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Anas discors    


Oceanites oceanicus Calidris melanotos Sterna dougallii
Egretta gularis Limicola falcinellus Apus affinis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Phalaropus lobatus Streptopelia senegalensis
Gyps ruepellii Larus glaucoides Motacilla flava feldegg
Melierax metabates Sterna bengalensis  


Phoenicopterus roseus nLarus delawarensis  
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Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)
(1) Barcelona The eclipse drake found at Cal Tet lagoon, El Prat de Llobregat, Llobregat delta, Barcelona on 30.6 continued there on 1.7 (Ferran López) and 3.7 (Piero Perrone). See photos below and thumbnails here. Visit also his blog here. The bird was still there on 7.7 (Pedro Bescós, Marc Illa, Laura García) and on 8.7 (Ángel Pérez Pallarés at

Anas discors

Photo above:© Piero Perrone 3.7.2012

Photo above:© Piero Perrone 3.7.2012


Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus (1-2,3-7,8)
(1-2) Cádiz. There were two birds off Tarifa, Cádiz, on 7.7 (Andy Paterson, Stephen Daly)

(3-7) Cádiz. On 21.7 there were at least five different birds that produced 11 sightings off Tarifa, Cádiz (Marie Montalva, Mario Guerrero, Francisco Guerrero, Francisco Hortas y Elena, José María Fdez. Zapata e Inmaculada, Manuel Jiménez, Javier Ruiz y María José y Rafa García). See a photo below and thumbnail here.No less than six birds were seen in the Straits area on a seawatch on 28.7 (Ana Cruz, Javier Elorriaga, Gorka Gorospe et al)

Oceanites oceanicus

Photo above:© Paco Guerrero Roldán 21.7.2012


(8) Cádiz. No less than six birds were seen in the Straits area on a seawatch on 28.7 (Ana Cruz, Javier Elorriaga, Gorka Gorospe et al). Ed. comment. We can't tell if the birds seen on 21.7 were amongst these six so we consider here minimum figures for calculation purposes.

Oceanites oceanicus

Photo above:© Javier Elorriaga 28.7.2012


Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis gularis (1,2)
(1) Valencia. Perhaps the same bird found on 26.5 at El Brosquil ricefields, Cullera, València was seen within the heronry at L'Albufera on 4.7, which means a possible breeding mixed with Little Egret Egretta garzetta (J.M. Benavent, C. Gil, P. Vera at Birding Albufera).

(2) Sevilla. A bird was seen at Veta la Palma, Sevilla, on 1.7 (Jaime Blasco/Birding Doñana). See a photo below and here.

Egretta gularis

Photo above:© Jaime Blasco/Birding Doñana 1.7.2012

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Alicante. The bird found on 28.6 at Torre del Tamarit, Parque Natural de las Salinas de Santa Pola, Alicante continued in the Santa Pola saltpans on 8.7 morning (Pablo Sentís). See two thumbnails here.

(2) Málaga. There was a very white bird showing some dark feathers at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga on 25.7 (José Postigo). There are photos of this bird in his blog here. nSee also two photos below (J. Postigo)


Photo above:© José Postigo 25.7.2012


Photo above:© José Postigo 25.7.2012

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. There was one at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz, on 28.8 (Carlos A. Torralvo, Marta Peris, Nicolas Vandestrate (Fundación Migres) y Oscar Llama). See a thumbnail here (C.Torralvo).

topoDark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. A bird was reported from from old road Lajares - La Oliva, Fuerteventura on 22.7 (David Llop). Unfortunately it was not seen anymore. Potential 1st for Spain. Wind and climatological conditions in previous days were favourable to a natural arrival. No birds of this very rare especies is kept in captivity within the Canary Islands.

nLanner Falco biarmicus (1,2)
Gibraltar - Cádiz. A bird was seen from Gibraltar on 26.7: a juvenile crossing Straits of Gibraltar over Gibraltar and moves to the N into Spain (Vincent Robba/GONHS).

(2) Gibraltar - Cádiz. On 31.7, a moulting subadult was seen hunting at Windmill Hill & Camp Bay areas, Gibraltar then moving across the bay to Algeciras, Cádiz (Stanley Olivero/GONHS).


Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Badajoz. There was a bird at Charca de Esparragalejo, Badajoz on 13.7 (Ángel Sánchez y Ángel Luis Sánchez), see a photo below, and 14.7 (Eva Palacios, César Clemente y Sergio Mayordomo), see a thumbnail here.See a video below (E.Palacios and S.Mayordomo)

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Ángel Sánchez 13.7.2012


Video above:© Eva Palacios 14.7.2012

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus (1)
Tarragona. On 17.7 one adult was seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo)

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1,2,3-5,6)
(1) Tarragona. On 16.7 one adult female was seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo)

(2) Cádiz. On 20.7 a bird was found at Salinas de Bonanza, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below and his blog too. On 27.7 there were four at Salinas de Bonanza, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Guides).


Photo above:© Paco Chiclana 13.7.2012

(3-5) Cádiz. On 27.7 there were four at Salinas de Bonanza, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Guides).See two photos below.


Photo above:© Stephen Daly / Andalucian Guides 27.7.2012


Photo above:© Stephen Daly / Andalucian Guides 27.7.2012

n(6) Murcia. On 30.7 an adult female was seen and photographed at San Pedro del Pinatar saltpans, Murcia (José Navarro Leandro). See a thumbnail here.

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3)
(1) Asturies There was a 2nd summer at El Arbeyal beach, Gijón, Asturies on 25.7 (Daniel López Velasco). See a phonescoping photo below (D.L.Velasco)

Larus glaucoides

Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco 25.7.2012

(2) Asturies There was a 2nd calendar year, thus different from above bird, at western Asturies coasts in late July: 14.7 (Gilberto Sánchez Jardón; Manuel Fernández Pajuelo y Angel Nuño Nuño), then 21.7 (Xuan Cortés) and 22.7 (Clemente Alvarez Usategui) atMántaras, Tapia, Asturies. This bird had been seen at Valdepares, El Franco (Bárbara Suárez) where found on late 2011.

(3) Lugo There was a 3rd calendar year at Celeiro harbour, Viveiro, Lugo on 31.7, presumably the (Toño Salazar)

Lesser-crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2-5)
(1) Barcelona. One bird showing typical characters of the species was seen at Llobregat river mouth, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, on 8.7 (Ferran López).

(2-5) Cádiz. There were 4 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz, on 8.7 (Antonio Acedo y Fabio di Pietro). Read more in Spanish in Rafa García blog here. Two of those, perhaps, were seen again at the same site on 10.7 (Antonio Acedo, Fabio di Pietro y Jose Manuel Franco). See photos below (A.Acedo). Interestingly one of the terns seen on 8.7 was PVC ringed carrying a white ring with 3 letters and numbers. It seems to be D24 thus belonging according to cr-birding website to a project from Lybia, in 2010. Read more about this sighting in Rafa García blog.

Sterna bengalensis

D24 bird. Photo above:© Antonio Acedo 8.7.2012

Sterna bengalensis

D24 bird and two more. Photo above:© Antonio Acedo 8.7.2012

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Antonio Acedo 10.7.2012

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2-3,4-5)
(1) A Coruña. On 7.7 one bird was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval, Ricardo Hevia y Antonio Martínez Pernas)

(2) Cádiz. On 19.7 there were two adult birds at playa de La Jara, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana).

n(3-5) Cádiz. On 31.7 there were two (one ringed) at Salina de la Tapa, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales). See a thumbnail here.

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-5,6,7-12)
(1-5) Cádiz. The amount of 18 birds seen in late June around Chipiona harbour, Cádiz may probably have continued there in early July (ed.comment). Indeed there were sightings in the area in early July: 7.7 4 individuals at Chipiona coast (Antonio Acedo, Fabio Di Prieto, Manuel Jiménez, José María Fdez. Zapata y Rafael García) and 1 individual at sea seen from Chipiona lighthouse (Manuel Jiménez)

(6) Cádiz. There was one bird on 21.7 at La cueva del moro, Tarifa, Cádiz (Alex Colorado)

n(7-12) Cádiz. There is a second area holding Little Swifts on the Atlantic coast area around Barbate - Zahara de Los Atunes. Seen over the Sierra de Retin, Zahara on 26.7 and again at Barbate Port on 29.7, 6 birds at each sighting (Stephen Daly/Andalucian Guides).

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis (1)
(1) Tarragona. One bird was seen on 14.7 at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo). See three photos below (J.Martí-Aledo).

Streptopelia senegalensis

Photo above:© Jordi Martí-Aledo 14.7.2012

Streptopelia senegalensis

Photo above:© Jordi Martí-Aledo 14.7.2012

Streptopelia senegalensis

Photo above:© Jordi Martí-Aledo 14.7.2012

Black-headed Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1)
(1) Valencia. There was one bird resembling this subspecies on 2.7 at R.N del Tancat de Milia, Sollana (Toni Alcocer at Birding Albufera).

topoRARITIES ONLY FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS** 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.

topoGreater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The juvenile bird found on 17.9.2011 at Gran Canaria was still at Charca de Maspalomas, S.Bartolomé de Tirajana on 7.7.2012 (Miguel Avelino), see a thumbnail here. The bird remained there on 21.7 (Miguel Avelino). See another thumbnail here.

toponRing-billed Gull Larus delawarensis (1)
(1) Lanzarote. There was a 2nd cal year bird between playa de los Pocillos, Puerto del Carmen and Tias golf course, Lanzarote on 31.7. This is a bird that might have been there for a while (Juan Carlos Andrés). See two photos below.


Photo above:© Juan Carlos Andrés 31.7.2012


Photo above:© Juan Carlos Andrés 31.7.2012


*** 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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reported so far this month


Only Canary Islands rarities
Gibraltar rarities

20 photos 1 video

14 thumbnails

Rarity distribution
JULY 2012
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Previous years

Rarity forecast
compare currrent rarity number with average of last 5 years

Average number of rare species (blue) and individuals (violet) per month 2005 -2009


Latest highlights:

The Blue-winged Teal at Llobregat delta on 3.7 (Piero Perrone)
The presumed hybrid egret from Santa Pola saltpans Natural Park as seen on 8.7 (Pablo Sentís)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at Badajoz on 14.7 (Eva Palacios)
The Rüppell's vulture at Tarifa on 28.7 (Carlos Torralvo)
One of the Wilson's Storm Petrels seen off Tarifa on 21.7 (Paco Guerrero)
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The Red-necked Phalarope seen at Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia (José Navarro Leandro)
One of the two Roseate terns recorded at Cádiz bay on 31.7 (Rafael García Costales)

Only Canary islands highlights
The long-stayer Flamingo individual at Gran Canaria, also present this month (Miguel Avelino)
Another shot of the Canarian Flamingo this month (Miguel Avelino)

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