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Birds in Spain
Recent Reports: Latest sightings
* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena. Abird appeared at Banyoles lake, Girona, the weekend of 1-2.2 (Marc Galvez; Marc Llobet, Alex Ollé). See thumbnails here. And a photo below (© Aleix Comes).An adult was seen feeding off Hondarribia beach, Txingudi bay, Gipuzkoa, Euskadi on 2.2 (David Calleja, M.A.López de Armentia, Mikel Guereñu).The Banyoles bird was still there at least until 11.2 (Jaume Oliveras).The Txingudi bird was still there on 17.2 off the Hondarribia pier (David Calleja Marcos, Mikel Guereñu Clemente). The Banyoles bird (see photo below and thumbnails) was still around on 18.2 (Carles Feo).
Slavonian Grebe* Podiceps auritus. There was one at Blanes beach, Girona, on 1.2 (Marc Llobet, Alex Ollé).On 9.2 there was a bird off la Lanzada beach, O Grove-Sanxenxo, Pontevedra (Rafael Salvadores, J.Manuel Mariño). This bird was there since January and had been seen also on 5.2 (J.C Cabrero Figueiro) and 7.2 (CD Romai et al).At Canal de Hano, Santoña, Cantabria, there were at least three birds on 16.2 (Maite Garrigós, Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana).On 4-5.2, there was a bird off Hondarribia beach, Txingudi bay, Gipuzkoa (David Calleja Marcos). The Santoña February count gave 14 Slavonian grebes on 17.2 (Juán Gómez Navedo & Álvaro Bustamante).There was one at El Abra interior, Bizkaia, on 28.2 (Delfín González). There were 2 at ria del Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia on 27.2 (Pablo Gutiérrez/ G.O. Sterna)
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. CRITICALLY ENDANGERED . Any record will be included in an attempt to quantify overwintering population and movements. There were 4 off desembocadura del rio Guadiaro, Málaga on 3.2 (Andy Paterson, Ignacio Torres).There were 2 off Rio Guadalhorce, Málaga, on 2.3 (Andy Paterson & Mike Clarke).Counts for Girona in early february were 12 off Fluvià river, 10 off Tordera river and 6 off Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona on 1.2 (Marc Llobet & Alex Ollé).There were 10 off Llobregat delta on 18.2 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo. There was one leucistic bird at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 31.1 (Daniel L Huertas). See a photo below.
White Pelican* Pelecanus onocrotalus. On 10.2 the almost resident party of three birds ( some time ago) was seen at Caño de Guadiamar, Aznalcázar, Sevilla (John Butler)
AMERICAN BITTERN* Botaurus lentiginosus. A bird was seen at Erjos ponds, Tenerife on 28.2 (Tony Clarke). It is thought to be the same bird reported there on 10.12.2002 (T.Clarke).
Hybrid Western Reef Heron x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta. A probable bird of this origin was seen on 4.2 at rio Grande near Málaga -Pizarra, Málaga (Teo de Coin).A cf. 2nd summer bird, probably an hybrid but still needing more data to confirm its parentage, was sen at Isla Mayor, Doñana, Sevilla, on 15.2 (Marta, Guillermo & Jorge Garzón).See a photo below (© Jorge Garzón).There is a report from 12.2 of another presumed hybrid at the isla Mayor are which presented more white in the lower belly and undertail and is different from the featured below, so two putative hybrids in the area (John Butler). On 15.2 the pied pale pearl-white bird of the Ebre delta reported earlier was seen at Salines de Sant Antoni area, Ebre delta, Tarragona (Gregorio Ros).The bird seen by Jorge Garzón was seen on 25.2 near Puente Vaqueros, Entremuros, Isla Mayor, Sevilla (John Butler)
Only fully documented sightings in pale grey birds such as this can rule out the possibility of hybridisation with garzetta from pure gularis in subadult plumage. In this case, the angular head and bill shape (not black, with white tip) and the lack of extensive white areas could let us think in a pure gularis but the overall pale and the rather straight shape of bill points for hybrid (ed.comment; David Bigas comment).More data on plumage details of this bird should be required.
