Recent Reports 

Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
SEPTEMBER 2001 (provisional)
* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO

Western Reef Heron* Egretta gularis. The bird found on 15.8 (see august news) at desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce,Málaga was still there on 31.8 (Andy Paterson y Blas López Soler) and presumably will continue there for some days. In the same area, another (or the same, that could even be an hybrid) was seen on 5.9 (Blás López)Andy Paterson visits the area on 9.9 and states the presence there of two different individuals with some plumage differences. Descriptions are on their way to the CR/SEO (Andy Paterson, Andrés Paterson).

Great-white Egret Egretta alba. More than 4 birds were at Salinas de Bonanza, Cádiz, on 1.9 (Paco Chiclana)Two were at Moro marsh, Sagunt, València, on 6.9 (Marcial Yuste, Bosco Díes).A bird still seen at Moro marsh, Sagunt, València on 11.9 (Marcial Yuste).A bird was present at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Mallorca, on 12.9. It had been there for a number of previous days (Matíes Rebassa). Still the bird at Moro Marsh on 13-14.9 (Marcial Yuste)2 were at  l'Albufera de València on 8.9 (Fco.Javier Garcia i Gans). And another was at Marjal dels Moros (Moro marsh) on 21.9 (M. Yuste y J.L. Bort)Five birds were on 23.9 at brazo del Este, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana). A bird was at Albufera de Valencia on 24.9 (Bosco Díes) and another at Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona on 25.9 (Ferran López,Pedro Bescós, Mike O´Neill & Kevin Thomson)At the same place, 3 until the end of the month (F.López, A.Ramal). On 25.9 there was a bird at Embalse de San Andrés, Asturies (César Álvarez Laó).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. A single bird was seen on 10.9 at Remolar-Filipines Reserve, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Armand Ramal).40 individuals were at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 16.9 (Paco Chiclana) and 6 were at l'Albufera de València on 8.9 (Fco.Javier Garcia i Gans).One was at La Janda rice fields,Cádiz,  in the evening of 14.9 together with Little Egrets (Dick Forsman). An incredible party of 270 birds were seen on 23.9 at brazo del Este, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana).

Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus. A juvenile was seen circling at high altitude near Facinas, Tarifa, Cadiz (Straits of Gibraltar area) on 7.9 (Dick Forsman). However, there are a number of proven escapes records in Spain and origin and patterns of occurrence of this Species here remain a mess (ed. comment)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor. The bird ringed in 1998 at Fuentedepiedra and seen in a number of sites(see august news) was measured and blood samples were taken for DNA analysis. A photo can be seen here. Read about more recent Lesser Flamingo sightings in Spain. (Equipo de Seguimiento de Procesos Naturales/Héctor Garrido).

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. Scarce bird in Spain. Two males were at laguna de Medina, Cádiz on 4.9 (Paco Chiclana) in company of other ducks: 300 (!) White-headed ducks Oxyura leucocephala, 6 Marbled Teals Marmaronetta angustirostris or 2 Mute Swans Cygnus olor of uncertain origin (Paco Chiclana).A bird was at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, from 13-18.9 (Miguel A.Rouco)One male was at Laguna di Medina, near Jerez d.l. Frontera on 11.9 (Dick Forsman).

Lesser-Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina. 3RD FOR SPAIN. An adult was seen near Tarifa, Cádiz, on 12.9 (Dick Forsman). This author is also the responsable of Spanish 2nd record seen in IX 2000

Corn Crake Crex crex. Very rare migrant in Spain. A bird was seen by a hunter at Camprodon, Girona, on 9.9 and correctly identified -and not hunted- (Sr.Cuadrado, to Pere Isern via X.Parellada). These authors report single annual reports in that area. Another bird is still (per 12.9) at the recovery center of Torreferrussa, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona where it was brought in late august by rangers when found exhausted and wound presumably in the middle of Barcelona town (details to be confirmed, Manel Pomarol to R.Gutiérrez).A bird was found freshly dead at Devesa del Saler, Valencia, l'Albufera de Valencia on 17.09 (J.I.Díes). There are photos of this corpse in the Díes brothers site. In the breeding area of Cream-Coloured Courser in the South there were four birds  on 7.9 with one courser (Clemente Álvarez).

Cream-Coloured Courser * Cursorius cursor. A bird was found at Ensenada de la Insúa, Ponteceso, A Coruña, on 16.9. This is the northernmost Spanish record (José Mª Fafián, Juan Velasco; José Luís Rabuñal, Tito Salvadores, Rafa Salvadores; José Manuel Martinez Mariño, Xurxo Piñeiro, Cosme Damiam Romai). On 18.9 it was seen by César Vidal and the bird was still there on 19.9 (J.L.Salaverri)In the breeding area of the South there was an adult bird on 7.9 with 4 Dotterels Charadrius morinellus (Clemente Álvarez).

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. See august report for an account of migration through Pyrenees and the NE involving 67-69 birds. September sightings: On 2.9, two parties of 14 and 16 birds were seen at Monte Cayo, Puerto de Oncala, Sória at 1600 m high (Jesús Ruíz, Juan Luís Hernández).At Casa Nueva en Camporrobles, Valencia, a party of 17 birds were recorded on 8.9 (the year 2000 there were 2 birds in the same field on 16.9.2000) (Rafael Muñoz Bastit/SVO - Requena-Utiel).  Summary from France/Spain border at Puigmal peak (Cerdanya): 56 birds on Puigmal aera on the border (all these birds were seen in Spain and France) in 6 visits (late august-early september). I have also seen 74 birds 10 km away from Spain on the "Pla du Carlit" which have surely flown in Spain (!) (Emmanuel Roy).One bird was at Tancada saltpans, Ebro Delta, on 24.9 (Sisco Vidal/PNDE 29.9, two juvenile birds were at pla de les Gates, Cap de Creus Natural Park, Girona (Jordi Martí, Mireia Jiménez), being the first record for the park.

American Golden Plover* Pluvialis dominica. Adult moulting into winter plumage at Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, P. N. l'Albufera de Valencia, València on 11.9 at 08 hours(Bosco Díes; José Luís Terrassa et al)A photo can be seen here

Semipalmeated Sandpiper* Calidris pusilla. One juvenile is observed and photographed in a feeding flock of several species of waders at Esteiro de Terra de Porto, O Grove (Ogrobe), Galicia (Galiza) on 12.9. (Cosme Damiám Romai Cousido). Still there on 13.9 (C.D.Romai, César Vidal).A SECOND BIRD!!! found at the same place on 15.9 (Cosme Damiam Romai) and still there on 17.9 together with the 1st!! See the identification page on these sightings (for the moment with details of the first bird)one juvenile [PERHAPS the bird previously featured between 12.9 and 16.9 at Esteiro de Terra de Porto, Galicia/ Galiza (bird 1 in the ID page)], relocated (!) at the same point on 26.9, and observed daily until 28.9., mixed with several waders (including 8 Curlew  Sandpipers Calidrs ferruginea, 4 Little Stints Calidris minuta, ~15 Dunlins Calidrs alpina and ~20  Ringed Plovers Charadrius hiaticula) (Cosme Damiám Romai Cousido, Juan Carlos Cabrero Figueiro, Emílio Martínez Sabarís). 

Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos. Small influx in E Spain involving 4 birds: at Marjal del Moro (Moro marsh), Sagunt, València (few tens of km N of Albufera's Sharp Tailed Sandpiper) a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was found on 3-4.9, being the 3rd for this wetland (Marcial Yuste).Two birds were found at el Hondo de Amorós, Elx, Alicante on 19.9.2001 (Antonio Jacobo Ramos).Still there on 20.9 (Adolfo J. Quiles Gómez). Another bird was relatively nearby at El Hondo Nat. Park, Alicante on 20.9 too (A.Jacobo Ramos).One of those was still there on 21.9 (Elías Gomis).Late news of a bird at  Embalse de Buendia near Villalva del Rey, where one adult Pectoral Sandpiper (seen well for about two hours) was there on 3.9 (Fabian Bindrich). A juvenile was seen on 27.9 at playa de Bañuges, cabo peñes, Gozón, Asturies (Elías García Sánchez).

Sharp-tailed  Sandpiper* Calidris acuminata . 1ST FOR SPAIN. An adult bird was seen by keen birders the 'Dies brothers' (see their web here) in Sueca ricefields, Albufera de Valencia Natural Park, Valencia, on the afternoon of 1.9. Six photos were taken and if the results are good, they will be featured shortly in this web page. Nacho Díes, also member of the Spanish Rarities Committee, CR/SEO has commented that the bird was in a rather dry ricefield and that wishing-to-be observers could contact him on 2.9 to attempt the relocation of this bird. A detailed description of the event is available in the Dies brothers web site here. The bird had dissappeared by 8:30 BUT has been relocated at 12:30 at the same place.Seen at 20:15 by visiting birders from Barcelona at the same area. The sandpiper remains there until dusk (Ferran López, Xesco Macià; J.Alcocer, Pepe sp.)On 3.9 relocated at dawn and until 8:30 more or less See photo 1 (F.López, X.Macià) when photos were taken. Visiting birders from Ebro Delta (S.Sales and Riccardo e Natalie del Togno) twitched the bird but Nacho Dies failed on 8.30 and afterwards. So the bird is gone.

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Two birds in winter plumage were seen at Moro marsh, Sagunt, València, on 6.9 (Marcial Yuste, Bosco Díes) and still one on 8.9 (Marcial Yuste).Again two on 17.9 (Marcial Yuste)

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus. A juvenile was found at tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, P.N. l'Albufera de València, València on 7-9.9 (Bosco Dies et al).Possibly the same bird was seen on 24.9 again at Albufera de València this time at Romaní, Sollana (Bosco Díes).

Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus. A bird was seen from Punta la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies towards the West on 9.9 (Quique Carballal).

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis. At Playa de Ereaga, Getxo, Bizkaia, there were one adult and a 2nd year on 5.9 together with a Herring Gull Larus argentatus (Gorka Ocio) 

Greater Black-backed Gull Larus marinus. Accidental in the Mediterranean. A ringed 1st winter individual was seen at Ter river mouth, L'Estartit, Girona on 9.9 (Dani Burgas, Jordi Clavell) and relocated on 13 and 15.9 (Albert Burgas). Besides a record of may 2001at Llobregat Delta, it is an extreme rarity in the NE with only two more recent proved records: (1996, Burgas, badia del Ter, Girona -the same area than now-) and 1985, delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Hidalgo, J. M. (1992b) Larus marinus. in: Notes faunístiques. Butll. Parc Natural Delta de l’Ebre 7: 45-49.). There are 17 records prior to 1985 but perhaps they shoud be reviewed (J.Clavell pers. com.)

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia. A bird was at playa de la Bola, Getxo, Bizkaia on 5.9 (Gorka Ocio).Two immatures flew over Marjal del Moro, Sagunt, València, on 24.9 (Marcial Yuste)

Forster's Tern* Sterna forsteri. A bird was in company of a Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña, on 9.9 (Antonio Sandoval).

White-winged Black Tern Chlydonias leucopterus. The first reported this autumn was a juvenile at Santoña marshes, Cantabria, on 2.9 (Karmelo de Dios).A juvenile was at Guadalhorce river mouth on 30.9 (Andy Paterson)

Pied Wagtail* Motacilla alba yarrellii. [A good subspecies after the work, in press, of Per Alström & Krister Mild, Pipits & Wagtails, Pica Press]. Extremely rare in the Mediterranean coast. A female was at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park on 27.9 (Jordi Martí, Teresa Montràs).

Thrush Nightingale*Luscinia luscinia. A bird was seen and heard at Eucaliptus beach, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Steve West). If accepted, a first for Spain.

Barred Warbler* Sylvia nisoria. One bird was at Punta de la Vaca, Asturies, on 28.9 (Elias García Sánchez)

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina. A bird has been seen in Montjuïc hill, Barcelona town, on 11.9.2001 afternoon (Cristian Jensen, Joan Barrachina, Albert Petit, Toni Aparicio, Ulises Ornstein and later Ferran López  & Emma Sanjuan)

Greenish Warbler* Phylloscopus trochiloides. 2 birds were at Punta de la Vaca, Asturies, on 28.9 (Elias García Sánchez)

Red-Breasted Flycatcher* Ficedula parva.  One bird was at Punta de la Vaca, Asturies, on 28.9 (Elias García Sánchez)

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. Names of localities are featured as given by the authors of the records, that should be cited as those. Today news are marked with . Go back to top
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Available reports:

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XII 2000
I 2001
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V 2001
VI 2001
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The Lesser flamingo ringed in 1998 and seen in August at Fuentedepiedra (see VIII 2001 report)
The Lesser Flamingo at Fuentedepiedra (photo: ©Equipo de Seguimiento de Procesos Naturales/Héctor Garrido)a)
The Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper at l'Albufera on 3.9 (photo: ©Ferran López)
The Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper at l'Albufera on 2.9 (photo: ©Nacho & Bosco Díes) See their web for a larger version or click on the image.
The American Golden Plover  at l'Albufera on 11.9 (photo: ©Nacho Díes) See their web for a gallery of this bird.
The Terek Sandpiper again at l'Albufera on 7-9.9 (photo: ©Nacho Díes) 
The Corncrake found dead at el Saler., l'Albufera on 17.9 (photo: ©Nacho Díes)  See their web for a gallery of this bird

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