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DECEMBER 2017 NEWS

 

topoTaxa index (n= 10 + 29 = 39) + (0) Gibraltar
GALLOANSERAE
 
Cygnus cygnus Anser brachyrhynchus Anas carolinensis Aythya affinis
Anser fabalis Anas americana Anas discors Bucephala clangula
    Aythya collaris Mergus merganser

NEOAVES

Ixobrychus sturmii Vanellus gregarius Larus fuscus fuscus Tarsiger cyanurus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Pluvialis fulva Larus smithsonianus Oenanthe deserti
Phoenicopterus minor Numenius hudsonicus Falco biarmicus Anthus hodgsoni
Gyps rueppellii Calidris fuscicollis Corvus cornix Acanthis cabaret
Buteo rufinus Calidris melanotos Alle alle Acanthis flammea
Aquila clanga Actitis macularius Alaemon alaudipes Calcarius lapponicus
Aquila pomarina Tringa flavipes Phylloscopus inornatus Emberiza pusilla
Circus macrourus Limnodromus scolopaceus Phylloscopus collybita tristis  
  Chroicocephalus philadelphia    

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GALLOANSERAE

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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-2,3-4)
(1-2) A Coruña. There were two birds coming from late November at lago de As Pontes, As Pontes de García Rodríguez, A Coruña on 6.12 (Ricardo Hevia) and 9.12 (David Calleja). Birds are present there since 25.11 when seen first by Irene Lostalé.

(3-4) Burgos. There were two birds at Herbosa, Pantano del Ebro, Burgos on 29.12 (Juan Ángel de la Torre). Seen again on 30.12 (Ángel García Ubierna, Chencho Fernández, Manuel Estébanez)

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Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis (1-2,3,4-5,6)
(1-2) Sevilla. On 9.12 two birds were found at Cerrado Garrido, Doñana, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana). See two photos below.

Ansfab

Photo: © Paco Chiclana 9.12.2017

Ansfab

Photo: © Paco Chiclana 9.12.2017

(3) Navarra. On 7.12 a bird was found at Laguna de Pitillas RN, Navarra (Jorge Nubla @eBird). On 8.12 it remained there (Gorka Gorospe @eBird). And on 9.12 too (Ander Txokarro @ eBird).

(4-5) Huelva. On 17.12 there were two birds at la Escupidera, Doñana National Park, Huelva (Carlos Moreno, Fernando Enrique Navarrete @eBird).

(6) Valladolid - Palencia. On 25.12 a bird was seen at balsa de Herrín de Campos-Boadilla de Rioseco, Valladolid-Palencia (Cristian Osorio y Daniel Sanz).On 30.12 it was still there (Martín Rey, Javier H. Cabello, Alberto Benito, César Díez, Miguel Pérez, Rafa Díez, Ana M. Conde, Najib Hamdoun, Dani Saldaña, Fer Casado, Javier Pi, Pedro Alonso y Miguel Rodríguez Esteban).

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nPink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (1,2-9,10,11) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Sevilla. There was a bird at Cerrado Garrido, Aznalcázar, Sevilla on 3.12 (Paco Chiclana, José Antonio Lama y Mar Labrador; Carlos Gutiérrez). See a photo below (Paco Chiclana).

Ansbra

Photo: © Paco Chiclana 3.12.2017

(2-9) A Coruña. There were 8 birds at Ortigueira, A Coruña, on 5.12 (Ricardo Hevia) and 9.12 (David Calleja). These birds had been unnoticed in the area since 7.11 when found by David Martinez Lago & Jose Manuel Miranda (eBird).

(10) Zamora. A bird was reported from Laguna Salina Grande,Villafáfila NR, Zamora, on 16.12 (Manuel Rodríguez Gallego @ eBird).

(11) Huelva. A bird was seen at Hinojos marsh, Doñana, Huelva, on 27.12 (F.Javier Salcedo, Eduardo José Rodríguez @ observado.es).

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American Wigeon Anas americana (1-4,5)
(1-4) Asturias. On 1.12 two drakes were found at La Linera, Ria del Eo, Castropol, Asturias (Gilberto S .Jardón; Pablo Miki). On 2.12 there were four birds, the two drakes and two cf 1w (Gilberto Sánchez Jardón, Manuel Quintana Becerra y Charo Fdez. Montaño). See a thumbnail here (Manuel Quintana).On 6.12 the four birds remained there (Martín Rey et al). See a thumbnail with one of the females here.

