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topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
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topoSpecies index (n= 8 + 17 = 26) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Cygnus cygnus Anas rubripes Bucephala albeola
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas discors Mergus merganser
Anas carolinensis Aythya collaris  


Podilymbus podiceps Vanellus gregarius Larus glaucoides
Egretta gularis x garzetta Actitis macularius Larus hyperboreus
Phoenicopterus minor Phalaropus lobatus Apus affinis
Buteo rufinus Larus fuscus fuscus Ceryle alcyon
Aquila clanga Larus smithsonianus Acrocephalus agricola
Falco rusticolus Larus cachinnans  


Larus melanocephalus Larus canus  
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-2)

(1-2) Cantabria The two 2nd winters at Santoña, Cantabria from last month were still there on 4.2.2010
(Alejandro García Herrera) and 6.2 (Yves Borremans) to 16.2 (Alejandro García-Herrera).

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (1)

(1) Ávila. The bird found at Laguna del Oso, El Oso, Ávila on 24-25.12.2009
was relocated there on 3.2 (Juan Ramón Cuervo, Jose María García Jimenez, Jose Rodríguez Matías).Still there on 14.2 (Juan Ramón Cuervo)

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2,3)
(1) Girona A drake was found at La Massona lagoon, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 7.2 (Jordi Martí Aledo; Ramon Faura). See a photo below (R.Faura). Still at La Massona, in front of Bruel hide, on 23.2 (Jordi Martí Aledo). The drake was relocated at Closa del Puig, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 27.2 (Teresa Montràs & Jordi Martí-Aledo).


Photo above:© Ramón Faura. 7.2.2010

(2) A Coruña The drake seen at ensenada de Feás, Ortigueira, A Coruña on 31.1 remained there on 5.2 (Antonio Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here.

(3) Lugo.There was a drake at Cospeito laggon, Lugo on 9.2 (David Calleja). See a thumbnail here (David Calleja).

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1)
(1) Lugo.The Pepiño American Black duck was at Ría de Foz on 20.2 (David Calleja, Toño Salazar)

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)

(1) Lugo. The drake found at Lago, Xove, Lugo on 25.12 was still there
on 20.2 (David Calleja, Toño Salazar). See a photo below (T.Salazar)


Photo above:© Toño Salazar. 20.2.2010

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1,2)
(1) Lleida-Huesca The
drake found at an irrigating pond at Alcarràs, Lleida then seen at Mas Blanc pond, Huesca, was seen again at the latter place on 9.2 (Sergi Sales) and 10.2 (S.Sales, Ricard Gutiérrez).

(2) León A female was found at Azud de Sahechores, Rueda, León, on 20.2 (Héctor Astiárraga, Soraya de Elera Andrés). Description already sent to CR/SEO BirdLife.

Bufflehead Bucephala albeola (1) 3RD FOR SPAIN
(1) Cantabria. The bird seen in January was still on 28.2.2010 at Marisma Blanca, Santander, Cantabria (F.Javier Portillo). See a thumbnail here.

Goosander Mergus merganser (1,2)
(1) A Coruña. There was a bird at ria d'O Burgo, A Coruña on 3.2 (Xabier Varela)

(2) Asturies/Lugo There was a female between Abres, Vegadeo, and Xesteira, San Tirso de Abres, at Eo river, Asturias on 10-11.2 (Pablo Fernández). See a photo below and two thumbnails here. On 20.2 it was seen again (David Calleja, Toño Salazar).


Photo above:© Pablo Fernández. 11.2.2010


Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
Lugo. The resident bird at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo was still there on 9.2 (David Calleja). On 23.2 it was already in summer plumage at the same place (Toño Salazar). A thumbnail here.

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) València. A bird was seen at marjal de El Tremolar, Valencia, within Parc Natural de l'Albufera, on 1.2 (Bosco Dies). See a photo below (Bosco Díes).


Photo above:© Bosco Dies. 1.2.2010

(3) Cádiz. The bird at Salinas de Cádiz was seen again on 14.2. See a photo below and more photos at Rafael García Costales blog here.


