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Rare Birds in Spain

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AUGUST 2002 
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Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus. A bird was seen on 18.8, during a seawatch 10 miles off Estaca de Vares, A Coruña, Galicia(Erva, Hábitat, SGHN, SEO, Cemma)

AFRICAN DWARF BITTERN* Ixobrychus sturmii. An immature was found at Erjos Ponds, Tenerife, on 23.8 (Rami Lindroos, Lauri Nikkinen, William Velmala). There is one sole accepted record for Spain from Gran Canaria in 21,25 and 30.1.2000 (Ardeola 49 (1) 2002).

Western Reef Heron* Egretta gularis. A dark phase bird that appeared on 18.7 was still on 1.8 at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (F.Blanch, D.Bigas/PNDE).The bird was photographed on 5.8 (see thumbnail here) and it is thought to be the individual present in the area last year (F.Blanch, D.Bigas, O.Clarabuch, E.Guinart, R.Gutiérrez).See a special photopage dealing with this bird.Still at the same place by 20.8 (D.Bigas)

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta. One bird showing 'piano' wings and mixture of black and white plumage plus mixed structure was seen at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 9.8 (David Bigas). Still at the same place by 20.8 (D.Bigas). See a thumbnail here. Another possible hybrid was at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga, on 24.8 (Paul Hicks).

Great White Egret Egretta alba. Seven pairs finally bred at Ebre delta, Tarragona, the only Spanish breeding location for the species (David Bigas/PNDE).One was at Llobregat delta on 20.8 (F.López)One was also at Llobregat delta, Barcelona, on 28.8 (J.Castelló, F.López).Another was at Marjal del Moro (Moro marsh) the same day (M.Yuste).On 27.8 two birds were seen flying over Sant Andreu, Barcelona (Jordi Clavell), perhaps the same found at Llobregat delta on 1.9 (Joan Castelló)

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. 23 pairs finally bred at Ebre delta, Tarragona, one of the two only Spanish breeding locations for the species (David Bigas/PNDE). There was one bird at Tancat de la Ratlla, Albufera de València, on 6.8 (J.I. Dies, B.Dies, E.Guinart, R.Gutiérrez).One juvenile was seen at el Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 19.8 (Berto Minobis). There were about 35 near Canal Vell and 13 more at Buda Island area at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 20.8 (D.Bigas, Raimundo, R.Gutiérrez, E.Guinart). A few hundreds of pairs have bred this year in Doñana, were several have been colour-ringed (J.Figuerola)190 birds were counted at Isla Menor ricefields, Sevilla, on 20.8 (Paco Chiclana)

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis. E SPECIES (escape).On 22.8, there was a bird at Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, Albufera de València (Javier Garcia i Gains, Bosco Dies). See a thumbnail here.On 28.8 presumably the same bird was seen at Moro Marsh, Sagunt, València (Marcial Yuste).Still there on 31.8 (Marcial Yuste).

Ruddy Shelduck* Tadorna ferruginea. On 1.8 there were 2 birds at Salades de Mont-Ral, Huesca/Lleida (Steve West). These birds could be well also hybrids with Egyptian goose (see below) but not the same birds of Ebre delta since both observations were simultaneous. The bird reported earlier at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, was still there on 9.8 (Jorge Garzón).Still there on 14.8 (Jordi Sala).Still there on 21.8 (Miguel A.Rouco)On 22.8, a juvenile appeared at Estany d'Europa and Cortalet areas, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (J.Martí Aledo, A.Ollé, T.Montràs).There were first 5 then  3 at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca on 28-30.8 (Miguel Angel Reus).

Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose hybrid Tadorna ferruginea x Alopochen aegyptiacus* There were 2 juvenile individuals at Ebre delta, Tarragona from 23.7, when found at Buda Island (David Bigas, A.Cama, J.Piccardo/PNDE) then moved to Tancada saltpans on 27.7 (D.Bigas) where photographed by the author and present at least until 6.8 (Pau Esteban).See a thumbnail here

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. Two birds, at least one presumed adult female, were seen on 11.8 at bassa del Gall Marí, Parc Natural Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (J.Martí Aledo, M.Jiménez, X.del Acebo). See a thumbnail here.

Scaup Aythya marila. The bird reported at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, some months ago is still there on 21.8, now in eclipse plumage (Miguel A.Rouco).