(5) A Coruña. On 24.12 a drake was found at Ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña and on 30.12 it was still there (Ricardo Hevia).

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Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2)
(1) A Coruña. On 9.12 a male was seen at Cecebre reservoir, Abegondo, A Coruña (Manolo Carregal & Graciela Fernández). On 30.12 it was still there (José Alberto Fernández Ugarte). See a photo below.

Anacar

Photo: © José Alberto Fernández Ugarte 30.12.2017

 

(2) Pontevedra. On 12.12 a drake was found at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra (Tito Salvadores). See a thumbnail here.

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topoBlue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. On 10.12 an eclipse male was seen at El Matorral ponds, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Xabier Remirez, Fredi Delgado @eBird).

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nRing-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1,2,3,4,5-6,7-8,9-10) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Pontevedra. On 3.12 the female seen last month remained at Barreira das Cachadas en Rouxique, Vilalonga, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, UTM X: 512.521 / Y: 4.700.077 (Álvaro Rodríguez Pomares). See a photo below. Still there on 24.12 (Xurxo Piñeiro Alvarez @eBird).

Aytcol

Photo: © Álvaro Rodríguez Pomares 3.12.2017

(2) Asturias. On 1.12 a 1w was seen at La Linera, Ria del Eo, Castropol, Asturias (Gilberto S .Jardón; Pablo Miki). On 2.12 it was still there (Gilberto Sánchez Jardón, Manuel Quintana Becerra y Charo Fdez. Montaño). And on 5.12 too (Manuel Rodriguez Gonzalez).This bird was seen again on 13.12 (Daniel López-Velasco) and 16.12 (David Calleja).

(3) A Coruña. On 2.12 a drake was found at Doniños lagoon, Ferrol, A Coruña (Juan Gómez Escariz). See a thumbnail here. This bird remained in the area on 22.12 (Francisco Girón/@Birders Galicia).

(4) Cantabria. A female was found on 3.12 (Guillermo Rodríguez) and on 5.12 it remained at Cuchía, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez @ eBird). On 6.12 it was seen again (Antonio Rodriguez, Javier Hernández, José Velasco). On 9.12 it was still there (Xavier Parra @ eBird).

(5-6) Cantabria. A pair of ducks were present at Santander bay, Marismas blancas, Astillero, Cantabria on 28.12 (Jesús Menéndez; Daniel Saldaña, Javier Hernández, Alberto Benito @ eBird), 29.12 (Carlos Gutierrez-Expósito @eBird; Martín Rey). See a thumbnail here (Martín Rey).

(7-8) Pontevedra. On 24.12 the two females found near Tui, Pontevedra were seen at laguna de A Gándara (Miguel Mtnez. Cabaleiro/@Birders Galicia).

(9-10) Lugo. On 23.12 a male, then two on 24.12 were seen at Terra Chá,Castro de Rei within Lagoa de Caque, Lugo: 23.12 (David Calleja) and 24.12 (Luis Javier Rodríguez, Manuel Pérez Devesa @ eBird).

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Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis (1)
(1) A Coruña. The 1w found by J.L. Rabuñal on 21.10 at Lagoa de Traba, Laxe, A Coruña remained there on 22.12 (Manuel Quintana y Charo F. Montaño). See a thumbnail here (Manuel Quintana).

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Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1,2,3)
(1) Navarra. The bird found on 14.11 at Balsa de Zolina, Navarra remained there on 2.12 (Ricardo Rodríguez). See a photo below. This bird was seen again on 3.12 (Mikel García, Ricardo Rodríguez @ eBird), 4.12 (María Durán @ eBird), 7.12 (José Ardaiz; Alfredo Sánchez Galán – see a thumbnail here -) and 8.12 (Haritz Sarasa), see a thumbnail here.On 11.2 it was still there (Haritz Sarasa @ eBird). And on 22.12 too (Óscar Guindano @ eBird).This bird continued in the area on 23,12 (Gorka Gorospe @eBird) and 25.12 (Juan I. Deán @eBird).

Buccla

Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 2.12.2017

(2) Zaragoza. There was a different bird from (1) on 8.12 at Lagunazo de Moncayuelo, Zaragoza (Javier Capalvo; Alfredo Sánchez Galán –thumbnail here-). On 9.12 it was still there (Jesús Capdevila @ eBird).

(3) Cantabria. On 21.12 a bird was seen at Marismas Blancas, Astillero, Cantabria (Carlos Gutierrez-Expósito @eBird). Still there on 26.12 (Javier Hernández @ eBird), 28.12 (Jesús Menéndez @ eBird; Daniel Saldaña, Alberto Benito, Javier Hernández @ eBird) and 29.12 (Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito @ eBird; Martín Rey).

