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Species index (n=45)
Podiceps grisegena Branta leucopsis Haliaaetus albicilla
Podiceps auritus B.leucopsis x Anser anser Elanus caeruleus
Puffinus mauretanicus & yelkouan Branta bernicla Fulica cristata
Egretta alba Branta ruficollis Tringa flavipes
Egretta alba Tadorna ferruginea Charadrius morinellus
Mycteria ibis Aix galericulata Vanellus gregarius
Plegadis falcinellus Anas americana Larus pipixcan
Threskiornis aethiopicus Anas rubripes Larus delawarensis
Cygnus olor Anas carolinensis Calandrella rufescens
Cygnus colmbianus bewickii Aythya collaris Anthus richardi
Cygnus cygnus Aythya marila Motacilla alba yarrellii
Anser fabalis Aythya nyroca Oenanthe deserti
Anser brachyrhynchus Somateria mollissima Sylvia curruca
Anser albifrons Clangula hyemalis Lanius excubitor
Anser caerulescens Melanitta fusca Plectrophenax nivalis
Bucephala clangula

See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena There were two, one at Montehano canal and another at the beach at Santoña NR, Cantabria on 6.12 (Daniel López Velasco). See a thumbnail hereStill one at Santola on 21-23.12  (David González Ortega et al; J.Gómez Navedo)On 25.12 there was one at Santoña harbour, Cantabria seen at close distance (Delfín González) while on 16.12 there was one at Escalante canal (J.Gomez Navedo, María Díaz, Juanjo Aja).The Santoña bird was still there on 27.12 (I.Torres, S.Asensio,J.Cañada).
Slavonian Grebe* Podiceps auritus. (1w0035by snail mail,2,3) The two found on 9.11 at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña, Galicia were still there on 5-18.12 (Pablo Gutiérrez)(2) On 6.12 there were 8 (Daniel López Velasco) and on 12.12 there were 13 at Santoña marshes, Cantabria (Juan Gómez Navedo, Máximo Sánchez, Juanjo Aja) with scarcer counts within.At least 3 at the Santoña canal on 14.12 (Alejandro García Herrera/SEO-Cantabria)Still at least four at the same place on 21.12 (David González Ortega et al).The 23.12 census gave 14 birds at the same place (J.Gómez Navedo/SEO Birdlife)(3) There was one at playa de A Lanzada, Sanxenxo-Ogrobe, Pontevedra on 24.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Balearic and Yelkouan Shearwaters Puffinus mauretanicus & P.yelkouan. On 24.12, in an hour count off Cap de Creus, Girona, there were 17 mauretanicus and 39 yelkouan besides 25 unidentified (too far) (Ponç Feliu). On 19.12 there were 19 mauretanicus at Roses bay and 4 yelkouan (Jordi Martí Aledo)

Great White Egret Egretta alba.On 2.12 there was one at PN el Hondo, Alacant (Malcolm Palmer). Another was at Embalse del Pardo, Madrid on 1.12 (Adolfo Rodriguez). One was at at Brazo de la Torre and Entremuros ricefields, Sevilla on 2.12 (Alberto Plata Ortíz).There were 2 aty brazo del Este, Sevilla on 3.12 (Paco Chiclana). On 1.12 there was one near Bellcaire d'Urgell, Lleida, where another or the same had been seen on 13.11 (Roger Guillem Martí).There was one at Embalse del Pardo, Madrid on 1.12 (Adolfo Rodríguez, G.O. El Pardo).There was one at Utxesa reservoir, Lleida, on 7.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez, H.Arbonés, A.Gutiérrez et al). See a thumbnail hereThere was one at Villafáfila lagoon, Zamora on 7.12 (Sergio de Juan). There was one at the end of ria de Solía, Astillero, Santander on 9.12 (Alejandro García Herrera).The Utxesa bird still there on 13.12 (Pablo Pascual García).There was one at Sot del Fuster, Lleida on 17.12 (Joan Estrada).There were 6 at S'Albufereta de Pollença, Mallorca on 20.12 (Maties Rebassa). Also 6 (the same?) were on 15.12 at S'Albufera de Muro, Mallorca (Pere Vicens). The Villafáfila bird was still there on 20.12 (A.Rodrigo, la Cruz) but two the following day (Adolfo Villaverde).There was one in the road Plasencia-Béjar, Extremadura near Hervás on 27.12 (Javier Briz). There was one at Gallifa, Masies del Voltregà, Barcelona on 22.12 (Martí Rodríguez, Jordi Erra)There were 3 at Ejea de los Caballeros ricefields, Zaragoza on 21.12 (Javier Capalvo).

