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Egretta gularis x garzetta Gyps rueppellii Sterna c.f. elegans Corvus cornix
Podylimbus podiceps Aquila pomarina x clanga Sterna dougallii Eremophila alpestris
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nRing-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1)
(1) Sevilla On 10.6 a male was seen at Dehesa de Abajo, Sevilla (Alberto Pastoriza; J.A.Sarry, Pablo Galiano, Chema Pamundi, y Chari Braza). See more information at here. The drake remained there on 13.6 (Paco Chiclana), see a thumbnail here.


nPresumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) Barcelona. The bird seen in late May at Filipines marsh, El Remolar-Filipines Nature Reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona continued there in early June: 2.6 (Carles Oliver ; Jordi Mateu, 3.6 (Ramon Valls, 4.6 (Julio Ruiz Ballesteros, Franc Escamilla, Sergi Carreras On 8.6.2016 it was still at Filipines marsh, Remolar-Filipines Nature Reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ricard Martínez And on 9.6 too (Iván García Martínez

(2) Valencia. There was a presumed new hybrid bird (overall dark grey bird with white throat) at Tancat del Pomero ricefields, Albufera de Valencia (A. Signoli @

(3) Illes Balears. There was a presumed hybrid at S'Albufereta de Pollença, Mallorca, on 15.6 (Maties Rebassa). See a photo below.


Photo: © Maties Rebassa 15.6.2016

(4) Valencia. A bird, seen in previous months, was relocated at Tancat de La Ratlla, Silla, Albufera de Valencia (Luis Aleixos @

topoPied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1-2)
(1-2) Gran Canaria. The two birds found this winter at Estanques de Aldea Blanca, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria presumably continued there in early June. See photos in May page.On 25.6 one remained at Estanque del Matorral, Gran Canaria, Canary islands (Miguel Avelino Suarez,Francisco Guerra y Liberto). See a photo below (Miguel Avelino Suárez). it remained into July 2016.


Photo: © Miguel Avelino Suárez 25.6.2016

(1) Huesca. On 17.6 a bird was seen and photographed at Pre-Pyrenees at El Pont de Montanyana, Huesca (Juan Carlos Albero Perez). It was seen alongside all the rest of European vultures, excluding Ruppells (!). See photos below. It is the northernmost record to date of the species in Spain and Europe. It was reported in the afternoon soaring over the area and heading East towards Catalonia (Màrius Domingo).


Photo: © Juan Carlos Albero 17.6.2016


Photo: © Juan Carlos Albero 17.6.2016


Photo: © Juan Carlos Albero 17.6.2016


Photo: © Juan Carlos Albero 17.6.2016

nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1,2-5,6)
(1) Cádiz. One immature was seen crossing the Straits coming from Africa on 9.6 at Tarifa, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga, Yeray Seminario & Juan Ramírez Román / Birding the Straits).See a photo below (Javier Elorriaga)


Photo: © Javier Elorriaga / Birding the Strait 9.6.2016

(2-5) Gibraltar - Cádiz. A grand total of 4 individuals, juveniles all, were recorded in different sites at Gibraltar (Stewart Finlayson et al/ GONHS). See two photos below. At least the photographed individual was seen shortly after flying over La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz (Álex Colorado).


Photo: © Stewart Finlayson 25.6.2016


Photo: © Stewart Finlayson 25.6.2016

(3) Zaragoza. There was a juvenile at Monegrillo, Zaragoza, on 7.6 (Esteban Hernández). See a photo below (taken with an automatic trap camera).


Photo: © Esteban Hernández 7.6.2016

Hybrid Lesser x Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga x pomarina (1)
(1) N Spain. The satellite tracked individual from Lithuania that travelled across Spain in Autumn 2015 it is now moving north and begun June in Aragón to move towards Catalonia before moving into France. On 1.6 it was seen near Zuera, Zaragoza where photographed (Jorge Sierra Gros, see below and read more at Anuario Ornitológico de Aragón- AODA here). It then moved through Huesca towards Lleida, crossing the Pyrenees to the N side at Val d'Aran but returning to the S slope through Montgarri valley towards Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu to Vall Ferrera, then Alt Urgell and Cerdanya county where staying E of Queixans, at Les Pereres close to French border. Searching attempts were conducted without luck. On 2.6 it moved to France and last recording was over Llívia, Girona at 10: 22 AM. Travel of this eagle can be followed in this link


Photo: © Jorge Sierra Gros 1.6.2016


Photo: © Jorge Sierra Gros 1.6.2016


American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (1,2)
(1) A Coruña On 2.6 a summer plumaged bird was seen at Laguna da Frouxeira, Valdoviño, A Coruña (Lucía Losada). See a thumbnail here. It was still there on 3.6 (Pablo Gutiérrez).

topo(2) La Palma The bird found on 25-26.5 at Las Martelas ponds, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma island, Canaries remained there on 6-13.6 (Robert Burton).

Elegant Tern Sterna c.f. elegans (1)
(1) Valencia. On 23.6 an adult was seen at RN Racó de l’Olla with a Sandwich Tern ((J.I. Dies, M. Chardí, I. Ruiz, G. García, V. Paris @ The bird was still in the area on 27.6(G. García, J.I. Dies, J.V. Muñoz, I. Ruiz, Y. Maggiotto), see a photo below (J.Ignacio Dies).


