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Sula sula Ixobrychus sturmii Thalasseus elegans Pastor roseus
Sula leucogaster Crex crex Corvus cornix Emberiza melanocephala
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Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1)
Araba/ Álava. A bird was seen at Salburúa wetland, Arkaute, Araba on 30.6 (Kepa Aldama @ It remained into July 2018.n A bird seen at Txingudi, Plaiaundi, Gipuzkoa from 27-28.6 (José F.Esparcia @ eBird) was perhaps the same.


(1) Asturias. On 6.6 a subadult was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Jorge Valella). 5th for @Spain, 1st in the N Atlantic coast, 3 previous in Canaries and one in the Mediterranean. Later seen by more observers (Manolo Pajuelo y Manuel Quintana). See phonescoping photos below and a thumbnail here. At 18:25 hours it was last seen (Xuan Cortés, Clemente Álvarez Usategui).


Photo: © Jorge Valella 6.6.2018


Photo: © Jorge Valella 6.6.2018


Photo: © Jorge Valella 6.6.2018


Photo: © Manuel Quintana 6.6.2018


Photo: © Manuel F Pajuelo 6.6.2018


Photo: © Manuel Pajuelo 6.6.2018


Photo: © Manuel Pajuelo 6.6.2018

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (1)
(1) Tarragona. On 12.6 an adult was reported off Tarragona harbour, Tarragonès migrating S at 06:30 AM (Guus Hak @ Later in the morning a group of observers checked the coast from Tarragona harbour without luck (Sergi Sales, Joan Antó, Ricard Gutiérrez).

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis gularis (1)
(1) Tarragona. A bird was seen on 30.6 paired to a Little Egret E.garzetta at Deltebre, Baix Ebre. Location not revealed for conservation purposes (Manolo Sánchez-Blanch; David Bigas).

topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1) 5th for Canaries & Spain, 6th for the WP
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird found on 1.12.2017 at Rio Cabras gorge, SE of of Tesjuate, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (28°28'32.7"N 13°54'11.0"W) continued in the rio Cabras gorge on 14.6 (Nick Moss nand on 29.6 too (Richard Dunn), see a thumbnail here..

Corncrake Crex crex (1)
(1) Zamora. A bird was heard on 9.6 evening - night at R.N. Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora (Michel y Fabienne Cardin).

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) Girona. On 27.6 one was at Closes d’en Puig, PN Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Girona (Lluís Vilamajó), see a photo below. It was still there on 28.6 (Pau Garcia Campderròs; Albert Burgas) and 29.6 (Nico Ordax; Ramon Aguilar; Josep Bosch Juan Miguel Díaz, Miquel Àngel Lucena, Eudald Vilas


Photo: © Lluís Vilamajó 27.6.2018

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans (1)
(1) Valencia. There was a bird seen on 7.6 at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, Valencia (Joan Balfagón @ eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (9)
(1-5) Barcelona. The pair breeding at Llobregat river, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat had chicks in early May and may be in the area near Llobregat in early June despite two birds were seen at Viladecans in late May. On 4.6 a juvenile was seen near Splau commercial centre, Cornellà de Llobregat (Andrés García Rodenas) and on 5.6 two calling birds were seen at another commercial center, at polígon Salinas, Sant Boi de Llobregat (Jordi Sala). Probable dispersive birds from breeding sites in the comarca. On 16.6 two birds were seen at Polígon Industrial Pratenc area, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat (Ricard Gutiérrez). At least the bird in the photo shows growing primaries and secondaries. See photos below and a thumbnail here. A lone bird was seen near Carrefour market at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, on 20.6 (José Antonio García Moreno @ On 26.6 there were 4 at Cal Nani, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat (Àlex Rollán)..


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 16.6.2018


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 16.6.2018


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 16.6.2018

(6-7) Barcelona. Two were breeding at col.legi Bon Salvador, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelonain late May.

(8) Almeria. The bird seen last month at Cabo de Gata was seen again on 2.6 Mónsul beach, Cabo de Gata, Almeria (Juan Pérez Contreras y Beatriz Pérez Machado). See photos below and a thumbnail here. On 9.6 it was seen again at Monsul, Almería (Manuel Sánchez).


Photo: © Juan Pérez 2.6.2018


Photo: © Juan Pérez 2.6.2018

(9) Cáceres. On 2.6 a bird was seen at Poblado Villarreal de San Carlos, Serradilla, Cáceres (Andrew Jarwick @eBird).

