A 1w bird that had been taken into care with a broken wing due to a crash within Barcelona city on 6.10.2011 (Generalitat de Cataluya Rural rangers) was released into the wild once fully recovered at Llobregat river, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona on 12.12 carrying ICONA ring 4154068 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See photo and video below.

Crexcrex

Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez 12.12.2011

 

Video above:© Ricard Gutiérrez 12.12.2011

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Allen's Gallinule Porphyrio alleni (1,2,3)
(1) Illes Balears. On 1.12 one adult was found dead at Palma airport, Mallorca, Balearic islands (José Luís Martínez)

topo(2) Fuerteventura. One bird was seen at Catalina García pond on 5.12 evening and it was confirmed the following day (Bosse Carlsson and Hans Bister). It was also photographed on 6.12 (David Pérez), see three photos below. Bird was still there on 18-19.12 (David Walsh) and on 21,22 & 23.12 (Roland Williams).

Poralle

Photo above:© David Pérez 6.12.2011

Poralle

Photo above:© David Pérez 6.12.2011

Poralle

Photo above:© David Pérez 6.12.2011

topo(3) Lanzarote. One adult, different from the Fuerteventura bird above was at Tias Golf course, Lanzarote, on 22.12 (F.Javier García Vargas) and 23.12 (F.J. Garcia Vargas, A.Unquiles). See photos in his blog here. Still there on 28.12 (Eugenio Hernández) and on 29.12 (F. Javier García Vargas & Eugenio Hernández).

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Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1)
Badajoz There was one at Castuera, La Serena, Badajoz, on 12.12 (Jan Hill y Less Battle). See a thumbnail here and more in aves extremadura blog in Spanish.

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topoPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. There was one bird at estanque de riego at Vecindario, Santa Lucia, Gran Canaria, on 10.12 (Miguel Avelino Suárez, Eugenio Hernández).

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topoBuff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. There was one bird at estanque de riego at Vecindario, Santa Lucia, Gran Canaria, on 10.12 (Miguel Avelino Suárez, Eugenio Hernández).

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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Asturies. On 2.12 the bird found a month ago at Perán bay, Candás, Asturies, was still around (Toni López Lozano & Clemente Álvarez Usategui). See photos below and 2 thumbnails here (T.López). Seen at Perlora, Carreño, Asturies on 8.12 (Joan A. Ximenis, Pablo Galiano, Ricardo Fernandez, Manuel Santa Cruz)

Actmac

Photo above:© Toni López 2.12.2011

Actmac

Photo above:© Toni López 2.12.2011

Actmac

Photo above:© Toni López 2.12.2011

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Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1)

(1) Zamora On 23.12 1 ind was seen at Villafáfila lagoons, Zamora (Cristian Osorio). On 24.12 it was still there, when photographed, see below (Alfonso Rodrigo). On 27.12 it was reported again by visitors to the people in the Information Center Desk at Villafáfila (pers.com. to A.Rodrigo)

Phalob

Photo above:© Alfonso Rodrigo 24.12.2011

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Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1-2)

(1-2) Asturies On 16.12 two juveniles were see and photographed at Zeluán, Avilés, Asturies during a severe gale (Daniel López Velasco). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Stercorarius longicaudus

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 16.12.2011

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Laughing Gull Larus atricilla (1,2)
(1) Asturies On 3.12, a 1w was found at El Musel, Gijón (J.Sagardia; X.Cortés). The bird was seen again on 4.12 (Pablo Fernández Pérez). See a photo below and thumbnails here. The bird was seen again on 8.12 but it carried an angler's hook in its bill (Pablo Fernández Pérez). Unfortunately, it was not relocated early on 8.12 (P.Fernández Pérez) but seen later (Joan A. Ximenis, Pablo Galiano, Ricardo Fernandez, Manuel Santa Cruz)

Laratr

Photo above:© Pablo Fernández Pérez 4.12.2011

(2) Asturies On 8.12 there was another 1w (not hurt by a hook) at Ria de Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde)

