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topoTaxa index (n= 0 + 21 = 21) + (0) Gibraltar


Pterodroma madeira/feae Gyps rueppellii Phalaropus lobatus Stercorarius maccormickii
Oceanodroma monorhis Buteo rufinus Cursorius cursor Falco biarmicus
Phaeton aethereus Numenius hudsonicus Sterna elegans Corvus cornix
Egretta gularis Calidris tenuirostris Sterna bengalensis Corvus albus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Calidris falcinellus Sterna dougallii Pycnonotus barbatus
Phoenicopterus minor      

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Fea's/Madeira's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1,2)
(1,2) A Coruña. First bird of the season spotted from Estaca de Bares, Mañón, A Coruña headland was seen on 28.7 (Antonio Sandoval Rey), and second on 29.7 Galicia (Antonio Sandoval, Alfonso Valderas), almost a month earlier than 2016 birds.

topoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaeton aethereus (1-2)
(1) Lanzarote. A pair of birds is breeding at Órzola cliffs, N Lanzarote as they had done in the past (Juan Sagardia).

topoSwinhoe's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. A dark-rumped Petrel matching the characteristics of a Swinhoe's was seen from a touristic boat off Mogán, Gran Canaria, on 14.7 (Geoff Morgan). See two back-of-the-camera captures and thumbnails here, better quality photos will come when the author returns home. On the basis of the current evidence, and asked about the possibility of the bird being an odd Leach's, Bob Flood, from @Scillypelagics, has commented to this website:

There has never been a truly dark-dumped Leach's in the N Atlantic. Worn / moulting Leach's might appear dark-rumped. In this case, there is absolutely no hint of pale in the rump area. Further, the bird is brownish with buffy ulnar bars, like Swinhoe's and unlike Leach's. Shape etc looks OK as far as can be told. I cannot say from the photos it was definitely a Swinhoe's, and I don't have the observer's notes, but from the photos alone it looks very promising.


Photo: © Geoff Morgan 14.7.2017


Photo: © Geoff Morgan 14.7.2017

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
Illes Balears. Mallorca. The bird present last month at PN S'Albufera de Mallorca was seen again on 1.7 (Bradford Schmonsees @ eBird). Seen again on 10.7 (Johan Thor bird was seen again on 19.7 (Lars Lundmark). See a thumbnail here.

nWestern Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) Illes Balears. Mallorca. A preseumed hybrid was seen PN S'Albufera de Mallorca on 2.7 (Juanjo Bazán). See a photo below.


Photo: © Juanjo Bazán 2.7.2017

nLesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-3)
Málaga. There were at least three adults at Fuente de Piedra lagoon, Málaga on 19.7 (Antonio-Román Muñoz @ eBird). Check the special photopage of the Fuente de Piedra Lesser Flamingos here

nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 1.7 a a 2nd cy was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz (J.A.Sarry)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) La Rioja . On 22.7 a bird was seen at La Rad, en Murillo de Río Leza , La Rioja (Ignacio Gámez). See a photo below.


Photo: © Ignacio Gámez 22.7.2017

Cantabria. The bird found on 29.1.2017 was unexpectedly seen again on 19.7 at Cicero marshes, Santoña, Cantabria (Alejandro García Herrera). The bird was seen again on 27.7 (Antonio Sanz @Aves Cantabricas; Juan Mª Dominguez @eBird) and 28.7 (Miguel Ángel Martín y Miguel Martín @Aves Cantabricas).

GREAT KNOT Calidris tenuirostris (1) 1ST FOR SPAIN
(1) Cádiz . On 1.7 an adult was seen and photographed at close range at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). The day before it had been seen at Doñana National Park beach, Huelva (Jorge García Cuevas), see June 2017 page. Both sites are not distant. See three photos below. The bird was seen again on 2.7 (José Portillo, Yeray Seminario, José Mª Fernández Zapata; Manuel Bárcena).


Photo: © Paco Chiclana 1.7.2017


Photo: ©Paco Chiclana 1.7.2017


Photo: © Manuel Bárcena 2.7.2017

Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus (1)
(1) Almería. On 26.7 a bird was seen at Salinas de Cerrillos, Almería (Raimundo Martin y Garry Pearson). See a photo below and thumbnails here (Raimundo Martín). Still there on 30.7 (Juanfra Jimenez @eBird).


Photo: © Raimundo Martín 26.7.2017

nRed-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1,2)
(1) Tarragona. On 19.7 an adult female was found at Els Cavalls, Buda island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés).See a photo below and thumbnails here. Indeed it was known later that the bird had been first seen on 17.7 (David Bigas). Present intermitently, the bird was seen later on 19.7 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé) and relocated on 21.7 (Juan Carlos Albero Perez, Ricard Gutiérrez), see a thumbnail here.


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 19.7.2017

(2) Tarragona. On 20.7 another ad female was seen at Punta de la Banya, Ebre Delta, Tarragona (Ricard Gutiérrez Carles Domingo).

Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor (1-7) 3rd CONFIRMED BREEDING IN MAINLAND SPAIN
(1-7) Granada . During June-July, two pairs of Cream-coloured Coursers have bred in Alhama de Granada area, Granada. This website, applying its common policy, has intentionally supressed the news until the juveniles have been able to fly for conservation purposes, always in agreement with the finders of the birds.

The two pairs produced two chicks each, of whose three grew enough to fly. Read the chronicle of the events in Spanish at Aves Granadinas blog here and a review of the species breeding attemps in Spain in the special page here. The main observation dates are as follows:

  • 23.6.2017 One adult (Francisco Contreras Parody). Later three adults seen, see June page.
  • 24.6. Four adults and two few hours old chicks (José Mª González Cachinero y Juan Pérez Contreras).
  • 3.7. Four adults, two one-week chicks and two newborn chicks (Juan Pérez Contreras)
  • 5.7. Same as on 3.7 (Juan Francisco Jiménez, Raimundo Martin and Garry Pearson)
  • 12 & 24.7. Four adults and three juveniles (Mick Richardson)
  • 26.7 . Four adults and 3 flying juveniles (Juan Pérez Contreras), see a photo below.


