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Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
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Species index (n=22+25= 47)
Cygnus olor Branta bernicla Aythya collaris
Cygnus columbianus Branta ruficollis Aythya nyroca
Anser brachyrhynchus Tadorna ferruginea Aythya marila
Anser fabalis Anas americana Somateria mollissima
Anser albifrons Anas falcata
Anser albifrons x anser c.f.C.leucophrys x Aythya sp Melanitta fusca
Anser caerulescens Anas carolinensis Bucephala clangula
Branta leucopsis Anas rubripes
Podiceps grisegena Threskiornis aethiopicus Xenus cinereus
Podiceps auritus Platalea alba Larus delawarensis
Puffinus mauretanicus Haliaaetus albicilla Larus glaucoides
Pelecanus rufescens Gyps rueppellii Larus hyperboreus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Aquila pomarina/clanga Anthus richardi
Falco vespertinus
Egretta alba Falco rusticolus Anthus hodgsoni
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Fulica cristata Phylloscopus inornatus
Plegadis falcinellus Grus virgo Plectrophenax nivalis
See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers

Mute Swan Cygnus olor There was a bird on 3.1 at Las Puntas coastal area, El Hierro island, Canary Islands (Beatriz Fariña). Could be the 1st genuine vagrant to the Canaries (J.A.Lorenzo in litt.). On 17.1 there were 3 at Llobregat delta, Barcelona (RN Delta del Llobregat).See a thumbnail here

Bewicks Swan* Cygnus columbianus(1via snail mail) There were 2 adults at fields near Castell del Remei, Lleida on 26.1 (Fermí Soret, Francesc Pont,Pau Gomis)

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus. Three records (1snail mail, 2 w0071, 3 ) (1) On 3.1 one adult was located in fields near Villafáfila town, within a flock of c.2000 Greylag Geese (Anser anser) (Laura Antón, Ángel González Mendoza, Alfonso Rodrigo).(2) One was seen at Boada de Campos, La Nava area, Palencia on 4.1 (M.A. Fernández, X.Pinheiro,F.Arce, D.L.Velasco et al) Still there on 15.1 (E.Gómez Crespo) and 18.1 (P.Chiclana et al, F.Jubete) and 19.1 (J.Aja, JJ Fernández Aransay)to 24.1 (J.A.García, P.F.García, PJ Menéndez, DL Velasco) .(3)The two adults at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies found in october 2003 were still there on 4-11.1 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido)See a photo below (taken on 6.1, Daniel López Velasco) with the two Bean Geese at the same place

Bean Goose Anser fabalis. There was one fabalis at La Nava, Palencia on 4.1 (M.A. Fernández, X.Pinheiro,F.Arce, D.L.Velasco et al)Two rossicus were seen amongst other rare geese at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 4-11.1 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido).See a photo above, with one Pink-footed goose (D.López Velasco).The Aiguamolls de l'Empordà bird, featured last month was still there on 13.1 and behaved totally wild (J.Martí-Aledo, T.Montràs, B.Minobis, P.Feliu, O.Clarabuch, S.Sales, F.López, R.Gutiérrez et al). See a thumbnail here. At Boada de Campos, Palencia there were 2 on 16.1 (Paco Chiclana et al, F.Jubete)

