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topoSpecies index (n= 4 + 23 = 27) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Dendrocygna bicolor Somateria spectabilis Melanitta perspicillata
    Mergus albellus


Podilymbus podiceps Gallinago media Apus affinis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Xenus cinereus Motacilla flava feldegg
Phoenicopterus minor Phalaropus tricolor Motacilla citreola
Gyps rueppellii Larus smithsonianus Phoenicurus p. samamisicus
Circus macrourus Larus glaucoides Phylloscopus orientalis
Crex crex Larus hyperboreus Ficedula albicollis
Calidris melanotos Sterna bengalensis Sturnus roseus
Limicola falcinellus Sterna sp. cf. elegans  


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (1)
(1) Asturies The bird found at Nora reservoir, San Pedro de Nora on 26.3 was seen again on 12.5 (Clemente Alvarez Usategui)

King Eider Somateria spectabilis (1)
(1) Murcia. A female King Eider surprisingly appear at Riera de Albujón, Mar Menor, Murcia, on 14.5 (Antonio Hernández). A photopage with further details and photos is under construction. See a photo below (A.Hernández). The bird was still there on 16.5 (Ashley Powell). See more photos in the special photopage here and Ashley Powell blog here. The bird remained in the area on 18.5 although behaving even less confidingly (Antonio Hernández).


Photo above:© Antonio Hernández. 14.5.2010


Photo above:© Ashley Powell. 16.5.2010

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata (1)

(1) Asturies. A 1st summer female
was found on 5.5 at playa de L´Arbeyal, Gijón, Asturies (Yolanda Marcos Aparicio y Jose Laureano Álvarez Ramos). The bird was seen again on 6.5 (Daniel López Velasco, Marco García). See a photo below and two thumbnails here (D.L.Velasco)


Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco. 6.5.2010

Smew Mergus albellus (1-2)
(1-2) Cantabria. Perhaps the same two birds found on 28.12 at La Riva, Pantano del Ebro, Cantabria and present at same place during January 2010 were surprisingly seen again on 22.5 at La Lastra peninsula within an abandoned reservoir within Fundación Alto Ebro (Charo Diez, Jesús Mª Berroeta and others). In 1985, after having January records in the Llobregat delta, Barcelona, a drake surprisingly reappeared in early May 1985 in the same area, without having been seen in the meantime (ed.comment).


Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
Cáceres. A surprising record of a bird in a pond near Trujillo was broadcasted through the Westpalbirds mailing list on 13.5 (via K.Vinicombe).It was seen again on 14.5 just outside Trujillo on the way to Huertas de la Magdalena (Jesús Porras;Pieter Vantieghem).See a photo on the Aves de Extremadura blog here. Not seen on 15.5. Follow all the story in Spanish here.

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3,4,5)
(1) Tarragona. The presumed hybrid that frequents the Tancada saltpans, at Ebre delta, where it is seen intermitently, was seen again on 2.5 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See two photos below and two thumbnails here.



Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez .2.5.2010

(2) Girona. There was an almost white, but patched dark grey bird, at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 2.5 (Marc Gàlvez, José Guerra). See two photos below and one thumbnail here (M.Gàlvez)



Photos above:© Marc Gàlvez. 2.5.2010

(3) Cádiz. There was a bird at Trebujena marshes, Cádiz, on 15.5, different from the bird at Cádiz marshes (Alberto Savijn)

(4) Alicante. A dark bird with white feathering in the wings plus all dark bill was seen at El Hondo area on 22.5 (Ashley Powell)

(5) València A bird, probably one of those seen at L'Albufera in previous months, was recorded within the heron colony at the same site on 15.5, despite it's not confirmed it was actually breeding or not (Carlos Oltra). See a photo below (C.Oltra).