Yellow-billed Stork* Mycteria ibis(1) There was one at Ría do Burgo, A Coruña on 2.12 (Antonio Sandoval). It could be a bird that had been seen in Lugo by the end of november (SGO).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There were over 1000 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 1.12 (Paco Chiclana)There were 4 at S'Albufera de Mallorca on 15.12 (Pere Vicens).

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus. Four  records (1w0064, 2w0053, 3 ,4)  The adult at Sevilla ricefields, near Guadalquivir river found on 19.10 was still there on 1.12 with +1000 Glossy Ibises (Paco Chiclana)(2) The bird at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies was still there on 5-22.12 (Adolfo Vilalverde Garrido)(3) The bird present at S'Albufera de Mallorca this autumn was seen again on 15.12 (Pere Vicens)(4) There were 2 immature birds at rio Guadalhorce, Málaga 4 km north of the river mouth on 26.12. It is not yet clear if these birds are the same or partly the same of those seen this autumn there (Antonio Tamayo). On 27.12 the number raised to three (A.Tamayo).

Mute Swan Cygnus olor. The cal Tet bird at Llobregat delta, Barcelona was still there on 2.12 (Ferran López).Still there on 4.12 (R.Gutiérrez, F.X. Santaeufemia, N.Urios; P.Esteban).There were four, one ad and 3 1w, at platja de Talamanca, Eivissa, Balearic Islands on 15.12 (Oliver Martínez). There was one inm at Balsa de Muskildigorri, Auza, Ultzama, Navarra on 12.12 (already seen there on 12.11 and intermitently thereafter, Gorka Gorospe).

Bewicks Swan* Cygnus columbianus bewickii One record (1w0073) (1) One was reported from Torres de Segre ricefields, Lleida on 26.12 (Jordi Calvet) but not relocated aftterwardsSee a photo below (Jordi Calvet)

Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus One record (1w0035 via snail mail) (1) The two found this autumn at estuario del Anllons- Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso Cabana, A Coruñam were still there on 6.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis. A bird was located at El Cortalet, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 2.12 (Jordi Martí Aledo; X. del Acebo, P.Feliu et al). The first fabalis for Catalonia. See a couple of thumbnails hereThis bird regarded as too tame by many observers...Still there on 8.12 (Hubert Gunter; Manel Caamaño) . On 11.12 there were another 2 fabalis at La Nava, Palencia (Fernando Jubete, Ignacio Torres)Two arrived at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 26.12 (Adolfo Villaverde, Juán Álvarez Gil; C.Alvarez et al).

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus. Three records (1w0035 via snail mail,2w0056 ,3 w0071 ) (1) The two found on 7.11 at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio y Pablo Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail in the november page were still there on 5-18.12 (Pablo Gutiérrez)(2)  The two adults at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies found in october were still there on 5-26.12 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido et al)(3)There was one at La Nava, Palencia on 8.12 (F.Jubete) and 9.12 (Enrique Gómez Crespo).See a thumbnail here Still there on 12.12 (M.Rouco, D.González, A.González, F.Javier de la Cruz)and 17.12 (L.J.Salaverri) but TWO on 19.12 (L.J.Salaverri).Relocated on 22.12 (R.Armada & J.L.Copete) & 23.12 (Carlos Gutiérrez)

