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topoNumber of rarities this month topoCitations / Citaciones / Com citar
topoRarity distribution this month topoRarity forecast 
topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
topoMonth Overview topoResumen del mes
topoBird news topoResum del mes
topoSpecies index (n= 6 + 15 = 21) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Dendrocygna bicolor Anas discors Bucephala albeola
Cygnus cygnus Aythya collaris Mergus merganser


Podilymbus podiceps Phalaropus lobatus Larus cachinnans
Egretta gularis x garzetta Larus philadelphia Apus affinis
Phoenicopterus minor Larus thayeri Ceryle alcyon
Aquila clanga Larus glaucoides Motacilla flava feldegg 'superciliaris'
Vanellus gregarius Larus hyperboreus newPhylloscopus inornatus


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (1)
(1) Asturies One was found at Nora reservoir, San Pedro de Nora on 26.3 (Manuel Fernandez Pajuelo). See a photo in this link. The same bird was seen while swimming and diving at the same area on 30.3 when absence of any rings was checked (Manuel Fernandez Pajuelo y Clemente Alvarez Usategui)

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-2)

(1-2) A Coruña There were two birds at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña, on 7.3 (David Díaz Seoane). See a photo below.


Photo above:© David Díaz Seoane. 7.3.2010

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1,2)

(1) Lugo. The drake found at Lago, Xove, Lugo on 25.12 was still there
on 11.3 (Bob Swann) and on 20.3 (David Calleja, Ricardo Rodríguez). See a photo below (R.Rodríguez). Seen again on 29.3 (Gabriel Martín). See a photo below.


Photo above:© Ricardo Rodríguez. 20.3.2010


Photo above:© Gabriel Martín. 29.3.2010

(2)topo Fuerteventura One female was found on 22.3 at Fuerteventura Golf Course, Caleta de Fuste. It was seen together with a drake Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris). See a photo here (Neal Warnock)

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1,2,3)
(1) Lugo A female, already reported on january, was present at Lugo city on 7.3 (Toño Salazar). See a photo below. The bird was still there on 20.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez, David Calleja)


Photo above:© Toño Salazar. 7.3.2010

(2) Sevilla There was a drake at Lucio de la Dehesa de Abajo, Puebla del Río, Sevilla, on 21.3 (William Velmala, Markus Ahola). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Markus Ahola)


Photo above:© Markus Ahola. 21.3.2010

(3)topo Fuerteventura One drake was found on 22.3 at Fuerteventura Golf Course, Caleta de Fuste. It was seen together with a female Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors). See a photo below (Neal Warnock)


Two for the price of one. Photo above:© Neal Warnock. 22.3.2010

Bufflehead Bucephala albeola (1) 3RD FOR SPAIN
(1) Cantabria. The bird seen in January was still at Astillero marshes, Cantabria, on 6.3 (Jesús Ucha) and on 21.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez)

Goosander Mergus merganser (1,2,3)
(1) A Coruña. There was a female at Baldaio, A Coruña, on 1.3 (Xabier Varela). See a photo below


Photo above:© Xabier Varela. 1.3.2010

(2) Lugo. There was one at Ria de Foz, Lugo on 20.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez, David Calleja). See a thumbnail here (R.Rodríguez). On 26.3 it was seen again (José Miguel Alonso Pumar)

(3) Lugo-Asturies. One bird coming from last month was at Ria de Eo, Lugo-Asturies on 20.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez, David Calleja). See a photo below (R.Rodríguez)


Photo above:© Ricardo Rodríguez. 20.3.2010


Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
Lugo. The resident bird at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo was still there on 19.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez)

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) València. A bird was at Tancat de la Ratlla, Albufera de València, València on 2.3 (Vicente Esteller)
(2) Tarragona. The presumed hybrid that frequents the Tancada saltpans, at Ebre delta, where it is seen intermitently, was seen at Barra del Trabucador on 7.3 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés). See a thumbnail here.
(3) Cádiz. The bird at Salinas de Cádiz was seen again on 8.3 at Salina San José del Palmar - Puerto Real, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below and thumbnail here. Note the colour of the fingers: yellow but with dark marks.