Smew* Mergellus albellus. A female, absolutely out of season, was relocated at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, on 21.8 where it had been previously found on 4.8 (M.A.Rouco; Guillermo Hernández). The identification offers no question but, what is this rarity doing here now?. See a photopage of this bird in the Riolobos website (opens in another window)

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. Passage records: 2 birds at Mas Bellesguard fields, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP, Girona, on 29.8 (Alex Ollé)

Pacific Golden Plover* Pluvialis fulva. An adult moulting from summer to winter plumage but still largely on breeding plumage was foundd at maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona on 28.8 (F.López, J.Castelló; R.Armada, X.Larruy, J.Becarés, X.Macià, R.Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here. Still there on 29.8 (J.Castelló) and 30.8 (J.Castelló, R.Gutiérrez, X.Sampere, N.Urios). New photopage here

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis. On 21.8 there were two birds at marjal de l'Albufera de València (Bosco Dies). On 23.8 there was one bird at Filipines reserve, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Joan Castelló)

Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos. A bird was apparently seen and photographed at Embalse de la Sotonera, Aragon on 2.8 (Nick Bray). A stunning photo of this bird appears in the web of Surfbirds and can be seen clicking here (opens in another window).On 30.8, while searching for Pacific Golden Plover, a juvenile was found at the same place: Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta (R.Gutiérrez, J.Castelló).Relocated on 31.8 (Joan Castelló)

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. There were four individuals at Brazo del Este, Sevilla, on 14.8 (Paco Chiclana).On 18.8 there were four birds (4 adults and 1 juvenile) at Estany d'Europa, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (J.Martí Aledo i M.Jiménez). At L'Albufera de València there were up to three birds on 16.8, two at tancat de la Llonga and another at tancat de la Ratlla (Bosco Díes, Nacho Díes). See a thumbnail here.A juvenile was at Estany d'Europa, PN Aiguamolls on 19.8 (J.Martí Aledo, A.Ollé, I.Batet, M.Jiménez).On 20.8 there was one at Airport road, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy, Kristian Vámosi et al)

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus. One adult was seen at estany del Cortalet, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 5.8 (E. Capalleras, A.
Cortada, J. Martí Aledo, A. Ollé, T. Montràs, M. Jiménez, G. Gorospe et al). 6th for the park and Girona province.

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. A bird in summer plumage was seen at Fangar bay, Ebre delta, Tarragona, by mid month, e.g. 16.8 (David Bigas; Marc Peris et al)

Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus. On 18.8, during a seawatch 10 miles off Estaca de Vares, A Coruña, Galicia, 2 birds were seen (Erva, Hábitat, SGHN, SEO, Cemma)Inland, at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, there was a juvenile on 22.8 (J.J.Ramos Encalado).Still there on 23.8 (G.Hernández, JJ Ramos Encalado, C.Aldea, V.López).There are photos of this bird in the Azud de Riolobos website here (opens in another window). Still there on 25.8 (V.López)

Sabine's Gull Larus sabini. On 18.8, during a seawatch 10 miles off Estaca de Vares, A Coruña, Galicia, there were 30 adults in breeding plumage (Erva, Hábitat, SGHN, SEO, Cemma)

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia. Extralimital location.  An adult was seen at Santander bay on 24.8 (Manuel Alcántara, Fernando Arce). It is almost an accidental in the cantabrian coast in NE Spain. 

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis. On 2.8 there was one adult bird at playa de los Lances, Cádiz (Ernest F.J. Garcia)

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus. There was a 2nd summer bird at Canal Vell lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona, on 4.8 (O.Clarabuch, D.Bigas). On 6.8, an adult beggining moult was seen at tancat de la Llonga, Albufera de València (J.I.Dies, R.Gutiérrez, E.Guinart)There was one adult at estany del Cortalet, PN Aiguamolls, Girona, on 4.08 (A. Ollé, J.Martí Aledo i M. Jiménez)At the same place, there was one adult on 22.8 (J.Martí Aledo, X. del Acebo).There was one at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta, Barcelona on 28.8 (F.López, J.Castelló).

Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola. On 15.8, there was one bird at El Matà area, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (M.Hervé).At the same place, another, or the same bird, was seen on 22.8 (Xesco Macià, Alex Ollé).On 31.8 one was ringed at Marjal del Moro, Sagunt, València (Marcial Yuste).

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

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Latest highlights:

The Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis gularis, adult breeding plumaged seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre on 5.8. This is thought to be the same individual recorded in the area the year 2001and already  by CR/SEO (Photo © Ricard Gutiérrez). Click on the photo to visit a special photopage dealing with this bird.
 The Terek Sandpiper seen on 29.7 at Txingudi, Irun, Gipuzkoa (Photo © Javier Briz)
One of the Ferruginous Ducks at PN Aiguamolls on 11.8 (Photo © Xavier del Acebo)
One of the Temminck's Stints  at L'Albufera de Valèncias on 16.8 (Photo © Bosco & Nacho Díes). Visit their website for other photos including Marsh Sandpiper. 
The two hybrids Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose Tadorna ferruginea x Alopochen aegyptiacus seen at Ebre Delta on 5.8 (Photo © David Bigas)A Special photopage will be published here soon.
A really stunning bird. A presumed hybrid Little x Western Reef Egrets Egretta garzetta x gularis of a 'piano' form with mixed grey & white feathering (Photo © David Bigas). A Special photopage will be published here soon.
The Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis, found at Albufera de València on 22.8. This species is placed in E category although the origin of this bird is unknown (Photo © Bosco Dies)
Adult Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva seen on 28.8 at Llobregat Delta (Photo  © Ricard Gutiérrez). New  photopage here.

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