Friday 5 April 2013


The winter 2012-2013 has been excellent for wintering Greylag Goose (Anser anser) in Extremadura. This situation results in the arrival of geese scarce species, as it has been. Perhaps we are in the season with the highest number of geese observed in Extremadura and rare specimens seen for several months. Greylag apart, 26 individuals of six species of geese in eight locations are involved. Although these records have been published in our monthly summaries, it seems appropriate to group them into a single text. [See previous review on rare geese in Extremadura]

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis). Two individuals from two localities. The cumulative total is seven records and 13 birds.

An individual, possibly fabalis subspecies in the embalse de Borbollón (CC) between December 10, 2012 and January 23, 2013. Minimum 45 days. Cited on 10/12, 11/12, 15/12, 22/12, 17/01 and 23/01. Observers:
Goyo Naharro, Fernando Salas, Antonio Torrijo, Sergio Mayordomo, Ricardo Montero, Hugo Sánchez, César Clemente (photo), Javier Prieta, Javier Mahíllo, Eva Palacios, José Guerra y Marc Gálvez.

An individual of first winter in Moheda Alta, Navalvillar Pela (BA), on January 4, and February 2, 2013. Minimum 30 days. Observers: César Clemente, Pepe Guisado, Pilar Goñi, Sergio Mayordomo, Guillermo Mayor, Jaime Tolosa, José Guerra, Julio Merayo, Marc Gálvez y María José Valencia.

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchos). Third in Extremadura, all of an individual. [See post and photographs]

An individual in embalse de Valdecañas (CC) between November 2, 2012 and January 20, 2013. Minimum 80 days. Cited on 02/11, 03/11, 11/11, 16/11, 02/12, 07/12, 23/12, 15/01 and 20/01. Observers:
Vicente Risco, Javier Briz, Sergio Mayordomo, Ricardo Montero, Eva Palacios, Javier Prieta (photo) y Martin Kelsey.


Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons). Fifteen in four locations. It is the most common rare goose Extremadura, with a cumulative total of 65 individuals.

At least ten individuals in two areas of embalse de Valdecañas (CC): Bohonal de Ibor Bohonal (an adult and a juvenile) and El Gordo-Peraleda de la Mata (eight birds, largest group known in Extremadura). The stay together extends between November 11, 2012 and February 3, 2012. Minimum 85 days. Quotes from three adults on 11/11, a juvenile on 19/11, an adult and a juvenile on 23/11, seven birds on 02/12, eight on 16/12, eight on 23/12, one on 29/12, nine on 15/01, three on 26/01, one on 27/01 and two on 03/02. Observers: Samuel Langlois, Dave Langlois, Javier Prieta (photo), César Clemente, Sergio Mayordomo, Juan Diego Acevedo, Fernando Salas, Antonio Torrijo, Vicente Risco, Javier Briz, José Portillo y Manuel García del Rey.

Two individuals in embalse de El Borbollón (CC) between December 10, 2012 and February 11, 2013. Minimum 64 days. Cited on 10/12, 11/12, 13/12, 15/12, 22/12 and 11/02. Observers: Goyo Naharro, Fernando Salas, Antonio Torrijo, Sergio Mayordomo, Ricardo Montero, Hugo Sánchez, César Clemente, Javier Prieta (photo), Javier Mahillo y Eva Palacios.

A bird at Moheda Alta, Navalvillar Pela (BA), on December 1, 2012 (Manuel García del Rey, Juan R. Suarez and David Cuenca) and January 8, 2013 in Vegas Altas (BA), which could be a distinct individual (Jose Guerra and Marc Gálvez).A goose on January 8, 2013 in Los Canchales (BA) (Francisco Montaño, Joaquín Vázquez and José Delgado).

Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus). A bird. Fifth in Extremadura, always an individual.One in Vega de Zarzalejos, Logrosan (CC), on November 11, 2012 (Sergio Mayordomo and Luis Salguero) and maybe the same in La Trebolosa, Madrigalejo (CC), on December 9, 2012 (Sergio Mayordomo).

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). Two indivudual in two locations. Cumulative six registers and nine birds.

An individual in Vega de Zarzalejos, Logrosan (CC), the November 4, 2012 (Luis Salguero and Jose Angel Sanchez).

An individual in lagunas de Torremejía (BA) between November 24, 2012 and January 27, 2012. Minimum 65 days. Cited on 24/11, 02/12, 06/12, 08/12, 09/12, 06/01 and 27/01. Observers:
Fergus Crystal, Antonia Cangas, Vanessa de Alba, Francisco Montaño, Antonio Núñez Ossorio, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Jesús Solana, Eva Palacios, Ángel Sánchez, John Muddeman, Sergio Mayordomo, Antonio Matador, José Gómez Aparicio, José Guerra, Fernando Yuste, Luis Salguero y Marc Gálvez.

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis). Five birds in four locations. Cumulative total of 24 records and 31 individuals.

One in Vega del Haza, Malpartida de Plasencia (CC), between November 19, 2012 and January 11, 2013. Minimum 54 days. Cited on 19/11, 22/11, 25/11, 03/12 and 11/01. Observers:
Javier Prieta, Antolín Redondo, Sergio Mayordomo y Chema Diu.

An individual in the embalse de Valdecañas (CC) between December 2, 2012 and January 15, 2013. Minimum 45 days. Cited on 02/12, 23/12, 25/12, 29/12 and 15/01. Observers: Vicente Risco, Javier Briz, Sergio Mayordomo, Ricardo Montero y Javier Prieta (photo).

A bird in the embalse del Salor (CC) between December 30, 2012 and February 9, 2013. Least 42 days. Cited on 30/12, 01/01 (Charca de La Generala), 15/01 and 09/02. Observers:
Carlos Fernández, Marcelino Cardalliaguet, F. Javier Caballero, César Clemente y Sergio Mayordomo.

Two birds on the Embalse de Portaje (CC) on January 17, 2013 (Sergio Mayordomo).