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Goosander Mergus merganser (1-3)
(1) Gipuzkoa. There were three at Txingudi,Plaiaundi, Gipuzkoa on 12.12 (José F. Esparcia @ eBird). These birds were seen again on 17.12 (José F. Esparcia, David Santamaría @ ornitho.eus).Still present on 17.12 (Alejandro H. Rodriguez @ eBird) and 18.12 (Jesús Remirez).

 

NEOAVES

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topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1,2) 4th-5th for Canaries & Spain, 5th-6th for the WP
(1) Fuerteventura. On 1.12 the German birwatcher Daniel Kratzer found a bird at Rio Cabras gorge, SE of of Tesjuate, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (28°28'32.7"N 13°54'11.0"W). News were immediately released by the author who had previously contacted, as in other years' visits, with this page to see if there were any news in the island. Little did we expect to find such a MEGA not only for the Canaries or Spain but the WP. The author published the record in the Tarsiger portal and provided an additional photo for this website, see below (Daniel Kratzer). Later during the day other local birdwatchers (there appear to be only three active in the island) visited the area and at least Marcelo Cabrera did see the bird according to internet sources. On 2.12 the bird was seen again (Uca Díaz, Arne Torkler; Eduardo García del Rey and others) and on 3.12 too, this time involving foreing birders specifically aimed to twitch the bird and birdwatchers from other Canary islands (Xabier Remírez, David Pérez, Mike Hunter et al). See photos below. The previous record is from 2002 at Tenerife and it is featured in an special page in this website here: Dwarf Bittern at Tenerife, Canary Islands, August 2002: 4th for the Western Palearctic. Seen again on 4.12 (Robin Mawer) and 6.12 (Klaus Drissner).On 8-9.12 it was still at Barranco del Rio Cabras, Fuerteventura (Josh Jones; Daphne Flierman, Remco Versluijs @ observado.es). On 16.12 it was seen again (F.Javier García Vargas, Nacho Castelao, José Portillo, Juan Sagardía).Still there on 17.12 (David Walsh, Samuel Levy) and on 19.12 too (David Walsh, Samuel Levy). The bird remained in the Barranco until late December: 27.12 (Gert Vonk @ observado.es), 28.12 (Marcel Gil; Janne Aalto).

Ixostu

Photo: © Daniel Kratzer 1.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © Uca Díaz 2.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © David Pérez 3.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © David Pérez 3.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © David Pérez 3.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © David Pérez 3.12.2017

Ixostu

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 16.12.2017

 

(2) Fuerteventura. Late news. On 25.11.2017 a 1w was seen and photographed at Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Vernon Lundy). Cronologically, the 4th for Canary Islands, 5th for WP, see a photo below. Eduardo Garcia del Rey (SOC) provides the following information from the author: “The bird was observed for about 5 mins until I took this, the only image before it flew away. It was seen outside Apartment B522, Oasis Dunas, Coralejo at 15.57hr, 25 Nov,2017. I did not see the bird again and left for the UK the following day".

Ixostu

Photo: © Vernon Lundy 25.11.2017

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nPresumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Tarragona. The bird seen at Poble Nou ricefields, near Alfacs bay, Delta de l’Ebre, Tarragona since 2002 was seen again in December 2016: on 1.12 it was photographed again (Ricard Gutiérrez), see a photo below. On 3.12 it was seen again (Núria Pélach, Cristian Jensen).
On 5.12 it was seen again (José Miguel Grande Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here. The bird remained close to Poble Nou by mid month:14.12 (Javier Subirats @ ornitho.cat) and 17.12 (Quique Carballal). The bird remained faithful to its ricefields near Poble Nou the 2nd half of the month: 18.12 (Cristian Jensen) and 20.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez), see two more photos below. .

Egrgargul

Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 1.12.2017

Egrgulgar

Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 20.12.2017

Egrgulgar

Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 20.12.2017

(2) Huelva. The long-stayer bird at Odiel marshes, Huelva, remained there on 14.12 (Steve and Laraine Hutchinson).

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nLesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Huelva. On 14.12 an adult was found at El Rocío, Huelva (Rocío de Andrés @ eBird).

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nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1-3,4,5-6) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1-3) Cádiz. On 9.12 there were three birds, 2 1w and a subadult at Tarifa, Cádiz (JA Sarry @ observado.es). On 11.12 one remained (JA Sarry @ observado.es).

