Wednesday 26 September 2012


On 25 September 2012 a juv Buff-Breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) was spotted at Los Canchales reservoir (Badajoz) by Jesús Solana, Antonio Núñez Ossorio and Joaquín Vázquez. This is the fourth Extremadura record and the first in the province of Badajoz.

As for the other Buff-Breasted Sandpiper found at Portaje reservoir (Cáceres) on 13 September [link], the bird was seen again on 20 and 22 but then wasn't found on a visit on 25 September. On the 22nd it was seen and photographed by Antonio and Julio Ceballos (bottom photo). As it happens, curiously enough, the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper's generic name has just been changed in the British List drawn up by BOURC. Its new name is Calidris subruficollis, so it is now included in the same genus as the Ruff (Calidris pugnax). More grist to the mill of nomenclature controversies...

Other posts on Buff-Breasted Sandpiper in Extremadura.

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis). Portaje Reservoir, Cáceres. 22.09.2012. By Antonio Ceballos