Report on rare birds in Spain 2008
Published: Volume 57(2), December 2010. Pages 481-516.
Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, 2008
Report on rare birds in Spain 2008. This is the 25th annual report of the Spanish rarities committee (Comité de Rarezas de SEO/BirdLife). Up to 294 new accepted records from 89 rare bird taxa are given (acceptance rate of 84%). Additions to the Spanish List were the first observation assigned to the species pair Zino’s/Fea’s petrel Pterodroma madeira/feae, the first steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis, Arctic warbler Phylloscopus borealis and Kumlieni’s gull Larus glaucoides of the nearctic race kumlieni. It has also been a first record for Spain the observation of an Egyptian plover Pluvianus aegyptius of a dubious origin, on the southeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, the report provides an update on the extended presence of tricolored heron Egretta tricolor on Tenerife Island, a new species in Spain already accepted the previous year. This report includes the second record of magnificent frigatebird Fregata magnificens and the third records of bar-tailed lark Ammomanes cinctura, moussier’s redstart Phoenicurus moussieri and a feasible hybrid of green-winged teal Anas carolinensis with Eurasian teal A. crecca. The observations of semipalmated sandpiper Calidris pusilla, Baird’s sandpiper Calidris bairdii and citrine wagtail Motacilla citreola were also third records for the Canary Islands. Successful breeding was documented for both red-billed tropicbird Phaethon aethereus and little swift Apus affinis, in the Canary Islands for the second time and in southern Spain for the eighth consecutive year, respectively. The report contains also unprecedented numbers of yellow-browed warbler Phylloscopus inornatus and pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos.