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Rare Birds in Spain

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JULY 2002 
* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO

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Great White Egret Egretta alba. Two pairs have bred in the Ebre Delta Natural Park, Catalonia, NE Spain, where two nests were found near some of Grey Heron Ardea cinerea by late june (David Bigas/Parc Natural Delta de l'Ebre).On 5.7 there were 3 adults in breeding plumage at Filipines marsh, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona, where one adult had been seen the previous sunday (Armand Ramal, Nestor Urios). The three adults remained there un til 7.7 .On 8.7 there was only one adult remaining moulting into winter plumage (part of bill still black, rest yellow, still breeding feathering present, F.López, A.Ramal, N.Urios)Seven chicks were ringed by mid month at Ebre Delta Natural Park, Tarragona, in the only Spanish breeding site for the species (David Bigas/PNDE).On 20.7 there was a bird at Brazo del Este, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana). There was one bird moulting into winter plumage at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, València, on 24.7 (Marcial Yuste).

Western Reef Heron* Egretta gularis. Another presumed hybrid gularis x garzetta was seen at desembocadura del Guadalhorce on 30.6 (Andy Paterson, Mike Clark). The bird reported in June in Tenerife, was seen again on 8.7 on the dam along the entrance road to Amarilla Golf (Brian Johnson per Tony Clarke)There was a dark phase bird at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, around 31.7 (David Bigas, Ferran Blanch / PNDE).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. About a hundred adult birds were feeding on rice-fields around Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 19.7 (Paco Chiclana). 

Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus. A bird was found  by a local at Valdeolea, Cantabria, on 2.7. Then identification confirmed on 6.7  (Andrés Díez) and 7.7 (Carlos Sainz; Fernando Arce) and still there on 20. (F.Arce) See thumbnail of this bird here.

Ruddy Shelduck* Tadorna ferruginea. There were 4 birds at Embalse de Arrocampo, Cáceres, on 4.7 (Javier Briz). There were two birds (females or immature/juveniles) at Guadalhorce river mouth on 14.7 (Andy Paterson).Severeal sightings at the end of the month along Spain (influx??): a female was found at Azud de Riolobos on 27.7 (J.C.Marín) and 31.7 (M.Rouco), when it was photographed (see the photos in his web page, opens in another window)

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. More inland records: On 6.7 there were 12-13 at Laguna de Tarayuelas, Cuenca (Gonzalo Lage).See thumbnail of a bird from Cuenca area here.

Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla. A bird was seen at the mouth of rio Vélez, at Málaga, on 28.7 (A.Tamayo, 'Kirri')

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii On 25.7 a bird was seen at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Delfín González) and 26.7 (Jordi Martí). The same day, an adult moulting was at Marjal del Moro, Sagunt, València (Marcial Yuste) and at Remolar-Filipines Reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ferran López).Up to six birds were seen in the same area on 31.7 (F.López). There are other sightings at Ebre Delta (D.Bigas)

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus. A summer plumaged adult bird was seen on 27.7 at Paraje Natural Estuario del río Guadiaro, San Roque, Cádiz (Richard Banham). Another was seen on 29.7 at Txingudi, Irun, Gipuzkoa in company of different sandpipers (Javier Briz)

South Polar Skua* Stercorarius maccormicki. First for Spain if accepted. A Limosa Holiday's group led by Tony Clarke and David Cottridge saw a South polar skua from the La Gomera to Tenerife ferry on 17th July.  The bird was about 2 miles off La Gomera at 17:25. It was initially identified by group member Ian Phillips (who has seen several in the south Atlantic) and most of the group were able to get excellent views of the diagnostic features (per John Headon)

Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan . An adult summer plumaged bird, was seen on 10.7 at Plaiaundi, Irun (Txingudi bay) Gipuzkoa (Mikel Etxaniz Aginagalde). There is a video of the bird (per Gorka Gorospe). Erroneusly featured before in this webpage as Laughing gull.

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer. A new breeding pair in the  slopes of Sevilla northern mountains was located on 6.7 (Jorge Garzón, Lola Lobato, Laura Gutiérrez). 

Little Swift Apus affinis On 24.7 there was a bird at Puerto de la Gitana, Sierra de Alpujata, Mijas, Málaga (Paco Ríos y Andrés Serrano). On 26.7, a bird with 3 Apus caffer was seen lingering entering the cave at Bolonia, Cádiz (Ernest FJ Garcia).

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer. E species. Asian origin. Potential addition to C list. In its 4 in-a-row presence year, the feral party present at Torremolinos, Málaga, has bred in 2002 for its second consecutive year. E.g., on 7.7 there were four birds including at least 2-3 juveniles (Andy Paterson)

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus. An adult was seen on 29.7 at Brazo del Este. Sevilla (David Serrano). On 31.7 the bird was seen again (Ernest FJ García, Charlie Perez, Paco Chiclana)

Suggested citations / Citaciones recomendadas / Citació recomanada:
  • Whole document/ Documento entero/ Document sencer: Gutiérrez,R. (ed) (year, latest update), Recent Reports: [month year]. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from 
    • e.g. Gutiérrez, R. (ed) (2002, April 3). Recent Reports: April 2002. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from 
  • 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 
    • 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

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. Any submitted news to this page will be forwarded to the Spanish RC if enough substantiated. 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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Latest highlights:

One of the Eleonora's Falcons seen inland at Cuenca. In this case, a bird seen at Pinar de las Torcas on 27.6 (Miguel A.Rouco).
The Marabou* (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) seen at Valdeolea, Cantabria, on 6-8.7. Unknown origin . Below in company of a White Stork Ciconia ciconia (Photos:  Andrés Díez  per Fernando Arce)

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