martes, 9 de julio de 2019

1st summer Northern Gannet pitfall for Brown Booby

On 6.7.2019 a brown and white gannet was seen off Arnao, Asturias (Saúl Rodríguez).  See two photos below. The bird was initially identified as a Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) mostly on the basis of the face pattern and overall black and brown plumage.

© Saúl Rodríguez, 6.7.2019

© Saúl Rodríguez, 6.7.2019

On 9.7 Daniel López Velasco, after being contacted by Jorge Valella who initially realised the bird was not a Brown Booby, confirmed that the photos of the bird and initial thoughts of Jorge were right so the bird was indeed a 1st summer Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus).

Features pointing towards Morus were:

• Brown chest limit too far from the front edge of the wing compared with Sula leucogaster (see figure below)

• White rump (hardly visible in the photos)
• Dark underwings


Sula leucogaster  © Daniel López Velasco


Arnao photos were not taken close enough and face pattern strongly recalled that of Sula leucogaster but a better analysis of the bird shows worn feathers and a face pattern that could be caused by moulted feathers into white, therefore matching at distance the leucogaster pattern. The rather ‘milk chocolate’ colour is paler than that expected for a leucogaster, richer and darker.

This bird really stands out the difficulties of accepting a distant Brown Booby sighting in this part of the year if it is not properly seen and even photographed.

Thanks to Jorge Valella and Dani López por pointing out this interesting pitfall.

martes, 15 de enero de 2019

Gavia pacifica, rarest of the rare birds in Spain 2018

Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 12.1.2018


A raiz de cambios en blogger, este año se ha establecido un nuevo sistema de votación para la 9ª edición del concurso el más raro de los raros. Se ha podido votar via facebook y twitter a los 15 candidatos presentados.

Después de unos dies de votación y 181 votos contabilizados, el nuevo ‘más raro de los raros’ 2018 es el colimbo del Pacífico Gavia pacifica, segundo para España, encontrado en Caspe, Zaragoza por Esther Yera en enero y bimbado por mucha gente venida de cerca y lejos. El colimbo ha obtenido un total de 49 votos (4 en twitter y 45 en facebook), el 27,07% de los emitidos.

Con 31 votos y el 17,13% de los votos, ha quedado el segundo clasificado, el zorzal rojigris Turdus obscurus que fue visto en Cádiz en febrero y marzo.

En tercer lugar ha quedado una primera cita para el país como es la subespècie oriental de lavandera boyera Motacilla flava tschutschensis vista y oida en el Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona en noviembre de 2018 (22 votos, 12,15%).

Un año más, felicidades a todo el mundo y gracias por participar en este concurso único y original de rarebirdspain que sirve un poco para rememorar las efemèrides rarornitológicas más relevantes del año que nos ha dejado. Gracias por votar via facebook (grupo rarebirdspain) y twitter (@rarebirdspain).

 Hasta final de año con el más raro de los raros 2019!

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Due to unexpected changes in blogger policy, this year the rarest of the rare contest has established a new voting mechanism. Voting has been possible through twitter (@rarebirdspain) and facebook (rarebirdspain group) and 181 votes have been collected sharing both social media results. 

Pacific Diver Gavia pacifica, found inland in January by Esther Yera in Caspe, Zaragoza, and widely twitched, is the rarest of the rare birds in Spain 2018. It has obtained 49 supports (4 in twitter and 45 in facebook), and a 27% of the total amount of votes. 

Second classified has been the Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscurus from Cádiz in February-March (31 votes, 17,13%). Third place has been for a 1st for the country, an oriental race of Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava tschutschensis seen and heard at Llobregat delta, Barcelona in November (22 votes, 12,15%). 

Once more, congrats everybody and see you next end of the year with the original and unique rarebirdspain's Rarest of the Rare contest!


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 12.1.2018

lunes, 31 de diciembre de 2018

Rarest of the rare 2018 / El más raro de los raros 2018

This is the 9th in-a-row Rarest of the rare bird in Spain contest. It includes some of the 2018 birding highlights. 

A selection of some of the top rarest sightings obtained in the country during 2018 and chosen by the webmaster of Rarebirdspain.net according to scarcity or singularity of the records are presented below. 

This year, Rare Birds in Spain, in its 18 to 19 year-in-a-row online period has published news on 722 rarities (585 in 2017). Rarebirdspain.net web has published 454 large (720 pixels wide) original photos in 2018 (504 in 2017 with a larger list of rarities and rear-rarities, 608 in 2016, 501 in 2015), 11 videos (2 in 2017, 14 in 2016, 8 in 2015) and 173 (344 in 2017, 362 in 2016, 368 in 2015) small sized (thumbnails) supporting photos all kindly sent by the authors. It therefore has not been easy to build a selection of the rarest birds recorded amongst those 722 records and 638 media featured, but once again a choice of may be the rarest of the rare is enclosed below and it's up to you to choose which sighting and species will be. 

Please vote the poll (not in this blog: blogger has removed the poll widget, shame on them) to see which species sighting can be considered the rarest of the rare 2018!. As in previous editions, winner will be included in the website gif banner in due course. You can choose several choices, not only one, we suggest three is a good number. We are not looking for the best photo, those featured are examples, more in the website, but the best sighting.

Vote in the Rarebirdspain facebook group here.

If interested in the different sightings, follow the links to the original report of the species in the Rare Birds in Spain website. Every year, the selected species are impressive, and this edition is no exception. They reflect the interest of our area for birds and birdwatching as well as the work of all the observers, not only finding the species but also recording them carefully for the future. 

Happy rarest of the rare 2018 and a better 2019 birdwatching year! 

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Number of rarity records (columns) and number of taxa (line) featured per month @ rarebirdspain.net in 2018  [Número de rarezas  (columnas) y de taxones citados por mes (linea) en la web rarebirdspain.net en 2018]

Number of photos (dark blue), thumbnails (medium blue) and videos (green) featured in rarebirdspain.net in 2018 on a monthly basis [Número de fotos (azul oscuro), miniaturas (azul claro) y videos (verde) publicados en la web rarebirdspain.net durante 2018 expresados por mes]


Ya está aquí el concurso 'El más raro de los raros' otra vez! 

En su 9ª edición anual consecutiva, se presenta una selección de tal vez las citas más raras que se han obtenido en España durante 2018, escogidas por el webmaster de Rarebirdspain.net de acuerdo con la escasez o singularidad de las citas. 

Había más citas, y dejar en el tintero especies como Phylloscopus proregulus o Emberiza rustica ya habla del nivel y rareza de las que quedan, pero las que están incluidas más abajo bien pueden representar el conjunto de citas más raras recogidas.

Este año, Rare Birds in Spain, en su 18 a 19º año consecutivo online, hecho inaudito por estas latitudes en temas como el que nos ocupa, ha publicado novedades de 722 rarezas (585 en 2017). Rarebirdspain.net ha publicado 454 imágenes originales grandes en 2018 (de 720 pixels de ancho, 504 en 2017, 608 en 2016 y 501 en 2015), 11 videos (2 en 2017, 14 en 2016 y 8 en 2015) y 173 (344 en 2017, 362 en 2016, 368 en 2015) fotos pequeñas (thumbnails) amablemente enviadas por sus autores. 

Como cada año ha sido difícil escoger una selección de las aves más raras observadas entre estas 722 citas y 638 archivos multimedia recibidos, pero una vez más, el más raro de los raros está más abajo y queda a vuestro criterio decidir cual de estas especies será. 

Votad por favor la encuesta (no en el blog: blogger ha retirado incomprensiblemente el widget de encuestas) para ver cual será la especie más rara de 2018 en España. Como en ediciones previas, el ganador será incluido en el banner de la web en cuanto sea posible. Se pueden escoger diversas opciones, no solo una, y suponemos tres como número más adecuado. Si estáis interesados en las diferentes citas, seguid los enlaces a las citas originales en sus respectivos meses de 2018 o páginas especiales en la web Rare Birds in Spain. No se busca la mejor foto, sino la cita más interesante. Las fotos que acompañan los candidatos son ejemplos de las que se han publicado en la web.

Cada año la selección de especies es impresioante y este año no es ninguna excepción. Estas especies reflejan el interés de nuestra área para las aves y el birdwatching así como el trabajo de los observadores, o solo encontrando las especies, sino también obteniendo evidencias sobre su presencia para futura referencia. 

Feliz más raro de los raros 2018 y un mejor año ornitológico 2019! 


  1. C01. Gavia pacifica 
  2. C02. Sylvia deserticola 
  3. C03. Lanius pallidirostris 
  4. C04. Turdus obscurus 
  5. C05. Larus thayeri 
  6. C06. Oenanthe leucopyga 
  7. C07. Motacilla alba subpersonata 
  8. C08. Sula sula 
  9. C09. Fregetta tropica 
  10. C10. Stercorarius maccormickii 
  11. C11. Ammomanes cinctura 
  12. C12. Sylvia curruca blythi/halimodendri 
  13. C13. Bucephala albeola 
  14. C14. Lanius pallidirostris 
  15. C15. Motacilla flava tschutschensis 

  • C01 Gavia pacifica, Caspe, Zaragoza 

Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 12.1.2018

On 10.1 a bird was seen at Civan reservoir, Caspe, Zaragoza (Esther Yera). Identified from photos as pacifica later (Daniel López-Velasco, Ricardo Hevia) the bird was the 2nd for Spain, and it remained into February allowing to be twitched by many birdwatchers from outside Aragón. A must-see in an unexpected place! More photos in January 2018 page.

  • C02 Sylvia deserticola , Fuerteventura

Photo: © Craig Reed 26.1.2018

On 15.1.2018 Harry Hussey found a bird at Barranco de la Torre, Fuerteventura, what was thought to be the 2nd for Spain. This  bird was seen along the month and at least another one shared grounds with it. A major sighting that brought visitors from abroad until March, when last seen. More photos in January 2018 and February 2018 pages. 2nd-3rd for Spain at least.

  • C03 Lanius pallidirostris, Serra de Daró, Girona

 
Photo: © Joan Goy 1.3.2018

The 3rd Steppe Grey Shrike for Spain and 1st for Catalunya was found on 28.2 at Serra de Daró, Girona (Albert Burgas). On 1.3 its id was confirmed and was widely twitched during its staying. See more images in March 2018 page here and a gallery at rarebirds.cat here. It remained until mid April 2018.


  • C04 Turdus obscurus, Cádiz

Photo: © Álex Colorado 24.2.2018

On 22.2.2018 a 1w Eye-browed thrush, the 4th for Spain, was found at Parque Kotinoussa, Cádiz town (Carmela Quijano). Much to the surprise of Spanish community a mega was found in an urban park, not in any secluded eastern islet or site but in an urban park. Lots of birdwatchers twitched the bird during its stay in February 2018 and March 2018 and more images can be seen in those pages. 


  •  C05. Larus thayeri, San Cibrao, Lugo


Photo: © Jesús Menéndez 18.3.2018


One of the rarest gulls in this part of the world returned one year more. The now adult 'Ciprana', still the 1st and only for Spain, returned to San Cibrao, Lugo on 9.3 (Xan  Vizoso) where it was seen during March 2018 and April 2018, when last seen 20 nautic miles off Ribadeo, Lugo.

  • C06. Oenanthe leucopyga, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Photo: © Simon Rowlands 29.3.2018

On 29.3.2018 a 2cy was seen and photographed at Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands by a visiting birdwatcher (Simon Rowlands), the 2nd for Spain. Unfortunately it was never relocated but there are more photos in March 2018 page. 

  • C07. Motacilla alba subpersonata, Palmones, Cádiz

Photo: © Kevin Wade 26.3.2018

There was a bird on 11.3.2018 at Palmones, Cádiz (José Luís Peinado) and it was present until 26.3 at least. How many African forms go undetected in the Mediterranean coast of Spain? More photos in the March 2018 page here
 
  • C07. Sula sula, Punta de la Vaca, Asturias

Photo: © Manuel F Pajuelo 6.6.2018

The 5th for Spain, was a subadult found on 6.6.2018 from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Jorge Valella), demonstrating that patient seawatching can always bring the unexpected. Three previous records come from the Canaries and one from the Mediterranean. Seen the same day by more authors. More at June 2018 page.
 
  • C08. Fregetta tropica, Banco de la Concepción, N Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Photo: © Juan Sagardia 10.9.2018

The 5th and 6th for Spain but also the 6th and 7th for the WP (!) were seen on 7.9 and 10.9 at Banco de la Concepción, N of Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Lanzarote Pelagics and others). This is the so far key area for the species in the WP! More, including a video, in September 2018 page.


  • C10. Stercorarius maccormickii, Off Sálvora islands, A Coruña


Photo: © Marcel Gil 21.9.2018

A bird was found on 21.9 12 nautic miles off Sálvora islands, A Coruña (Marcel Gil). A worthy proven record demonstrating again that, there are interesting birds offshore and that skilled birders can find them. More photos in September 2018 page here.
 
  • C11. Ammomanes cinctura, Undisclosed islet, Eastern Canary Is. 




On 25.9.2018 a bird was incidentally photographed during a research on protected specis in a confidential area kept off-limits for conservation purposes. How many African (and American) birds reach regularly less frequented areas in the Canary islands?

  • C12. Sylvia curruca blythi/halimodendri, Cap de Creus, Girona

Photo: © Miguel Angel Fuentes 20.10.2018

A bird from eastern origin (blythi/halimodendri) was photographed on 20.10.2018 at Cala Jóncols, PN Cap de Creus, Girona (Gerard Dalmau, Miguel Angel Fuentes, Jordi Bermejo). Last seen on 26.10, there is a discussion of the sighting and its ID in this special page

  • C13. Bucephala albeola, Lagoa de Muro, A Coruña


Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

For some a duck suspicious of being a 'gallina' (local  name given by Spanish birders to escapes). For others a very nice true unringed and full flying capable American duck. This male was found at Lagoa de Muro, Porto do Son, A Coruña, on 1.11 (Ana Pérez, José Ramón Gómez) and stayed there some days. More photos in November 2018 page.
 