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons At Villafáfila, Zamora, there were three on 1.1 (Delfín González). See a thumbnail hereAt Escalante marshes, Santoña, there was one already reported last month on 3.1 (Javier de la Cruz, Miguel Rouco; Álvaro Rada, Carlos Zumalacárregui, David Miguélez). On 4.1 there were two at La Nava, Palencia (M.A. Fernández, X.Pinheiro,F.Arce, D.L.Velasco et al). Still there on 6.1 (D.Calleja)and three at Boada on 16.1 (P.Chiclana, F.Jubete). One was seen amongst other rare geese at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 4-11.1 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido).Still the Santoña bird on 9.1 (A.Rada, la Cruz, LJ Salaverri).See a thumbnail hereTwo were seen at Villafáfila on 10-11.1 (Adolfo Villaverde). There was one 1w neck-banded (black colour with white letters) at Caño del Guadiamar, Hinojos-Aznalcázar, Huelva-Sevilla on 11.1 (Fernando del Valle).There was one 1w at ensenada de la Linera, Ría de Eo, Asturies/Lugo on 10.1 (Pablo Fernández García).Two at La Nava, Palencia still on 19.1 (J.Aja, JJ Fernández Aransay)and 24.1 (J.A.García, P.F.García, PJ Menéndez, DL Velasco).The Santoña bird was still there on 11.1 (M.Garrigós, JM Pérez de Ana) and 12.1 (J.Ruiz Guijarro, JM Pérez de Ana). A bird was seen at Santoña during the wildfowl count on 21.1 (J.G.Navedo) to 25.1 (C.O.Rioja).There were two at laguna del Oso, Ávila on 27.1 (Delfín González).There was one on 29.1 at Corredor Verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla (Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín).The Villaviciosa bird was seen again on 25.1 (Karmelo de Dios; A.Villaverde).

c.f. Hybrid White-fronted x Greylag Goose Anser albifrons x A.anser. On 28.1 there was a bird assumed to be an hybrid between these two species at La Nava lagoon. Palencia. It was showing large albifrons-like white head markings in the head and the rest was c.anser-like (Delfín González)

Snow Goose* Anser caerulescens(1w0069)There were still two birds at Boada, seen already in december 2003, and another one at La Nava, Palencia, totalling three (M.A. Fernández, X.Pinheiro,F.Arce, D.L.Velasco et al)There were three at La Nava on 11-12.1 (Miguel A. Rouco). See a photo below of one of the birds (© Miguel Rouco).Still there on 15.1 (E.Gómez Crespo).One still there on 16-17.1 (P.Chiclana et al, FJubete) and 19.1 (J.Aja, J.J. Fernández Aransay) to 24.1 (J.A.García, P.F.García, PJ Menéndez, DL Velasco)

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis. There was one at La Nava, Palencia on 4.1 (M.A. Fernández, X.Pinheiro,F.Arce, D.L.Velasco et al).On 8.1 there was one (present in the area since 13.12.2003) at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca (Juan Ramon Cuervo).There was one at laguna de Manjavacas, Cuenca on 10.1 (Juan Ruiz). There was one at Villafáfila on 7.1 (Adolfo Lomeña).still there on 17.1 (P.Chiclana, MA García Matellanes). Still at bird at Sariñena, Huesca on 10.1 (Fran Alcalà).Two at la Nava still on 19.1 (J.Aja, JJ Fernández Aransay).There were two at laguna del Oso, Ávila on 27.1 (Delfín González). See a thumbnail hereThere was one at laguna de Sariñena, Huesca on 28.1 (Aurelio García).

Brent Goose Branta bernicla On 4.1 there was one of nominate race at ria de Villaviciosa, Asturies, already seen in december 2003 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido)Still there on 12.1 (A.Villaverde Garrido).There were still two at ensenada de San Simon, Pontevedra on 21.1 (César Vidal).

Red-breasted Goose* Branta ruficollis(1) The adult found at La Nava, Palencia from 7.12.2003 was relocated on 15.1 (E.Gomez Crespo)

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. There were 2 at Villafáfila, Zamora on 17.1 (P.Chiclana, M.A.García Matellanes).On 17.1 there were 3 at Punta del Fangar, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Marc Peris, Helena Giralt).The seven birds of unknown origin but believed to come from a collection since they were ringed with plastic bands seen from 20.12.2003 at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà turned up to be six from 13.1 (J.Martí-Aledo and others) were still there most of the month when seen also at Baix Empordà marshes(J.Martí-Aledo).See a photo of three of them below (© Vony Burlet).On 10.1 there was one at Marismas de Hinojos, Huelva (John Butler).There was one at golf de Son Antem, Llucmajor, Mallorca on 28.1, unknown origin (Jordi Muntaner).

