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Oceanites oceanicus Gyps ruepellii Larus pipixcan
Egretta gularis Calidris melanotos Sterna bengalensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Xenus cinereus Sterna dougallii
Phoenicopterus minor Larus atricilla Apus affinis
    Tarsiger cyanurus


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Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (1)
(1) A Coruña. A bird was seen from Estaca de Bares headland on 4.6 associated to European Storm Petrels (Antonio Sandoval).

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1,2,3)
(1) La Rioja. A pure individual, very dark, was found on 14.6 at Parque Natural de los Sotos de Alfaro, La Rioja, seen at Soto de La Nava de Alfaro (Bruno Iglesias García). Seen again on 16.6 (Ignacio Gámez).According to the last author this might be the same bird seen at Balsa de Loza, Navarra, distant c.80 km last April, given its similar features and characteristics.

(2) Toledo. A pure individual was found in a remote area within Navalcán reservoir, Toledo on 18-19.6 (Xurxo Piñeiro, Ibone Anza, José Luis Guzman & Christina sp.).Still present on 21.6 (X.Piñeiro, Mª José Valencia). See a photo below and 2 thumbnails here (X.Piñeiro).

Egretta gularis

Photo above:© X.Piñeiro. 18.6.2011

(3) Córdoba. Another pure individual was seen in a lagoon within Córdona municipality on 23.6.2011 (Diego Peinazo). See two photos below and a thumbnail here. The full set of photos of the author is in this Picassa web album.

Egretta gularis

Egretta gularis

Photo above:© Diego Peinazo. 23.6.2011

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) Tarragona. The Tancada adult hybrid was seen again on 11.6 at former Tancada saltpans (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). See a photo below (J.Tantull)

Egretta gularis x garzetta

Photo above:© Josep Tantull 11.6.2011

(2) Valencia. A presumed hybrid was seen entering one heron breeding colony at Tancat de Zacarés, PN Albufera de València on 8.6 (P.Vera, J.M. Benavent, V.Llorens, J.Puentes & B.Dies /

(3) Sevilla. A presumed hybrid was seen on 9.6 at Codo de la Esparraguera, Trebujena, Cádiz (Fernando del Valle, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo, Paco Chichlana). See a photo collage below (Fernando del Valle).

Egretta gularis x garzetta

Photo above:© Fernando del Valle 9.6.2011

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-2,3-6)
Cuenca There were two adults SUCCESFULLY BREEDING with a nest and an egg first (1.5) and a chick from 31.5 on at Laguna de Manjavacas (Antonio Paredes Jiménez  y Yolanda Peñalver Jiménez). See two photos below. News have been supressed until breeding was confirmed and no eventual conservation problems could appear. The two adults were seen on 7.6 (Ashley Powell/Aquila Bird Tours).See a photo below and two thumbnails here. And still present on 13.6 (Maria José Valencia)

Phoenicopterus minor

Photo above:© Antonio Paredes 31.5.2011

Phoenicopterus minor

Photo above:© Sergio Mortera 1.6.2011

Phoenicopterus minor

Photo above:© Ashley Powell 7.6.2011

(3-6) Sevilla There were four adults at Veta la Palma, Espacio Natural de Doñana, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla, on 20.6 (José Luis Arroyo). See two thumbnails here.

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cáceres. On 18.6 a probable 2nd calendar year was seen at Salto del Gitano, Monfragüe Natural Park, Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo). See a photo below and two thumbnails here (S.Mayordomo).

Gyps rueppellii

Photo above:© Sergio Mayordomo 18.6.2011

topoPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)

(1) Gran Canaria There was an adult at Maspalomas pond, Gran Canaria on 24.6 (Xabier Remirez). On 25.6 it remained there and it was photographed (Miguel Avelino). See a photo below (M.Avelino). First of the season.

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Miguel Avelino 25.6.2011

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) Girona. There was one at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 25.6 at 18:40 hours when it left flying NW (Marc Illa)

Laughing Gull Larus atricilla (1)
Cáceres There was an adult in breeding plumage at Embalse de Valdecañas, Cáceres, on 14.6 (Manuel Flores, Francisco Hurtado y Angel Sánchez). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Ángel Sánchez). Not relocated on 16.6 (J.Prieta). Last seen on 20.6 (F. Hurtado, M. Flores, Esmeralda Rodriguez y Carlota Gutierrez).See more photos of the 20.6 sighting at Aves de Extremadura blog here and one of those courtesy of the authors below (F.Hurtado).

Larus atricilla

Photo above:© Ángel Sánchez 14.6.2011

Larus atricilla

Photo above:© Francisco Hurtado 20.6.2011

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan (1)
(1) A Coruña On 25.6 one adult summer plumaged individual was found at ria d'O Burgo, A Coruña (Xabier Varela, Yeray Varela). Spotted later in the same place (C.Damián Romai). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (X.Varela).Presumably this bird moved to ría de Avilés, Asturies, on 28.6 (César A.Laó). See a photo below and more in the Páxaros en la ría de Avilés blog here.

Larus pipixcan

Photo above:© Xabier Varela 25.6.2011

Larus pipixcan

Photo above:© César A.Laó 28.6.2011

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2-4)
(1) Cádiz There was an adult at Chipiona beach, Cádiz on 4.6 (Manuel Jiménez & Rafael García Costales).- See a photo below.

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales 4.6.2011

(2-4) Cádiz There were 2-3 individuals at Los Lances beach, Tarifa, on 5.6 (Javier Elorriaga)

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1)
Zamora An adult was found at laguna de Barillos, R.N. de las Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora on 26.6 (Alfonso Rodrigo). Perhaps 1st Spanish inland record.

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-10,11-14)
Cádiz. There were eight at Chipiona coast, Guadalquivir river mouth, Cádiz, on 5.6 (
Manuel Jiménez & Rafael García Costales). Five of those were still present on 9.6 (Fernando del Valle, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo, Paco Chichlana)

(11-14) Cádiz. There were four on 11.6 at Sierra de la Plata, Atlanterra, Cádiz, all in company and in mixed flocks with 2 White-rumped Swifts (Apus caffer) (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Guides,Roger and Sylvia Giddings).See a thumbnail here.

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus (1)
(1) Huesca A female was reported from Hecho valley, Huesca on 19.6 about 9 am,in the garden of the Hotel Uson just north of Siresa, Huesca (Bev Minett-Smith).


* 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.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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Rarity distribution
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Latest highlights:

Phoenicopterus minor
Phoenicopterus minor
The Lesser Flamingo pair at Manjavacas lagoon, Cuenca, on 7.6 (Ashley Powell)
Apus affinis
Four Little Swifts were seen in company of White-rumped Swifts at Sierra de La Plata, Atlanterra, Cadiz on 11.6 (Stephen Daly)
Larus atricilla
Adult Laughing Gull at Cáceres on 14.6, a surprising record inland! (A.Sánchez)
Gyps rueppellii
Gyps rueppellii
The Rüppells Vulture at Monfragüe on 18.6, an interesting inland record! (S.Mayordomo).
Egretta gularis
Egretta gularis
The pure Western Reef Heron seen at Navalcán reservoir, Toledo on 18-21.6 (Xurxo Piñeiro).
Larus pipixan
The Franklin's Gull at ria d'O Burgo on 25.6, an unexpected sighting (X.Varela)
Two of the four Lesser Flamingos at Veta la Palma this month (José Luis Arroyo)..
Egretta gularis
The Western Reef Heron at Córdoba on 23.6, another pure 'gularis' subspecies bird (Diego Peinazo).

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