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topoSpecies index (n= 0 + 11 = 11) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar


Pterodroma feae/madeira Egretta gularis x garzetta Sterna c.f. elegans
Calonectris edwarsii Phoenicopterus minor Sterna dougallii
Phaethon aethereus Limicola falcinellus Pycnonotus barbatus
  Larus fuscus fuscus Pastor roseus


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
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Madeira-Cape Verde's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1)
(1) Asturias/A Coruña. One was seen flying W off Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturias, on 20.7 morning (Jorge Valella). Later in the day, c. afternoon, one was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña and it might be the same individual (Ricardo Hevia, Antonio Martínez Pernas, Antonio Sandoval).

topoCAPE VERDE SHEARWATER Calonectris edwarsii (1) THIRD FOR SPAIN
(1) Montaña Clara (N of Lanzarote). The bird found on 28.6, 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). was retrapped on 2.7 and ringed with ring 6215207. Measurements showed that it was a different bird from those seen in 2010 in the same islet. See a special photopage here .The bird was not in active breeding mood since the brood patch was not active (see below)


Photo above:© Jacob González-Solís, 2.7.2013

topoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus (1-3)
(1-3) Lanzarote. On 19.7.2013 two adults were seen at the same nest featured in previous months. One chick appears in the photos (see below). Breeding confirmed (Juan Sagardía, Antonio Ceballos). See two photos below. nOn 29.7 the two adults were seen near Órzola, Lanzarote (Juan Sagardía).


Photo above:© Juan Sagardía, 19.7.2013


Photo above:© Juan Sagardía, 19.7.2013

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)

(1) Cáceres. There was a bird on 16.7 at Charco Salado, Casatejada, Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo; Javier Briz, Vicente Risco). See a photo below and two thumbnails here.


Photo above:© Sergio Mayordomo, 16.7.2013

(2) Barcelona. The bird seen in previous months near can Dimoni, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, was relocated at the same place, at Riera Rojam on 28.7 (Raúl Bastida)

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-3,4-6)

(1-3) Málaga . Three individuals were at Fuentedepiedra lagoon, Málaga, on 12.7: two adults and a 25-day chick. Breeding confirmed (Manolo Rendón, José Miguel Ramírez).

(4-6) Sevilla. On 16.7 the three birds featured previously at Veta la Palma, Espacio Natural Doñana, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla were seen again (José Luís Arroyo). See a photo below and thumbnails here. Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.


Photo above:© José Luís Arroyo, 16.7.2013

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus (1)

(1) Tarragona . There was an adult at El violí ricefields, Migjorn, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 30.7 morning (David Bigas, Thomas Kuiper). On 30.7 evening it was still there (Ricard Gutiérrez). See two photos below and a thumbnail here. It continued into early August.


Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez , 30.7.2013


Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez , 30.7.2013

Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1)

(1) Madrid . There was a 1st summer (2cy) the days 12,19 & 26.7.2013 at Pinto Dump, Madrid. It was ringed with a Swedish ring (8120021 Stockholm). See a photo below (Javier Marchamalo)


Photo above:© Javier Marchamalo, 26.7.2013

c.f. Elegant Tern Sterna elegans (1-4,5)

(1-4) Valencia . There has been a pure pair of Elegant-like terns at PN l'Albufera de Valencia breeding this season. News have been broadcasted once the chick has flown. One of those has been the male seen in previous years with a yellow-pvc ring that seems to have lost (!). They have produced a chick (see photo below) that began flying on 1.7.2013. On 2.7 a 3rd adult was seen in the area too (J.I.Dies). See a photo below and read more in Birding Albufera website here. The juvenile was still present in the area on 12.7 with the ringed male (photo below). The female was last seen on 5.7 and the 3rd adult was only present between 2-4.7 (J.Ignacio Dies).

Perhaps these four birds were seen at Cádiz, by (Rafael García Costales) in a number of days and sites:

24.7 : 1 elegans type, ad, unringed, Punta de los Saboneses, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafa García); 1 elegans 'typical' , adult, unringed, Salina de la Tapa, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafa García), see Rafa blog here.

25.7: 1 elegans 'typical', adult, unringed, Salina de la Tapa, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Dani Maza, Pablo Barrena y Rafa García)

26.7: 1 elegans 'type' adult, unringed; another typical adult unringed; another elegant-type with metal ring in right tarsus and a juvenile unringed near the other, its father, Salina de la Tapa, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafa García). See more in his blog.

29.7: 1 elegans type, adult unringed, another adult 'typical', an unringed adult and a juvenile unringed near the other, its father, Salina de la Tapa, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Manuel Jiménez y Rafa García). See the information in Rafa blog and a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies, 3.7.2013


Photo above:© J.Ignacio Dies, 12.7.2013


Photo above:© Rafael García Costales, 29.7.2013

(5) Cádiz . There was one adult at Chipiona, Cádiz on 10.7 (Antonio Acedo). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo above:© Antonio Acedo, 10.7.2013

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
(1) Pontevedra . There was a ringed bird on 23.7 at bateas de Areamilla, Cangas do Morrazo, Pontevedra (José Luis Lorenzo 'Colón'). The bird was ringed and right leg was holding the code 'A N 8 4'. See photos below and thumbnails here. This bird was ringed as a chick at Rockabill on  26.6.2011. The national ring number is SR95884(Stephen Newton via Antonio Gutiérrez and C.Damian Romay).


Photo above:© José Luis Lorenzo Colón , 23.7.2013


Photo above:© José Luis Lorenzo Colón , 23.7.2013

Photo above:© José Luis Lorenzo Colón , 23.7.2013

(2) Pontevedra . On 8.7, a ringed bird was seen at A Xunqueira, Moaña, Pontevedra (Alberto Pastoriza). This was also a ringed bird (AU 45) that had been ringed at Rockabill island, Dublin, Ireland on 13.7.2011 (Stephen Newton).

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1-3)
(1-3) Cádiz . Two adults were seen feeding a chuck at Tarifa, Cádiz on 8.7 (Emilia Jiménez Vaquero). First mainland Spain & mainland Europe breeding record as far as we know. Record submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife.


Photo above:© Emilia Jiménez Vaquero, 8.7.2013

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus (1)
(1) Barcelona . One adult was seen at Llobregat delta, Barcelona, on 30.7 (Ferran López). See a photo below.


Photo above:© Ferran López, 30.7.2013


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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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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Latest highlights:

The c.f. Elegant Tern at Chipiona, Cádiz on 10.7 (Antonio Acedo).
The Lesser Flamingos at Veta la Palma, Doñana (José Luis Arroyo)
The hybrid egret at Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo).
The Roseate Tern from Pontevedra on 23.7 (José Luís Lorenzo)
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The Broad-billed Sandpiper at El Violí, Delta de l'Ebre, a new flooded area that is creating much expectation because of the good birds so far (Ricard Gutiérrez).
The Elegant terns that had bred in Valencia, moved to Atlantic coast of Cádiz where remained by late July (Rafael García Costales)

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