(4) Cádiz. On 18.12 a bird was seen at Andújar, Jaen (Inma M. @ observado.es).

(5-6) Málaga. On 23.12 two were reported from Casares, Málaga (Andres Rojas Sánchez @ eBird)..

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nPallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1,2) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Zaragoza. There was a male on 1.12 at Quinto de Ebro, Zaragoza (Manuel Galán).

(2) Cádiz. The male seen last month at La Janda, Cádiz, was seen again on 9.12 (Birding The Strait; Yeray Seminario; Andres de la Cruz Muñoz @eBird), 12.12 (Blas López Soler, Salvador Solís, Armando Molina Triviño y Andrés Serrano Lavado @eBird) and 13.12 (Victor Manuel Porras @eBird).

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Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
(1,2)
(1) Tarragona. A bird was photographed on 14.12 near Mas de Patrau, L'Encanyissada, Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas). See two photos and a thumbnail here. Later sightings by other authors in the following days were not clear if belonging to this bird or, as proven in some cases, to pale juvenile Buzzards also present in the Delta.

Buteo rufinus

Photo: © David Bigas 14.12.2017

Buteo rufinus

Photo: © David Bigas 14.12.2017

(2) Cádiz. A bird was reported on 12.12 at Parque de la Menacha, Cádiz (A.J.Sepúlveda @eBird).

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Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
(1,2-3,4-6)
(1) Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Castelló, València. The satellite-tagged Estonian eagle 'Tonn' entered Iberia on 9.12.2017 via Molló, Ripollès, Girona and proceeded S through Llobregat Valley at Bages comarca (10.12.2017) after having rested at Sant Jaume de Frontanyà on 9.12.2017. It then headed SW towards its usual wintering quarters at Alicante. However, on 11.12 once at Subirats, Barcelona, instead of continu¡ng S it moved to the Llobregat basin again, resting near Roques Blanques cemetery, El Papiol, Barcelona, on 12.12. The following day it continued travelling S crossing almost all S Catalunya following the pre-litoral depression until reaching the Ebre river, where it slept on 13.12.2017 near Amposta. On 14.12.2017 it continued its travel SW between Montsià and Els Ports then heading into Valencia community. On 15.12 it rested near Valencia aon on 16.12 it was near Xàtiva, Valencia already.

(2-3) Cádiz. On 10.12 there were two at La Janda, Cádiz (Ricky Owen). See a thumbnail here

(4-6) Alicante.On 16.12 a bird was seen at El Hondo, Alicante (Jana Marco) and on 21.12 there were at least two, perhaps three different birds, adults, at El Hondo, Alicante (Marcos Ferrandiz, Suna Boix, Julio Merayo, Oscar Aldeguer y Jana Marco)..

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Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
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(1) Cádiz. A bird was seen on 14.12 at canal del Pericón, La Janda, Cádiz (Rafael García @eBird).

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Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) Badajoz. A bird was seen on 21.12 at Embalse de Alqueva-cola Guadiana, Badajoz (Julián Cabello @ eBird). On 22.12 it was close to Villareal, Badajoz, near the first site (David Lindo @ eBird). See more on this record in the CREX website here.nStill at Los Manchones, Villareal, Badajoz on 23.12 (Raúl Granados, Samuel Hernández Gómez @eBird).

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Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1)
(1) Tarragona. The bird seen in September 2017 and which is probably a returning adult seen last winters, was relocated at Migjorn grassfields, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 24.12 (Manolo Sánchez Blanch).

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HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL Numenius hudsonicus (1) ONLY ONE PREVIOUS ACCEPTED RECORD SO FAR IN SPAIN
(1)
Cantabria. The bird found on 29.1.2017 was seen again on 1.12 from Cicero, Santoña, Cantabria (Belén Hernando, Jesús García y Álvaro Bustamante @ Aves de Cantabria blog). On 9.12 it was still at Cicero, Sollagua, Cantabria (Xavier Parra @ eBird; Juan Carlos Bellido @eBird; José Luis Gallego @eBird; Manu Santa-Cruz @eBird) and 10.12 too (Joan Balfagón @eBird; Jesús Menéndez y Antonio Lastra @ Aves Cantábricas). Still there on 26.12 (Javier Elorriaga, Yeray Seminario @ eBird) and 29.12 (Eneko Azkue @ eBird).

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topoWhite-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis (1)
(1) Lanzarote. On 8.12 a bird was found at Salinas de Janubio, Lanzarote, Canary islandès (Francisco Javier García Vargas). See three photos below.