American Wigeon* Anas americana (1) There was a male at Puntal area, Ría del Eo, Castropol/Vegadeo/Ribadeo, Asturies, on 2.1 (Pablo Fernández García).

Falcated Teal* Anas falcata (1w0075) 2nd for SPAIN. There was a male at El Clot, PN Delta de l'Ebre from 6.1 (F.López, R.Armada,, J.Castelló, J.L.Copete) until 16.1 (David Bigas). On 17.1 a male too, the same?, was seen c.170 km N, at Ricarda lagoon, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, also associated to Red-Crested Pochards Netta rufina as in the Ebre Delta (J.Bécares, F.Pujol, R.Sanz, P.Bescós, J.Castelló, X.Larruy)See a photo below (17.1.04, © Pedro Bescós) and three thumbnails (20.1.04 © Ricard Gutiérrez) here. The bird was still there on 20.1 (R.Gutiérrez, F.López, FX Santaeufemia, A.Ramal, A.Croary, C.Ramos, R.Bastida et al)and behaved shy and wild and flew well in company of Wigeons A.penelope not showing any captivity sign at all.On 30.1 a male (the same???) was seen AGAIN at l'Encanyissada area, delta de l'Ebre where one seen from 6-16.1 (P.Feliu, J.Sargatal, H.Mas, C.Ginés et al).

Ringed Teal x cf.Aythya hybrid* Calonetta leucophrys x Aythya sp (1) There was an odd-looking bird initially assigned to a crossing between Baikal Teal and some kind of diving duck (Tufted Duck or Ferruginous duck for example) on 7.1 at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra (César Vidal). See two photos below. On 28.1 Harry Lehto suggested the following:

It looks superficially quite formosa-like, but I think that neither of the parents is a formosa. Many Anas-hybrids such as wigeon x pintail or shoveler x teal get a head pattern which resembles a formosa. 
It appears that formosa like head pattern appears because it is somewhere deep in the anas-line, and shows up then relatively easily. So I dismiss formosa as one of the parents.

My first imperssion of the bird was imemdiately that one of the parents is a Ringed Teal (Calonetta leucoprhrs- from South America) - a relatively common bird in parks, and if I look at Barry & Eric Gillham Hybrid Ducks, 5th contribution towards an inventory I see only two hybrids that are quite similar in head pattern, namely wood duck x ringed teal and shoveler x ringed teal. They are both with ringed Teal. There is a case of Ringed teal x New Zealand scaup in captivity, which "Showed a head color and pattern similar to N. Shoveler x Ringed Teal" (Quote from Gillham and Gillham, 2002), so without a very careful study something like Ringed Teal x Ayhtya sp  could be one guess for this hybrid.


Green-winged Teal * Anas carolinensis (1) The PN Aiguamolls bird seen intermitently since november 2003 was relocated on 2.1 at Bruel hide (Mireia Bartrons i Enric Ortega).

Black Duck * Anas rubripes (1) There was a female at laguna de Cospeito, Lugo on 2.1 (David Calleja Marcos).

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1,2,3w0065,4) (1)There was a male at laguna da Frouxeira, Valdoviño, A Coruña on 2.1 (David Calleja Marcos).Sightings at León within the mid-january wildfowl counton 17.1: (2) a female was at Santa Cristina del Páramo pond (D.Miguélez, V.López et al) (3) a female was at Selga de Ordaz reservoir (N.Rodríguez, F.Sandoval) and (4) a pair was at Embalse de Barrios de Luna (N.Rodríguez, F.Sandoval). 