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons One was at at Brazo de la Torre and Entremuros ricefields, Sevilla on 2.12 within a 20000 Greylags flock (!) (Alberto Plata Ortíz).From 6.12 (Daniel López Velasco), see thumbnail here, to  23.12 there was one at Escalante, Santoña marshes, Cantabria (Juan Gómez Navedo, Máximo Sánchez, Juanjo Aja; D.González Ortega).There were 2 at Laguna de la Zaida, Zaragoza on 2-3.12 (Xavier Escobar)Two were at La Nava, Palencia on 19,12 (L.J.Salaverri).2 were reported from Sariñena lagoon, Huesca on 20.12 (Fran Alcalà). From 15.12 (A.Villaverde) to 26.12 there was still one 1w at ria de la Villa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde, Juán Alvarez Gil) See a thumbnail here .There were two on 15.12 (J.C.Marín) and one at Laguna del Oso, Ávila on 14.12 (Gabriel Sierra). There were 2 at Umia-O Grove on 14.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro).At Villafáfila, Zamora, there were four on 26.12 but only one on 25.12 (Alfonso Rodrigo).At la Nava, Palencia, there were 4 (3 ad and 1 1w) on 23.12 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito) but two on 26.12 (Daniel L.Velasco, Pedro J). The Santoña bird was still there on 17.12 (J.Gómez Navedo, M.Díaz, J.Aja).There were 10 between Villerías and Boada de Campos, Palencia (Alfonso López).

Snow Goose* Anser caerulescens(1w0035) There was one adult blue phase at Boada wetland, Palencia on 2.12. It was within a party of 11.000 Greylags (Fernando Jubete)At La Nava there were two on 8.12 (Alberto Fernández) and  three blue phase adults on 10.12 (David González) but only one blue phase adult, probably the same as above, on 11.12 (F.Jubete, Ignacio Torres).Still there on 12.12 (M.Rouco, D.González, A.González, F.Javier de la Cruz) and 17.12 (L.J.Salaverri) but three on 19.12 (L.J.Salaverri).Two blue phase birds on 23.12 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).See a thumbnail here Still there on 26.12 (Daniel L.Velasco, Pedro J). Two were on 20.12 at Boada (the same birds, Alfonso López)

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis. There was one at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 14.12 with c.2500 Greylag Geese (Octavio Infante, Angel González, F.Javier de la Cruz). See a thumbnail here. There was one near La Zaida, Zaragoza on 2.12 (Xavier Escobar). This is probably a long-stayer.The Azud bird was still there on 19.12 (A.Tamayo, S.García) and 21.12 (O.Infante, I.Catalán, la Cruz). On 20.12 there were 3 at Villarín de Campos, Villafáfila, Zamora (Alfonso Rodrigo, Javier de la Cruz), one at least the following day (Adolfo Villaverde). On 20.12 there was a bird at Sariñena lagoon, Huesca (Fran Alcalà). There was one at Laguna del Oso, Ávila on 14.12 (Gabriel Sierra).There was one at laguna de Manjavacas, Cuenca on 23.12 (Óscar Rodríguez, Malo Gimeno).There was one 1w at Bahía de Santander (Javier de la Cruz) See a photo below. The Azud de Riolobos bird was seen again on 22.12 (C.Gutiérrez Expósito).The 3 Villafáfila birds were still there on 23.12 (Nacho Pontón).There was one at laguna de Boada, Palencia on 20.12 (Alfonso López).The Sariñena bird was still there on 28.12 -first seen on 22.11.2003-(Javier Capalvo)
Photo: Javier de la Cruz

Hybrid Barnacle x Greylag Goose Branta leucopsis x Anser anser  An individual was seen neat the Barillos lagoon, within Villafáfila lagoons Nature Reserve on 24.12 (Alfonso Rodrigo)

Brent Goose Branta bernicla On 9.12 there were 2 at ria de Villaviciosa, Asturies, but only one from 22-26.12 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido; J.Álvarez Gil). On 6-7.12 there was one at ria de Foz, Asturies/Lugo (A.Villaverde Garrido). At playa de Salinas, Castrillón, Asturies, there was one on 7.12 (Daniel López Velasco).At Tapioles, Villafáfila, Zamora, there was one on 20.12 (Alfonso Rodrigo, F.Javier de la Cruz).See a thumbnail hereThere were 2 at ensenada de San Simón, Arcade, Pontevedra on 28.12 (Adolfo Lomeña). 

