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Bucephala clangula      


Egretta gularis Porphyrio alleni Chroicocephalus philadelphia Corvus cornix
Ixobrychus sturmii Charadrius semipalmatus Thalasseus elegans Pycnonotus barbatus
Buteo rufinus Calidris falcinellus Thalasseus sp Spilopelia senegalensis
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Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1)
Araba/ Álava. The bird found at Salburúa wetland, Arkaute, Araba on 30.6 was seen on 5.7 again (Jon Iratzagorria Garay @eBird) and 6.7 (Pablo Varona


Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis gularis (1,2)
(1) Tarragona. A pure seen on 30.6 paired to a Little Egret E.garzetta at Deltebre, Baix Ebre apparently continued there in early July and was seen at the same place on 15.7 (Manolo Sánchez Blanch).

(2) La Rioja. On 23.7 a grey bird was seen at Reserva Natural de los Sotos de Alfaro, La Rioja (Jesús Ángel Ucha). It was seen later in the afternoon as well, when photographed (Sito de la Torre). See three photos below and a thumbnail here. The colour, size, proportions and absence of irregular white feathering recall a juvenile pure gularis.


Photo: © Sito de la Torre, 23.7.2018


Photo: © Sito de la Torre, 23.7.2018


Photo: © Sito de la Torre, 23.7.2018

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 29.6 (Richard Dunn), see a thumbnail here, and apparently continued in the site at least during early July. Not seen in late July.

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
(1) Cádiz. On 14.7 a bird was seen at Los Alcornocales NP, Observatorio del Cabrito, Cádiz. A hybrid "Gibraltar Buzzard" could not be discarded although the phenotype looked good for cirtensis (Javier Elorriaga @eBird).

Allen's Gallinule Porphyrio alleni
(1) Málaga. On 8.7 a bird was photographed at Fuentedepiedra, Málaga (Maxence Pajot). News were broadcasted in late July/early August and bird condition was not fully clear since available photos were laptop snapshots. Waiting for further information. See a photo below and two thumbnails here (Maxence Pajot).


Photo: © Maxence Pajot, 8.7.2018

topoSemipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus (1)
(1) Tenerife. The bird seen in January 2018 at a creek at Tejita, Tenerife, Canary Islands was seen again on 30.7.2018 (Juan Carlos Andrés). See a thumbnail here.

Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus (1-2)
(1) Tarragona. On 20.7 two birds were seen at los Cavalls, Buda island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas, Yago Brugnoli). See three photos below and a thumbnail here.


Photo: © David Bigas, 20.7.2018


Photo: © David Bigas, 20.7.2018


Photo: © David Bigas, 20.7.2018

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1)
(1) Asturias. On 11.7 an adult summer bird was seen and photographed at Zeluán, Asturias (Daniel López-Velasco). See a thumbnail here.

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans (1,2,3-4,5,6-7) HYBRID AND PRESUMED PURE PAIRS HAVE BRED
(1) Valencia. There was a bird at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, Valencia on 15.7 (Joan Balfagón @ eBird). The same day another was seen at L'Albufera NP, El Raco de l'Olla, Valencia (José Monterde @eBird) but it cannot be discarded to be the same individual with the available data. At least 4 breeding pairs (mixe with sandvicensis and at least one pure) would have bred in the Valencia region this year according to local sources. More information to come.

(2) Murcia. Late news. There was a bird at 'La Mota', San Pedro del Pinatar saltpans, Murcia on 30.6 (Alfonso Samper). See a photo below. The species may have bred in the area in 2018 according to some sources.


Photo: © Alfonso Samper, 30.6.2018

(3-4) Cádiz. Two birds: an adult and a juvenile were seen on 23.7 at Salinas de la Tapa, Cádiz (Rafael Garcia @eBird). On 26.7 they were still there (José María Fernández Zapata @eBird). These are birds probably coming from Valencia where they have bred (J.I.Dies in litt).

(5) Cádiz. On 27.7 an adult was seen at Playa de la Jara, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). One of the above or more birds from Valencia - Murcia on the move (ed. comment).

(6-7) Barcelona. On 31.7 two birds, an adult and a hybrid juvenile, were seen at Ca l'Arana beach, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Ferran López). See photos in August 2018 page.

Yellow-billed Tern Thalasseus sp (1,2-3,4)
(1) Tarragona. On 1.7 morning, a yellow-billed tern with white rump was seen at Sant Antoni former saltpans, La Tancada, Delta de l’Ebre, Montsià (Manolo Sánchez Blanch, Policarpo Hernández).