Photo above:© Carlos Oltra 15.5.2010

(6) Cádiz. The 'usual' Cadiz bay bird was seen on 27.5 flying over A - 4 between San Carlos y San Jaime and Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados saltpans, Puerto Real, Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz (Rafael García Costales)

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1)
Tarragona There was one at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 2.5 (Carles Domingo)

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1,2)
(1) Cádiz There was one at Tarifa, at El Mirador, on 16.5 (Richard Banham/Milvus GOES)

(2) Cádiz One individual was seen ENTERING FROM AFRICA in direct flight from the Straits of Gibraltar on 16.5 (Pako Zufiaur). See a photo below (P.Zufiaur).


Photo above:© Pako Zufiaur. 16.5.2010

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1,2-5)
(1) Girona There was a 2cy male at closes de Can Gusó, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 10.5 (Àlex Ollé, Teresa Montràs). See a photo below and thumbnail here (Àlex Ollé). Seen again on 13.5 (Àlex Ollé)


Photo above:© Àlex Ollé. 10.5.2010

(2-5) Girona There were FOUR 2 cy males on 14.5 between Fortià and Castelló d'Empúries, Girona (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martrí-Aledo, Enric Capalleras, Jorge García). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Àlex Ollé).


Photo above:© Àlex Ollé. 14.5.2010

Corncrake Crex crex (1)
Asturies One corpse was found at San Tirso de Abres, Asturies, on 8.5 (Pablo Fernández)

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Valencia A bird was found on 16.5 at Tancat de Milia, Sollana, P.N Albufera de Valènciam, where it remained on 19.5 (Toni Alcocer). See a photo below and 3 thumbnails here.


Photo above:© Toni Alcocer. 19.5.2010

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus (1)
(1) Tarragona. There was a bird at Platjola - Serrallo ricefields, Delta de l'Ebre, on 5.5 (Manolo García-Tarrasón). Seen also the same afternoon (Jordi Martí-Aledo). The bird was still in the area on 8.5 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé).See a photo below and two thumbnails here from 2.5 (M.Garcia-Tarrasón)


Photo above:© Manolo García-Tarrasón 5.5.2010

Great Snipe Gallinago media (1,2)
(1) Girona. There was one bird at El Matà area, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 2.5. It was seen both hidden in the marshes and in flight, showing well the tail shape (Lluís Gustamante).
(2) Girona. There was a bird on 5.5 at 'camp del Seixanta', PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Àlex Ollé; Teresa Montràs, Enric Capalleras, Berto Minobis, Joaquim Camps).

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) Zaragoza From 18-20.5 an individual remained at Quinto de Ebro ricefields, Zaragoza (Manuel Galán). It's the 2nd record for Aragon. See photos and thumbnails here (Manuel Galán).




Photos above:© Manuel Galán. 18-20.5.2010

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1) Gipuzkoa On 25.5 ab bird was discovered near the information center of Urdaibai marshes reserve, Gipuzkoa (Aitor Galarza et al).

American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1) FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1) Madrid The same 2w found at Colmenar Viejo dump, Madrid on 7.2 (-see its special february photopage here) was relocated in the Pinto dump, Madrid on 1.5 (Juan M.Ruiz) and 2.5 (Delfín González, Javier Marchamalo). See a video below (Delfín González). This bird was seen on 15.5 again at VRSU de Pinto-Madrid (Javier Marchamalo, Juan M.Ruiz). See two new photos below and a thumbnail here (J.Marchamalo)

Gaviota Argentea Americana (Larus smithsonianus) from Delfin González on Vimeo.



Photo above:© Delfín González.2.5.2010



Photos above:© Javier Marchamalo. 15.5.2010

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 9.5 at southern Vigo beaches (Xulio Valeiras)

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) Huelva There was an adult at La Antilla beach, Huelva on 7.5 (Normal Elkins)


Photo above:© Norman Elkins. 7.5.2010

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1-9)
(1) Cádiz There were NINE adults in summer plumage at Los Lances beach, Cádiz, on 9.5 (Javier Elorriaga, Pako Zufiaur).See a photo below (P.Zufiaur).One remained the following day 10.5 (Javier Elorriaga)


Photo above:© Pako Zufiaur 9.5.2010

Orange billed-tern Sterna sp. c.f. elegans type (1)
Valencia. The male bird showing elegans features seen in previous years in the area and in Ebre delta marked with PVC ring in 2006 was seen mating a Sandwich Tern S.sandvicensis from 4-6.5 at Racó de l'Olla, PN Albufera de València, València (J.I.Dies). See a photo below (J.I.Dies) and more information at BirdingAlbufera website here.


