Report on rare birds in Spain
Published: Volume 62.2, December 2015. Pages 447-502.
Original Title: Observación de aves raras en España
Report on rare birds in Spain, 2012-2013
This report publishes 636 new records on the presence of 151 taxa of rare birds in the whole of Spain, with an acceptance rate of 86.64%. Details on 8 new taxa for Spain are included for the first time in any rarities report: macaronesian shearwater Puffinus baroli boydi, double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus, bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus, common buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus, red-necked stint Calidris ruficollis, Wilson’s snipe Gallinago delicata, short-billed dowitcher Limnodromus griseus and Asian desert warbler Sylvia nana. Moreover it has been accepted the first records for two taxa for the Spanish peninsula: Fea’s petrel Pterodroma feae and south polar skua Stercorarius maccormicki, and the first records for a total of 6 new taxa for Spain or the Peninsula which are considered to be maintained in D category: tropical mockingbird (mimus gilvus; first record for Spain), common bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus, African blue tit Cyanistes teneriffae, brown-necked raven Corvus ruficollis, pied crow (Corvus albus; first record for Spain) and Italian sparrow (Passer italiae; first record for Spain). Also, the second records for Spain for black-bellied storm petrel Fregetta tropica and Hume’s Warbler Phylloscopus humei. We also include the first records for Canary Islands of water rail Rallus aquaticus, semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus; 4th record for Spain), little auk Alle alle, great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus and little bunting Emberiza pusilla. Finally is also commented the big influxes of yellow-browed warblers Phylloscopus inornatus and new records of sandhill crane Grus canadensis.