  • C14. Lanius pallidirostris, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona


Photo above: © Vicente Francisco Tamarit 22.11.2018

For the surprise of many of us another Steppe Grey Shrike appeared in Catalunya. A 1w, hence different bird from the earlier one, was found on 22.11.2018 at Tancada marshes, Delta de l'Ebre (Vicente Francisco Tamarit). it stayed there until the last days of the year and presumably into 2019. More photos in November 2018 and December 2018 pages.

  • C14. Motacilla flava tschutschensis, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona 


Photo above: © Ferran López 19.11.2018

The 1st record for Spain of this Eastern form of Yellow Wagtail was that of a bird at Cal Tet, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona on 19.11 (Ferran López). On 20.11 it was seen again for the last time. More information in November 2018 page.


lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2018

Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes in Tenerife in October 2015, 1st for the island

© Chris Wilding 4 October 2015

A previously unknown record of Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes in the Canary Islands has been made public in November 2018. The author, Chris Wilding, took two photos of an odd bird at El Médano, Tenerife on 4 October 2015. Both photos are enclosed. The observer sent the record to Rare Birds in Spain once he realised the bird was rare and once former BBRC member Colin Bradshaw reccomended to contact Rare Birds in Spain to publish the record.

Chris original words are included:


I am a birdwatcher who lives in England. Whilst reviewing some of my old holiday photos from Tenerife I came across the two pictures attached.

I had forgotten about the sighting of the bird and had not fully satisfied myself as to the species.

A contact, Colin Bradshaw, who is a very experienced birdwatcher, confirmed the bird as a rare visitor to the Island of Tenerife and that I should possibly contact the Rare birds of Spain in case the sighting was of interest to yourselves.

The pictures were taken at 8.26 on Sunday 4 October 2015 on rough ground adjacent to the Playa de la Jaquita, El Medano.
.../...
Regards

Chris Wilding

The observer included a sketch map of the place where the bird was seen and two photos.

© Chris Wilding 4 October 2015 
The photo shows a rather worn individual with apparently unmoulted outer two primaries. All known records of the species have been obtained in the eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, for example the bird in November 2016 featured in the website

The record is here included for reference and for the sake of completeness of the knowledge of the species occurrence in the Canaries and Spain.


domingo, 14 de enero de 2018

Calidris tenuirostris, rarest of the rare 2017

© Paco Chiclana 1.7.2017

Después de una votación que parecía había de ser más reñida pero que tuvo un líder indiscutible desde el principio, el nuevo ‘más raro de los raros’ 2017 es el correlimos de Bering Calidris tenuirostris, primero para España, visto primero en Doñana, Huelva el 30.6.2017 por Jorge García Cuevas y luego relocalizado en Montijo, Chipiona, Cádiz el 1-2.7 (Paco Chiclana). Con 75 votos y el 65% de los sufragios, ha adelantado y mucho al segundo clasificado, el zarapito de Hudson Numenius hudsonicus que se ha pasado el 2017 en Santoña, Cantabria (23 votos, 20%). En tercer lugar ha quedado una megarareza del tamaño del avetorillo plomizo Ixobrychus sturmii visto en Fuerteventura, Canarias, en diciembre de 2017 (19 votos, 16%).

Un año más, felicidades a todo el mundo y gracias por participar en este concurso único y original de rarebirdspain que sirve un poco para rememorar las efemèrides rarornitológicas más relevantes del año que nos ha dejado. Hasta final de año con el más raro de los raros 2018!

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After a contest that initially seemed to be more disputed that it has been in the end, we already have the 2017 rarest of the rare in Spain. Leading from the beginning, the Great Knot, 1st for Spain, seen 1st at Doñana, Huelva on 30.6.2017 (Jorge García Cuevas) then relocated on 1-2.7 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana) has obtained 75 votes (65% of total). 

Second place has been for the Hudsonian Whimbrel that took residence at Santoña, Cantabria, all 2017 year long (23 votes, 20%). Third place was for the mega-rarity found in Fuerteventura last December: the African Dwarf Bittern, collecting 19 votes and a 16% of total opinions.

Once more, congrats everybody and see you next end of the year with the original and unique rarebirdspain's Rarest of the Rare contest! 

© Manuel Bárcena 2.7.2017