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Mergellus albellus  


Phaeton aethereus Calidris melanotos Apus affinis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Limicola falcinellus Streptopelia senegalensis
Phoenicopterus minor Limnodromus scolopaceus Ficedula albicollis
Gyps rueppellii Xenus cinereus Lanius senator niloticus
Buteo lagopus Phalaropus lobatus Passer 'italiae'
Falco biarmicus Larus cachinnans Emberiza caesia
  Larus hyperboreus x smithsonianus  


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Smew Mergellus albellus (1)
(1) Barcelona A female was found on 3.5 at Cal Tet lagoon, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Soraya Uroz; Sergi Bosch; Armand Ramal & Marcel Gil et al). This bird was still present on 6.5 morning (J.Guerra at and late evening, last observation(Armand Ramal).


topoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaeton aethereus (1)

(1) Lanzarote Late record. An immature was collected at Famara beach, Teguise, Lanzarote, on 23.4. It was brought to the recovery centre where it died on 26.4. It had lost a lot of muscle mass. See a photo below (Gustavo Tejera).

Phaeton aethereus

Photo above:© Gustavo Tejera 23.4.2011

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) Tarragona. A bird resembling the typical 'Tancada adult hybrid' from Ebro delta was seen on
11.5 quite far from the Delta, at Mora d'Ebre town, by the river Ebro too, but well inland (Dena Rowlands). Perhaps it's the same bird not seen in the delta in the last weeks.See a photo below and two thumbnails here (Dena Rowlands). Reports submitted to CR-SEO/BirdLife. newThis individual was seen again on 13.5 (Dena Rowlands).

Egretta gularis x garzetta

Photo above:© Dena Rowlands 11.5.2011

(2) Murcia . On 14.5 a pale grey bird was seen in flight at Los Belones, Cartagena, Murcia (Richard Howard).

new(3) Tarragona. The Tancada lagoon hybrid was seen again at its traditional place on 15-16.5 (Alan Gilbertson). See two photos below and compare the bird with the bird seen at Mora d'Ebre, perhaps with more white in the forehead and cap (ed.comment)



Photos above:© Alan Gilbertson 16.5.2011

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2,3)
Toledo There was an adult at laguna de El Longar, Lillo, Toledo on 16.5 (José Gómez Aparicio). See a photo below.

Phoenicopterus minorº

Photo above:© José Gómez Aparicio 16.5.2011

(2) Sevilla. An adult was seen on 16.5 at Veta la Palma, Espacio Natural Doñana, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla (José Luis Arroyo).See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Phoenicopterus minor

Photo above:© José Luis Arroyo 16.5.2011

(3) Cuenca There was one adult at Laguna de Manjavacas on 14.5 (José Ramón Martín Zaforas). See a thumbnail here.

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1,2,3)
(1) Cádiz A bird was seen coming from Africa reaching the Tarifa coast, Cádiz, on 5.5 (Dick Forsman)
.See a photo along with a Griffon Vulture in his blog here..

(2) Cádiz Another bird was seen coming straight from Africa reaching the Tarifa coast, Cádiz, on 8.5 (Pako Zufiaur, Joaquín Mazón, Javier Elorriaga).

(3) Cádiz A bird with a shot in its wing feathers (see thumbnail here) was seen coming straight from Africa at Tarifa coast, Cádiz, on 20.5 (Javier Elorriaga).

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus (1)
(1) Illes Balears On 8.5 a bird was seen at close range over S'Albercutx, Mallorca, Balearic Islands. A description is prepared for the Spanish RC (Biel Bernat, Pau Jaume, Lalo Ventoso).

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Gibraltar There was one on 2.5 over Gibraltar (GONHS via Ernest FJ Garcia)

topoPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Tenerife A bird was found at El Médano pond, Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, on 11.5 (Antonio D-Hernández). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Antonio D. Hernández 11.5.2011

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus (1)
(1) Tarragona. There was one on 16.5, that had been found on 11.5 at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Manolo García, Jordí Martí-Aledo, Carles Domingo).

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus (1)
(1) Tarragona. The juvenile found at Ebre delta, Tarragona on 2.10.2010 which has presumably overwinterd in the Delta, and relocated again from 15.4 at Aufacada lagoon was seen again on 2.5 (Jose Gómez Aparicio, Jose Portillo).

