Report on rare birds in Spain in 2005
Published: Volume 54(2), December 2007. Pages 405-446.
Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, 2005
This is the 22nd annual report of the Spanish Rarities Committee (CR-SEO/BirdLife). Up to 401 new accepted records from 114 rare bird taxa are given (acceptance rate of 92 %). Five new taxa were added to the Spanish List, including the first Western Palearctic record for fork-tailed flycatcher Tyrannus savana (from 2002) and the first for Spain for solitary sandpiper Tringa solitaria, Blyth's pipit Anthus godlewskii and white-crowned black wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga. A record not accepted to species level of South Polar/brown skua Stercorarius maccormicki/antarctica was also first for Spain. Also recorded were the second records for eight species, such as for black-winged pratincole Glareola nordmanni, sharp-tailed sandpiper Calidris acuminata, upland sandpiper Bartramia longicauda, grey-headed gull Larus cirrocephalus, common nighthawk Chordeiles minor, shore lark Eremophila alpestris, common bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus, red-flanked bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus and baikal teal Anas formosa (from 1974). Second and third records were accepted for unidentified fregata Fregata sp., both from the Canary Islands. Further, little swift Apus affinis bred in the south of mainland Spain for the fifth consecutive year, and unprecedented autumn arrivals were recorded for white-rumped sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis, chimney swift Chaetura pelagica and laughing gull Larus atricilla, apparently associated to an unusual Atlantic hurricane season.