Photo above:© Rafael García Costales. 8.3.2010

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2,3-4,5-8)
Ciudad Real There was a bird at Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real on 1.3 (Malcolm Palmer, Barry Chambers).
(2) Sevilla There was a bird at complejo endorreico de la Lantejuela, Sevilla on 6.3 (Paco Chiclana). Possibly this bird joined birds (3-49 at Laguna de Consuegra of the same area on 8.3 (Alfonso Barragán).
(3-4) Sevilla There were three at Laguna de Consuegra, complejo endorreico de la Lantejuela, Sevilla on 8.3 (Alfonso Barragán) to 11.3 (Paco Chiclana).
(5-8) Sevilla There were four at Veta la Palma, PN Doñana, Sevilla on 17.3 (José Luis Arroyo). These four had been there on 14.1 and were some tens of km far from the birds of La Lantejuela (birds 2-4) but it's not clear wether they can be the same moving individuals or another four resting in this restricted access area (editorial comment)

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2)
(1) Alicante The Estonian eagle Tõnn was seen again at El Hondo on 3.3 (Graham Critchell, see thumbnail here) and 6.3 (Graham Critchell, Kevin Lane).See a photo below. On 17.3 it was seen again (Arkadiusz Broniarek; Graham Critchell). See a photo here (A.Broniarek).Seen again on 27.3 (Ashley Powell) and 31.3 (Graham Critchell et al)


Photo above:© Kevin Lane. 6.3.2010

(2) Alicante The 2nd unmarked Great Spotted Eagle, probably the same seen intemitently during the last months, was seen again at El Hondo lagoon on 7.3 (Javier Gómez Aoiz, Antón David Pérez). It was seen again on 18.3 (Graham Critchell). Seen again on 27.3 (Ashley Powell)

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1,2)
(1) Toledo On 16.3 a bird was found near Herreruela de Oropesa, Toledo (communication to John Muddeman).

(2) Valladolid. On 21.3 a bird was found at Valladolid province (Borja Matute, Román Escudera y Juan Ortega). It was seen again on 22.3 (Juan Sagardia, Antonio Ceballos, Daniel lópez Velasco y Pablo Fernández).See photos in Juan Sagardia's blog here.

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 1.3 (Juan Pérez Contreras). It remained there on 15.3 (Raimundo Martín)

Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia (1)
(1) Cádiz On 6.3 an adult was found at Montijo-Jara beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales).See two photos below and a thumbnail here. There is a youtube video here.



Photos above:© Rafael García Costales. 6.3.2010

c.f. Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri (1) POTENTIAL 1ST FOR SPAIN
(1) Lugo On 20.3 a gull was seen at Lago, Xove, Lugo (Ricardo Rodríguez, David Calleja). It was showing odd characters and was unidentified at first. See photos below (R.Rodríguez). The bird was seen again on 24.3 at San Ciprián, Cervo, Lugo (Ricardo Hevia). Seen again on 27.3 at Lago (Ricardo Hevia, David Calleja, David Martínez Lago, Gabriel Martín, Jesús Risueño). Seen again on 29.3 (Ricardo Hevia, David Calleja, David Martínez y Gabi Martín)

According to several gull specialists most probable option is Thayer's Gull, Kumlien's being discarded. An alternative would be an aberrant gull of some kind related to argentatus group. Authors are investigating on the id of the species with the help of gull specialits around. On the subject, Bruce Mactavish has commented: 'This is indeed an odd gull. Not a Kumlien's. Outer primaries and tail band too dark. What about the very pale eye especially in a sub adult plumage and all those heavy splotchy marks on the breast and neck? I've never seen legs and feet that purple on a Kumlien's. The small rounded head and bill size look in the Kumlien's/Thayer's group. And the legs couldn't be anything else. The eye is extraordinarily pale for a Thayer's. I am guessing it must be a Thayer's if not some aberrant Herring Gull'. Inputs are welcome to the webpage email gutarb at hotmail dot com. More photos at Ricardo Rodríguez blog here.




Photos above:© Ricardo Rodríguez. 20.3.2010





Photos above:© Gabriel Martín. 29.3.2010

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1)
(1) Pontevedra The same individual reported from June 2009 at the ría de Vigo and seen again in 2010 was seen again on 13-14.3 at playa de A Calzoa, Vigo (Jesus Menendez y Olga Mijón). See photos at their blog here. Seen again on 26.3 at Samil beach, Pontevedra (Andrés Bermejo, Ricard Gutiérrez, Iván Ramos), with very abraded primaries and outer secondaries. See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Ricard Gutiérrez)


Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez. 26.3.2010

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1,2)
(1) A Coruña There was a 2nd winter at Cariño beach, A Coruña, on 21.3 (Ricardo Hevia).See a photo below and a thumbnail here(R.Hevia). It was still there on 25.3 (Ricardo Hevia). Seen again on 27.3 (Gabriel Martín, Ricardo Hevia y Jesús Risueño). See a photo below (Gabriel Martín)


Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia. 21.3.2010


Photo above:© Gabriel Martín. 27.3.2010

(2) A Coruña There was a 2nd calendar year bird at A Coruña harbour on 23.3 (Xabier Varela, Yeray Varela, Carmen Mouzo, Antonio Sandoval, Pedro Sandoval). See a thumbnail here.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1,2-4,5-6,7)
(1) A Coruña. A 1w was found at A Coruña harbour on 1.3 (Antonio Sandoval). See a thumbnail here and read more at Antonio's blog here.
(2-4) Girona There was a pure 1w of this species at Solius dump, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Girona on 6.3. Furthermore, two more presumed 'hybrids' of this species at the same place on 6.3 (one) and 7.3 (another) (Carlos Álvarez). See three thumnails here. One of the birds seen on 7.3 was found again on 13.3 (Carlos Álvarez).
(5-6) Girona There were two further Caspian Gulls at Solius dump on 14.3. One of the birds was ringed in Poland carrying a yellow PVC ring PAEP. The other was unringed (Carlos Álvarez Cros). See a photo below and 2 thumbnails here.


Photos above:© Carlos Álvarez Cros. 13.3.2010

(7) Lugo There was a 2nd cy Caspian Gull at Lago, Xove, Lugo on 28.3 (Gabriel Martín, Óscar Llama). See a photo below (Gabriel Martín)


Photo above:© Gabriel Martín. 28.3.2010

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-2,3,4)
Sevilla There were two at Sierra Norte de Sevilla, at Lora del Río, on 1.3 (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Villaécija)

(3) Huelva. There was one at Laguna del Portil, El Portil, Huelva, on 1.3 (José Luis Anguita y Laura Gonzalez).
(4) Cádiz. At least one bird, perhaps up to three according to other unconfirmed sources, was seen at Bolonia cave, Cádiz, on 22.3 (Sofía Fernández, Samuel Prieto, Antón David Pérez).

Murcia.The bird at Murcia was seen again at Albujón ponds on 4.3 (Kevin Lane). It was near pond '1' as featured in February page. See two photos below (K.Lane). The bird was still seen there on 18.3 on the wires above the first small reservoir on the right after turning off the main road, onto the road which runs alongside the canal (Ashley Powell). Seen again on 31.3 at Albujón- Obras hidráulicas (Ashley Powell). see a thumbnail here.



Photos above:© Kevin Lane. 4.3.2010

topoBlack-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg 'superciliaris' (1)

Lanzarote One intergrade of these between feldegg and presumably flava was seen and photographed at Famara, Lanzarote on 19-21.3 (Juan Sagardia, F.José García Vargas). See two photos below and more at Juan Sagardia's blog here.



Photos above:© Juan Sagardía. 19-21.3.2010

topoYellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1-2)
(1-2) Lanzarote The birds seen during late autumn 2009 have presumably overwintered at Uga, Lanzarote, were they were seen again on 29.3.2010 (Francisco José García Vargas)


* 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

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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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reported so far this month


Only Canary Islands rarities
Gibraltar rarities
28 photos
17 thumbnails

Rarity distribution
MARCH 2010
(only national rarities)
mapa sp
mapa ind

Previous years

Rarity forecast
compare currrent rarity number with average of last 5 years

Average number of rare species (blue) and individuals (violet) per month 2005 -2009


Latest highlights:

The Caspian Gull at A Coruña on 1.3 (A.Sandoval)
The radio-marked eagle at El Hondo early this month (G.Critchell)
The 'Tancada' egret at Ebre delta, but not at la Tancad but at Barra del Trabudador on 7.3 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The 1w Caspian Gull at Solius on 7.3 (Carlos Álvarez)
The 1w Caspian Gull at Solius on 7.3 (Carlos Álvarez)
The 1w Caspian Gull at Solius on 6.3 (Carlos Álvarez)
The Bonaparte's gull at Chipiona on 6.3 (Rafa García).
The Cádiz presumed hybrid, still present at Salinas de San José del Palmar (Rafael García Costales)
The two Caspian gulls seen at Solius dump on 14.3 (Carlos Álvarez Cros)
The 2nd winter Glaucous gull seen at Cariño, A Coruña, on 21.3 (Ricardo Hevia)
The Goosander at ría de Foz, Lugo on 20.3 (Ricardo Rodríguez)
The possible Thayer's gull as relocated on 24.3 at San Ciprián (Ricardo Hevia)
The Glaucous gull at A Coruña harbour on 23.3 (Xabier Varela)
The Ring.necked Duck at Sevilla marshes on 21.3 (Markus Ahola)
The only Iceland gull this month in Spain, coming from last year influx, as at Samil beach, Pontevedra, on 26.3 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Belted Kingfisher was relocated at Albujón between 18-31.3 (Ashley Powell)

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