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Sula leucogaster Calidris melanotos Sterna bengalensis
Egretta gularis Phalaropus lobatus Sterna sp. cf. elegans
Egretta gularis x garzetta Stercorarius longicaudus Sterna dougallii
Gyps ruepellii Sterna maxima Apus affinis


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (1)
(1) Huelva. A bird was seen from Juan Carlos I pier, Huelva, on 22.7 (Fernando del Valle, Mario Martín, Paco Chiclana).

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
(1) Álava / Araba. A dark individual gularis was seen at Ulibarri-Gamboa reservoir on 1.7 (Pako Zufiaur). See two photos below (P.Zufiaur).


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Photos above:© Pako Zufiaur. 1.7.2010

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Tarragona. The usual presumed hybrid from Tancada saltpans was seen on 8.7 afternoon on the base of Trabucador istmus, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Ricard Gutiérrez). See two photos below and two thumbnails here. The bird was seen again on 23.7 (Gerard Dalmau, Elisabet Tetas).



Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez. 8.7.2010

(2) Cádiz. There was a bird within the heronry of Tarelo lagoon, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 1.7 (Paco Chiclana). This bird was seen again on 19.7 (José Luis Arroyo, Iván Sanmartín). See a photo below (J.L.Arroyo).


Photos above:© J.L. Arroyo. 19.7.2010

newRüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. One bird was seen and photographed at
Cazalla, Tarifa, on 30.7 (Blanca Pérez/Fundación Migres).See a photo below (B.Pérez)


Photo above:© Blanca Pérez. 30.7.2010

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
València One adult was seen and photographed at Marjal de Sollana, PN Albufera de València on 24.7 (Toni Alcocer). The bird remained there on 25.7 (Gabi Llorens, Toni Alcocer). See a photo below and two thumbnails here. The first of the autumn.


Photo above:© T. Alcocer 24-25.7.2010

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus (1)
(1) Valencia On 3.7 an adult female was found at Tancat de Milia, Sollana, P.N Albufera de València (Dàniel Hegedüs, Bosco Díes i Vicente Llorens). Photographed the following day (Toni Alcocer), the bird remained in the area at leastg until 7.7 (Gabi Llorens i Juan Antonio García, Toni Alcocer). See two photos below (T.Alcocer). This bird was still present in the same area on 10.7 (Jose Ramon Martin Zaforas, Gabi Llorens) and 11.7 (Vicente Esteller).



Photos above:© Toni Alcocer. 4.7.2010

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1)
(1) A Coruña. One adult was seen on migration from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 23.7 (Antonio Sandoval). The first for the season.

Royal Tern Sterna maxima (1,2)
(1) Huelva. An albidorsalis winter plumaged bird was seen at Juan Carlos I pier, Huelva on 25.7 close to a Lesser-Crested Tern (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

(2) Huelva . A 2nd bird had been photographed on 20.7 (Jose Gomez Aparicio) but had not been detected until it had been seen again and through the photos. Despite compared size with Sandwich Tern and bill size(see thumbnail here) it looks quite dark mantled and some authors consider it's a Lesser-Crested (ed. comment).

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1-2,3,4-5,6,7,8-9)
(1-2) Cádiz. On 7.7, two birds were seen at playa de Levante, Puerto de Santa María, close to río San Pedro mouth (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below and a thumbnail here. One bird was seen on 8.7 in the same area (Rafael García)


Photo above:© Rafael García Costales . 7.7.2010

(3) Cádiz. One was seen at Los Lances beach, Cádiz, on 8.7 (Javier Elorriaga). This or another bird was at the same place on 13.7 (Javier Elorriaga).
(4-5) Huelva. Two birds were seen with a Roseate Tern and other terns at punta de Malandar, playa de Doñana, Huelva on 16.7 (Carlos Urdiales Alonso y Jose Gomez Aparicio).
(6) Cádiz. There was an adult at La Jara beach, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 5.7 (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below.


Photo above:© Paco Chiclana . 5.7.2010

(7) Huelva. There was a bird at Odiel marshes on 1.7 (José Antonio Sencianes). See a thumbnail here.
(8-9) Huelva. Two birds were at Juan Carlos I pier, Huelva on 20.7 (José Gomez Aparicio). One of those (or another) was seen at the same site on 25.7 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

Orange billed-tern Sterna sp. c.f. elegans type (1)
(1) Huelva.
The bird seen last month at Valencia and PVC ringed with a yellow ring was seen at Juan Carlos I pier, Odiel marshes, Huelva possibly with an unmarked juvenile on 25.7 (Alberto Savijn).This bird was seen again on 26.7 at the same site (Mario Martín, Fernando del Valle, Paco Chiclana, see a photo below) and it has bred in Valencia this year paired to a Sandwich tern producing one juvenile and it is the same seen at Huelva (J.I.Dies)


Photo above:© Paco Chiclana . 26.7.2010

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2,3,4,5,6-7,8.9,10)
Cádiz. One unringed adult was seen at Cádiz bay on 8.7 (Rafael García Costales)

(2) Huelva. One 1st summer to 2nd winter moulting and ringed bird was seen on 8.7 at Doñana beach, Huelva (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).
(3) Huelva. One bird was seen with two Lesser-Cresteds and other terns at punta de Malandar, playa de Doñana, Huelva on 13.7 (Carlos Urdiales) and -perhaps the same bird or another- on 16.7 (Carlos Urdiales Alonso y Jose Gomez Aparicio).
(4) Cádiz. There was an adult at La Jara beach, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 11.7 (Paco Chiclana).
(5) Huelva. On 19.7 an adult was seen at Odiel river mouth, Huelva (Jose Gomez Aparicio)
(6-7) Huelva. On 25.7 there were two adults at Juan Carlos I pier, Odiel marshes, Huelva (Alberto Savijn)
(8) Cádiz. On 27.7 there was an adult ringed in both legs at La Tapa saltpans, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales).
(9) Huelva. On 27.7 a different adult was seen at Doñana beach, Huelva (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito)

(10) Cádiz. On 31.7 there was a different adult, white-fronted at La Tapa saltpans, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales).

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-8)
Cádiz. There were 8 flying at Chipiona beaches on 3.7 (Paco Chiclana)


* 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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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:

Two images of the presumed hybrid from Tancada saltpans, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 8.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The two Lesser Crested Terns seen at Cadiz bay on 7.7 (Rafael García).
The 1st Pectoral Sandpiper of the autumn: an adult on 24-25.7 at Marjal de Sollana, l'Albufera de València (Toni Alcocer)

A 2nd Royal Tern (note the bill and zize compared to the close Sandwich) or a Lesser Crested (note dark mantle and summer plumage) according to other authors at Huelva on 20.7 (José Gómez Aparicio)


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