Besides the two birds at Doñana mentioned above, there was another hybrid gularis on 17.2 which showed white carpal markings also at the Doñana area (John & Rebecca Butler).The same bird (?) was seen at Isla Mayor ricefields, Sevilla, on 17.2 (Paco Chiclana).Possibly this same dark bird was seen also on 26-27.2 at Doñana (Jorge, Guillermo and Marta Garzón). See a photo below (© Jorge Garzón)
Great White Egret Egretta alba. There was a bird on 2.2 at Ejea de los Caballeros estranca de Escorón, Zaragoza (Mapi Asensio y Javier Capalbo).There was one at Segre river, Lleida, on 2.2 (Pau Ferrer).At Caño de Guadiamar, Aznalcazar, Sevilla, there were 3 on 2.2 (John Butler).At the same place there were 6 individuals on 6.2 (John Butler).There were 2 at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 12.2 (Jordi Martí Aledo).There were 13 at Doñana marshes, Sevilla, on 16.2 (Manolo Villaécija, J.Manuel Reyes).There were 3 at La Rioja community: one at Rincón de Soto on 15.1 and two more at Soto de S.Martín, Agoncillo from 13-16.2 (Ignacio Gámez Carmona).There were 12 (!) at Utxesa reservoir, Lleida on 8.2 (Jordi Solans).There was one at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 9.2 (David Serrano, Cristina Fuentes).There were five at S'Albufera de Mallorca on 9.2 (Lalo Ventoso), one on 1.2 (Quique Carballal). 2 were at S'Albufereta de Pollença, Mallorca, on 8.2 (Maties Rebassa).There were 2 at Basses d'en Coll, Baix Empordà, Girona, on 11.2 (Joaquim Camps, Jaume Ros, Carles Barriocanal).Still one at Albufereta de Pollença, Mallorca on 16.2 (Maties Rebassa)At least four birds at l'Encanyissada lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona on 15.2 (Gregorio Ros).There was one at Sant Llorenç de Mongai, Lleida, on 16.2 (Juan Bécares & Lluís Dantart).A bird was a at Serres de Pals golf course, Pals, Girona on 21.2 (Joaquim Camps, Carles Barriocanal).There were 7 at Caño de Guadiamar, Sevilla on 21.2 (Fernando del Valle).There were 2 at Junta de los Caños, Sevilla on 27.2 (Paco Chiclana, Jorge Garzón).There was one at Tres ponts area, Vilaut, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 24.2 (Lluís Gustamante). There was one on 27.2 at ria del Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia on 27.2 (Pablo Gutiérrez/ G.O. Sterna)
AFRICAN DWARF BITTERN * Ixobrychus sturmii On 20.2 presumably the same bird seen last year was flushed from the very same locality: Erjos Ponds at NW Tenerife, Canary Islands (Tony Clarke).Still present there on 24.2 and 28.2 (Tony Clarke)
Yellow-billed Stork* Mycteria ibis. On 3.2 there was one at Brazo del Este, Sevilla (P.Chiclana, J.Garzón, Daniel L.Huertas). See a thumbnail here Still on 25.2 (John Butler) but now at Casa de Bombas, brazo de la Torre, Doñana. On 27.2 there was a bird at Vuelta de la Arena, Sevilla, possibly the same bird reported above (Paco Chiclana, Jorge Garzón).
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There were 147 at Entremuros, Aznalcazar, Sevilla on 2.2 (John Butler)There were 11 at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 10-12.2. Two of them were carrying white PVC rings with black numbers 246 and 280. (Jordi Martí et al). On 10.2 there was a pair conducting mating behaviour at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balears (Arthur Stagg).About 80 birds were at Marismas del Rocío, Huelva on 20.2 (Paco Chiclana).There were c.100 at Guadalquivir marshes, Sevilla on 23.2 (Laura Plaza)
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber roseus Rarity in the Canary Islands needing homologation by CR/SEO. A bird was seen in january 2003 at Salinas de Janubio, Lanzarote (Jose Luis Valinha) and it could well be one of the birds present in the area since june 2002 (F.Javier García Vargas) when a party coming from Fuentedepiedra, Málaga, as demonstrated through ringed birds, reached the Canaries (per Juan Antonio Lorenzo). See a thumbnail here.
Fulvous Whistling Duck* Dendrocygna bicolor. One duck of this species was seen at Tordera river mouth, Girona/Barcelona on 10.2 (Ferran López). In early january there had been sightings of three birds regarded as escapes despite no feral behaviour was noted. See photo below (© Ferran López).