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. On 2.1 a male was seen again at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, at Bruel hide where reported in november 2003 (Mireia Bartrons i Enric Ortega). On 3-4.1 there was a male at lagunazo de Moncayuelo, Zaragoza (Javier Sanz, Eduardo Albaiceta). On 4.1 at the same are two were reported later (Fran Alcalá).On 20.1 there were 3 at canal d'en Pujol, S'Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park,Balearic Islands (Pere Vicens). The bird at la Granda, Gozón, Asturies, was still there on 12.1 (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui). There was a pair  at PN Aiguamolls, Girona on 13.1 (J.Martí-Aledo, R.Gutiérrez, B.Minobis, O.Clarabuch, S.Sales, F.López, T.Montràs,P.Feliu) There was one male at Azuqueca de Henares, Guadalajara on 21.1 (Miguel Angel Letón). At Santomera reservoir, Murcia, there were five birds on 22.1 (M.A.Núñez).On 25.1 there was a female at Porcal gravel-pit, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid (M.Juan Martínez, Delfín González).There were 3 at El Rocío, Huelva on 22.1 (R.Romero, M.Martín, R.Martín, P.Chiclana).There were eight birds at Laguna del Portil, Huelva on 22.1 (John Butler).

Scaup Aythya marila. There was one female at Marisma Blanca, Santander on 1.1. (Javier de la Cruz).On 3.1 this place hosted two birds: a 1w male and the female (Álvaro Rada, Carlos Zumalacárregui, David Miguélez). See thumbnails of both birds here.There was a pair (male/1w female) at ensenada de la Linera, Ría del Eo, Castropol/Vegadeo/Ribadeo, Asturies on 2.1 (Pablo Fernández).There was a female at laguna da Frouxeira, Valdoviño, A Coruña on 2.1 (David Calleja Marcos).There was a female at Alday marshes, Santander on 8.1 (M.Sánchez Cobo, A.García Herrera et al).On 14.1 (G.Martín García) to 17.1 there was one at Embalse del Vellón,Madrid (E.García, S.Sanz, L & A H Ortega Morejón).At Marisma Blanca, Santander, Cantabria the 1w male was still there on 21.1 (J.Bedia, F.Arce).

Eider Somateria mollissima. On 3-4.1 the immature male found on 25.12 was relocated at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria (Álvaro Rada Iglesias; Máximo Sánchez Cobo, Beatríz Gómez García). See a thumbnail here.Still there on 4.1 (A.Rada). On 2.1 there was a female at tesón de Figueras, Ría del Eo, Castropol/Vegadeo/Ribadeo, Asturies (Pablo Fernández).There was one 1w at Santoña, Cantabria on 9.1 (A.Bustamente, J. de la Cruz, LJ Salaverri).On 5.1 there was one at Vilanova i la Geltrú harbour (X.Martínez, X.Mañas)There were 3 females at la Galea pier, El Abra, Santurtzi, Bizkaia (Gorka Ocio).A drake 1w was seen at Santoña during the wildfowl count on 21.1 (J.G.Navedo/SEO Birdlife).

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca.Only inland records.There was one 1w female at Laguna Saladeta, Alcañiz, Teruel (inland record!) on 7.1 (F.Javier Moreno, Dan Balaguer, Javier Escorza).

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula.The 1w bird reported last month was still at La Granda reservoir, Gozón, Asturies on 9.1 (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui).


Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena There were two at the Santoña harbour ( see a thumbnail here ) and one in front of Arenilla hide, Cantabria on 3.1 (Javier de la Cruz, Miguel Rouco;Álvaro Rada, Carlos Zumalacárregui, David Miguélez ).One seen at Santoña on 5.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo).and 9.1 (LJ Salaverri), 12.1 (JM Pérez de Ana, J.Ruiz) (see another thumbnail here) and 17.1 (A.López, J.D.Acevedo).There was a bird at Cabo Menor, Santander, Cantabria on 8.1 (Máximo Sánchez Cobo, A.García Herrera et al).One was seen at Santoña during the wildfowl count on 21.1 (J.Gómez Navedo/SEO Birdlife) to 25.1 (C.O.Rioja).There was one at Pantano del Ebro on 25.1 (F.González, M.Díaz, F.Dubois, C.López, A.Bustamante).