Photo: © José Ignacio Dies 27.6.2016

nRoseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1-2,3)
(1-2) Alicante. The two birds seen from mid April attempted breeding at Santa Pola, Alicante but human disturbance aborted the breeding attempt on 30.5 (read more at AHSA website here). On 1.6 an adult was at Salines del Pinet, Alacant (Roque Belenguer, Gorka Gorospe). See a photo below. . It had been seen there from 31.5 (Jacobo Ramos). Read in the Rarebirdspain blog here a full account on this failed breeding episode: Nidificación frustrada de Charrán rosado (Sterna dougallii) en Alicante [Failed breeding episode of Roseate Tern in Alicante].


Photo: © Gorka Gorospe 1.6.2016

(3) Huelva. Thre was an adult on 29.6 at Espigón Juan Carlos I, Huelva (José Márquez y Pilar Ortega). See a photo below (José Márquez).


Photo: © José Márquez 29.6.2016

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Toledo. There was a juvenile at Toledo on 30.6 (Jesús Camacho). See a thumbnail here.

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-2,3,4,5,6,7)
(1-2) Barcelona. The two seen at El Prat de Llobregat from mid May that were seen building a nest on a Cyprus tree were seen intermitently in June. On 2.6 one was seen at Av. Onze de Setembre, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Gorka Gorospe, Ricard Gutiérrez), see photos below. On 3.6 (Carles Oliver; Xesco Puigdomenech and 4.6 (Miquel Bonet was still there. However, the 2nd bird may be the one reported from Gavà beach on 5.6, some km to the South within the same Llobregat Delta (Ignasi Torre @ornitho. cat) and it would hence not be hidden 'in the nest'. The bird depicted below was lacking an outer primary in the right wing.The bird from El Prat town was seen again on 8.6 (F.Xavier Santaeufemia) and 9.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez) while the bird from the Gavà-Viladecans coast was at Filipines beach car park on 6.6 (Jordi Figueras) to 11.6 (Josep Bellavista @ Consorci Delta del Llobregat blog).On 12.6 it was seen again at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Pau Esteban On 17.6 it was still at the same village (Ferran López @ Consorci Delta del Llobregat blog). The bird was seen at El Prat de Llobregat on 22.6 at Plaça Catalunya, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Eduard Gonzàlez and on 24.6 a bit northwards (Pau Esteban On 29.6 two were seen again at El Prat de Llobregat (Jordi Ruestes via Pau Esteban @ while the same day another or one of those was at La Murtra beach car park, Viladecans, Barcelona (Oriol Miralles @ so there might be three in the whole Llobregat delta or one of the birds moves a lot. Indeed, on 30.6 only one was seen at El Prat de Llobregat (Quim Minoves


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 2.6.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 2.6.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 2.6.2016

(3) Almería. The bird seen on 27.5 , that might have been there for a while according to local observers, was seen again on 9.6 (Raimundo Martín). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo: © Raimundo Martín 9.6.2016

(4) Barcelona. On 7.6 a bird was at Ódena, Barcelona (Lluís Xavier Toldrà See a record shot here. This bird is different from the 2 seen at Llobregat delta.

(5) Lleida. On 12.6 a bird was photographed at Solsona, Lleida (Jordi Comellas The feather moult stage suggests this is not any of the birds seen at Llobregat delta in immediately previous days.

(6) Tarragona. On 13.6 a bird was seen at Alforja, Tarragona (Gerard Galvalvà @ Until 11.6 the 2nd Llobregat delta bird was present there so perhaps this might be the same but so far no photo evidence is available to compare plumages.

(7) Gibraltar. The 1st for Gibraltar found on 31.5 at the city was seen again at barely the same place on 8.6 (Christopher Milan, Terry Jesty, y Gerard Olivero). Seen and photographed on 16.6 at Europa Point, Gibraltar (Christopher Milan, Terry Jesty, y Gerard Olivero). Photographed again on 18.6 (Trevor Hammond). See a photo below.


Photo: © Trevor Hammond 18.6.2016

nHorned Lark Eremophila alpestris (1) 2nd for Catalonia, c.7th for Spain
(1) Barcelona. On 29.6 a singing adult (!!!) was seen within an area of Barcelona harbour, close to Llobregat river mouth, Barcelona (Ferran López, F. Xavier Santaeufemia). See three photos below (Ferran López).


Photo: © Ferran López 29.6.2016


Photo: © Ferran López 29.6.2016


Photo: © Ferran López 29.6.2016

(1) Cádiz. On 15.6 a bird was seen at Algeciras, Cádiz (Manolo Castro). Very probably a ship-assisted individual, not relocated. Since the species is able to cross the Atlantic, despite assistance it’s countable for National lists. A 2011 claim from Mallorca was never accepted so this might be a 1st for the country if accepted.


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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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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 podrá ser usada por comités de rarezas estatales o de otros ámbitos, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores. 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 si bien véase el cambio de política acaecido a partir de enero de 2016. 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
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The American Golden Plover at A Frouxeira, Valdoviño, on 2.6 (Lucía Losada)
The Cabo de Gata Hooded Crow. More records are appearing. Have you checked your local crows? (Raimundo Martín)
The drake Ring-necked Duck at Dehesa de Abajo, Sevilla as on 13.6 (Paco Chiclana)
The Roseate Tern has bred at Alicante but failed. All the chronicle in the Rarebirdspain Blog here (Sergio Arroyo)
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