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies. 4.5.2010

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-4,5-9)
Cádiz There were four at Bolonia on 16.5
(Richard Banham/Milvus GOES)

new(5-9) Cádiz There were five flying at Chipiona beach, Cádiz, on 1.5 (Rafael García Costales)

Black-headed Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1-2)
(1-2) Illes Balears Two individuals were spotted within a flock of 50 Yellow Wagtails at Cabrerar island, Balearics (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1)
(1) Castelló One female was found near a pond close to EDAR de Cabanes, Castelló, on 10.5 (Vicente Esteller). See three thumbnails here.

Eastern Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus (1)
Illes Balears. A male was seen at Cabrera islands, Balearics on 2.5 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
Barcelona An individual was trapped and ringed at Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona on 13.5 (Marcel Gil). See two photos below and two thumbnails here (Marcel Gil).



Photos above:© Marcel Gil 13.5.2010

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis (1,2)
(1) Illes Balears A male was seen and photographed at Cases Velles, Formentor, Mallorca, on 7.5 (Hans Jorgen, Jaume Aveledo, Lalo Ventoso) and 8.5 (Maties Rebassa, Juanjo Bazan, Susana Quintanilla, Maria de la Llosa, Pep Manchado y Maties Rebassa). See a thumbnail here.

(2) Illes Balears A 2nd male, showing old primaries and a mark in the supercilium, thus different from bird (1) was seen and photographed at Cases Velles, Formentor, Mallorca, on 8.5 morning (Juanjo Bazán).See two thumbnails here.

Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus (1)
(1) Tarragona On 1.5 one was found at Eucaliptus beach, while driving along the main road (Ricard Gutiérrez, Gerard Gutiérrez). Seen again ten minutes later. Then, and after calling some local observers, relocated an hour later in the same wide area (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé, Ricard Gutiérrez) when photographed on an Eucaliptus tree.



Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez .1.5.2010


* 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
25 photos 1 video
26 thumbnails

Rarity distribution
MAY 2010
(only national rarities)
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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 Rosy Starling at Ebro delta on 1.5, a nice surprise and finding for this website (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret at Tancada lagoon and Alfacs bay, Ebro delta, as on 2.5 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The American Herring Gull seen last February at Madrid has been relocated on 1-2.5 at the same dump complex (Delfín González)
The 'patched' Egret from Aiguamolls on 2.5 (Marc Gàlvez)
The Broad-billed Sandpiper from Ebro delta 5-8.5 (Manolo García-Tarrasón)
This is the rather unseasonal 1st summer female Surf Scoter from Asturies (Daniel L.Velasco)
The 1st Collared Flycatcher from Mallorca, as on 7.5 (Maties Rebassa)
The 2nd Collared Flycatcher from Mallorca, this one rather 'eye-browed' (Juanjo Bazán)
The Citrine Wagtail from Castelló as on 10.5 (Vicente Esteller)
The 2cy male Pallid Harrier at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 10.5 (Àlex Ollé).
Another Pallid Harrier at Empordà marshes on 14.5 (Àlex Ollé)
The American Herring Gull was seen again at Pinto dump on 15.5 (Javier Marchamalo)
The Eastern Bonelli's Warbler at Llobregat delta on 13.5, 2nd for Spain (Marcel Gil)
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The Valencia Pectoral Sandpiper of 16.5. Finding this species in Spring is much rarer than in Autumn! (Toni Alcocer)
The Terek Sandpiper at Quinto de Ebro, Zaragoza from 18-20.5 (Manuel Galán).

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