Slavonian Grebe* Podiceps auritus.Two records (1,2) (1)There were 2 at the Santoña harbour,2 at Arenilla hide and 3 at Hano canal, Santoña, Cantabria on 3.1 (Javier de la Cruz, Miguel Rouco).Álvaro Rada, Carlos Zumalacárregui & David Miguélez report 4 at Hano canal the same day.10 were counted on 5.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo) There were 2 at Escalante bridge on 17.1 (A.López, J.D.Acevedo).The Santoña official wildfowl count gave a stunning total of 16 birds  on 21.1 (Juan Gómez Navedo/SEO Birdlife)(2) There were 3 at badia dels Alfacs, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 7.1 (David Bigas et al) and one on 31.1 (JL Copete, Cesc Capdevila).

Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus.On 5.1 there was a compact flock of 125 birds flying at close distance of the shore (< 0,5 nm) at Far beach of Vilanova i la Geltrú,Barcelona (Ricard Gutiérrez, Ariadna Gutiérrez, Gerard Gutiérrez).On 17.1 there were 130+ birds off Tavernes de Valldigna, València. At the same place, 92 were counted on 24.1 (Luis Aleixos Alapont).There were 15 fishing off the harbour of Tarifa on the 28.1 afternoon (Javier de la Cruz). From the above data and wintering counts off Catalonia it seems that the birds are a bit widespread along the Spanish coast and there could be many of them already in the Balearics since no large flocks over 200 birds have been reported (Editorial comment).

Pink-backed Pelican* Pelecanus rufescens.One record (1w0076) (1)On 20.1 afternoon a bird was located at Embalse de Santillana, Madrid. See a photo below (John Muddeman)

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egrets * Egretta gularis x garzetta . One record (1snail mail) There was a bird at L'Albufera, València at Sueca and València ricefields on 8.1. This bird is present in the are since november 2003 (Bosco Dies and J.I.Dies). See a photo below and more images in the Dies Brothers' Website

Great White Egret Egretta alba.On 1.11 there was one at Villafáfila's Barillos lagoon, where reported previously (Delfín González) See a thumbnail here .On 2.1 there were some in different locations of Aragon: 11 near lagunazo de Moncayuelo, Pinsoro, Zaragoza (13 on 4.1, E.Albaiceta& J.Sanz); 2 at estanca de Escorón, Ejea de los Caballeros, Zaragoza (but 15 on 4.1, Fran Alcalá); and another at the ricefields of Ejea de los Caballeros too (Tomás Andrés y Javier Capalvo).There was one bird at laguna de la Fuente. Villafáfila, on 3.1 (Laura Antón, Ángel González Mendoza, Alfonso Rodrigo).On 2.1 there were 2 at caño Guadiamar, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Romero).There was one at closa del Puig hide,PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 6.1 (Miguel Ángel Domingo).At San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, there was one on 4.1 (Álvaro Rada, C.Zumalacárregui, D.Miguélez, P.Respuela). See a thumbnail hereThe  Villafáfila bird was still there on 7.1 (A.Lomeña) and 10-11.1 (Adolfo Vilalverde)and 17.1 (M.A.García Matellanes, P.Chiclana et al).There were 2 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 9.1 (JM Reyes) and 18.1 (J.M.Reyes. J.Salcedo, R.Romero).There was one at Aitona, Lleida on 17.1 (A.Ollé, T.Mampel).Another was on 13.1 at Sot del Fuster, Lleida (J.Estrada).There were 2 at Embalse de Jiménez de Jamuz, León by mid month during the wildfowl count (D.Miguelez, V.López et al).There was one at l'Illa de Ter, Girona on 23.1 (Hubert Gunter).There was one at laguna Diel, León on 18.1 (H.Astiárraga, Soraya & Mar Astiárraga).There could be up to 200 overwintering in the Ebre Delta, Tarragona according to the latest figures of the wildfowl count but precise numbers still to be established (D.Bigas/PNDE).In the edge of rias de El Capitán and La Rabia, Oyambre, Cantabria, there was one on 29.1 (Alejandro García Herrera). There was one at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria on 26.1 (A.García-Herrera, M.Sánchez-Cobo). 