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Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia (1)
(1) Tarragona On 20.12 an ad w was at Cambrils harbour, Tarragona (Pere Josa Anguera)

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Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1)
(1) Ciudad Real On 3.12 the adult that has been seen at Málaga and Madrid (ringed C•AC0) was seen at Alcazar de San Juan dump, Ciudad Real, see a photo below (Gabriel Martín). Salvador García provided the ringing information: Yellow pvc ring CAC0 Metal: HT274345 Age: young out of the nest. Ringing date: 07/07/2008. Place: Pietarsaari, Vaasa, Finland. Coord.: 63º38'N 4º25'W. Wing: 225 mm Life history: Madrid 06/03/2011; Ciudad Real 20/02/2010; Madrid 29/03 y 12/04/2009; Toledo 07/03/2009 Also Ciudad Real this month! (Communicated by Salvador García))

Larfusfus

Photo above:© Gabriel Martín 3.12.2011

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Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1,2,3,4-5,6,7,8,9)
(1) A Coruña On 3.12 there was a 1w at A Concha beach, Cariño, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). See a photo below and thumbnail here.

Larcac

Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia 3.12.2011

(2) Lugo On 8.12 there was one bird at San Cibrao, Lugo (Antonio Gutiérrez & Toño Salazar). See photos in Antonio's blog here.

(3) A Coruña On 10.12 there was a 1w at playa de Caión, A Laracha, A Coruña (Xabier Varela)

(4-5) A Coruña On 10.12 there were 2 1w at laguna Norte del Complejo Litoral de Baldaio, Carballo A Coruña (Xabier Varela). See two thumbnails here.

(6) Lugo On 1.12 there was an adult bird at San Cibrao, Lugo (David Calleja). See a photo below and thumbnails here.

Larus cachinnans

Photo above:© David Calleja 1.12.2011

(7) Asturies On 19.12 one adult was found and photographed at El Musel, Gijón, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco). See photos below and a thumbnail here.

Larcac

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 19.12.2011

Larcac

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 19.12.2011

Larcac

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 19.12.2011

(8) Cantabria On 22.12 there was an individual at Castro, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez). See photos in his blog here.

(9) Tarragona On 25-26.12.2011 one 1w was at Tarragona harbour (Camilo Albert). See a photo in the ornitho.cat website.

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American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
(1) A Coruña On 28.12 there was an adult initally thought to be a hybrid argentatus x hyperboreus and later a probable adult smithsonianus still under review at Lires, Fisterra, A Coruña (Daniel López Velasco, Guillermo Rodriguez y Fernando Pereiras).See a photo below.

Larhyparg

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 28.12.2011

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Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
(1) A Coruña On 5-6.12 a 1w was present at Cariño harbour buildings (Ricardo Hevia). See two thumbnails here.

(2) Pontevedra On 13.12 a 1w was found at enseada da Seca, intermareal Combarro-Lourido, Pontevedra (Encarna González).

(3) A Coruña On 14.12 a new 1w was present at Cariño harbour (Ricardo Hevia).

(4) A Coruña On 16.12 a different 1w according to available photos was seen flying off Loiba towards Espasante, Ortigueira, A Coruña (Antonio Martínez). See a thumbnail here.

(5) Asturies On 17.12 a 1w was at Playa de Tapia, Tapia de Casariego, Asturias (Pablo Fernández García). See a thumbnail here and more information at Pablo's blog here.

(6) Asturies On 23.12 A 2w was seen following a fishing vessel from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco). On 24.12 it was seen at Luanco harbour (Pablo Fernández Pérez y Lucía Abreu)

(7) A Coruña On 17.12 there was one 2w at Ares beach, A Coruña (Miguel A. Fernández). See a thumbnail here.

(8) Gipuzkoa On 28.12.12011 a 1w was found at Getaria, Guipuzkoa (Albert Cama, Matxalen Pauly)

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Kumlien's Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni (1)
(1) Asturies On 16.12 one 1w was found and photographed at Zeluán, Avilés, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco, César A.Laó). See a photo below and thumbnails here. More info in the Mavea blog in Spanish here.

