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topoSpecies index (n= 1 + 14 =15) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Dendrocygna bicolor    


Thalassarche melanophris Gyps ruepellii Sterna bengalensis
Calonectris edwarsii Falco biarmicus Sterna dougallii
Oceanodroma monorhjs Tryngites subruficollis Apus pacificus
nEgretta gularis Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus Pycnonotus barbatus
Egretta gularis x garzetta   Corvus cornix


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (1)

(1) Valencia . On 16.6 a bird that had been found on 12.6 at R.N del Tancat de Milia, Sollana, (T. Alcocer/Fundación Global Nature) was seen again at the same site (Pedro Marín/Grup d'anellament GOTUR).See a couple of photos and more information at Birding Albufera here.


Black-browed Albatros Thalassarche melanophris (1)

(1) Asturias . One adult was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturias, on 1.6 (Jorge Valella). See three snapshots and a brief chronicle of the sighting in his blog here.

topoCAPE VERDE SHEARWATER Calonectris edwarsii (1) THIRD FOR SPAIN
(1) Montaña Clara (N of Lanzarote). On 28.6 one bird was caught, measured and sampled within a Cory's Shearwater colony (Calonectris diomedea) at Montaña clara islet, North of Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Laura Zango, Jacob González-Solís). See a special photopage here.

SWINHOE'S STORM-PETREL Oceanodroma monorhis (1)
(1) Alicante . One was first heard singing in the European Storm-petrel cave at Benidorm Island, latter trapped and ringed there on 15.6 (Guillermo Mayor, Raúl Ramos).See two cell phobne photos below (Guillermo Mayor).Presumably heard again in the colony on 17.6 night, but not fully confirmed (Guillermo Mayor). See new photos below (Raül Ramos) and thumbnail here (Guillermo Mayor).


Photo above:© Guillermo Mayor, 15.6.2013


Photo above:© Guillermo Mayor, 15.6.2013


Photo above:© Raül Ramos, 15.6.2013


Photo above:© Raül Ramos, 15.6.2013

nWestern Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
(1) Cádiz. There was an adult within a heronry but not breeding at Laguna del Tarelo, Espacio Natural Doñana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 19.6 (José Luís Arroyo). See a photo below and a thumbnail here. Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.


Photo above:© José Luís Arroyo, 16.6.2013

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) Cáceres. The bird featured last month at Arrocampo resevoir, Cáceres and presumably breeding there or at least visiting the heronry, was last seen on 22.5 (A.Redondo) in another heronry, thus presumably failing in its breeding attempt. Further visits up to now have not relocated the bird (S.Mayordomo in litt.).

(2) Barcelona. The hybrid reported at Can Dimoni, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Llobregat delta, Barcelona was seen again on 16.6 ( to Ferran López)

(3) Ciudad Real. One presumed hybrid was seen on 15.5 (Estefanía Franch) and 16.6 at Isla del Pan, PN Tablas de Daimiel, Ciudad real (Juan Diego Acevedo). See a thumbnail here.

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Badajoz. There was a 3rd or 4cy bird at Villanueva del Fresno, Badajoz on 22.6 (Alfonso Pérez del Barco). See two photos below (Alfonso Pérez del Barco).


Photo above:© Alfonso Pérez del Barco, 22.6.2013


Photo above:© Alfonso Pérez del Barco, 22.6.2013

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cáceres. On 10.6 a Lanner Falcon was seen at Los Cerralbos (between Trujillo and Santa Marta de Magasca), Cáceres (Martin Kelsey, Jane and Don Walton).
See a photo below and two thumbnails here. Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis (1)
(1) Tarragona
A bird found at Migjorn ricefields, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 27.5 remained there on 1.6 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). See a photo in Rarebirdspain twitter here (Cristian Jensen).

GREY-HEADED GULL Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus (1)

(1) Valencia . On 11.6 there was an adult in breeding plumage at Racó de l'Olla saltmarsh, Valencia, L’Albufera de Valencia (J. Ignacio Dies, Miguel Chardí). The 3rd for Spain. Previous records are those of an adult between 30 June and 15 August 1971 at Doñana marshes (Ardeola, 46: 140) and a 1w at Gran Canaria island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria harbour on 2 February 2005 (Ardeola 54(2), 2007, 405-446). See two photos below (J.I.Dies). Not relocated.


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies, 11.6.2013


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies, 11.6.2013

Lesser-crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1)

(1) Huelva . There was an adult at Parque Nacional de Doñana beach, Almonte, Huelva, on 10.6 (José Luis Arroyo).See a photo below and two thumbnails here.
Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.


Photo above:© J.Luis Arroyo, 10.6.2013

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1)

(1) Bizkaia . There was an adult at Getxo harbour, Bizkaia, on 1.6. It was together with one Arctic tern, nine Common Terns and one Sandwich Tern, believed all to be on passage (Iván Sarabia).

PACIFIC SWIFT Apus pacificus (1)
(1) A Coruña . One was reported and record-shot photographed at A Frouxeira lagoon, Valdoviño, A Coruña on 23.6 (Xabier Prieto). See the chronicle in galician in his blog here. If submitted and accepted could be a 1st for Spain (previous claim for the same site and author unfortunately could not be accepted due to not enough proof for a 1st for the country).

nGarden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1)
(1) Cádiz . One bird, presumably the one remaining individual from those featured in may 2013, was seen again in Tarifa, Cádiz: on 23.6 one was near Calzadilla de Téllez street, Tarifa, Cádiz (Emilia Jiménez Vaquero).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1)
(1) Cantabria . The bird found on 27.5 at Ajo, Bareyo, Cantabria, remained there on 2.6 (Ángel Ruiz Elizalde). Last seen on 3.6. (Ángel Ruiz Elizalde).Perhaps this same individual was seen flying over cabo Peñas, Asturtias, on 12.6 (Manuel Quintana Becerra). See two thumbnails here.
Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.

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.


*** 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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Please consider the option to send reports of former rarities or interesting concentrations of non rarities to be featured in the Birdspain Blog, also linked in the homepage of this website.

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

See the information page for how to submit records to CR/SEO by e-mail

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.

Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible.



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Latest highlights:

The Lesser-crested Tern at Huelva on 10.6 (José Luis Arroyo)
The Lanner at Cáceres on 10.6 (Martin Kelsey)
The Hooded Crow over Cabo Peñas, Asturias on 12.6, perhaps the same Cantabrian bird seen previously? (Manuel Quintana)
The Swinhoe's Storm Petrel at Benidorm island, bird of the month! (Guillermo Mayor)
The hybrid egret from Isla del Pan, PN Tablas de Daimiel, Ciudad Real (Juan Diego Acevedo).
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The adult Western-reef Egret at Laguna del Tarelo heronry on 16.6 (José Luis Arroyo).

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