Photo above:© Rafael García Costales. 14.2.2010

(3) Tarragona. The presumed hybrid that frequents the Tancada saltpans, at Ebre delta, where it is seen intermitently, was spotted the afternoon of 25.2 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo below


Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez. 25.2.2010

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2,3,4)
Cuenca/ Ciudad Real There was a bird at Laguna de Manjavacas, Cuenca, on 6.2 (Rodolfo Velasco). Very probably the same bird was at Laguna de la Veguilla, Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real on 20.2 (Xurxo Piñeiro, Gabriel Martín, Mª José Valencia; Rodolfo Velasco et al.).

(2) Cádiz There was a bird at Salinas de Santa Teresa, Espacio Natural Doñana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 11.2. This bird might be one of those seen last month at Veta La Palma (José Luis Arroyo). See three thumbnails here.

(3) Tarragona. A single bird, not present during January winter count, was seen within the large amount of overwintering Greater Flamingos at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre from 15-19.2 (Carles Domingo)

(4) Sevilla There was a bird at complejo endorreico de la Lantejuela, Sevilla on 28.2 (Manolo Villaécija)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Cádiz The bird overwintering at Los Barrios, Cádiz, was seen and photographed on 7.2 (Javier Elorriaga).See two thumbnails here.

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2)
(1) Alicante The Estonian eagle Tõnn was seen again at El Hondo on 3.2.2010, see a photo below, near an escaped African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), thumbnail here, sharing the same trees (Graham Critchell).Seen again on 6.2 (Gabriel de Jesús, Alba Casals, Anna Mayol, Gerard Dalmau).On 10.2 (Graham Critchell) and 13.2 it was seen again (Graham Critchell, Richard Howard).Seen again on 13.2 (Graham Critchell) and 18.2 (Vicente Esteller, Loida Simón Antón).newIt was seen again in company of the 2nd intermitently-seen eagle on 27.2 (Graham Critchell; Pablo Fernández).


Photo above:© Graham Critchell. 3.2.2010


Photo above:© Pablo Fernández. 27.2.2010

(2) Alicante A 2nd Great Spotted Eagle, probably the same seen intemitently during the last months, was seen at El Hondo lagoon on 27.2 (Graham Critchell).

Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus (1)
(1) Asturies A 1w was photographed at the coast of Asturies, N Spain during february 2010. Details of the observation have been supressed by the original authors to avoid the bird being twitched. Only after its departure, some photos of the bird have been released at Juan Sagardia's blog here. See a photo below kindly provided by the author.


Photo above:© Juan Sagardia. February 2010


Photo above:© Pablo Fernández. 1.2.2010

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1,2)
(1) Sevilla On 5.2 one individual was seen at Olivillos, Puebla del Río, Sevilla in the same place where another or the same was found last november 2009 (Alfonso Barragán; Paco Chiclana)

(2) Girona On 20.2, a bird was found at Tres ponts area, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Toni Alonso). Seen later by more observers (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martí-Aledo, Marta Sancho, Mª José Larios, Gerard Dalmau, Albert Roca).See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Àlex Ollé).The bird was seen again on 26.2 at Reserva Natural Integral Els Estanys of PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (Jordi Martí-Aledo).


Photo above:© Àlex Ollé. 20.2.2010

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) A Coruña A bird was found at Santa Cruz-Oleiros, A Coruña on 26.2 (Sergio Paris). See his photos at his blog here (opens in another window).

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1)
(1) Almeria The bird found at Cabo de Gata saltpans the weekend 16-17.1 was still there on 6.2 (Raimundo Martín) and on 27.2 (Pablo Fernández) and 28.2 (Juan Pérez-Contreras). See a videocapture below


Photo above:© Juan Pérez Contreras. 28.2.2010

Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1,2)
(1) Málaga On 7.2 the adult bird ringed C1KV at Finland, was seen one month more at Málaga harbour (Salvador García; Miguel Domínguez Santaella). See two photos below (M.Domínguez).The bird was seen again on 27.2, when photographed too (Salvador García). See a photo below.