Larus glaucoides kumlieni

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco & C.A.Laó 16.12.2011

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Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1,2,3,4,5)
(1) A Coruña On 5.12 afternoon a 1w was seen at Burela harbour, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). See a thumbnail here.

(2) A Coruña On 17.12 a 1w was present at Complejo Litoral de Baldaio, Carballo, A Coruña (Xabier Varela). See a photo below and thumbnails here.

Larus hyperboreus

Photo above:© Xabier Varela 17.12.2011

(3) A Coruña On 20.12 a 1w was seen at playa de la Concha, Cariño, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). See a thumbnail here. On 22.12 it was seen again and photographed, see below (Ricardo Hevia).

Larhyp

Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia 22.12.2011

(4) A Coruña On 24.12 there was a 1w at Bens beach, A Coruña (Xabier Varela)

(5) A Coruña On 25.12 there was a 1w at Camariñas, A Coruña (Pablo Gutiérrez)

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Great black-backed x Glaucous Gull Larus marinus x hyperboreus (1)
(1) A Coruña On 28.12 there was a 1w of this presumed crossing at playa de Langosteira, Fisterra, A Coruña (Daniel López Velasco, Guillermo Rodriguez y Fernando Pereiras).See a photo below.

Larhypmar

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 28.12.2011

 

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Little Swift Apus affinis (1-17)

(1-17) Cádiz. On 7.12 there were 17 individuals flying over Chipiona, Cádiz (Pere Cortinas)

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Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (1,2)

(1) Almería. On 13.12 a ♂ was seen and photographed at P.N. de Cabo de Gata, Torre Garcia, Almería (Miguel Angel Martin Arnau). See three photos below. This bird remained in the area on 21.12 (Raimundo Martin, Mariano Paracuellos). Also seen from 22-25.12 (Rafael Fenoy), see photos below and thumbnails here and on 28.12 (Conrado Requena et al) and 30.12 at Rambla de Amoladeras area (Raimundo Martin)

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Miguel Angel Martin Arnau 13.12.2011

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Miguel Angel Martin Arnau 13.12.2011

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Miguel Angel Martin Arnau 13.12.2011

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Rafael Fenoy 22.12.2011

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Rafael Fenoy 22.12.2011

Oenanthe deserti

Photo above:© Rafael Fenoy 22.12.2011

(2) Zaragoza. On 26.12 a bird was found at Laguna Salada de la Playa, Sástago, Zaragoza (Carlos Diez, Javier Ruiz, Luis Gracia).See two thumbnails here.

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Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1-3,4,5,6)

(1-3) A Coruña. On 4.12 three birds remained at Mar de Fora beach, Fisterra, A Coruña (Pablo Fernández García). One of them remained there on 8.12 (Óscar Llama & David Martínez Lago). One was trapped and ringed there on 18.12 (Graciela Fernández, Alexia del Río, Manuel Carregal y Alberto Monteagudo).

(4) Almería. On 1.12 one was seen at Las Amoladeras, Almería near ALP202 road crossing between e Retamar & Ruescas (Raúl Bueno)

topo(5) Fuerteventura. There was a bird at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, on 18.12 (David Walsh) nto 30.12 at least (Eckhard Moller)

topo(6) Fuerteventura. There was a bird at Catalina García, Fuerteventura, on 17.12 (Rainer Ertel; Hugues Dufourny) and 18.12 (David Walsh; Hugues Dufourny)

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Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2-3)

(1) Lugo. There was a bird at Playa de Arealonga, Barreiros, Lugo on 9.12 (Pablo Fernández García)

(2-3) Girona. There were 2 at Camping Almata,near PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 10.12 (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martí-Aledo). See a photo below (Àlex Ollé). Follow the area news at frontera.cat website. These two birds remained in the area from 11.12 (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martí-Aledo, Marc Bertran i Jorge García) to 17.12 at least (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martí Aledo). See two thumbnails here. Still there on 19.12 (J.Martí-Aledo, D.Roca).

