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Spanish Sparrow

Passer hispaniolensis


My spotting # 20,000. Male Spanish Sparrow. I have seen very few Spanish Sparrows since coming to Spain 13 years ago, in fact just 2 and only one poor photograph. On this occasion, while in Portugal we stopped to photograph a small bird perched in the top of a tree. Looking at the picture I noticed straight away that it was not what we thought so I moved slowly closer, taking several more pictures. The bird just sat still watching. At that moment I thought that his would be a good subject for my Spotting #20,000.


Open country with scattered trees on the inland side of the Lagoa dos Salgados nature reserve.


Interestingly, this bird was spotted outside the normal breeding range for the species and outside the wintering range also, being close to the SW tip of Portugal.It has often been thought that some may remain in southern Spain during winter so finding one in SW Portugal might be quite rare, I will do some checking.

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Thank you all.

armadeus.4 4 years ago

Well done Malcolm! Big congratulations on 20,000 spotting! :)

arlanda 4 years ago

Congratulations Malcom! Incredible!

Congrats Malcolm on the milastone and thanks for sharing your awesome spotting page

Christiane 4 years ago

Congratulations Malcolm. What an incredible milestone! 20’000 spottings! And what a beautiful spotting.

AlbertKang 4 years ago

Congrats, Malcom!
That's an amazing feat.

Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Almost 4,000 comments aswell.

Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Huge Congrats! What an Accomplishment! 100,000 is Next, haha. Nice spotting btw.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Malcolm on reaching the incredible milestone of 20’000 spottings!


Alcantarilha e Pêra, Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jan 5, 2017
Submitted on Feb 12, 2017

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