Photos above:© Miguel Domínguez. 7.2.2010


Photo above:© Salvador García. 27.2.2010

(2) Ciudad Real A 2w bird also ringed in Finland was seen on 20.2 at Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real (Gabriel Martín, Xurxo Piñeiro y Mª José Valencia). See a photo below (G.Martín).


Photo above:© Gabriel Martín. 20.2.2010

American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1) FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1) Madrid There was a 2w at Colmenar Viejo dump, Madrid on 7.2 (Delfín González). See a photo below and a special photopage here (D.González). The bird was relocated at Pinto dump, Madrid on 26.2 (Javier Marchamalo). Finding this gull is almost mission impossible given the number of gulls around Madrid these days. See three more photos below (J.Marchamalo).


Photo above:© Delfín González. 7.2.2010




Photos above:© Javier Marchamalo. 26.2.2010

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1,2,3,4,5,6-7,8,9)
(1) València There was a 3rd winter at El Malvinar ricefields, Sueca, P.N. de l'Albufera on 6.2 (Dániel Hegedüs, Goyo Chaguaceda y Bosco Dies). See a photo below (Bosco Díes) and more information on the sighting at Birding Albufera website here.


Photo above:© Bosco Dies. 6.2.2010

(2) Madrid There was a 1w at Colmenar Viejo dump, Madrid on 7.2 (Delfín González). See a photo below and three thumbnails here and a video below (D.González). The bird was seen again on 14.2 (Miguel Juan Martínez, Delfín González).


Photo above:© Delfín González. 7.2.2010

Gaviota Cáspica (Larus cachinnans) from Delfin González on Vimeo

(3) Asturies There was a 1w at San Andrés reservoir, Asturies on 6.2 (Daniel López Velasco). See a photo below.


Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco. 6.2.2010

(4) Girona There was a 1w of this species at Solius dump, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Girona on 13.2 (Carlos Álvarez, see a photo below). On 14.2 other probable individuals yet under study, were recorded (C. Álvarez).


Photo above:© Carlos Álvarez Cros. 12.2.2010

(5) Madrid There was a 1w at Colmenar Viejo dump, Madrid on 21.2 (Delfín González). It was the same individual recorded previously in the area on 5.1.2010. See a photo below. This individual was spotted again on 28.2 (Delfin González)


Photo above:© Delfín González. 21.2.2010

(6-7) Girona There were 2 1w at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà beach on 15.2 (Àlex Ollé, Jorge García). One of the birds was already there on 23.1 23.I (Àlex Ollé, Marc Bertran, Enric Capalleras i Joaquim Martínez).See a thumbnail here.

(8) A Coruña On 15.2 one 2w (3rd calendar year) was at Lago de A Frouxeira, Valdoviño, A Coruña (Antonio Gutiérrez). See photos here, here and here.

(9) A Coruña. On 22.2 a 2nd winter was found at at Cariño harbour, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). See a photo below. See again on 24.2 (Ricardo Hevia, Pablo Gutiérrez, Antonio Gutiérrez). See more photos in Antonio's blog here (opens in another window).


Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia. 22.2.2010

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1)
(1) Pontevedra The same individual reported during august and coming from June 2009 and probably 24.1.2009 at the ría de Vigo and seen again on 15.2 at playa de A Calzoa, Vigo (Xulio Valeiras)

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1,2,3)
(1) Gipuzkoa There was a 1w at Hondarribia harbour, Gipuzkoa on 20.2 (Ricardo Rodríguez, Miguel grande y Javier Sola). See three photos below and more at Ricardo Rodríguez blog here.




Photos above:© Ricardo Rodríguez. 20.2.2010

(2) Bizkaia There was a 1w at Santurtzi harbour on 28.2 (Gorka Ocio)

(3) Asturies There was a 1w of this species at Penarronda beach, Asturies, on 22.2 (Pablo Fernández). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo above:© Pablo Fernández. 22.2.2010

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-2)
Sevilla There were two at Sierra Morena de Sevilla, on 7.2 (Rafael Romero).