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis. Unknown origin but probable escape (but from where?). First ever record for Spain in the wild. An adult of this species first seen by 22.9.2003 at Sanlucar la Mayor, Sevilla was seen again on 15.1 (J.L.Arroyo), see a thumbnail here and 18.1 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla (J.M.Reyes, Javier Salcedo, Rafa Romero).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There were 39 at Caño del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 2.1 (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Romero).There were 600 near El Rocío, Huelva on 10.1 (Paco Chiclana).At the Cerrado Garrido roost, Doñana, Sevilla, there were at least 1500 birds on 17.1, perhaps one of the largest numbers ever reported in Spain (R.Romero, A.Tamayo, B.López, JM Reyes, DL Huertas, J.Salcedo).There were 2 at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balearics on 19.1 (P.Vicens/PN S'Albufera).

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus.  Two records (1, 2) The bird at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies coming from 2003 was still there on 4.1 (C.Zumalacárregui, D.Miguélez, P.Respuela, A.Rada). See a thumbnail here.The bird moved to ria de Ribesella, Asturies where present from 22-25.1 (Adrián Vigil; Xurde Gayol; Adolfo Villaverde) then moved on 25.9 to Santoña, Cantabria (I.Gámez;A.Bustamante See thumbnails here) at least until 28.1 (J.G.Navedo).(2)The bird at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balearics, was still present there on 19.1 (P.Vicens/PN S'Albufera)

African Spoonbill* Platalea alba.  One record (1w0038)On 4.1 it was seen again the bird which is lingering by the Brazo del Este, Sevilla at least since August-September 2003 (J.L.Arroyo, Luisa Mª Hernández). The bird was within a flock of 75 Eurasian Spoonbills. See a thumbnail here

White-tailed Eagle * Haliaaetus albicilla(1snail mail) THIRD FOR SPAIN. The inmmature found at Santoña marshes, Cantabria on 7.12 was seen again on 3.1 (Javier de la Cruz, Miguel Rouco).Seen on 5.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo).Seen again on 9.1 (Luis José Salaverri) at Montehano area and 10.1 (F.Javier de la Cruz et al) See a thubnail here Still there on 17.1 (Alfonso López, J.Diego Acevedo) on 18.1 too (Nacho Fernandez Aransay) and 22.1 as well (Álvaro Bustamante).Still present on 21.1 (E.Franco, J.J. Aja; J.G.Navedo)to 25.1 (Colectivo Ornitológico de la Rioja) 

Ruppells Vulture* Gyps rueppellii(1) An inmmature was seen at Huerta Grande, Tarifa, on 15.1 soaring and gliding westward with Griffon Vultures (Kasper Thorup)

Lesser/Greater Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina/clanga(1) An adult of either of these species, or a hybrid, very difficult to tell and even possibly a bird seen last year and regarded as a hybrid that had been reported in the area this winter, was seen again at El Rocío, Huelva on 22.1 (R.Romero, M.Martín, R.Martín, P.Chiclana).

Red-footed falcon Falco vespertinus. On 24.1 a bird was seen at Sevilla countryside (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín).

Gyrfalcon* Falco rusticolus(1)An inmmature (>= 2nd calendar year) was seen at Santander, Cantabria on 6.1 (Fernando Arce). In the whole of Cantabria there are only 3 falconry hybrids rusticolus x peregrinus so if an escape (no marks, no rings, at least in right leg), not coming from nearby (information provided by the author).Seen again on 12.1 and it is confirmed that it has no falconry equipment (F.Arce).

Crested Coot Fulica cristata. There were 8 at Lucio del Lobo, Sevilla, on 2.1 (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Romero).And 6 on 9.1 at the same place (Daniel L Huertas).At the same place there were 13 on 10.1 (P.Chiclana) but 18 -one with neck collar- counted by John Butler there too the same day.On 10.1 there were at least 2 at Ebre delta, Tarragona one of them with 'XP' collar (A.Rodríguez-Sinovas).There were 13 at Lucio del Lobo, Sevilla on 17.1 (R.Romero et al).On 15.1 14 birds were reintroduced at PN S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balears (Joan Mayol).There was one at El Rocío, Huelva on 22.1 (Rafa Romero, M.Martín, R.Martín, P.Chiclana).On 25.1 there was one with collar '03C' at Laguna de Talayuelas, Cuenca (David John Barritt, Sandra García)

