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Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (1) UNKNOWN ORIGIN
(1) Valladolid. On 19.7 a bird was seen at lagunas de Villalar de los Comuneros, Valladolid (Juan Sagardía). See two photos below.

Dendrocygna bicolor

Dendrocygna bicolor

Photos above: © Juan Sagardía 19.7.2011


Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (1,2-15,16-22)
(1) Cádiz. One was seen off Tarifa while seawatching Orcas on 29.7 (Javier Elorriaga). See a thumbnail here.

(2-15) Cádiz. Fourteen were seen off Tarifa on 25.7 (Rafael García Costales,Álvaro Díaz et al). See two thumbnails here.

(16-22) Cádiz. Seven were seen off Tarifa on 31.7 (Alberto Savijn, José Luis Anguita)

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 14.7 one was seen flying over La Janda, Cádiz (SD/AndalucianGuides, with Tim and Penny Goodwin, Dorset, UK). See a photo below (S.Daly).

Gyps rueppellii

Photo above: © Stephen Daly 14.7.2011

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 30.7 a juvenile was seen perched and also in flight near Tarifa, within the raptor migration monitoring schedule carried out in the area (Dario Delgado (GOES)y Andrés de la Cruz y Javier Elorriaga (F. Migres).

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1)
A Coruña. An adult bird was found at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, on 24.7 (José Luis Rabuñal). The bird remained there on 26.7 (Fernando Pereiras; Raúl Carrillo). See a photo below and others at rarebirdspain yahoogroups here and here

Pluvialis fulva

Photo above: © Fernando Pereiras 26.7.2011

Pluvialis fulva

Photo above: © Raúl Carrillo 26.7.2011

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis (1,2)
(1) Tarragona One was seen at Buda island on 13.7 (David Bigas at On 14-15.7 it was seen again (D.Bigas).On 17.7 morning it was relocated from the Migjorn viewpoint (M.Gàlvez, J.Guerra,J.Tantull, R.Solé, A.Cama, M.Pauly; G.Rodríguez, M.García-Tarrasón, R.Gutiérrez).Not seen afterwards.

(2) Tarragona One was seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 15.7 (David Bigas at 23.7 this or another bird was relocated again at Punta de la Banya entrance (Julio Pérez Cañestro; Josep Tantull, Roser Solé, Thomas Kupper). See a photo below (J. Pérez). Not seen from mid morning to evening but relocated at the same place on 24.7 mid morning (Ricard Gutiérrez, Carolina García; Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; Albert Cama, Hannu Koskinen). See two thumbnails here (R.Gutiérrez). Seen again on 25.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo below. And on 26.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés).

Calidris fuscicollis

Photo above: © Júlio Pérez 23.7.2011

Calidris fuscicollis

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.7.2011

Calidris fuscicollis

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.7.2011

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1,2)
(1) Tarragona One was seen from Migjorn tower at Buda island flooded fields on 11.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez). Not seen afterwards.

(2) Illes Balears One was seen at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca, on 27.7 (Susana quintanilla y Lalo Ventoso)

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1,2,3)
(1) Tarragona. There was an adult at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 18.7 (Jordi Martí-Aledo). Seen again on 24.7 (Carles Domingo, Alan Johnson). Seen again on 31.7 from beach public hide (Cristian Pérez-Granados y Eva Serrano-Davies)

(2) Murcia. There was an adult at Salinas San Pedro Pinatar, Murcia on 23-24.7 (D.Lozano; R.Howard; A.Fernández​ Caro, J.Palacios).See two thumbnails here. This individual remained there on 27.7 and 30.7, when seen with another individual (Richard Howard)

(3) Murcia. There was a 2nd adult at Salinas San Pedro Pinatar, Murcia on 30.7 (Richard Howard). See photo and thumbnails here.

Phalaropus lobatus

Photo above:© Richard Howard 30.7.2011

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1) Murcia. There was an adult winter plumaged bird at Salinas San Pedro Pinatar, Murcia on 23.7 (Richard Howard).See a thumbnail here.

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1)
(1) A Coruña. One adult was seen on migration from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 19.7 (Ricardo Hevia).

'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 28.7 (José Ramón Sánchez Bugallo). See a photo below and thumbnail here.

