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topoTaxa index (n= 0 + 13 = 13) + (1) Gibraltar


Calonectris edwarsii Gyps rueppellii Phalaropus lobatus Sterna bengalensis
Podylimbus podiceps Buteo rufinus Tringa flavipes Sterna dougallii
Phaeton aethereus Charadrius leschenaultii Sterna elegans Corvus cornix
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topoCape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwarsii (1,2,3) FOURTH, FIFTH & SIXTH FOR SPAIN
(1) Gran Canaria. On 18.7 a bird was seen and trapped while studying local Cory's Shearwaters at Veneguera, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Joan Ferrer). It was not ringed because of they don't have rings suitable for the species. See two photos below (Joan Ferrer).


Photo: © Joan Ferrer 18.7.2016

Photo: © Joan Ferrer 18.7.2016

(2) Montaña Clara On 6.7 (Ricard Marcos) and 22.7 (Marta Cruz Flores), a bird was also seen at another tubenose study being carried out at Montaña Clara islet, N off Lanzarote. It was ringed and it had been seen also in previous days (Marta Cruz Flores): ringed on 1.7.2013 (Jacob González-Solís) and also seen on 2.7.2015.

N(3) Fuerteventura. On 30.7 a bird was seen and photographed from Playa del Matorral, near Morro Jable, Fuerteventura (Marcin Faber). See photos and comparative with Cory's Shearwater from the same day and place below.


Photo: © Marcin Faber 30.7.2016


Photo collage: © Marcin Faber 30.7.2016

topoPied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1,2)
(1) Gran Canaria. The remaining bird at Estanque del Matorral, Gran Canaria, Canary islands seen last month, continued there on 2.7.2016 (Miguel Avelino Suarez,Francisco Guerra y Liberto). See a photo below (Miguel Avelino Suárez).


Photo: © Miguel Avelino Suárez 2.7.2016

(2) León. The adult bird found on 23.5 at Gravera de Grulleros, León was seen and heard singing from the edge of the pond on 10.7 (Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito)

topoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaeton aethereus (1)
(1) Lanzarote. One individual was seen NE of Alegranza islet, N of Lanzarote on 25.7. Amazingly, it was photographed in company of a group of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca). See enclosed photos (Manolo Almenara). On 10.8.2016 it has been known that there is an increasing number of breeding pairs in the Canary islands, see below.


Photo: © Manolo Almenara 25.7.2016


Photo: © Manolo Almenara 25.7.2016


Photo: © Manolo Almenara 25.7.2016


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Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (1)
(1) A Coruña. On 2.7 an adult was seen at Sisargas islands, Malpica, A Coruña. Seen from a boat (Agustín lcalde, Francisco Docampo).

nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 23.7 a bird was seen from Tarifa, Cádiz (J.A.Sarry

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
(1) Navarra. On 19.7 a juvenile was at Ablitas, Navarra (Jesus Mari Lekuona, Ricardo Rodríguez). See photos below and a thumbnail here. On 20.7 it was seen by more authors at the same place (Juan Carlos Lorenzo et al).


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016

Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016

Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 19.7.2016

nGreater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii (1)
(1) Cantabria. On 31.7 a bird was found at La Arenilla hide, Santoña, Cantabria (Iván Sarabia; Jesús Menéndez et al). See two photos below (Jesús Menéndez) and more photos and links in the August 2016 page.


Photo: © Jesús Menéndez 31.7.2016


Photo: © Jesús Menéndez 31.7.2016

nRed-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1-2)
(1-2) Tarragona. On 12.7, two birds were seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo). They remained there on 14.7 (Jordi Martí-Aledo), but not seen afterwards.

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) Bizkaia. On 24.7 a bird was seen at Orueta lagoon, Urdaibai, Bizkaia (Xarles Cepeda/@UrdaibaiBird, Javier Elorriaga).