Calfus

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 8.12.2017

Calfus

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 8.12.2017

Calfus

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 8.12.2017

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nPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Tarragona. An adult was found on 5.12 at Els Cavalls, Buda island, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas). See a photo below.

Calmel

Photo: © David Bigas 5.12.2017

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topoSpotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. On 15.12 a bird was seen and photographed at El Confital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Robert Tovey). See a photo below and more in his eBird list here. On 18.12 it was still present at El Confital (Xabier Remirez).

Actmac

Photo: © Robert Tovey 15.12.2017

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Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1,2)
(1) Girona. The bird found on 22.11 at La Pletera, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona was seen again on 9.12 at Pals ricefields, near Basses d'en Coll, Pals, Baix Empordà (Albert Burgas @ birdingempordà.com). This bird was seen again on 17.12 (Joan Estrada Jofra, Montse Jofra, Víctor Estrada). Relocated after extensive search on 20.12 (Sergi Sales), see a photo below and thumbnail enclosed too. The location is slightly different but within Pals ricefields area. Seen again on 26.12 (Albert Burgas @ ornitho.cat); Joan Estrada Jofra, Víctor Estrada, Montse Jofra @ birdingemporda.com).

Trifla

Photo: © Sergi Sales 20.12.2017

(2) Tarragona. A bird was found at Arrossars de l’Embut, l’Encanyissada, Amposta, Delta de l’Ebre, Tarragona on 4.12 (David Bigas). See two photos below. Later seen by more authors (Gorka Gorospe; Mariano Cebolla). Still there on 5.12 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; José Miguel Grande Gutiérrez), thumbnail here (Josep Tantull). On 6.12 it was seen again (Julio Ruiz Ballesteros @ ornitho.cat). Relocated on 10.12 at Boca de la Llanada, El Poble Nou, Amposta (Manolo Sánchez-Blanch).

Trifla

Photo: © David Bigas 4.12.2017

Trifla

Photo: © David Bigas 4.12.2017

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Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus (1)
(1) Alicante . The 1w bird found at El Hondo NR, Elx, Alicante on 28.10 was seen again on 27.12 associated to a Ruff Calidris pugnax group (Jacobo Ramos). See three photos below.

Limsco

Photo: © Jacobo Ramos 27.12.2017

LImsco

Photo: © Jacobo Ramos 27.12.2017

Limsco

Photo: © Jacobo Ramos 27.12.2017

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Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1)
(1) A Coruña . On 27.12 an adult was found at A Gándara, Narón, A Coruña (Juan Pita Romero). See a thumbnail here. Probably a returning wintering bird.

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Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1-2)
(1-2) Málaga. The ringed subadult CK0L found at Málaga harbour on 15.10 was seen again there on 3.12 and, besides, a new unringed 2cy was found (Salvador García). See photos below. Both birds were seen again on 8.12 (Coral Cepeda y Salvador García). See more photos below (Salvador García). The 2cy was seen again on 16.10 (Salvador García), see two new photos below..

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 3.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 3.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 3.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 9.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 8.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 8.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 16.12.2017

Larfusfus

Photo: © Salvador García 16.12.2017

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American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
(1) Bizkaia. On 4.12 the returning bird Ondarru returned to Ondarroa harbour, Bizkaia (Juan Carlos Andrés). See a photo below and two thumbnails here.

Larsmi

Photo: © Juan Carlos Andrés 4.12.2017

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Little Auk Alle alle (1-2,3,4,5,6)
(1-2) Gipuzkoa. On 2.12 two birds were seen from Cabo San Antón, Getaria, Gipúzkoa (Asier Aldaur @ ornitho.eus).

(3) Bizkaia. On 2.12 a bird was seen from Cabo Matxitxaco, Bermeo, Bizkaia (Gorka Ocio, Jon Hidalgo).

(4) Cantabria. On 2.12 a bird was seen from Cabo Ajo, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez).

(5) Gipuzkoa. On 4.12 a bird was seen within Hondarribia harbour, Gipuzkoa (Juan & Gonzalo Deán). It was still there on 5.12 when showing bad condition (Haritz Sarasa et al), see a thumbnail here. On 6.12 it was brought to a recovery center (José Ardaiz in litt.). On 8.12 it was released into the wild (Haritz Sarasa in litt.).

(6) Cantabria. On 15.12 a bird was seen from Cabo Ajo, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez @ Aves Cantábricas).