Photo: © Juan Pérez Contreras 26.7.2017

South-polar Skua Stercorarius maccormickii (1)
(1) A Coruña . On 22.7 a bird was seen at close range from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval).

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans (1-2,3,4-5,6-8)
(1-2) Valencia . There was one at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València, on 5.7 (Gorka Gorospe). See a sketch drawing below. Seen again on 11.7 (Gorka Gorospe @ eBird) and 17.7 (Yanina Maggiotto @eBird).On 23.7 two birds were seen from the road to El Palmar, near Racó de l'Olla, Valencia (Claes Wikström, Mårten Wikström, Erik Rask).Probably one of these birds was seen at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, on 30.7 (Manolo García Tarrasón, Fran Lloris, Ana Abad), see a thumbnail here.


Sketch: © Gorka Gorospe 5.7.2017

(3) Alicante . On 9.7 there was an adult at Pinet saltpans, Santa Pola, Alicante (Jesús Ruiz Rodrigo). See a photo below.


Photo: © Jesús Ruiz 9.7.2017

(4-5) Tarragona . A pair was photographed within a Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis breeding colony at Ebre delta, Tarragona in late June (Mariano Cebolla, see below), and they were seen in different days within the colony. Breeding was suspected but not confirmed and they indeed might be the same birds seen in Valencia later. See two photos below (Mariano Cebolla).


Photo: © Mariano Cebolla 17.6.2017


Photo: © Mariano Cebolla 17.6.2017

(6-8) Cádiz . A bird was seen at Cádiz bay on 18.7, perhaps bird (3) on its way South (Rafa Garcia bird was shared with two more, totalling three birds, two adults and a juvenile on 29.7 (Rafa García Costales). See a photo below. Actually, the total number of birds in Mediterranean Spain is of five: a pair with a juvenile (this record) and two adults at Valencia, perhaps also seen elsewhere. See a photo below (Rafa García Costales).


Macho ♂, Hembra ♀ Photo: © Rafa García Costales 29.7.2017

nLesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2)
(1) Cádiz . A bird was seen at Cádiz bay on 18.7 (Rafa Garcia

(2) Almería. On 20.7 a bird was seen at Salinas de Cerrillos, Almería (Raimundo Martin, Sergio Martin y Enrique Lopez). See a photo below..

Photo: © Raimundo Martín 20.7.2017

nRoseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2-3)
(1) Cantabria. On 1.7 a bir dwas seen from Santoña harbour, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez, Antonio Sanz @ Aves de Cantabria)

(2-3) Bizkaia. The birds seen on 30.6 at El Abra, Bizkaia, were seen again on 4.7 (Javier Cañadas, 5.7 (Selene Gancedo and 6.7 (Eneko Iturregui; Juan Carlos Diéguez -see a thumbnail here-).

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz. On 29.7 a bird was seen from Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Diego Jesús Herrera @eBird).

(2) Lleida. On 31.7 a 1w was seen and photographed near Tàrrega, Lleida (Sergi Sales). See three thumbnails here..

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-6)
(1-6) Barcelona. Confirmed breeding. The six members of the 1st family having bred in Iberia remained at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, and were seen on 1.7 at Jardins de la Pau (SIscu Díaz 21.7 a bird was seen from Nelson Mandela bridge , El Prat de Llobregat (Raúl Bastida and on 23.7 at least one was detected at downtown El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Pau Esteban

topoPied Crow Corvus albus (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. On 13.7 a bird was seen again at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria harbour, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Xabier Remirez @eBird).

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1)
(1) Cádiz . A bird continued at Tarifa, Cádiz on 27.7 (Birding Tarifa) and 29.7 (José Márquez


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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 Spanish Rarities Committee except:

Anser brachyrhynchus, Aythya collaris, Egretta gularis × garzetta, Gyps rueppellii, Circus macrourus, Calidris melanotos, Calidris subruficollis, 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

newFrom 1.1.2017 no records of Larus cachinnans will be included in the website. The species has proven to be regular and it is no longer consider a national rarity. Indeed, there are more cachinanns that L.delawarensis records. Sightings of the rest of species 'ex-rarities' are variable from one year to another, offer some id challenges or are of overall interest, and hence they will be featured in the website as in 2016 for the sake of completeness. Phylloscopus inornatus is still included to better understand the apparent changes in its pattern of occurrence including wintering records, despite the tremendous amount of birds recorded in 2016.

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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
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 podrà ser emprada per comitès de rareeses estatals o d'altres àmbits si bé la seva publicació aquí no implica la seva aceptació o homologació de cap mena i és responsabilitat dels seus autors. 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 per bé que també d'altres espècies a partir de gener de 2016 (vegeu més amunt). 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 Roseate Tern at El Abra, Bizkaia, was so far last seen on 6.7 (Juan Carlos Diéguez).
The presumed Swinhoe's Storm Petrel off Mogán, Gran Canaria, on 14.7 (Geoff Morgan)
The Western Reef Egret from S'Albufera was seen again on 19.7 (Lars Lundmark).
The Red-necked Phalarope from BUda island, Ebre Delta, Tarragona, three thumbnails above, 19.7, the lower one from 21.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
The Broad-billed Sandpiper on 26.7 at Almería (Raimundo Martín).
The Elegant Tern seen at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, on 30.7 (Manolo García Tarrasón).
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The Lanner seen near Tàrrega on 31.7 (Sergi Sales).

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