Red-breasted Goose* Branta ruficollis(1) There was one adult at La Nava, Palencia from 7.12 (Fernando Jubete) through 9.12 (Enrique Gómez Crespo), 10.12 (David González Ortega) and 11.12 (F.Jubete, Ignacio Torres).See a thumbnail here Still there on 12.12 (M.Rouco, D.González, A.González, F.Javier de la Cruz), 15.12 (G.Martín, O.Llama, C.Sánchez) .Seen on 17.12 (L.J.Salaverri) to 19.12 (E.Gomez Crespo, Santiago sp)

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea.The 3 at Buda Island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona first seen on 22.11 moved to el Fangar, also at Ebre delta on 1.12 (David Bigas). One was at at Brazo de la Torre and Entremuros ricefields, Sevilla on 2.12 (Alberto Plata Ortíz).There was a flock of 7 birds from 20-21.12 at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona. These birds were regarded as escapes as two birds were carrying color rings (M.Sánchez-Frou, P.Feliu, I.Batet, R.Fortià,J.Martí Aledo). See a thumbnail here. At Villafáfila, Zamora, there were 2 on 20.12 (Octavio Infante)

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1, 2snail mail,3) There was a female at Marisma Ramallosa, Pontevedra that was photographed on 4.12 (César Vidal) see a thumbnail here but that had been found c.10 days before by Luis Enrique Senra.(2) There was a female on 22-23.12 at la Murtra lagoon, Viladecans/Gavà, Barcelona (David Moret; Ferran López). This bird, of dubious origin,may have been there at least from November (J.Orta).(3)A female appeared at Bassa del Dofí, Castell d'Aro, Girona on 31.12 (Carlos Alvarez Cros).

American Wigeon* Anas americana. One record. (1))The drake seen last month at ria de Eo, Asturies-Lugo, was relocated on 6.12.(Pablo Fernández García)

Black Duck* Anas rubipres. One record. (1)  The bird reportred previously at ria de Foz, Lugo was still there on 6.12 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido).)

Green-winged Teal * Anas carolinensis (1) The PN Aiguamolls bird last seen on 8.11 was relocated on 1.12 (Jordi Martí Aledo).Still there on 8.12 (Hubert Gunter).
Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1 w0065,, 2,3,4snail mail by snail mail )(1) The female seen at Selga de Ordás reservoir, León at least from 1-8.11  was relocated on 6.12 (David Miguélez, Hector Astiarraga, Carlos Zumalacárregui)With this female it appeared a male on 6.12. On 22.12 it was relocated (Nacho Rodriguez,José María Colino). See two thumbnails here .(2) There was an immature bird at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 6.12 (Gonzalo Gil, Xuan Cortés).(3) The 1st winter found on 16-17.11 at ria de Villaviciosa, Asturies and reported in the november page was relocated again on 9.12 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido).(4)There was a male at Laguna de Traba, Laxe, A Coruña on 6.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. The 3 at Bombita ricefields, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona found on 14.11 were still there on 7.12 (David Bigas)There was a male at laguna de Campillo de Dueñas, Guadalajara on 2.12 (Xavier Escobar).There was a male at la Granda reservoir, Asturies on 13.12 (D.López Velasco, P.J.Menéndez). There was a female at playa de Sada, ria de Betanzos, A Coruña on 17.12 but present since November (Pablo y Antonio Gutiérrez).There were 2 at el Hondo, Alicante, on 14.12 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

Scaup Aythya marila. There was one female at Brazo de la Torre and Entremuros ricefields, Sevilla on 2.12 (Alberto Plata Ortíz).On 7.12 there were 2 at delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas)There were two at ria de Eo, Asturies: a drake and a 1st winter female (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido). At Embalse de As Forcadas, A Coruña, there was one female on 18.12 (P.Gutiérrez).