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Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. A bird was reported on 28.12 at Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, (Hans Punte @ observado.es).

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Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-5,6-10)
(1-5) Barcelona. Two birds were seen at Mandela bridge, Llobregat river, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat, on 1.12 (Ferran López).On 3.12 one was seen near Montjuïc, Barcelona (Quim Minoves). On 10.12 three birds were seen near the 2017 nest at El Prat de Llobregat (Ricard Gutiérrez). A further bird, perhaps a 4th bird, was seen later in that day from Mandela bridge, El Prat de Llobregat (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here. On 13.12 there was one and on 15.12 there were two by the bridge (Ferran López; Javier Valladares @ ornitho.cat) but none on 17.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez) neither at Zona Franca too. Indeed, on 17.12 three were seen at El Prat de Llobregat town: 2 downtown and one near the 2017 nest area (Pau Esteban @ ornitho.cat). On 19.12 there were 2 at the river (Ferran López) and on 21.12 5 birds (J.Bartra @ Llobregat delta bird news). On 29.12 three were seen at the river by the Nelson Mandela bridge (Víctor Cañadas @ ornitho.cat).

(6-10) Murcia. Four birds were reported as present in the Cartagena harbour, Murcia, on 28.4 (Sergio Eguía). See a thumbnail here.

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(1) Lanzarote. On 2.12 a bird was seen and photographed at Jable de Famara, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Juan José Ramos Melo, Desert Watch Lanzarote). See a photo below. On 17.12 this bird was seen again (Nacho Castelao, Juan Sagardía, José Portillo).

Alaala

Photo: © Juan José Ramos Melo 2.12.2017

(2-4) Fuerteventura. On 14.12 two birds were found near Punta Pesebre lighthouse, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Nigel Jones), thumbnail here. On 16.12 2-3 birds were seen in the morning (F,Javier García Vargas, Nacho Castelao, José Portillo, Juan Sagardía), see photos below and thumbnails here. On 16.12 afternoon three different birds were confirmed (Uca Díaz, Nansa Díaz).On 18.12 the three birds were still at Punta Pesebre (David Walsh, Eduardo García del Rey). The three birds remained in Fuerteventura until late December: 26.12 (Mark Leitch‏), see a thumbnail here, 28.12 (Janne Aalto).

Alaala

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 16.12.2017

Alaala

Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 16.12.2017

 

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nYellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (n=1,2,3,4,5-6,7,8,9) SPECIES DISCONTINUED IN 2018
(1) Pontevedra. A bird was heard at Alameda de Pontevedra on 3.12 (Cosme Damián Romay, Vanessa Rodríguez).

topo(2) Fuerteventura. On 1.12 a bird remained at Riu Oliva Beach Resort gardens, Corralejo, Fuerteventura (Daniel Kratzer).

(3) Pontevedra. A bird seen last month at Campolongo, Pontevedra.was still present on 4.12 (Vítor Xosé Cabaleiro). See a thumbnail here.

(4) A Coruña. The bird found on 16.11 at Auditorio de Galicia , Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña was still there on 12.12 (Xabier Vázquez Pumariño). And on 28.12 too (Xabier Vázquez Pumariño @ eBird).

topo(5-6) Fuerteventura. On 12.12 there were two at Pájara, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Arne Torkler). At least one remained there on 29.12 (Gert Vonk @ observado.es).

topo(7) Fuerteventura. On 12.12 there was one at Betancuria, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Arne Torkler).

topo(8) Fuerteventura. On 14.12 there was one at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Arne Torkler).

(9) Cádiz. On 21.12 a bird was seen at Algeciras, Cádiz (J .A Sarry @ observado.es)

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Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (n=1,2)
(1)
Barcelona. The bird found last month at Bassa dels Pollancres, Maresma de les Filipines, Delta del Llobregat, Viladecans, Baix Llobregat remained in the area on 1.12 (Marc Pérez, C.Santiesteban, Sergi Sales). See a photo below (Sergi Sales). On 5.12 it was seen again (Marc Pérez @eBird).Seen again on 13.12 (Ferran López; Dora Salvador Dato), 14.12 (Javier Valladares; Juan Miguel Díaz @ ornitho.cat) and 15.12 (Josep Crusafont @ ornitho.cat).

Phycoltri

Photo: © Sergi Sales 1.12.2017

(2) Barcelona. A bird showing tristis features was photographed at Sitges, Garraf, on 26.12 (Jan Bisschop @ observado.es). It did not call though.

