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Rare Birds in Spain 
10th year in a row informing on first-hand news on rare birds in Spain.
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Anser fabalis Somateria spectabilis  


Egretta gularis Gyps rueppellii Apus pacificus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Buteo rufinus Apus affinis
Phoenicopterus minor Sterna sp. cf. elegans Oenanthe o.seebohmi
  Sterna dougallii  


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Bean Goose Anser fabalis (1)

(1) Palencia. There was one unseasonal bird at Laguna de Boada, Palencia, on 9.6 (Carlos González Villalba, Carlos Zumalacárregui y Antonio Herrero). See a photo below (C.Zumalacárregui).


Photo above:© Carlos Zumalacárregui. 9.6.2010 

King Eider Somateria spectabilis (1)
(1) Murcia. The female King Eider that appeared at Riera de Albujón, Mar Menor, Murcia, on 14.5 was relocated at the same place on 2.6 afternoon (Richard Howard). See photos in the special photopage here.The eider was still there on 6.6 but not on 10.6 (Ian Lewis).


Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
(1) Tarragona. There was one dark individual only having little white on the chin area at Buda island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 26.6 (Marc Illa, Josep Illa).newSee three thumbnails here.From the images, a hybrid origin cannot be fully discarded (Ed.comment).

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Cádiz. There was a bird at laguna del Tarelo, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cádiz on 3.6 (Mario Martín y Fernando del Valle). Bird was at coordinates 36.846658ºN,-6.3188552ºW. See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Fernando del Valle)


Photo above:© Fernando del Valle. 3.6.2010 

new(2) Sevilla. There was a bird at Veta la Palma, Espacio Natural Doñana, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla on 17.6 which is also regularly seen at Trebujena marshes, Cádiz (José Luis Arroyo, Luis García). See three photos below and note the differences with bird (1) above.




Photos above:© José Luis Arroyo. 14.6.2010

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2,3)
Cuenca There was an adult at Manjavacas lagoon on 3.6 within a breeding colony of Greater Flamingo with adults and chicks (Maria José Valencia). This or another bird was at Laguna del Longar, Lillo, Toledo from 13.6 (Ángel Velasco) to 16.6. (Javier Gómez Aoiz).
(2) Illes Balears The first for Mallorca was seen on 5.6 at Castell del Rei, Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca (Pep Tapia and Silvester)
(3) Tarragona The Lesser Flamingo reported last month has been seen intermitently in the Ebro delta in different areas along June (Ignasi Ripoll; Jordi Martí).

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cáceres There was one
bird resting on the rocks at Salto del Gitano área, Monfragüe, Cáceres on 5.6 (Jesús Porras et al) and on 6.6. (Ernest F.J.Garcia). Read more on the sighting in Spanish at Aves Extremadura blog here. On its age, Javier Elorriaga commented in Rarebirdspain forum this:

El buitre de la foto ha mudado las dos primarias internas en cada ala y posiblemente tiene ambas terceras primarias en crecimiento. El resto de las primarias son juveniles. Las secundarias parecen todas juveniles, aunque puede que tenga alguna en crecimiento y que no se aprecia en la foto. En la cola parece que le está creciendo en par exterior, y el resto parecen todas juveniles. Con esa muda, y asumiendo que mudan igual que los buitres ibéricos, tiene que haber nacido en 2009, hace aproximadamente 10 meses. Si hubiese nacido en 2008 tendría varias secundarias mudadas que destacaran entre las juveniles y la muda de primarias sería más avanzada. En general los buitres no empiezan la muda hasta su segundo año calendario, por lo que (según tu comentario), un juvenil en su primera muda y un 2º año serían lo mismo. Respecto a la fecha en la que nacen los buitres en África, por lo visto hay variaciones importantes entre años, aunque esto no lo tengo claro. Un saludo, Javi Elorriaga

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Cáceres There was a bird near Belén, Trujillo, Cáceres at 12.00 hrs on 11.6 (Ernest F.J.Garcia). The author commented on the bird the following: Very white head, breast and belly caught attention. The impression as I drove past was of a longish bird, perhaps an unusually pale female Montagu's Harrier. Neck longer than in a typical Common Buzzard and the bird lacked the chunky, compact structure of that species (and the overall dark plumage of typical Extremaduran Common Buzzards). Dark eye stripe and rear crown. Dark brown 'trousers'. Longish bare yellow legs. In flight wings seen briefly and rather pale below, dark carpal patches. Tail pale reddish brown, redder on upperside where showed several thin dark bars. 2nd summer presumably. In wing moult, missing inner primaries and perhaps some secondaries. Initially seen at just 50m but photographed at long range. However, the pictures show its general coloration well enough when enlarged
. See a photo below and 2 thumbnails here (Ernest F.J.Garcia). This same individual was seen on 22-23.6 at Dehesa de los Cerralbos, between Trujillo and Santa Marta de Magasca (about 16 km due west from the Belén Plains, Martin Kelsey and others).


Photo above:© Ernest F.J.Garcia. 11.6.2010

Orange billed-tern Sterna sp. c.f. elegans type (1,2)
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 again at Racó de l'Olla, PN Albufera de València, València on 22.6(J.I.Dies). See a photo below (J.I.Dies) and more information at BirdingAlbufera website here.


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies. 22.6.2010

new(2) Confidential location. Another orange billed tern similar to bird above seems to have been breeding or attempting to breed along June in a confidential site along the Mediterranean coast of Spain (ed. comment).

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1)
(1) Huelva. On 23.6 one adult was seen at Doñana National Park beach, Huelva (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

Pacific Swift Apus pacificus (1) POTENTIAL FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) A Coruña. One bird with features of this species was seen at A Frouxeira lagoon (Valdoviño), on 13.6 (Xabier Prieto Espiñeira).Description available, submitted to the CR/SEO-BirdLife.

Little Swift Apus affinis (1,2-3)
Málaga There was one at Teba, Málaga on 16.6 (Antonio Miguel Pérez)

(2-3) Cádiz. On 18.6 a pair was seen at Atlanterra area, Tarifa, Cádiz (José Luis Anguita)

topoSeebohm's Weathear Oenanthe [oenanthe] seebohmi (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) Gran Canaria. A male was photographed at close range at Castillo del Romeral, Gran Canaria, on 19.6 (José García Monzón). See two photos below (José García Monzón) and see more in the Special photopage here.



Photos above:© José García Monzón. 19.6.2010


* 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.

Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible.





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reported so far this month


Only Canary Islands rarities
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Rarity distribution
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Average number of rare species (blue) and individuals (violet) per month 2005 -2009


Latest highlights:

The dark egret seen at Tarelo lagoon seems one that has been breeding in the Doñana area these last years and despite being a presumed hybrid (note the extremely slim bill, garzetta-like), it's the darkest 'presumed hybrid' recorded to date in Spain (Fernando del Valle)
The Long-legged Buzzard seen at Belén, Trujillo, on 11.6 (Ernest FJ Garcia).
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The dark Egret at Buda island on 26.6 (Marc Illa) . Despite being very dark, a white shine in the first thumbnail might account for an hybrid origin. July observations could bring more light into the subject Ed.comment.

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