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Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
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This month's homologation statistics Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=16)
Oceanites oceanicus Gyps rueppellii Xenus cinereus
Egretta gularis Falco eleonorae Larus ichthyaetus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Fulica cristata Sterna bengalensis
Mycteria ibis Calidris temminckii Apus caffer
Plegadis falcinellus Tringa stagnatilis
Threskiornis aethiopicus Tringa flavipes

See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers

Wilson's Storm Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus Two records. (1 through snail mail to CR/SEO).On 25.7, a bird was seen in the Mediterranean: c. 16 millas S-SE of Cabo Palos, Murcia at 37º 21' 760N, 00º 36' 185W (WGS 84 datum)(Salvador García) As far as we know, the first known Spanish Mediterranean record. (2) On 26.7 there were 2-3 off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (SGO)

Western Reef Egret* Egretta gularis (1).On 7.7 there was a bird at embalse de Guadialoba, Cáceres. It was amongst Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis)  (Diego Benavides)

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (4 records: 1, 2 & 3 & 4 not submitted yet). (1) There was a presumed hybrid at Rio Grande river mouth, Málaga, on 16.7 (Todor Todorov). See photo below and thumbnail here (© Todor Todorov).  (2 & 3) On 25.7, two presumably juveniles were reported at Los Olivillos, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla. One of the birds show the same pattern as the above Málaga bird and the other is almost blue but with white spots in wings and undertail coverts (John R. Butler).(4)News from Guadalhorce river mouth. A chick showing mantle and crown mid grey coloured was brought to be realesed as taken from a nest in Málaga. Perhaps a 2nd generation hibrid? (Antonio Tamayo, communicated by Andy Paterson)  Text in Spanish: Esta mañana estuve en el Guadalhorce y Antonio Tamayo llegó con una caja con dos pollos todavía prepardas a volar ... Lo interesante es que uno tenia la esplada y corona gris medio, y marcas un una de las alas, siendo la otra más o menos normal.  He pedido a Antonio y a Juan Ramirez quien ha tomado algunas fotos que se ponen en contacto con las fotos. No hay garantias que son del mismo nido, porque uno (el completamente blanco) todavía tenia algo de plumon en la cabeza, mientras la hibrida tenia nada más de 2 o 3 filamentos. En mi humilde opinion, la cría hibrida bien podría ser el resultado de uno de los hibridos (primera cruce) de aqui con una garzetta normal, siendo el pollo una segunda cruce con sólo 25% de dimorfa

Yellow-billed Stork*Mycteria ibis. (1). On 26.7, a bird returned to Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, València, where it had been seen intermitently for the last year (Ignacio Nebot-Gil)

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. After having successfully bred at Cerrado Garrido, Doñana, there were 107 at Isla Menor, Sevilla on 22.7 (Paco Chiclana)

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus. (1). On 10.7 there was one at Parc Natural de S'Albufera de Mallorca, Illes Balears (Lalo Ventoso), probably the same seen already on 20.6. There are photos online here (opens in another window browser)and another below


Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1)  The bird seen in May around the Straits of Gibraltar and brought to the Jerez Zoo on 3.6 was finally recovered and released into the wild on 10.7 (COCN). Although search for funds to put a satellite radio-transmiter to the bird was carried out, no possitive results were obtained although thanks to the persistence of COCN with the collaboration of the Zoo staff, many NGOs, Doñana Biologial Station and Andalusia environmental authorities, the bird is now PVC marked (coded 35F in black letters on yellow PVC ring, plus official ring MINIST. AGRICULTURA ICONA MADRID 11-02989 ) and wears a low band radio transmiter. More information on this bird in the COCN website (in Spanish)The bird is moving to the N since its release. It has visited La Plata mountain, then Laja del Aciscar, Picacho, Alcalá de los Gazules and Arcos de la Frontera, all in Cádiz (Paco Montoya/COCN).By 30.7 it has been lost by radiotracking team, so presumably wandering by N of Cadiz province (Paco Montoya/COCN). 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. There were 5 at Verges, Girona, on 16.7 (Jordi Martí Aledo)At  Laguna de Talayuelas, Cuenca, and for its third consecutive year of presence of birds in the area, there were 6 birds on 28.6 and one on 12.7 (Carlos Sánchez, Julio Miranda y Ramón Cheves). At Solsona, Lleida, there were at least 25 birds on 12.7 (Xavier Larruy, David Guixé i Daniel Mañas)

Crested Coot Fulica cristata. A PVC collared bird was seen from 28.6 (Manuel Zugasti) at Laguna de Talayuelas, Cuenca until 6.7 (Antonio López y Javier Sánchez). Its code was 03C (Rafael Muñoz). This bird was released on 4.4.2003 at Racó de l'Olla, Parc Natural de l'Albufera de València. It is a 15 months old female (Miguel Angel Bartolomé) On 4.7 there was one PVC ringed at Canal Vell lagoon, Parc Natural Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, too distant to be read (David Bigas, Antonio Sandoval et al). There were still four birds at Llobregat delta, Barcelona on 19.7 (Javier Moyano).

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. On 20.7 there were 2 at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Illes Balears (Lalo Ventoso)There was one adult between 20 & 22.7 (J. Martí Aledo) and 5 individuals on 24.7, all at estanys del Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí Aledo i Teresa Montràs)

Marsh Sandpiper  Tringa stagnatilis. The bird found on 29.6 at maresma de les Filipines, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona was still there on 1.7 (Jalo Conde y Fernando Arce).

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes (1) An adult was seen at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València, on 21.7 (J. Ignacio Dies). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Terek Sandiper* Xenus cinereus (1)  An adult was seen at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València, on 22.7 (J. Ignacio Dies). See a photo below It was relocated at Catarroja ricefields, within PN l'Albufera (Antonio Alcocer). On 26.7 it was still there (Bosco Dies) when he took the below photo (© Bosco Dies). There is a complete array of photos of this bird and the above Lesser Yellowlegs in the Dies brothers website on Western Mediterranean Waterbirds (opens in another window)

Great Black-headed Gull* Larus ichthyaetus (1). On 28.7 at 16 h it was reported a 1st year bird at restinga del Parque Natural del Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca. Later it left the area towards the N (Ramón Prades i Bataller). No confirmation of the sighting by other observers neither any further details available of this record yet, that, if submitted and accepted could be a 1st for the country (Ed.comment).

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis. There were at PN Delta de l'Ebre a pure pair with one chick seen all July long (David Bigas) and another hybrid pair S.bengalensis x S.sandicensis which produced a chick seen on 29.6 to 1.7 and finally ringed on 2.8 (David Bigas, Francesc Vidal, Julia Piccardo et al) .There was one at Jara, Cádiz, on 11.7 (Paco Chiclana)

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer. There was one at Bolonia, Cádiz on 20.7 but no Little Swift around in 3 hour observation period (Ignacio Torres y Silvia Asensio).

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

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 will be forwarded to the Spanish RC if enough substantiated but inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind. Names of localities are featured as given by the authors of the records, that should be cited as those. Today news are marked with  . Go back to top
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Latest highlights:

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes at Albufera de València on 21.7 Photo: J.I.Dies
The hybrid Little x Western Reef Egrets Egretta garzetta x gularis. Interestingly this bird does show exact features such as the well known and already accepted 'Les Olles egret' seen for some years at Ebre delta that states one of the hybrid phenotypes known so far for this pairing (ed comments.) Photo: Todor Todorov

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