Summary of bird sightings in Doñana during 2019

The year 2019 is gone and it’s time to take a look back to all we saw along the year during our tours to Doñana.

It was a very dry year in Doñana, but that wasn’t a problem to see a long list of species (226).

We can highlight this year, observations of Western Reef Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Richard’s Pipit and increasing observations of Pallid Harrier.

Here is the complete list with some comments for the rare or more interesting species:

  1. Greylag Goose
  2. Common Shelduck
  3. Garganey
  4. Northern Shoveler
  5. Gadwall
  6. Eurasian Wigeon
  7. Mallard
  8. Northern Pintail
  9. Green-winged Teal
  10. Marbled Duck: Annual maximum of 65 individuals on the 20th of September in Brazo del Este. Concentration due to drought.
  11. Red-crested Pochard
  12. Common Pochard
  13. Ferruginous Duck: Annual maximum of 5 individuals on the 4th of February in northern Doñana.
  14. Tufted Duck: Annual maximum of 20 individuals on the 20th of February in northern Doñana. Scarce wintering bird.
  15. Common Scoter
  16. White-headed Duck: Annual maximum of 40 individuals on the 28th of March in southern Doñana.
  17. Common Quail
  18. Red-legged Partridge
  19. Greater Flamingo
  20. Lesser Flamingo: 2 individuals on the 25th of November in Northern Doñana. Very rare visitor to Doñana.
    Lesser Flamingo, Doñana

    Lesser Flamingo, 25 November 2019, Northern Doñana

  21. Little Grebe
  22. Great Crested Grebe
  23. Black-necked Grebe
  24. Rock Dove
  25. Stock Dove: 1 individual on the 24th of October in northern Doñana. Scarce wintering bird.
  26. Common Wood Pigeon
  27. Laughting Dove: 2 individuals on the 28th of June in Los Palacios. Recently it seems that they have started to breed there.
    Laughting Dove, Doñana

    Laughting Dove, 28 June 2019, Los Palacios

  28. European Turtle Dove
  29. Eurasian Collared Dove
  30. Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
  31. Little Bustard: 7 individuals on the 24th of October in northern Doñana. Scarce wintering bird.
  32. Great Spotted Cuckoo
  33. Common Cuckoo
  34. Red-necked Nightjar
  35. Common Swift: 2 individuals on the 30th of December in northern Doñana. Winter record.
  36. Pallid Swift
  37. Little Swift
  38. Water Rail
  39. Spotted Crake
  40. Common Moorhen
  41. Eurasian Coot
  42. Red-knobbed Coot: Annual maximum of 5 individuals on the 28th of February in northern Doñana.
    red-knobbed coot donana national park

    Red-Knobbed Coot, 28 February 2019, Northern Doñana

  43. Western Swamphen
  44. Common Crane
  45. Eurasian Stone-curlew
  46. Black-winged Stilt
  47. Pied Avocet
  48. Eurasian Oystercatcher
  49. Grey Plover
  50. European Golden Plover
  51. Northern Lapwing
  52. Kentish Plover
  53. Common Ringed Plover
  54. Little Ringed Plover
  55. Whimbrel
  56. Eurasian Curlew
  57. Bar-tailed Godwit
  58. Black-tailed Godwit
  59. Ruddy Turnstone
  60. Red Knot
  61. Ruff
  62. Curlew Sandpiper
  63. Temminck’s Stint: 1 individual on the 29th of March in northern Doñana and 2 on the 4th of September in Brazo del Este. Scarce migrant.
  64. Sanderling
  65. Dunlin
  66. Little Stint
  67. Jack Snipe: 1 individual on the 20th of March in Brazo del Este. Scarce winter visitor.
  68. Common Snipe
  69. Common Sandpiper
  70. Green Sandpiper
  71. Spotted Redshank
  72. Common Greenshank
  73. Wood Sandpiper
  74. Common Redshank
  75. Collared Pratincole
  76. Slender-billed Gull
  77. Black-headed Gull
  78. Mediterranean Gull
  79. Audouin’s Gull
  80. Yellow-legged Gull
  81. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  82. Great Black-backed Gull: 1 individual on the 16th of February in Chipiona and 1 indiviual on the 1st of September in Matalascañas. Scarce winter visitor.
  83. Little Tern
  84. Gull-billed Tern
  85. Caspian Tern
  86. Black Tern
  87. Whiskered Tern
  88. Common Tern
  89. Sandwich/Cabot’s Tern
  90. Black Stork
  91. White Stork
  92. Northern Gannet
  93. Great Cormorant
  94. Eurasian Bittern: Records of 1 indivual in different areas of northern Doñana on the 12th of March, 15th of March, 17th of May, 21th of May and 30th of June. Very rare resident in Doñana.
    Great Bittern Donana National Park

    Great Bittern, 21 May 2019, Northern Doñana

  95. Little Bittern
  96. Grey Heron
  97. Purple Heron
  98. Great Egret
  99. Little Egret
  100. Western Reef Heron: 1 individual on the 2nd of May in northern Doñana. It is a vagrant in Spain and its usual range is Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia.
    Western Reef Heron, Doñana National Park