Murcia.The bird at Murcia relocated on January was seen again on 1.2 and 4.2 (Antonio Jesús Hernández Navarro) and 5.2 (Graham Critchell). See photos below and thumbnails here. The bird was seen on 1-4.2 in a third pond (labelled 3 below) different from sites (1) reported earlier in this page and also from site (2) where it was seen by Richard Bonser and Lee Gregory last month. Seen also during the weekend 6.2 (Gerard Dalmau,Gabriel de Jesús, Alba Casals, Anna Mayol).On 7.2 (Cristina Prieto, Adrián Plaza, Jordi Sala) at pond 3 and on 13.2 between ponds 2 and 3 (see map below, Antonio Jesus Hernandez, María José Valencia y Xurxo Piñeiro) the bird was seen again. On 18.2 it was at pond '1' (see map below) (Vicente Esteller, Loida Simón Antón). See more photos from this bird on february at Juan Sagardia's blog here. On 27.2 it was seen again at pond '2' (Pablo Fernández). See a photo below and thumbnail here. On 28.2 it was seen again (Jus Pérez Martín, Pablo Fernández).



Photos above:© Antonio Jesús Hernández. 4.2.2010


Photos above:© Pablo Fernández. 27.2.2010

Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola (1)
Tarragona One bird that had been trapped and ringed on 20.12.2009 was recaptured on 6.2.2010 at Riet Vell reserve, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Feliu, Ana Lopez, Ignasi Ripoll, Roger Sanmarti, Ana Dalmau, Albert Lozano, Oriol Muntane, Anne-Marie Andersen, Max B. Pedersen, Annelise Jensen, Cristian Jensen, et. al). There is a picture of the original ringing below (Ignasi Ripoll) and a thumbnail of the recapture here (Cristian Jensen).


Photo above:© Ignasi Ripoll. 20.12.2009


* Those species which are rarities only within the islands and are dealt with by CR/SEO are included here. Such records should be submitted to Juan Antonio Lorenzo at canarias @

** Canarian records of species which are rarities nationwide are included in the main text in violet type.

*** Ringed birds in Spain have to be submitted and accepted by CR/SEO-BirdLife, according to Environment Ministery of Spain and the authonomous communities agreements, to be accepted as valid ringings in the national database. Otherwise, non submitted or rejected records will be deleted and ringings will not be included in national or international databases. Ringers not submitting rare bird ringings will be listed. Submitting ringing records is hence specially encouraged as a contribution to global bird knowledge..

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Suggested citations / Citaciones recomendadas /Citació recomanada:

  • Whole document/ Documento entero/ Document sencer: Gutiérrez,R. (ed) (year, latest update), Recent Reports: [month year]. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from 
    • e.g. Gutiérrez, R. (ed) (2002, April 3). Recent Reports: April 2002. Rare Birds in Spain.Retrieved from 
  • Single records/ Citas sueltas/ Cites aïllades: Author (year). [Species] in Gutiérrez,R. (ed) (year, latest update), Recent Reports: [month year]. Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from 
    • e.g. Rebassa, M. (2002) Great White Egret Egretta alba in Gutiérrez, R. (ed) (2002, April 3). Recent Reports: April 2002.Rare Birds in Spain. Retrieved from

All birds featured in this page are rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO

See the information page for how to submit records to CR/SEO by e-mail

From March 2005 this webpage only includes records of birds needing homologation by CR/SEO. For other local rarities contact local bird reports or records committees. See here those rarities only for the Canary Islands also dealt by CR/SEO. Changes in application to the rarity list from January 2006. New rarities include Sylvia curruca, Crex crex, Sterna bengalensis and others. Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and are not be included from 2006.