Demoiselle Crane* Grus virgo(1snail mail) On 11.1 ther was one at Ataquines, Valladolid, within a flock of 300 Common Cranes Grus grus (Goyo Para).On 14.1 (Goyo Para, Miguel Rouco) and 15.1 it was still there within a flock of 350 cranes (D.González Ortega, K. de Dios, A.Salazar). See photos below (Miguel Rouco). Still there on 18.1 (M.José Linares) to 22.1 (C.A.Usátegui, V.Álvarez), and 23.1 (Delfín González).On 24.1 the bird was near the village of Lomoviejo, Valladolid (J.A.García, P.Fernández García, P.J.Menéndez, D.López Velasco) and 25.1 (I.Torres; MA García Matellanes, MªCarmen Temprano).On 28.1 the crane was back at Ataquines within the same Grus grus group according to PVC readings (Delfín González).

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus(1w0079) On 21.1 the bird that is overwintering in the Ebre Delta and was present at least since september 2003 (David Bigas) was seen at El Goleró, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (F.López, X.Macià, A.Ramal, A.Crory).
Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis(1,2w0074) The 2 adults at Bahía de Santander, Cantabria seen on 30.12 were still there on 1.1 (Javier de la Cruz).(2) There was an adult at Ría de Boo, Santander, Cantabria on 8.1 (Máximo Sánchez Cobo, Alejandro García Herrera). See a thumbnail here.

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides(1,2) There was one 3rd winter at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra on 17.1 (Adolfo Lomeña, Víctor López).There was one 2nd winter at El Musel, Xixón, Asturies on 20.1 (Nacho Vega)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus(1,2w0078,3) There were 2 at Rostro and La Langosteira de Finisterre, A Coruña, Galicia on 18.1 (Andrés Beremejo).(2) From 25.12.03 (A.Burgas, R.Norman et al), through 28.12.03 to 7.1.04 at least there was a 3rd winter at Lira harbour, Carnota, A Coruña (Jorge Mouriño Lourido) and until 15.1 at least (C.Damiam Romai, Gabriela Romai/Apostando polo azul/Nunca Mais). See a photo below.This bird however looks a bit odd, especially regarding bill length and head structure (C.D.Romai)and has been suggested being an albino argentatus according to head and bill structure (J.L.Copete) more information on size and structure would be welcome.(3)There was a 1w at El Musel, Xixón, Asturies on 20.1 (Nacho Vega).

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1w0067,2snail mail ,3,4)(1) The two overwintering birds at playa de la Gola, Santa Pola,Alacant were still there on 9.1 (Elías Gomis).(2)There was 1+  at Tancada marshes, Ebre delta, Tarragona on 6.1 (R.Armada,JL Copete, F.López). See a photo of one of the birds in the december 2003 page (3)On 10.1 there were 2 (adult and 1w) at Arnao, Castropol, Asturies (Pablo Fernández García)(4) On 15.1 there was one at Cabo Negro, Gozón, Asturies (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui).

Olive-backed Pipit* Anthus hodgsoni(1snail mail) A bird was seen and heard at close range the morning of 5.1 at Riera de Sant Climent, RN Remolar-Filipines, Delta del Llobregat,Viladecans, Barcelona (Jaronne Pinhassi). Last contacted at 13:05, an attempt to relocate it from 13:40 till 15:00 and later in the afternoon was unsuccessful.Not relocated.
Yellow-browed Warbler* Phylloscopus inornatus(1) A bird was first located by its call and afterwards seen at close range at Vall d'Hebron park, Barcelona on 3.1 afternoon, being the 1st-ever winter record for Catalonia (José Luis Copete)