    Western Reef Heron, 02 May 2019, Northern Doñana

  101. Western Cattle Egret
  102. Squacco Heron
  103. Black-crowned Night Heron
  104. Glossy Ibis
  105. Eurasian Spoonbill
  106. Western Osprey
  107. Black-winged Kite
  108. Egyptian Vulture: 1 indiviual on the 5th of May in northern Doñana. Scarce in Doñana.
  109. European Honey Buzzard
  110. Cinereous Vulture: 1 indiviual on the 20th of February in northern Doñana. Scarce visitor to Doñana.
  111. Griffon Vulture
  112. Short-toed Snake Eagle
  113. Booted Eagle
  114. Spanish Imperial Eagle
  115. Bonelli’s Eagle: 1 juvenil on the 25th of October in Brazo del Este and another juvenil on the 28th of October in northern Doñana. Scarce visitor to Doñana.
  116. Western Marsh Harrier
  117. Hen Harrier
  118. Pallid Harrier: 1 male on the 29th of March in northern Doñana, 1 male on the 18th of September migrating over Brazo del Este and another male on the 28th of December in northern Doñana. This last male has been seen repeatedly over the next few weeks. It is a rare visitor to Spain but with increasing numbers. More information about our records during 2018 here.
    Pallid Harrier, Doñana National Park

    Pallid Harrier, 02 January 2020, Northern Doñana. Same indiviual seen on the 28 of December 2019.

  119. Montagu’s Harrier
  120. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  121. Red Kite
  122. Black Kite
  123. Common Buzzard
  124. Western Barn Owl
  125. Little Owl
  126. Tawny Owl
  127. Short-eared Owl
  128. Eurasian Hoopoe
  129. Common Kingfisher
  130. European Bee-eater
  131. Eurasian Wryneck
  132. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  133. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  134. Iberian Green Woodpecker
  135. Lesser Kestrel
  136. Common Kestrel
  137. Merlin
  138. Eurasian Hobby
  139. Peregrine/Barbary Falcon
  140. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  141. Iberian Grey Shrike
  142. Woodchat Shrike
  143. Iberian Magpie
  144. Eurasian Magpie
  145. Western Jackdaw
  146. Northern Raven
  147. European Crested Tit
  148. Eurasian Blue Tit
  149. Great Tit
  150. Eurasian Penduline Tit
  151. Greater Short-toed Lark
  152. Calandra Lark
  153. Lesser Short-toed Lark
  154. Woodlark
  155. Eurasian Skylark
  156. Crested Lark
  157. Zitting Cisticola
  158. Western Olivaceous Warbler
  159. Melodious Warbler
  160. Sedge Warbler
  161. Eurasian Reed Warbler
  162. Great Reed Warbler
  163. Savi’s Warbler
  164. Sand Martin
  165. Eurasian Crag Martin
  166. Barn Swallow
  167. Red-rumped/West African Swallow
  168. Common House Martin
  169. Western Bonelli’s Warbler
  170. Willow Warbler
  171. Common Chiffchaff
  172. Iberian Chiffchaff
  173. Cetti’s Warbler
  174. Long-tailed Tit
  175. Eurasian Blackcap
  176. Garden Warbler
  177. Western Orphean Warbler
  178. Subalpine Warbler
  179. Sardinian Warbler
  180. Common Whitethroat
  181. Spectacled Warbler
  182. Dartford Warbler
  183. Eurasian Nuthatch: 1 indivual on the 17th of October in western Doñana. Rare visitor to Doñana.
  184. Short-toed Treecreeper
  185. Eurasian Wren
  186. Common Starling
  187. Spotless Starling
  188. Song Thrush
  189. Common Blackbird
  190. Spotted/Mediterranean Flycatcher
  191. Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin: Annual maximum of 15 individuals on the 6th of July in southern Doñana.
  192. European Robin
  193. Common Nightingale
  194. Bluethroat
  195. European Pied Flycatcher
  196. Common Redstart
  197. Black Redstart
  198. Whinchat
  199. European Stonechat
  200. Northern Wheatear
  201. Black-eared Wheatear
  202. Black-headed Weaver
  203. Yellow-crowned Bishop
  204. Common Waxbill
  205. Red Avadavat
  206. House Sparrow
  207. Spanish Sparrow
  208. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  209. Grey Wagtail
  210. Western Yellow Wagtail
  211. White Wagtail
  212. Richard’s Pipit: 2 indiviuals on the 2nd of March in northern Doñana. Scarce visitor to Doñana.
  213. Tawny Pipit
  214. Meadow Pipit
  215. Tree Pipit
  216. Water Pipit
  217. Common Chaffinch
  218. Hawfinch
  219. European Greenfinch
  220. Common Linnet
  221. European Goldfinch
  222. European Serin
  223. Eurasian Siskin
  224. Corn Bunting
  225. Cirl Bunting
  226. Ortolan Bunting: 1 indivual on the 1st of May in northern Doñana. Scarce migrant in Doñana.
    Ortolan Bunting Doñana

    Ortolan Buntin, 01 May 2019, Northern Doñana. Photo Paul Gnodde.