Phycoltri

Photo above:© Àlex Ollé 10.12.2011

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Rosy Starling Pastor roseus (1)
(1) Asturies The bird found on 27.11 was still around on 1.12, when photographed below at Parque del Lauredal. Gijón, Asturies.(Pablo Fernández García).See a photo below and two thumbnails here.The bird was seen again on 4.12 (Juan Sagardía), but 3 km far from the initial place. New location of the tree where the bird forages: 43°31'42.81"N 5°42'14.66"W

Sturnus roseus

Photo above:© Pablo Fernández García 1.12.2011

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Italian Sparrow Passer 'italiae' (1)
(1) Illes Balears On 23.12 the bird found last May 2011, the 1st for Spain, was relocated at Pla de l'Anzell, Mallorca, Illes Balears (Manolo Suárez). See a video below.

 

Video above:© Manolo Súárez 23.12.2011

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Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus (1-2,3,4-5)
(1-2) A Coruña The 2 birds found on 27.11 at Nemiña beach, A Coruña remained there on 4.12(Pablo Fernández García). One remained there on 25.12 (Fernando Pereiras, Xabier Varela)

(3) A Coruña There was one bird at Baldaio, A Coruña, on 7.12 (Antonio Sandoval). One remained in the same area on 17.12 (Xabier Varela).

(4-5) Cantabria There were 2 at Langre, Cantabria on 27.12 (Ángel Ruiz Elizalde) and 28.12 (A.Ruiz Elizalde, D.G. Ortega, F.Román & J.M.Ayuela)

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topoBlack Stork Ciconia nigra (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. There was a 1w at Maspalomas pond, Gran Canaria, on 3.12 (Miguel Avelino). See a photo below. The bird remained in the pond on 10.12 (Miguel Avelino Suárez, Eugenio Hernández). See a new thumbnail here.The bird was still there on 23.12 (Harry Hussey). See a thumbnail here.

Cicnig
Photo above:© Miguel Avelino 3.12.2011

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topoGreater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The juvenile bird found on 17.9 at Gran Canaria was still at Charca de Maspalomas, S.Bartolomé de Tirajana on 3.12 (Miguel Avelino).See a thumbnail here. The bird remained in the island on 10.12 but it moved to Charca del vecindario along with Ruddy Shelducks (see photo below) despite it will return sooner or later to the Maspalomas pond (Miguel Avelino Suárez, Eugenio Hernández) The bird was still there on 23.12 (Harry Hussey). See a thumbnail here.

Phoros

Photo above:© Miguel Avelino Suárez 10.12.2011

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topoAudouin's Gull Larus audouinii (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. There was a bird at Maspalomas pond, Gran Canaria, on 3.12 (Miguel Avelino). There was a 1w bird at the same place on 23.12, perhaps the same bird (Harry Hussey). See a photo below.

Laraud

Photo above:© Harry Hussey 23.12.2011

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topoMediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus (1)
(1) El Hierro. There was 1 adult/2nd w over la Restinga submarine volcano, El Hierro, on 8.12 (Marcel Gil/SEO-BirdLife). See a thumbnail here.

*** Ringed birds in Spain have to be submitted and accepted by CR/SEO-BirdLife, according to Environment Ministery of Spain and the authonomous communities agreements, to be accepted as valid ringings in the national database. Otherwise, non submitted or rejected records will be deleted and ringings will not be included in national or international databases. Ringers not submitting rare bird ringings will be listed. Submitting ringing records is hence specially encouraged as a contribution to global bird knowledge..


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  • Whole document/ Documento entero/ Document sencer: Gutiérrez,R. (ed) (year, latest update), Recent Reports: [month year]. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsr000.htm 
    • e.g. Gutiérrez, R. (ed) (2002, April 3). Recent Reports: April 2002. Rare Birds in Spain.Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsr000.htm 
  • Single records/ Citas sueltas/ Cites aïllades: Author (year). [Species] in Gutiérrez,R. (ed) (year, latest update), Recent Reports: [month year]. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsr000.htm 
    • e.g. Rebassa, M. (2002) Great White Egret Egretta alba in Gutiérrez, R. (ed) (2002, April 3). Recent Reports: April 2002.Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsr000.htm

All birds featured in this page are rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO

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From March 2005 this webpage only includes records of birds needing homologation by CR/SEO. For other local rarities contact local bird reports or records committees. See here those rarities only for the Canary Islands also dealt by CR/SEO. Changes in application to the rarity list from January 2006. New rarities include Sylvia curruca, Crex crex, Sterna bengalensis and others. Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and are not be included from 2006.