Black Swan Cygnus atratus. Escape or coming from abroad established populations. There were 3 birds on 9.2 at Santoña marshes, Cantabria (Jesús Mª Berroeta). The species has even bred there in 2002 (Fernando Arce).
Mute Swan. Cygnus olor. From 2003, no longer considered as rarity by Spanis RC. There was a subadult at Guadalhorce river mouth on 2.2 (Andy Paterson) to 6.2 at least (Samuel Peregrina).Over rio Tormes, Almenara de Tormes, Salamanca there were 5 swans probably of this species on 31.1 (Eduardo Carrasco).An adult, probably the same that was the last month at Llobregat river near Sant Boi de Llobregat, was seen at Remolar-Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta, on 16.2 (Armand Ramal).Seen again at the Filipines marsh on 21.2 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here.
Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus. A dark adult was seen on 7.2 at laguna de la Nava, Palencia (Enrique Gómez Crespo).
White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons. The two Villafáfila, Zamora, birds featured last month were still there on 1.2 (Delfín González).The 3 overwintgering 1st winters at Llobregat delta, Barcelona, were still at La Ricarda lagoon, El Prat de Llobregat, on 8.2 (Alex Ollé). There was one 1st winter at laguna de la Nava, Palencia, on 7.2 (Enrique Gómez Crespo).There was one a Villafáfila , Zamora on 10.2 (F.Javier de la Cruz). There was one at Pólderes de Escalante, Santoña marshes, Cantabria on 2-16.2 (Maite Garrigós, Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana).On 23.2 it was relocated the Santoña bird (Juan G Navedo).
Lesser White-fronted Goose* Anser erythropus. The Villafáfila, Zamora, bird featured last month was still there on 1.2 (Delfín González).Still there on 21.2 (Francisco Javier de la Cruz).
Hybrid Canada Goose x Greylag Goose Branta canadensis x Anser anser. There appeared to be two individuals at Villafáfila, Zamora, on 1.2. See one photo in the last month page (Delfín González)
Canada Goose* Branta canadensis. There was one at Villafáfila, Zamora, on 1.2 (Delfín González).Still there on 21.2 (Francisco Javier de la Cruz).
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis. There were 4 at Villafáfila, Zamora, on 1.2 (Delfín González). Two seen on 2.2 at the same place (Alfonso Rodrigo).There was one at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, estany del Cortalet on 1.2 (Marc Llobet, Alex Ollé).here were 13 between laguna de la Nava and Valdeginate, Palencia on 8.2 (David Miguélez et al), one the day before (E.Gómez Crespo) but the party of up to 12 frequented the area since January (E.Gómez Crespo). On 6.2 the Aiguamolls bird was still there (J.Martí Aledo, T.Montràs).There were 3 at Villafáfila, Zamora, on 10.2 (F.Javier de la Cruz).On 16.2 there was a bird in one lagoon N of Corrubedo NP, A Coruña, Galicia (Marta García y Antonio).
Brent Goose Branta bernicla. On 3.2 there was a bird at Santoña marshes, Cantabria, probably the last sighting of this bird there for the current season (Juan G Navedo, Juanjo Aja).
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. There was one at Caño de Rosaliman, Hinojos, Sevilla on 6.2 (John Butler). There was a male at laguna de la Nava, Palencia, on 6.2 (Enrique Gómez Crespo).There was a inmature female at Cerrobarba, Doñana, Sevilla on 5.2 (Jorge Garzón).The next day wsa seen at the same place (J.Garzón, J.L.Bort, V.Bort) and it appears to be the same bird reported by J.Butler the same day.
Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata. The drake seen last month at Llobregat delta was relocated again at Remolar-Filipines marsh on 16.2 (Armand Ramal)
American Wigeon* Anas americana. A female was at Los Silos reservoir, Tenerife on 20.2 (Tony Clarke).
Green-winged Teal* Anas carolinensis. The male reported on January was still at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà's estany del Cortalet on 1.2 (Marc Llobet & Alex Ollé) and 3.2 (J Martí Aledo).Still there on 6.2 (J.Martí Aledo, T.Montràs).The male reported at Estuario do Minho, A Guarda, Pontevedra, was still there on 6.2 (César Vidal).The Aiguamolls drake was still there on 24.2 (Jordi Martí).
Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors. A male was at Roquito del Fraile, Tenerife, on 20.2 (Tony Clarke)This bird is a long-stayer which is there since last autumn (J.A.Lorenzo /SEO-Canarias).
Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris. Summary of all Galicia birds this winter thanks to Cosme Damiam Romai effort:
--- 4 females (3 already observed + a new one): 09.11.02, 31.11.02, 01.12.02
--- 6 females (4 already observed + 2 new ones): 18.12.02, 21.12.02, 22.12.02
--- 1 male: 18.12.02, 21.12.02, 22.12.02
OBSERVERS: J.L. Rabuñal Patiño, Sterna-Ferrol, C.D. Romai Cousido, M.
Rouco, X. Pinheiro, J. Martí Aledo.
OBSERVERS: C. Vidal Rodríguez, L.E. Serra Valverde.
22.12.02, 02.01.03, 04.01.03, 30.01.03
--- 1 female: 19.11.02, 22.11.02, 25.11.02, 08.12.02, 17.12.02, 22.12.02,
02.01.03, 04.01.03, 30.01.03
OBSERVERS: Sterna-Ferrol, J.M. Alonso Pumar, SGHN-Ferrol, M. Zárraga
Bureba, J.C. Díaz Pazos, L.J. Salaverri Leiras.
OBSERVERS: R. Salvadores Ramos, F. Arcos Fernández, B. Almón Pazos,
D. de Nóvoa Fernández, M. Lustres Fernández, J.J. Díaz Santos, M.
Cardoso, M.A. Conde Teira, P. Mota Oliveira.
lagoon -see above- (???)] : 10.11.02
OBSERVER: X. Varela Varela.
OBSERVERS: J.C. Cabrero Figueiro, E. Martínez Sabarís.
--- Possibly 2 females: Early 02.03
OBSERVERS: JJ Díaz Santos, V López López, B Almón Pazos, D de Nóvoa Fdez.
Scaup Aythya marila. The female at Utxesa reservoir, Lleida found on 11.1 was still there on 2.2 (Xavier Revés).It was still there on 8.2 (Jordi Solans). A party of 6 birds (2 males and 4 females) was at ensenada da Fianteira, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra on 7-9.2 (C Damiam Romai, Rafael Salvadores, José Mª Martínez).A 1w male was present at Ebre delta on 18.2 (David Bigas). This bird had been continously recorded in the area since november 2002.There was one at Santoña on 20.2 (Juan G Navedo)
Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis. A female remained at Roquito del Fraile, Tenerife, on 20.2 (Tony Clarke).This bird has overwintered in the area like it has happened in previous years (J.Antonio Lorenzo/SEO-Canarias).
Eider Somateria mollissima. There were 3 off Fluvià river mouth on 1.2 (Marc Llobet, Alex Ollé)There were 4 off the same place on 12.2 (J.Martí, T.Montràs).
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis. On 16.2 a 1st winter or female was found in a small brackish water marsh (Rambla Morales) near Cabo de Gata, Almería (Raimundo Martín). This is a very rare species in the Mediterranean. On 19.2 it was still there (pers.com. to Andy Paterson).Still there on 28.2 (Martín Rodriguez)
HOODED VULTURE* Necrosyrtes monachus. FIRST FOR SPAIN if accepted.On 10.2, N of the Janda area, Cádiz, in the road from N-340 to Benalup, there was an adult or subadult bird of this species (Andy Paterson & Mike Clarke). Although of unknown origin (hopefully the description -already being written for the CR/SEO- will give further details on the sighting) it is interesting to remember that this species shares almost the same distribution range of Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii, an already 'A' species on the Spanish list. That area of Africa also holds some overwintering Spanish Eurasian Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus. These exciting prospects, however, should be carefully contrasted with possible birds kept in captivity (ed. comment).
Greater Spotted Eagle* Aquila clanga. One subadult of this species was claimed to have been seen at Ebro river, near Gimileo, La Rioja (Ignacio Gámez Carmona). This species demands careful examination to discard possible hybrids with Lesser Spotted Eagle A.pomarina (editorial comment).