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1,2)
(1) Alicante. There was a bird at Salinas de Santa Pola, Alicante, near the Torre del Tamarit, on 11.5 (Jacobo Ramos Sánchez). See three thumbnails here. The bird was relocated the following day (Ashley Powell/Aquila bird tours).

new(2) Barcelona. There was a bird at ca l'Arana beach, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona on 14.5 (Jorge Jiménez Monge). Read a description and see a drawing in the Diagonal Mar Park blog here.

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1-3)
(1-3) Tarragona. There were three on 16.5 at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Carles Domingo).

newCaspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1)
(1) Girona A 1w/2cy was found at Estany de Vilaüt, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 18.5 (Jordi Martí-Aledo, María José Larios).

'Benson's' Gull Larus hyperboreus x smithsonianus (1)
(1) A Coruña. The presumed hybrid first reported earlier this year as a VIKING GULL Larus hyperboreus x argentatus later as a 'Benson's' (
Larus hyperboreus x smithsonianus) at Praia de Bens, A Coruña on 18.5 (Xabier Varela)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-8, 9-21)
Cádiz. There were eight at Chipiona coast, Guadalquivir river mouth, Cádiz, on 7.5 (Manuel Jiménez, José Mª Fdez. Zapata, Juan Carlos Teruel y Rafa García). Eight were also seen on 14.5 (Pablo Galiano). See also below.

(9-21) Cádiz. There were 21 at Chipiona coast, Guadalquivir river mouth, Cádiz, on 15.5 (Cristian Jensen / Audouin Birding Tours). These would include the eight previously reported birds plus these 'new' individuals (ed.comment).

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis (1,2)
(1) Barcelona A bird was found dead within Barcelona airport limits on 6.5 (Communication to Ferran López)

(2) Barcelona A bird was relocated near cal Nani, Consorci Delta del Llobregat,El Prat del Llobregat on 13.5 (Ferran López). This bird had been seen previously on 27 & 28.4 (F.López et al).

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis (1,2)
(1) Barcelona Perhaps the same female found on 22-24.4 at urban private park of El Prat de Llobregat town, Barcelona was seen and photographed again on 5.5 (Pau Esteban). See a photo below and 2 thumbnails here.


Photo above:© Pau Esteban 5.5.2011

(2) Tarragona. There was a male at El Garxal, by the sandbar at the beach, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 3.5 (Jordi Martí-Aledo).

Eastern Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator niloticus (1)
(1) Illes Balears On 8.5 a bird was trapped and ringed at Cabrera island National Park, Illes Balears (Eduardo Amengual).See two photos below (E.Amengual)

Lanius senator niloticus

Lanius senator niloticus

Photos above:© Eduardo Amengual 8.5.2011

Italian sparrow Passer 'italiae' (1) 1ST FOR SPAIN
(1) Illes Balears On 6.5 a bird was found at Pla de l'Anzell, Vilafranca, Mallorca (Manolo Suarez). See photos at Mallorcaweb website here and one of them below (M.Suarez)


Photos above:© Manolo Suarez 6.5.2011

Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia (1) 1ST FOR SPAIN
(1) Illes Balears On 1.5 a male was seen lingering around Cabrera island National Park, Illes Balears (Juan Sagardía; Eduardo Amengual).See a photo below (E.Amengual).
See anoher photo below (Juan Sagardía)


Photo above:© Eduardo Amengual 1.5.2011

Emberiza caesia

Photo above:© Juan Sagardía 1.5.2011


* 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

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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.Photos could be cropped for editorial reasons.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 fotos que se envíen podrán ser recortadas por criterios editoriales.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 fotos que s'envïin podran ser retallades per criteris editiorals.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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Ficedula albicollis
Ficedula albicollis
The Collared Flycatcher at El Prat de Llobregat private garden on 5.5 (Pau Esteban)
Egretta gularis x garzetta
Egretta gularis x garzetta
The hybrid egret at Ebre river, at Mora d'Ebre, inland Tarragona, on 11.5 (Dena Rowlands)
Xenus cinereus
Xenus cinereus
Xenus cinereus
The Santa Pola saltpans Terek Sandpiper, seen both on 11 and 12.5 (Jacobo Ramos Sánchez)
The Rüppell's Vulture seen coming from Africa on 20.5 (Javier Elorriaga)
The Lesser Flamingo present at Veta la palma on 16.5 (José Luis Arroyo)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at El Médano pond on 11.5 (Antonio D.Hernández)
The Lesser Flamingo at Laguna del Longar on 16.5 (José Gómez Aparicio).
A Lesser Flamingo at Manjavacas laggon on 14.5 (josé Ramón Martín)

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