(2-3) Tarragona. On 23.7 an adult showing white rump and a long yellow bill was seen with a juvenile showing a black cap, yellow bill and yellowish legs at Buda island coast, Sant Jaume d’Enveja, Delta de l’Ebre, Montsià (David Bigas). See three photos below. According to J.I. Dies (in litt.) these two birds, the adult being recognized by showing yellowish tibia, and the juvenile by the shape of the head markings, have bred in the Valencia area this year together with other three pairs of yellow-billed terns, assigned initally to Elegant Tern. Of these four pairs, at least one was pure and the others, including the bird seen at Ebre delta, were a mixed pair with Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis. On 25.7 both birds were seen and photographed again at the same site (David Bigas, Ricard Gutiérrez), see long distance photos below, and on 26.7 the adult was seen from Migjorn, Sant Jaume d’Enveja, Montsià (Sergi Sales).


Photo: © David Bigas, 23.7.2018


Photo: © David Bigas, 23.7.2018


Photo: © David Bigas, 23.7.2018


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez, 25.7.2018


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez, 25.7.2018


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez, 25.7.2018

(4) Pontevedra. On 29.7 a yellow-billed tern was seen during a seawatch off Cabo Silleiro, Pontevedra (Quique Carballal).

nBlue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus (1)
(1) Illes Balears. A bird was photographed at Colonia Sant Jordi, Campos, on 30.7 (Harald Bott @ rareses ornitològiques balears).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-6)
(1) Barcelona. The bird that have bred or attempted breeding at the Baix Llobregat comarca did have differnent fate in 2018. According to Sergi Sales (pers.comm.), the pair breeding at Sant Feliu de Llobregat failed its breeding in its 1st-ever attempt there. On the other hand, the pair from El Prat de Llobregat apparently succeeded and raised 3-4 chicks (Ferran López in litt.). On 1.7 there was a bird at C-32 motorway near Alcampo supermarket, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés, Gerard Gutiérrez, Ariadna Gutiérrez) and on 6.7 a bird was at El Prat de Llobregat (Pau Esteban On 15.7 there were three at Cal Nani, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat (Carina Domenech and on 17.7 five birds were seen flying over El Prat de Llobregat town (Ferran López). On 31.7 there were 6 at El Prat de Llobregat: four bewteen Cal Dominguet and la Bunyola and two more near cal Fernando, El Prat de Llobregat (Raúl Bastida

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1)
(1) Cádiz . On 17.7 (J.A. Sarry and on 19.7 (José Márquez a bird continued at Tarifa, Cádiz.

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-3) POSSIBLE MAINLAND BREEDING EPISODE
(1) Sevilla . One adult of those found at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla last month remained there on 1.7 (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below. Two adults were seen on 8.7 at the same place (Paco Chiclana). On 15.7 there were three at the same place: a male singing and at least a juvenile (Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito @eBird). On 18.7 two adults were seen displaying in the area (Fernando del Valle, José Carlos Sires, Juan Francisco Jiménez, Mariano Sevilla, Jose Soriano y Paco Chiclana).On 22.7 there were two at El Pantano, Sevilla (Rafael García @eBird). On 27.7 at least a bird remained there (J.A.Sarry


Photo: © Paco Chiclana 1.7.2018


Video: © Paco Chiclana 8.7.2018


Photo: © Paco Chiclana 8.7.2018


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  • 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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Recent reports includes the latest sightings from the whole of Spain, as known from year 2000 boundaries, 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 SEO/BirdLife 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, as well as Andorra or other areas offshore, 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, 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
Cites recents inclou les darreres novetats del conjunt de l'estat, sensu lato, i d'acord amb les fronteres conegudes l'any 2000, moment d'inici d'aquesta web, 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.Des d'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). Des de setembre de 2017 les rareses catalanes també són incloses amb un tractament en base comarcal i de forma complementària a la plana 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 Dwarf Bittern from Fuerteventura from late June (Richard Dunn).
The adult summer Bonaparte's Gull at Zeluán, Asturias, on 11.7 (Daniel López Velasco).
One of the two Broad-billed Sandpipers seen on 20.7 at Ebre delta (David Bigas).
The hybrid juvenile (above, left) with a juvenile Sandwich (above, right) and the adult (below) within a group of Sandwich Terns. 25.7.2018 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
The possible pure juvenile Western Reef Heron at La Rioja on 23.7 (Sito de la Torre).
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The Semipalmated Plover continued in Tenerife in late July (Juan Carlos Andrés)
The Allen's Gallinule, apparently juvenile with growing canons in primaries, at Fuentedepiedra , Málaga on 8.7 (Maxence Pajot)

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