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis. At Liencres beach, Cantabria, there were three from 5-6.1 at least (Nacho Pontón; Javier de la Cruz, Fernando Arce). See a thumbnail here. In fact, they are in the area since 19.12.2003 (Máximo Sánchez Cobo). Still there on 11.1 (F.Arce, Mª Carmen Temprano, M.A.García Matellanes) to 18.1 (Alfonso López)There were 2 at Villamil coastal meadows, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies, on 4.1 (Gilberto S.Jardón, Pablo Fernández García).At Laguna de la Nava, Palencia, there was a presumed male on 15.1 (E.Gómez Crespo). See a thumbnail here

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. 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  .From 2004 on news on Pied Wagtail and Caspian Tern are no longer included except in case of major unusual concentrations .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 sera reenviada al CR/SEO pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo.Los nombres de las localidades se incluyen como son enviadas por los colaboradores, que deben ser citados como autores de las citas. Las noticias más recientes se marcan con .Desde enero de 2004 no se inluyen citas de lavandera blanca enlutada ni de pagaza piquirroja excepto en casos de grandes concentraciones inusuales 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 serà rebotada també al CR/SEO si bé la seva publicació aquí no implica la seva aceptació o homologació de cap mena. 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 notícies més recents són les marcades amb .Des de gener de 2004 no s'inclouen cites de cuereta blanca endolada ni de xatrac gros llevat de possibles casos de concentracions inusuals. Tornar a l'inici de la plana.

Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible, però Jordi Clavell s'encarrega sistemàticament d'ajudar-me a trobar totes les errades de la plana o sigui que gràcies!

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Latest highlights:

The three White-fronted geese seen at Villafáfila, Zamora on 1.1 (Delfín González)
The Great White Egret present at  Villafáfila, Zamora on 1.1 -left- with a Little Egret for comparison .-right-(Delfín González)
The two Scaups (above) seen on 3.1 at Marisma Blanca, Santander (Álvaro Rada). Above left: female; below front: 1w male.
Also at Santoña harbour on 3.1 one of the two Red-necked Grebes (P.grisegena) (Ávaro Rada).
The 1w male found at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, still there on 3-4.1 (Máximo Sánchez/Beatriz Gómez)
One of the three Snow Buntings at Liencres beach, Cantabria (Javier de la Cruz)
Great White Egret, with yellowish tarsi, at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria on 4.1 (Álvaro Rada)
The already accepted Sacred Ibis from ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, on 4.1 (Álvaro Rada)
Two of the Santoña scarce anseriformes: a White-front (above) and an Eider 1w (below) both seen on 9.1 ( la Cruz).
Another image of the photographically-elusive Santoña White-tailed Eagle on 10.1 (FJ de la Cruz)
The adult Ring-billed Gull at Ria de Boo, Santander, Cantabria on 8.1 (M.Sánchez Cobo).
The Eider at Vilanova i la Geltrú harbour, Barcelona, as seen on 5.1 (Xavier Martínez).
The Saddle-billed Stork relocated from 15.1 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla where found last autumn (JL Arroyo).
The Demoiselle Crane of Valladolid on 14.1 (M.Rouco), the rarity of the month.
The Snow Bunting seen at La Nava, Palencia on 15.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo)
One of the three Mute Swans present at Llobregat delta this January: a bird at Llobregat river, El Prat, on 14.1 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Bean Goose on 13.1 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Llobregat delta Falcated duck on 20.1 (Ricard Gutiérrez). Compare its size with a drake Wigeon (middle image) and note the pristine state of the plumage.
Not a rarity and hence not included in the main text but this leucistic Rock Bunting Emberiza cia seen at Baiña, Mieres, Asturies on 3.12.03  to 11.1.04 could cause more than a headache for many birders (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui).
Another aspect of the Santoña Red-necked Grebe as seen on 12.1 (JM Pérez de Ana). These marshes are the real Spanish 'hotspot' for Slavonian and Red-necked grebes
The African Spoonbill (left) with an Eurasian one (right) at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 4.1 (José Luis Arroyo). This is a long-stayer coming from August 2003.
One of the two Barnacle Geese seen at Laguna del Oso, Ávila on 27.1 (Delfín González).
The Glossy Ibis seen at Santoña from 27.1 and believed to be the same seen in previous days at Asturies (Álvaro Bustamante)

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