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans (1-3)
(1) Valencia. The adult found on 23.6 at RN Racó de l’Olla, l'Albufera de València, was seen again on 4.7 (M. Chardí, J.I.Dies Dies). A total of three birds were at the same place from 21.7 (J.I.Dies, M.Chardí,I.Ruiz), see a photo below (J.I.Dies). Still there on 24.7 (Joost Lux @ These birds have bred in 2016 at Marjal del Moro, Sagunt, València. News of the breeding pair while in the nest have been supressed for conservation purposes. Now the family is safely visible from the nearby l'Albufera de València and presumably will move southwards in the next days or weeks.n According to recent evidence, these birds are pure Elegant Terns (Dufour P, Pons J-M, Collinson J M, Gernigon J, Dies J I, Sourrouille P & Crochet P-A. 2016. Multilocus barcoding confirms the occurrence of Elegant Terns in Western Europe. Journal of Ornithology. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-016-1380-0), read a good review in BirdGuides website here.


Photo: © J.Ignacio Dies 21.7.2016

nLesser-crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 21.7 a bird was seen at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (J.A.Sarry).

nRoseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1)
(1) Huelva. On 11.7 an adult was seen and photographed at Moguer, Huelva (J.A. Sarry). See a thumbnail here.

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-2,3,
(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. There was normally one bird around but on 7.7.2016 the two adults were photographed on a Cyprus tree at El Prat de Llobregat (Jordi Ruestes, Xavier Santaeufemia via Pau Esteban The stage of moult was different from the bird being recorded at Viladecans, a nearby population, therefore confirming that there are actually 3 birds at Llobregat Delta. Seen both again on 12.7 ( On 19.7 one of the birds was seen from a plane while taking-off at El Prat de Llobregat airport, Barcelona (José María Fernández Zapata). On 21.7 it was still there (Quim Minoves @

(3) Barcelona. There was a bird showing an extensive wing moult at La Murtra beach, Viladecans, Barcelona, on 5.7. See two photos below and a thumbnail here (Ricard Gutiérrez). This same individual was seen again on 9.7 (Ignasi Badia Seen again on 11.7 (Helena Navalpotro This bird was seen again on 28.7 (Cristian Bonsoms @


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 5.7.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 5.7.2016

(4) Gibraltar. The 1st for Gibraltar which was found on 31.5 at the city was seen again at Europa Point, Gibraltar, on 23.7 (Fernando José Díaz Fernández).The bird moved into Spain at La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz, on 23.7 (Fernando Díaz @observado. org).

(5) Madrid. On 28.7 an adult was seen and photographed at Parque Isaac Albéniz, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid (NIck Brickle). It remained there the following morning of 29.7 (Nick Brickle). See two photos below and a thumbnail here. nThis bird remained in the park on 29.7 (José Ramón Martín; Alfonso López). See a thumbnail here (Alfonso López). Also seen on 30.7 (Nick Brickle).


Photo: © Neil Brickle 29.7.2016


Photo: © Neil Brickle 29.7.2016



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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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Anser brachyrhynchus, Anas carolinensis, Aythya collaris, Egretta gularis × garzetta, Gyps rueppellii, Circus macrourus, Calidris melanotos, Calidris subruficollis, Gallinago media, Phalaropus lobatus, Larus cachinnans, Larus glaucoides glaucoides, Larus hyperboreus, Sterna bengalensis, Sterna dougallii, Motacilla citreola and Phylloscopus inornatus not considered national Spanish rarities since 1.1.2016 but included here for reference as near-rarities and featured in grey colour and marked with a n

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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 can be used by the Spanish RC or other rarities committees for their knowledge if enough substantiated. Inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind.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, but note above change of policy from January 2016. 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 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 con new 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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Latest highlights:

The 3rd Hooded Crow at Llobregat delta is linked to La Murtra Beach at Viladecans, Barcelona where seen on 5.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Roseate tern at Moguer, Huelva, on 11.7 (J.A.Sarry)
The Long-legged Buzzard at Ablitas, Navarra (Ricardo Rodríguez)
Yet another Hooded Crow, this time at Madrid on 28-29.7 (Neil Brickle)
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The Hooded Crow remained at Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, on 29.7 and into August (Alfonso López)
The Cape Verde Shearwater from Morro Jable, Fuerteventura, on 30.7 (Marcin Faber).

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