Larus hyperboreus x smithsonianus

Photo above:© José Ramón Sánchez Bugallo 28.7.2011

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2,3,4-5,6,7,8-9)
(1) Tarragona There was an adult at el Trabucador sandbar, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 3.7 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). See a photo below. On 9.7 morning it had moved to Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé) but it was not relocated in the evening from the Banya entrance (ed.comment).

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Josep Tantull 3.7.2011

(2) Valencia There was one adult on 11.7 at Racó de l'Olla reserve, l'Albufera de Valencia (Valencia) (J.I.Dies) (more info at

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© J.I. Dies 11.7.2011

(3) Cádiz. On 15.7 there was one at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below (P.Chiclana).

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Paco Chiclana 15.7.2011

(4-5) Cádiz. On 18.7 there were 2 different birds from bird (3) at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz. See a photo below (Rafael García Costales, Fernando Enrique y Yeray Seminario).

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales 18.7.2011

(6) Huelva. On 18.7 there was one ringed bird at Doñana beach, Huelva (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).This bird had been ringed at Gara island, Libia two years and 10 days before.

(7) Almería. On 31.7 one was seen in a tern breeding colony at Cabo de Gata, Almería (Delfín González)

(8-9) Cádiz. There were 2 on passage through Straits of Gibraltar, at Tarifa,Cádiz (Carlos Torralvo/Fundación Migres)

c.f. Elegant Tern Sterna c.f. elegans (1-2,3)
(1-2) Valencia There were two adults of yellow-billed tern recalling Elegant Tern during the breeding season and until recently at Albufera de Valencia, Valencia where they have bred with a Sandwich tern (J.I.Dies et al). See photos below and a full chronicle at
.These birds were seen during the week 18-23.7 at Ebre delta (T.Kupper) but on 23.7 an unringed bird, very red-billed and presumably the individual of Valencia was seen and photographed at Tarragona harbour (Albert Cama, Hannu Koskinen). See thumbnails here. The PVC ringed bird was seen at Sterna PVC ringed individual seen this season at Valencia was seen on 24.7 at desembocadura del Rio San Pedro, orilla de Los Toruños,Pto Sta Maria, Cadiz (Manuel Jiménez) and on 26.7 (Rafa García, Fernando del Valle, Mario Martín & Paco Chiclana).

Sterna elegans

Sterna elegans

Photos above:© J.I. Dies 2011

(3) Murcia. Another individual, presumably different from (1-2)was at Salinas de Marchamalo, Murcia on 28-30.7 (Richard Howard). This bird may have bred in Murcia paired to a Sandwich during these months according to some authors (ed. comment). See two thumbnails here (Richard Howard)

Roseate Tern Sterna dougalii (1,2-4,5,6-7)
(1) A Coruña There was an adult off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña on 9.7 (Antonio Sandoval, David Martínez Lago).

(2-4) Cádiz. On 11.7 there were 3 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). On the following days smaller amount of birds were seen in that beach or nearby beaches of Cádiz province but no way of knowing if those are different birds or the same initial 3: 1 bird on 12.7 at La Jara beach, San Lucar de Barrameda; 2 birds on 13.7 at Montijo beach, Chipiona and one bird on 14.7 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, see a photo below (Paco Chiclana).On 18.7 one was seen at Montijo beach, Chipiona (Rafal García Costales, Fernando Enrique y Yeray Seminario)

Sterna dougallii

Photo above:© Paco Chiclana 14.7.2011

(5) Cádiz. On 23.7 there was one at Desembocadura del río San Pedro, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Manuel Jiménez). On 24.7 it was photographed. It was an adult carrying two metal rings (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below.Seen again on 31.7 (Alberto Savijn)

Sterna dougallii

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales 24.7.2011

(6-7) Cádiz. On 26.7 there were two adults at Salina de la Tapa, Cádiz (Rafa García, Fernando del Valle, Mario Martín & Paco Chiclana). See a photo of one of them & other two terns and a thumbnail of the other below (Paco Chiclana).