Recent reports includes the latest sightings from the whole of Spain which are both personal observations, communications or have been released in E-Mail lists. Please contact the authors before using any photo for anything else than personal reference. Any submitted news to this page will be forwarded to the Spanish RC for their knowledge if enough substantiated but inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind which needs a form to be sent. Gibraltar news are included thanks to Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society but this has no more implication than the sake of completeness given this area situation. Names of localities are featured as given by the authors of the records, that should be cited as those. Today news are marked with anew icon. We would welcome to receive a spare copy of those journals using these news for commercial purposes. Contact RG at address at the front page. From April 2005 only news of rarities needing homologation by the Spanish Rarities Committee are included. Reproduction of the contents of this page in commercial websites (e.g. *.com) or for commercial purposes is forbidden if not agreed in advance.. Go back to top
Citas recientes incluye las últimas novedades del conjunto del país que tanto son observaciones personales, comunicaciones al autor o noticias difundidas en listas de correo. Por favor contacten los autores para cualquier uso de las fotografias fuera del estrictamente personal.Cualquier cita que se envie a esta página sera reenviada al CR/SEO para su conocimiento, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores y del envío de la ficha correspondiente. Los nombres de las localidades se incluyen como son enviadas por los colaboradores, que deben ser citados como autores de las citas. Las noticias más recientes se marcan connew Desde Abril de 2005 se incluyen únicamente citas de  rarezas que necesitan homologación por el Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife. La reproducción total o parcial de los contenidos de esta página está prohibida en sitios web comerciales (p.ej. *.com) si no se autoriza de antemano. Ir al inicio de la página
Cites recents inclou les darreres novetats del conjunt de l'estat que són observacions pròpies, comunicacions o noticies difoses a llistes de correu. Si us plau contacteu amb els autors de les fotos per a a qualsevol ús fora de l'estrictament personal. Qualsevol cita que sigui enviada a aquesta plana serà rebotada també al CR/SEO si bé la seva publicació aquí no implica la seva aceptació o homologació de cap mena i és responsabilitat dels seus autors que haurien d'enviar la fitxa corresponent emplenada. Els noms de les localitats són posats tal i com són enviats pels autors, que han de ser referenciats com a autors de les cites. Les notícies més recents són les marcades ambnew.Desd'Abril de 2005 únicament s'inclouen cites de rareses que necessiten homologació pel Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife.La reproducció total o parcial dels continguts d'aquesta plana és prohidia per a qualsevol lloc web de caire comercial (e.g. *.com) sinó s'ha autoritzat de forma prèvia. Tornar a l'inici de la plana.

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This is not the Estonian eagle Tonn. But it shared the same trees! An African Grey Parrot shared ground at El Hondo with the famous Greater Spotted Eagle on 3.2. What a contrast... (Graham Critchell)
The Green-winged Teal at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña (Antonio Gutiérrez)
The overwintering Long-legged Buzzard at Los Barrios, Cádiz as on 7.2 (Javier Elorriaga).
The Belted Kingfisher remains at Murcia, somewhat moving between the different ponds in the area. Above as on 4.2 (A.Jesús Hernández) and below 5.2 (Graham Critchell).
The Caspian Gull at Colmenar Viejo, Madrid (Delfín González)
The Goosander at Eo river as on 11.2 (above) and 10.2 (below), (Pablo Fernández)
The Paddyfield warbler ringed and retrapped at Ebro Delta as on 6.2 (Cristian Jensen).
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The Sociable Plover at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. New opportunities of finding a bird again since they seem to be in the move to the N & E again (Àlex Ollé)
The Lesser Flamingo at Salinas de Santa Teresa, Cádiz (José Luis Arroyo)
One of the Caspian Gulls at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà beach (Àlex Ollé)
There was a 'new' Green-Winged Teal drake at Cospeito lagoon, Lugo, on 9.2 (David Calleja).
The hybrid at Cadiz bay on 14.2 (Rafael García Costales)
The Belted Kingfisher was at Albujón on 18.1 (Vicente Esteller)
The Riocaldo Pied-billed Grebe, now on breeding plumage (Toño Salazar)
The Penarronda Glaucous gull at Asturies (Pablo Fernández).
The Bufflehead was still at Cantabria on 28.3 (F.Javeir Portillo)
The Belted Kingfisher at Murcia was there all month long (Pablo Fernández, 27.2)

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