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-4) POSSIBLE MAINLAND BREEDING EPISODE
(1-4) Sevilla . On 7.6 two birds were seen at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla where last month a bird had been seen (Paco Chiclana, Ricardo Martín-Baylo, Mario Martín, J.A. Lama y Fernando del Valle). See a photo below (Paco Chiclana). On 9.6 both birds were still there (Rafael García @eBird).On 10.6 there were four birds, at least 3 adults and a juvenile (!). They were very active, continously singing, some displaying flights and interactions (Pablo Galiano). See two photos below. On 14.4 there were at least two (Francisco Mora and on 15.6 there was at least one adult bird in the area (Vicent Esteller @eBird; Josep Pantano @eBird). At least an adult continued there on 23.6 (Ricky Owen nSeen an adult again on 30.6 (José Maria Fernández @eBird).


Photo: © Paco Chiclana 7.6.2018


Photo: © Pablo Galiano 10.6.2018


Photo: © Pablo Galiano 10.6.2018


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus (n=79) INFLUX DERIVED FROM W EUROPE INVASION

Late May data in blue included here for the sake of completeness

  • Navarra (2)

(1) Navarra. On 27.5.2018 Pastor roseus 1 Tudela, Navarra (Carlos Pérez de Obanos @eBird). Still there on 30.5 (Jesús Mari Lekuona @eBird).

(2) Navarra. On 6.6 a bird was seen at Pitillas lagoon, Navarra (Javier Erdozain).

  • Huesca (8)

(1) Huesca. On 27.5 there was a one at Ilche, Huesca (Jesíus Lavedán), between Permisan and Selgua.

(2-7) Huesca. On 31.5 six were found at Fornillos de Barbastro, Huesca (Jorge Sierra, first finding two, then Juan Carlos Albero, Jesús Lavedán @eBird et al counting at least six). See a thumbnail here (Juan Carlos Albero). Not relocated on 1.6 despite intensive search.

(8) Huesca. On 9.6 it was seen one at Fornillos, Huesca. It is not clear if it was one of the birds seen previously in the area (David Ardanuy).

Read entries about these records in Anuario Rocín (AODA) here and here.

  • Zaragoza (14)

(1-12) Zaragoza. On 27.5 there was a flock of 12 individuals in the outskirts of Zaragoza city (Luis Palacio). See a photo below.


Photo: © Luis Palacio 27.5.2018

(13) Zaragoza. On 1.6 a bird was seen near Rodén, Fuentes de Ebro, Zaragoza (E Robert de Groot).

(14) Zaragoza. On 9.6 a bird was seen at Zaragoza city (Miguel Angel Romeo).

  • Girona (21)

(1-2) Girona. There were 2 birds at Riu Muga, Castelló d’Empúries, Alt Empordà on 29.5 (Jean Bisetti @

(3-11) Girona. Nine birds, largest-ever flock recorded in Catalunya to date, were seen on 31.5 at Bellcaire d’Empordà, Baix Empordà (Anna Planella, Ricard Font, Albert Burgas

(12) Girona. On 7.6 there was a Rose-coloured Starling by the bird hide at Ter Vell, L’Estartit, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona (Dave Gosney).

(13-21) Girona. On 8.9 a total of nine birds were seen at the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà area. Five birds were seen at Mas Trencat meadows (Co Dooms @ ). Later, five were found at Cortal Avinyó, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Castelló d’Empúries (Albert Burgas, see a thumbnail here; Joan Manel Baqués, Joan Ventura, Jordi Martí-Aledo, Berto Minobis, Enric Fuster, Jorge García, Marina Fernández And even later at least 9 individuals at the same place (Quim Martínez, Ramon Aguilar, Ignasi Batet, Eikel Delgado On 9.6 six remained there (Ramón Aguilar @ Nine birds remain the highest flock count to date in Catalunya, matching late may flock at Bellcaire d’Empordà (see above). Three remained there on 10.6 (Ramon Aguilar and two on 11.6 (Manel Barrios, Gerard Dalmau

  • Tarragona (6)

(1-5) Tarragona. Five birds were seen near the Ulldecona water treatment plant, Montsià on 31.5 (Jordi Pascual). See a photo below.


Photo: © Jordi Pascual 31.5.2018

(6) Tarragona. A bird was seen at Santa Bàrbara, Tarragona on 3.6 (Vicente Tamarit).

  • Illes Balears (1)

(1) Illes Balears. Cabrera. A bird was seen on 28.5 at Cabrera, Illes Balears (Pere Tomàs @rareses ornitològiques balears).

  • Castelló (5)

(1-4) Castelló. Four birds were seen between Benavites-Almenara, Castelló on 2.6 (José María Hernández), two were confirmed later at Almenara (Ángel Bereje). See a photo below.


Photo: © Ángel Bereje 2.6.2018

(5) Castelló. A bird was seen at Salzadella, Castelló, on 4.6 (Ángel Bereje).