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Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus (1)
(1)
Jaén. On 5.12 a 1w/♀ was seen and photographed at P.N. Sierra de Andújar, Jaén (Juan Francisco Jimenez Lopez, Juan Carlos Poveda). See a photo below and a detail of it via thumbnail here.

Tarcya

Photo: © Juan Francisco Jimenez Lopez 5.12.2017

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topoDesert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. On 18.12 a bird was seen near Punta Pesebre, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (David Walsh, Eduardo García del Rey). See two photos below (David Walsh). Once this record was made public (e.g. via @rarebirdspain twitter) we learnt that another author (Marcelo Cabrera) claimed to have found the bird on 15.12 and that there may be other authors in between, having sent the record to the SEO/BirdLife rarities committee. It remained there on 28.12 (Gert Vonk @ observado.es; Janne Aalto).

Oendes

Photo: © David Walsh 18.12.2017

Oendes

Photo: © David Walsh 18.12.2017

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topoOlive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (1-4,5-6)
(1-4) Fuerteventura. The two birds found on 5.11 at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands were sen again on 3.12 (Xabier Remirez) and 6.12 ( Antonio Acedo, Luis López-Areal, Uca Diaz, Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey © Sociedad Ornitlogica Canaria/SOC). On 11.12 there were four different birds at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Arne Torkler, Uca Díaz).They remained in the area on 14.2 (Arne Torkler). The four birds remained there on 19.12 (David Walsh).

(5-6) Alicante. On 12.12 two birds were found at a Palm tree plantation at Elx, Alacant (Óscar Aldeguer). Later seen by more authors ( Jana Marco, Sergio Arroyo, Elías Gomis y Yanina Maggiotto). See photos below (Óscar Aldeguer; Jana Marco) and thumbnails here (Jana Marco).

Anthod

Photo: © Óscar Aldeguer 12.12.2017

Anthod

Photo: © Óscar Aldeguer 12.12.2017

Anthod

Photo: © Jana Marco 12.12.2017

Photo: © Jana Marco 12.12.2017

Anthod

Photo: © Jana Marco 12.12.2017

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Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret (1-2)
(1)
Navarra. On 6.12 two were seen and photographed at Ciudadela de Pamplona, Ciudadela, Navarra (Gonzalo Deán, Juan I. Deán @ eBird). Not found the following days.

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Mealy Redpoll Acanthis flammea (1-10)
(1-10)
Bizkaia. On 21.12 ten individuals were seen and photographed at Sukarrieta, Bizkaia (Amaia Mendinueta @ ornitho.eus). According to Petro Pynnönen (in litt @ Rare Birds in Spain fb), the birds look more as flammea than as cabaret.

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Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus (1)
(1) A Coruña. On 12.12 a bird was seen at Campos de Nemiña, A Coruña (Daniel López-Velasco @eBird).

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Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla (1,2,3-7)
(1) A Coruña. On 2.12 a bird was found at Cobas, Ferrol, A Coruña (Pablo Gutiérrez). See a photo below.

Embpus

Photo: © Pablo Gutiérrez 2.12.2017

(2) Valencia. On 16.12 a bird was trapped and ringed at Tancat de Milia, Sollana, Albufera de València (Pedro Marín, Miguel Piera). The 1st for Albufera, see a photo below (Pedro Marín).

Embpus

Photo: © Pedro Marín 16.12.2017

(3-7) Fuerteventura. There were five birds at at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands on 14.12 (Arne Torkler), see a photo below. Seen again on 17.12 (David Walsh, Samuel Levy).See a thumbnail here. On 21.12 there were four (David Walsh) and at least two were seen on 22.12 (David Walsh). The birds remained there in late December: 3 ind on 28.12 (Janne Aalto) and 5 on 29.12 (Gert Vonk @ observado.es)..

Embpus

Photo: © Arne Torkler 14.12.2017

 

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  • 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 
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Anser brachyrhynchus, Aythya collaris, Egretta gularis × garzetta, Gyps rueppellii, Circus macrourus, Calidris melanotos, Calidris subruficollis, Phalaropus lobatus, Larus cachinnans, Larus glaucoides glaucoides, Larus hyperboreus, Sterna bengalensis, Sterna dougallii, Motacilla citreola and Phylloscopus inornatus not considered national Spanish rarities since 1.1.2016 but included here for reference as near-rarities and featured in grey colour and marked with a n

From 1.1.2017 no records of Larus cachinnans will be included in the website. The species has proven to be regular and it is no longer consider a national rarity. Indeed, there are more cachinanns that L.delawarensis records. Sightings of the rest of species 'ex-rarities' are variable from one year to another, offer some id challenges or are of overall interest, and hence they will be featured in the website as in 2016 for the sake of completeness. Phylloscopus inornatus is still included to better understand the apparent changes in its pattern of occurrence including wintering records, despite the tremendous amount of birds recorded in 2016.

newFrom 1.1.2018 no records of near rarities will be included in this website. However, you can tag #rarebirdspain in any of those sightings using your twitter account and they will be shown in the website's homepage twitter applet. You can also send them to the rarebirdspain group in the facebook. White gulls are not included since 1.12.2017.