Eider Somateria mollissima There were 3 1w/females inside the harbour of Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona on 19.12. Seen at close distance (F.X.Santaeufemia, Xavier Sampere).On 25.12 there was an immature male at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria (Alvaro Rada). See a thumbnail here.

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis The 2 birds found at Tancada lagoon, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 16.11 were photographed on 30.11 (Joan Gil, Josep Tantull et al)) and still present there on 7.12 (David Bigas). One would be an adult female and the other a 1st winter. See a thumbnail here and more photos in Joan Gil page See also a photo below from Oscar Pontón and Federico Roviralta (taken on 2.12) showing its size compared to Common Coot (Fulica atra)There was one female at ensenada de Rianxo, A Coruña on 24.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro)

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca. Only inland records. On 23.12 there was a male well inland: at Salada Jabonera de Alcañíz, Teruel (Fco.Javier Moreno). Possibly there were up to three on 20.12 (Clive Balch)

Goldeneye Bucephala clangula. There was one at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 7.12 (David Bigas).There was one at Embalse de Trasona, Asturias on 13.12 (D.López Velasco, Pedro J Menéndez).Seen on 12.12 at La Granda (Elias García) and relocated on 30.12 at La Granda reservoir, Asturies ( la Cruz, G.Ocio, X.Piñeiro, J.Echegaray, P.Ruiz, S.Maestre, T.Alcocer).

White-tailed Eagle * Haliaaetus albicilla(1snail mail) THIRD FOR SPAIN. There was one inmmature (2nd - 4th year, yet to establish) at Santoña marshes, Cantabria from 7.12 (Gorka Artíguez) and 14.12 (SEO-Cantabria local group) . See a thumbnail here. Previous records one at Mallorca on 16.2.2002 and another also at Santoña on 3.12.1944 (!) Still there on 17.12 (Clemente Álvarez, P.J.Menéndez, J.A.García Fernández, V.Álvarez). Photographed on 18.12 (A.Bustamante, J.G.Navedo/Grupo Local SEO-Cantabria). Photos by Alvaro Bustamante. It was at Gama, Bárcena de Cicero, Cantabria, within the Santoña reserve. See a photo below and a new thumbnail here Still there, seen in the GFama area on 20-23.12 (many authors e.g. F.Arce; J.L.Copete, R.Armada, Gorka Artiguez; D.L.Velasco; D.González Ortega; J.Gómez Navedo...)Present on 25.12 (D.González, la Cruz, J.A.González Morales, F.Arce). Still on 27.12 (I.Torres, S.Asensio,J.Cañada)and to 31.12 (U.Garitagoitia, M.Elordui, D.Redondo,J.A.dela Torre, J.Ruiz, F.López, C.Fernández, J.M.Pérez de Ana; Máximo Sánchez Cobo et al).

Black-Shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus. Extralimital record. Late sighting. On 29.11 there was one at Coves del Salnitre, near the N-II road, Collbató, Barcelona (Pere Serrano, Alex Ollé). 

Crested Coot Fulica cristata. There were c.10 birds in different places of Ebre Delta, Tarragona by 1.12 (David Bigas).Four of the Llobregat delta birds reintroduced on 1.4.2003 were at l'Encanyissada lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona on 2.12 (D.Bigas, F.Vidal).There were 3 at Laguna primera de Moguer, Huelva. All three with a PVC collar (Joclasera Jocla).On 29.12 there were three marked birds at l'Encanyissada: XP,XR and O3W. The latter had been reintroduced at Llobregat delta on 1.4.2003 (A.Martín, I.Bischoping, L.Pastor, G.Ros).

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. The bird seen on November at Villamil, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies was still there on 1.12 (Xurde Gayol) On 25.12 there was a bird near the information center of Fuentedepiedra lagoon NR, Málaga (Angel Luis López, José Manuel Moreno).