Sterna dougallii

Photo above:© Paco Chiclana 26.7.2011


Little Swift Apus affinis (1-6,7-9,10-11, 12-29,30)
Cádiz. On 2.7 there were six birds at Chipiona, Cádiz (Manuel Jiménez, Pablo Barrena, Alberto Álvarez, Carlos J. Moreno, Juan Carlos Teruel, Antonio Acedo, Paco Chiclana y Rafael García).
On 14.7 there were 23 birds at Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana).

(7-9)Cádiz. From 8-10.7 there were 3 birds within Tarifa municipality (José Luis Anguita). Five birds perhaps incuding these 3 were seen in the Sierra de la Plata area, Tarifa on 14.7 (Javier Elorriaga).This location has become another breeding site for Little Swift in S Spain when on 24-29.7 breeding is confirmed at least in two nests monitored until the end of the month (José Luís Anguita; Javier Misas y familia, José Antonio Sarrión, Alberto Savijn; Virginia Moreno, Salomé del Campo y familia).See two photos below (nest 1 and nest 2)

Apus affinis

Photo above:© Nest 1. José Luis Anguita 29.7.2011

Apus affinis

Photo above:© Nest 2. Virginia Moreno 24.7.2011

(10-11) Cádiz. Five birds incuding these 2 were seen in the Sierra de la Plata area, Tarifa on 14.7 (Javier Elorriaga).

(12-29) Cádiz. On 14.7 there were 23 birds at Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana).See a thumbnail here.Two of those remained in the area on 18.7 midday (Rafael García Costales).

(30) Cádiz. One was seen at Straits of Gibraltar area, at Fundación Migres bird observatory, Tarifa,Cádiz (Carlos Torralvo/Fundación Migres)

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (1)
Asturies. On 26.7 there was one bird at Haces, Llanes, Asturies. See two thumbnails here (Fran Nieto).

newSlate-coloured Junco Junco hyemalis (1) UNKNOWN ORIGIN
(1) Illes Balears One individual was seen on 27.7 at SE Cala Morlanda, E Mallorca, Balearic Islands (Stephen Chorley)


* 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
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Latest highlights:

Apus affinis
One of the 23 Little Swifts seen at Chipiona on 14.7 (Paco Chiclana)
Sterna elegans
Sterna elegans
The c.f.Elegant Terns at Albufera de Valencia have bred on 2011 (J.I.Dies)
Gyps rueppellii
Gyps rueppellii
One Rüppell's vulture seen at La Janda, Cádiz on 14.7 (Stephen Daly)
Calidris fuscicollis
Calidris fuscicollis
The White-rumped Sandpiper at Punta de la Banya on 24.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
Sterna sp
Sterna sp
The Yellow-billed tern 'elegant-like' similar (or the same!) as that of Valencia reported also this month, but now at Tarragona harbour on 23.7 (Albert Cama)
Calidris fuscicollis
The White-rumped Sandpiper at Punta de la Banya on 25.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
Sylvia curruca
Sylvia curruca
The Lesser Whitethroat at Asturies on 26.7 (Fran Nieto)
Phalaropus lobatus
Phalaropus lobatus
The Red-necked Phalarope at San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia on 24.7 (Richard Howard)
Phalaropus lobatus
Phalaropus lobatus
Phalaropus lobatus
The Red-necked Phalarope at San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia on 30.7 (Richard Howard)
Phalaropus tricolor
The Wilson's Phalaropeat San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia on 23.7 (Dpmingo Lozano)
Sterna cf elegans
Sterna cf elegans
The Yellow Billed Tern at Mar Menor area, Murcia (Richard Howard)
Larus hyperboreus x
The Benson's Gull remains at Galicia in late July (JR Sánchez Bugallo)
Sterna dougallii
One of the Roseate Terns at Cádiz bay on 26.7 (Paco Chilclana)
Oceanites oceanicus
The Wilson's Storm-petrel seen on 25.7 off Tarifa, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga)
Oceanites oceanicus
Oceanites oceanicus
Two more Wilson's Storm-petrel seen on 25.7 off Tarifa, Cádiz ( Pablo de la Nava above, Jorge Fernández below)
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Three more Wilson's Storm-petrel photos showing wing moult of those seen on 25.7 off Tarifa, Cádiz (Virginia de la Torre)

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