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Recent reports includes the latest sightings from the whole of Spain, as known from year 2000 boundaries, 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 can be used by SEO/BirdLife RC or other rarities committees for their knowledge if enough substantiated. Inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind. Photos could be cropped for editorial reasons.Gibraltar news are included thanks to Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society, as well as Andorra or other areas offshore, 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, but note above change of policy from January 2016. 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, sensu lato, de acuerdo con las fronteras conocidas en el año 2000, fecha de inicio de la web, 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 podrá ser usada por comités de rarezas estatales o de otros ámbitos, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores. 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 con new Desde Abril de 2005 se incluyen únicamente citas de  rarezas que necesitan homologación por el Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife si bien véase el cambio de política acaecido a partir de enero de 2016. 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
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Anaame
One of the four American Wigeons at Ria del Eo, Asturias on 2.12 (Manuel Quintana)
Aytcol
The drake at Doniños lagoon, A Coruña as on 2.12 (Juan Gómez Escariz).
Ana ame
The group of four birds remained at ria de Eo on 6.12 (Martín Rey et al).
Buccla
Buccla
The Zolina Goldeneye on 7.12 (above, Alfredo Sánchez Galán) and 8.12 (Haritz Sarasa), below.
Buccla
The Moncayuelo Goldeneye on 8.12 (Alfredo Sánchez Galán)
Corcor
One of the Llobregat delta Hooded Crows as seen flying over Mandela bridge on 10.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
Phyino
The Yellow-browed Warbler still present at Campolongo, Pontevedra on 4.12 (Vítor Xosé Cabaleiro)
Egrgargul
The presumed hybrid Egret from Ebre delta as on 5.12 (José Miguel Grande Gutiérrez)
Allealle
The Little Auk at Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa on 5.12 (Haritz Sarasa).
Tarcya
Detail of the photo below showing the Red-flanked Bluetail at Andújar, Jaén on 5.12 (J.Francisco Jiménez).
Trifla
The Ebre delta Lesser Yellowlegs on 5.12 (Josep Tantull)
Buteo rufinus
The Ebre delta Long-legged Buzzard on 14.12 (David Bigas)
Anthod
Anthod
Anthod
Anthod
The Elx Olive-backed Pipit as on 12.12 (Óscar Aldeguer).
Alaala
Alaala
Alaala
One of the Hoopoe Larks at Fuerteventura on 16.12 (F.Javier García Vargas)
Ixostu
Ixostu
The Dwarf Bittern at Fuerteventura on 16.12 (F.Javier García Vargas)
Aqucla
One of the Spotted Eagles at La Janda on 10.12 (Ricky Owen)
Alaala
The original picture of the Hoopoe Lark discovery at Fuerteventura on 14.12 (Nigel Jones @rarebirdspain twitter)
Embpus
There were 5 Little Buntings at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, on 17.12 (Samuel Levy)
Alaala
The Hoopooe Lark at Lanzarote, Canary Islands on 17.12 (Juan Sagardia)
Anacar
The Green-winged Teal from Pontevedra (Tito Salvadores)
Trifla
The Lesser Yellowlegs from Pals ricefields, Girona on 20.12 (Sergi Sales).
Larsmi
Larsmi
The American Herring Gull seen only on 4.12 at Ondarroa (Juan Carlos Andrés)
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Aytaff
The Lesser Scaup found in October 2017 at Traba lagoon, Laxe, A Coruña, remained there on 22.12 (Manuel Quintana)
Chrphi
The Bonaparte's Gull at Narón, A Coruña (Juan Pita Romero)
Aytcol
The Ring-necked Ducks at Cantabria (Martín Rey)
Alaala
The Hoopoe larks remained in Fuerteventura until late December (Mark Leitch)
Corcor
One of the four Hooded Crows reported in Cartagena on 28.12 (Sergio Eguía).
 
 
 
 

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