Sociable Lapwing* Vanellus gregarius(1w0070) There was one adult at Taraje lagoon, Puerto Real, Cádiz on 18.12 within a Lapwing flock (José Cabral, Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito). See a photo below
Lesser Yellowlegs * Tringa flavipes(1,2snail mail ) There was one at Orgaz, Toledo on 8.12 (Juan Carlos Marín, Carlos Andrés Henao, Diego Perea).(2)There was a bird at desembocadura del Barranco de Tirajana, Tenefé, San Bartolomé, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands from 2.11 til 5.12.2003 (M.Avelino Suárez Farias).
Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan(1snail mail) There was a bird in winter plumage at Monumento natural Los Barruecos, de Malpartida de Cáceres, Extremadura on 26.12 (Guido Ceccolini, Anna Cenerini).
Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis(1,2,3snail mail,4) There was a 2nd winter at San Lorenzo bedach, Gijon, Asturies on 3.12 (Nacho Vega)(2) There was one at Ribesella, ria del Sella, Asturies on 14.12 (Gabriel Silva).There was an adult at ria de Cedeira from 15-18.12 at least (Pablo y Antonio Gutiérrez)(4) There were 2 adults at Bahía de Santander, Cantabria on 30.12 (Daniel L Huertas)

Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens A flock (!) of 30-35 birds was reported from the edge of Embalse de Santillana, Madrid on 10.12 (Gabriel Martín). Second record for the Madrid community.

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1w0067,2snail mail ,3,4,5,6,7,8w0068,9,10 )(1) The birds at playa de la Gola, Santa Pola,Alacant were not two as featured last month but three on 2.12 (Malcolm Palmer).There were 2 on 25.12 when they were photographed See a thumbnail here(2)There were 5 at Tancada marshes, Ebre delta, Tarragona on 7.12 (David Bigas). See a photo of one of the birds below (3) there was one adult at S.Clodio fields, Ortigueira, A Coruña on 5.12 (P.Gutiérrez)(4) There were seven  birds at Cabo Peñes, Gozón, Asturies on 5.12 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido)(5) There were 3 at  Arnao, Castropol, Asturies on 2.12 (Pablo Fernández García, Antonio Gutierrez Pita y Pablo Gutierrez Varga)(5) On 4.12 there were 4 at Villamil, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández García)(6)on 6.12 there was one at Brul, Castropol, Asturies c.4 km inland (Pablo Fernández García). (7) At Salave, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies, there was one with 7 A.pratensis in the coastal meadows area on 7.12 (Pablo Fernández García) (8) There were 2 at Parque Natural de Corrubedo, Ribeira, A Coruña on 14.12 (Tito y Rafael Salvadores, César Vidal). See two thumbnails here(9) There were two on 18.12 at a coastal meadow at Ribamontán, Cantabria (Fernando Arce, María Díez).(10) There were 2 at La Romanela, Asturies on 28.12 (Xurde Gayol).
Photo © David Bigas

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii There was one in a Zamora city park on 23.12 (Alfonso Rodrigo).On 20.12 there was one at Isla Menor ricefields, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana).There were 3 with pipits at Saldaña, Palencia on 29.12 (Nacho Pontón).On 13.12 there was one at Arrosadia, Iruñea/Pamplona (Gorka Gorospe). At the same place there was another (the same?) on 30.12 with 3 white wagtails (G.Gorospe). On 26.12 there was another at Zamora urban parks, different from the featured above (Alfonso ROdrigo).

According to CR/SEO member Gorka Gorospe, this form is appearing every winter at Pamplona area although in scarce numbers. It seems that along the Cantabrican coast (Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Cantabria et...) it would be more regular and besides, more abundant. Therefore, for 2004 only notable extralimital records will be featured.

Desert Wheatear* Oenanthe deserti (1snail mail) On 29.12 one 1w of the northafrican race was trapped and ringed at Formentera, Balearic Islands (Santi Costa). In Spain there are 14 accepted records, 11 of which from the Canary Islands. In January 2001 there was one at Llobregat delta, Barcelona.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca. One was ringed at Palmones, Algeciras, Cádiz on 10.12 (Esteban Pablo Ortega,Gonzalo, J.Miguel González Perea)

Northern Great Shrike Lanius excubitor On 21.12 there was one around the Villafáfila area, in steppic areas (Adolfo Villaverde).On 28.12 there was one at S'Algar, Porto Colom, Mallorca (C.Binimelis).