Recent reports includes the latest sightings from the whole of Spain which are both personal observations, communications or have been released in E-Mail lists. Please contact the authors before using any photo for anything else than personal reference. Any submitted news to this page will be forwarded to the Spanish RC for their knowledge if enough substantiated but inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind which needs a form to be sent.Photos could be cropped for editorial reasons.Gibraltar news are included thanks to Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society but this has no more implication than the sake of completeness given this area situation. Names of localities are featured as given by the authors of the records, that should be cited as those. Today news are marked with anew icon. We would welcome to receive a spare copy of those journals using these news for commercial purposes. Contact RG at address at the front page. From April 2005 only news of rarities needing homologation by the Spanish Rarities Committee are included. Reproduction of the contents of this page in commercial websites (e.g. *.com) or for commercial purposes is forbidden if not agreed in advance.. Go back to top
Citas recientes incluye las últimas novedades del conjunto del país que tanto son observaciones personales, comunicaciones al autor o noticias difundidas en listas de correo. Por favor contacten los autores para cualquier uso de las fotografias fuera del estrictamente personal.Cualquier cita que se envie a esta página sera reenviada al CR/SEO para su conocimiento, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores y del envío de la ficha correspondiente. Los nombres de las localidades se incluyen como son enviadas por los colaboradores, que deben ser citados como autores de las citas. Las fotos que se envíen podrán ser recortadas por criterios editoriales.Las noticias más recientes se marcan connew Desde Abril de 2005 se incluyen únicamente citas de  rarezas que necesitan homologación por el Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife. La reproducción total o parcial de los contenidos de esta página está prohibida en sitios web comerciales (p.ej. *.com) si no se autoriza de antemano. Ir al inicio de la página
Cites recents inclou les darreres novetats del conjunt de l'estat que són observacions pròpies, comunicacions o noticies difoses a llistes de correu. Si us plau contacteu amb els autors de les fotos per a a qualsevol ús fora de l'estrictament personal. Qualsevol cita que sigui enviada a aquesta plana serà rebotada també al CR/SEO si bé la seva publicació aquí no implica la seva aceptació o homologació de cap mena i és responsabilitat dels seus autors que haurien d'enviar la fitxa corresponent emplenada. Els noms de les localitats són posats tal i com són enviats pels autors, que han de ser referenciats com a autors de les cites. Les fotos que s'envïin podran ser retallades per criteris editiorals.Les notícies més recents són les marcades ambnew.Desd'Abril de 2005 únicament s'inclouen cites de rareses que necessiten homologació pel Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife.La reproducció total o parcial dels continguts d'aquesta plana és prohidia per a qualsevol lloc web de caire comercial (e.g. *.com) sinó s'ha autoritzat de forma prèvia. Tornar a l'inici de la plana.


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Rarities
individuals
reported so far this month

112

Only Canary Islands rarities
4
Gibraltar rarities
1

42 photos 5 videos

77 thumbnails


Rarity distribution
DECEMBER 2011
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Rarity forecast
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Average number of rare species (blue) and individuals (violet) per month 2005 -2009

 


Latest highlights:


 
Ansfab
This Bean Goose remained at El Oso lagoon, Ávila, on 2.12 (Delfín González)
Larcac
The Caspian Gull at Cariño on 3.12 (Ricardo Hevia).
Sturos
Sturos
The 1w Rosy Starling at Gijón park as seen on 1.12 (Pablo Fernández García)
Actmac
Actmac
The Spotted Sandpiper at Asturies remained there on 2.12 (T.López).
Laratr
Laratr
Laratr
Laratr
Laratr
The 1w Laughing Gull found at Gijón on 3.12 and seen again on 4.12 (P.Fernández Pérez)
Cirmac
Cirmac
Cirmac
The ad ♀ Pallid Harrier at La Janda, the 3rd bird present there this December (Javier Elorriaga)
Ansbra
One of the Pink-footed Geese at La Nava on 7.12 (Delfín González)
Largla
Largla
The Iceland Gull at Cariño harbour on 5.12 (Ricardo Hevia)
Larhyp
The Glaucous Gull at Burela, Lugo on 5.12 (Ricardo Hevia)
Larcac
Larcac
The 2 Caspian Gulls at Baldaio, A Coruña on 10.12 (Xabi Varela)
Ansfab
The Bean Goose at La Nava on 3.12 (Davida Calleja)
Larcac
Larcac
The ad Caspian Gull at San Cibrao on 1.12 (David Calleja)
Ansbra
Ansbra
The Pink-footed at Cantabria on 11.12 (Juan Carlos Andrés)
Stelon
The intermediate Long-tailed Skua seen from Avilés on 16.12 during a severe gale (D.L.Velasco)
Largla
The Iceland Gull off Loiba, Ortigueira on 16.12 (Antonio Martínez)
Largla
The Iceland Gull at Villadún, Asturies (P.Fernández)
Larhyp
Larhyp
The Glaucous Gull at Baldaio on 17.12 (X.Varela)
Phycoltri
Phycoltri
The Siberian Chiffchaffs of Almatà camping, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, were seen from 11-17.12 (A.Ollé)
Larglakum
Larglakum
Larglakum
Larglakum
Larglakum
Larglakum
The Kumlien's Gull at Avilés on 16.12 (D,L.Velasco & C.A. Laó)
Vangre
The Extremadura Sociable Plover on 12,12 (J.Hill, L.Battle)
Circus macrourus
Circus macrourus
Circus macrourus
Circus macrourus
Circus macrourus
The adult ♀ Pallid Harrier at La Janda, Cádiz on 10.12 (Stephen Daly)
Meldegste
Meldegste
Meldegste
Meldegste
Meldegste
The bird of the month: Asian White-winged Scoter at Pontevedra (!) (José Ramón Gómez)
Melper
Melper
Another Scoter, also rare, the Surf Scoter at Ortigueira as by Christmas (Antonio Martínez)
Larhyp
The Glaucous gull at Cariño on 20.12 (Ricardo Hevia)
Largla
The Iceland Gull at Ares beach, on 17.12 (Miguel A. Fernández)
Braberhro
Braberhro
Braberhro
Braberhro
The Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Murcia, one of the few Mediterranean records ever (Richard Howard)
Larcac
The Caspian Gull at El Musel, Gijón on 19.12 (Daniel L.Velasco)
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Aytcol
Aytcol
Aytcol
The Ring-necked Duck ♂ at Camelis, Torres de Segre, Lleida on 29.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
Meldegste
Meldegste
The Asian White-winged Scoter at A Lanzada, O Grove, Pontevedra on 28.12 (Daniel López Velasco)
Oendes
Oendes
The Desert Wheatear at Sástago, Zaragoza (Luis Gracia)
Oendes
Oendes
Oendes
The Desert Wheatear at Cabo de Gata, Almería by the end of December 2011 (Rafa Fenoy)
Meldegste
Meldegste
The Asian White-winged Scoter at A Lanzada, O Grove, Pontevedra on 30.12 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui)

Only Canary islands highlights
pHOROS
The Flamingo at Gran Canaria remained there by early December (M.Avelino).
Cicnig
The Black Stork at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria remained there on 10.12 (M.Avelino Suárez).
Larus melanocephalus
The Mediterranean Gull at El Hierro (Marcel Gil/SEO-BirdLife)
Cicnig
Phoros
The Black Stork and the flamingo at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria remained in the pond on 23.12 (Harry Hussey)
 
 

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