  • Teruel (4)

(1-4) Teruel. Four birds were seen at hípica de Teruel, Teruel on 3.6 (Carlos Díaz, Jorge Fombellida). Read more in the AODA blog here.

  • Soria (1)

(1) Soria. A bird was seen at Deza, Soria on 3.6 (Jesús Ruiz). See a thumbnail here.

  • Toledo (1)

(1) Toledo. On 3.6 a bird was seen at Navahermosa, Toledo (Ignacio Arrospide). See a thumbnail here.

  • León (1)

(1) León. On 3.6 another bird was detected at Congosto, León (Manuel Barra Sosa).

  • Barcelona (5)

(1-2) Barcelona. On 30.5 there were two adults at Parc Agrari del Delta del Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat (Carles Aranda @

(3) Barcelona. 6.6 an adult was seen and photographed at downtown Manlleu, Barcelona (Jaume Casas). See a thumbnail here.

(4) Barcelona. On 8.6 one adult was seen by the Sabadell airport (Robert Manzano) and seen again in the afternoon (Mariano Gancedo

(5) Barcelona. On On 8.6 one adult was seen at C-35 road near Vilalba Sasserra, Vallès Oriental (Pau Garcia Campderròs).

  • Lleida (8)

(1-7) Lleida. On 5.6 seven birds were seen at Alfés former airfield, near the hangar, Lleida (Sander Haak Later in the day four were relocated (Ricard Gutiérrez, Ricard Casanovas; José Guerra, Enric Morera). See photos below and a video at On 6.6 the four birds were still around (Marc Gàlvez, José Guerra; Quim Minoves; Carles Oliver; Rafel Rocaspana; Victor Iglesias Bernat; Eladi Ribes; Roger Guillem See a thumbnail here. On 7.6 there were still 4 birds around (Pau Bo ab @eBird); two later (Alex Fonollosa, Marçal Pla, Enric Morera), see a couple of images of the birds. One lasted later in the same day (Xavier Riera)..


Photo: © Enric Morera, 5.6.2018


Photo: © Enric Morera, 5.6.2018


Photo: © Enric Morera, 7.6.2018

(8) Lleida. On 18.6 an adult was found at Juneda, Garrigues, Lleida (Quim Minoves). On 20.6 it remained there (Quim Minoves).

  • Cuenca (1)

(1) Cuenca. On 6.6 one was at Hoya Callosa, Sisante, Cuenca feeding amongst 20 Spotless Starlings Sturnus unicolor (José Antonio Cañizares). See two photos below.


Photo: © José Antonio Cañizares Mata , 6.6.2018


Photo: © José Antonio Cañizares Mata , 6.6.2018
  • Albacete (1)

(1) Albacete. On 9.6 a bird was seen at Autovía de Alicante, Bonete, Albacete (Rafael Torralba @eBird).



A comic on the subject painted by our colleague Gorka Gorospe:


Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala (1,2)
(1) Asturies. A bird wa seen at Cabo Peñas, Gozón, Asturias, on 10.6 (Manuel Antonio Suárez Caballero). Seen later by more observers (Charo F. Montaño, Pedro García-Rovés, Nacho Castelao, Manuel Quintana Becerra). On 13.6 it was seen again (Manuel Antonio Suárez Caballero). See two photos below.


Photo: © Manuel Antonio Suárez Caballero, 10.6.2018


Photo: © Manuel Quintana, 10.6.2018

(2) Barcelona. A male was seen and photographed within the airfield of Barcelona airport, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, on 25.6 (Xavier Larruy). See a photo below.


Photo: © Xavier Larruy, 25.6.2018


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Citas recientes incluye las últimas novedades del conjunto del país, sensu lato, de acuerdo con las fronteras conocidas en el año 2000, fecha de inicio de la web, 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:

One of the Rosy Starlings at Fornillos de Barbastro, Huesca, on 31.5 (Juan Carlos Albero)
The Rosy Starling at Soria on 3.6 (Jesús Ruiz).
The Hooded Crow at Cabo de Gata on 2.6 (Juan Pérez Contreras)
The Rosy Starling at Navahermosa, Toledo on 3.6 (Ignacio Arrospide)
One of the Rosy Starlings at Alfés, Lleida on 6.6 (Marc Gàlvez)
The Rosy Starling at Manlleu, Barcelona, on 6.6. (Jaume Casas)
The Red-footed Booby at Asturias on 6.6 (Manolo Pajuelo).
One of the Rosy Starlings at Cortal Avinyó, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 8.6 (Albert Burgas).
A Rosy Starling of the group seen at Alfés, Lleida, as on 7.6 (Enric Morera).
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One of the two Hooded Crows at El Prat de Llobregat on 16.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
The Dwarf Bittern from Fuerteventura remained all month long in the island (Richard Dunn).

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