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis. At Catalonia, NE Spain, there was a bird at Els Prats beach, Vila-Seca, Tarragona on 4.12 (Albert Cama, David Jiménez). See a thumbnail here.  Relocated again on 5.12 (Eduard Gràcia) and 6.12 (Albert Cama). There were 2 birds at Punta da Cruz, Castropol, Asturies on 2.12 (Pablo Fernández, Antonio Gutierrez Pita y Pablo Gutierrez Varga).Still there on 6.12 (Pablo Fernández García). On 3.12 there were 3 at Villamil, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández García).At Baldaio, Carballo, A Coruña there was one on 6.12 (Xurxo Pinheiro).From 27-31.12 there was a bird at Llanos de Belén, Cáceres being the 1st for Extremadura seen during a Spainbirds bird trip (Santiago Villa). See a thumbnail here.

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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Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible, però Jordi Clavell s'encarrega sistemàticament d'ajudar-me a trobar totes les errades de la plana o sigui que gràcies!

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Latest highlights:

The fabalis Bean Goose seen at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 2.12, the first in Catalonia for the last 19 years! (Photos © Xavier del Acebo)
The Snow Bunting of Vila-Seca, Tarragona seen on 4.12 (David Jiménez)
The female Mandarin Duck seen at Ramallosa marsh, Pontevedra, on 4.12 (César Vidal)
The Great White Egret at Utxesa, Lleida. on 7.12 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The two Long-tailed Ducks at Tancada Lagoon, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on early december (photo Joan Gil).
The Red-necked grebe (one of them) at Santoña, Cantabria on 6.12 (Daniel López Velasco)
White-fronted (right) and Greylag Geese (left) at Santoña, Cantabria on 6.12 (Daniel López Velasco)
The record of the month, at least for now: an immature White-tailed eagle seen 'in the mist' on 14.12 at Cantabria (Photo © Álvaro Bustamante)
Two Richard's Pipits seen and photogaphed at Corrubedo Natural Park, Galicia on 14.12 (Photo © César Vidal)
A Barnacle goose at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 14.12 (© F.Javier de la Cruz)
A Pink-footed goose (left) with a Greylag (right) and alone (below)  at La Nava, Palencia photographed on 12.12 (© Miguel Rouco)
The Red-breasted Goose at La Nava, Palencia photographed on 12.12 (above, © Miguel Rouco, below with a Greylag Goose, © F.Javier de la Cruz, lower F.Jubete)
Another photo (see also main body for a larger one) of the record of the month the White-tailed eagle seen from 14.12 at Cantabria (Photo © Álvaro Bustamante)
The Ruddy Shelducks reported at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 20-21.12 were considered to be escapes as some were wearing pvc colour rings without any further data (Photo © provided by PNAE)
The Brent Goose at Villafáfila, Zamora on 20.12 (Photo © F.Javier de la Cruz)
The White-fronted Goose of ria de la Villa on 15.12 (right), a 1st winter, close to a Greylag (left) Photo ©  Adolfo Villaverde)
The White-tailed Eagle at Santoña is proven to be difficult to photograph. This is its last shot on 21.12 (Daniel López Velasco)
The Richards' Pipits at Santa Pola, Alacant on 25.12 a new case of overwintering in the Mediterranean basin (Photos © Luis Fidel)
One of the Snow Geese at La Nava, Palencia, seen on 23.12 (Photo © Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).
Above the male and female Ring-necked Ducks seen at Selga de Ordás reservoir, León from 6-22.12 at least (Photos © Nacho Rodríguez)
The immature male Eider at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria on 25.12 (Álvaro Rada).
The first Snow Bunting for Extremadura: a bird seen from 26-31.12 (Santiago Villa)

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