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana. We will gather information on the crakes this Spring to attempt seeing which is the real picture of the situation with these species. There were two birds at ricefields near Canal Vell area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 18.2 (David Bigas).There was one at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 24.2 (Paco Chiclana).A bird was at Olivillos, Sevilla on 28.2 (Paco Chiclana).
Allen's Gallinule* Porphyrula alleni. There was one at Erjos Ponds, Tenerife, on 24.2. It had been seen in previous days (Tony Clarke).
COOT* Fulica americana. The bird prevously featured last month
Crested Coot Fulica cristata. There were 3 at PN Marismas del Odiel, Huelva, on 8.2, all of them collar-marked (Javier Salcedo, Rafa Romero).There was a white-PVC collared bird at El Garxal area, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 17.2 (David Bigas).There were 2 at Guadalquivir marshes, Sevilla on 23.2 (Laura Plaza).At Caño Guadiamar, Sevilla, there was one on 27.2 (Paco Chiclana, Jorge Garzón).
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. A bird that had been seen previously by Valladolid birders was relocated on 12.2 at Peñaflor, Valladolid (Javier de la Cruz, Mariano Torres, Angel Torres, Goyo, Miguel Rouco). See vidcaps below (© Miguel Rouco).Still there on 23.2 (Juan Luis Ortega, Borja Matute).
Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis. There were a 1st winter, a 2nd winter and an adult at Musel harbour, Gijon, Asturies on 30.1 and probably afterwards (Clemente Álvarez).A 1st summer was discovered within a group including a 1st winter Common Gull Larus canus too at Les Olles, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 16.2 (David Bigas, Oriol Clarabuch, Toni Alonso). The only previous record for Ebre delta was on 17.2.1984.Still there on 22.2 (Alex Ollé). The two birds featured earlier as in Santander bay were relocated on 22.2 (Fernando Arce). See a photo below (© Fernando Arce).There were 2 1st winters at Los Cristianos beach on 20.2 (Tony Clarke). The bird reported in late 2002 at Ria de Ares, A Coruña, was still there on 27.2 (Pablo Gutiérrez/ G.O. Sterna)
Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus. An odd, small-sized 2nd winter was seen amongst Yellow Legged Gulls (Larus cachinnans michahellis) at Lira harbour, Carnota, Galiza/Galicia on 11.2 (several authors from Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Autònoma de Barcelona,). Already present in the same area on 15.1 (Cosme Damiam and Gabriela Romai Cousido) had been originally located on 25.12.2002 at the same area by Albert Burgas, Richard Norman and Kurt.
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia. There was a bird at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, on 21.2 (F.Xavier Santaeufemia).There were four at Salines de Sant Antoni, Ebre delta, Tarragona on 22.2 (Gregorio Ros).There was one at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, on 28.2 (E.Ortega, E.Gracia, X.Vicient; R.Gutiérrez, F.López).
Guillemot Uria aalge Rarity for the Canary Islands needing homologation. A bird was at Arrecife harbour, Lanzarote, on 6.12.2002. It has been recently known and this is the 1st record for the islands (L.Concepción, S.Diaz, A.Martín).
Little Auk. Alle alle. A bird was seen off cabo de Higuer, Txingudi bay, Gipuzkoa, on 2.2 (David Calleja)
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii. There were two at Parque Villar y Macías of Salamanca on 20.2 (Javier de la Cruz).There was one at Porto do Son harbour, Galicia on 21.2 (Pau Ferrer)On 28.2 there was one at Embalse de Santillana, Madrid (Alfredo H Ortega)
Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus. On 6.2 there was an adult seen in company of a Sturnus vulgaris or unicolor at Lleida city, Lleida (Toni Nievas). The bird was nor relocaded during the weekend despite some search (G.Bota).On 17.2 an adult bird was brought dead to the Canal Vell recovery center, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona. The bird had been accidentally shot in the Amposta area of the Delta (communicated by David Bigas). See a photo below (Photo: © David Bigas).
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis.Extralimital record. Two males were ringed at Pina de Ebro, Zaragoza around 27.2 (Javier Blasco).
Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis An male in winter plumage was
seen at Sant Jaume de Llierca, Garrotxa, Girona on 23.2 (Gabriel de Jesús,
sent via Marc Gálvez). See a thumbnail here.
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