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This month's homologation statistics Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=3+32=35 )

Dendrocygna bicolor Cygnus olor Aythya collaris

Pelecanus onocrotalus Tringa stagnatilis Sterna bengalensis
Egretta gularis Tringa flavipes Chlidonias leucopterus 
Egretta alba Calidris temminckii Apus caffer
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Calidris melanotos Apus affinis
Plegadis falcinellus Calidris maritima Anthus cervinus
Threskionis aethiopicus Limicola falcinellus Acrocephalus paludicola
Falco vespertinus Phalaropus lobatus Sylvia curruca
Phalaropus tricolor Hippolais icterina
Porzana parva Larus atricilla Ficedula albicollis
Porzana pusilla Larus pipixcan Passerina cyanea
Fulica cristata Larus philadelphia Emberiza melanocephala

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

Fulvous Whistling Duck* Dendrocygna bicolor (1) On22-23.5 there was one at laguna de la Zaida, Gallocanta, Zaragoza (José Miguel Pueyo, Antonio Torrijo, Fernando Salas, José Antonio Sánchez, Javier Julve). It is an unknown origin bird.

Mute Swan Cygnus olor. There were two birds at Llobregat delta between Cal Tet area, El Prat de Llobregat and Maresma de les Filipines, Viladecans, Barcelona still by 7.5 and coming from last winter (R.Gutiérrez et al). These birds are not breeding although they show a rather agressive behaviour.

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1) On 2.5 there was a female at laguna de Pedro Muñoz, Pedro Muñoz, Ciudad Real (Alfonso López López, Gabriel Martín, Manolo Moreno).It was not seen on 8.5 (David González Ortega).


White Pelican* Pelecanus onocrotalus(1snail mail) On 17-18.5 there were 2 adults in the middle of the flamingo colony of Doñana National Park, Huelva. These two birds were holding their territory (!!) but no (further) breeding evidence was gathered (Fernando Ibáñez, Francesc Kirchner). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (© Francesc Kirchner/ORYX)

Western Reef Egret * Egretta gularis and presumed hybrids (1,2 snail mail,3 ,4 snail mail) (1)The bird seen from 9.4 at Jose Antonio Valverde visitors centre, Aznalcazar, Sevilla breeding with a female Little Egret  Egretta garzetta was still there on 6.5 (Paco Chiclana)On 15.5 the gularis was seen regurgitating food and hence presence of chicks is expected but tall reed-bed prevents a clear view of the nest (Paco Chiclana)(2) On 4-5.5 there was a bird at charca de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Antonio Hernández/SEO-Gran Canaria).Photopage from Miguel Avelino soon (3) The accepted hybrid present around Tancada lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona last year and this too was seen again on 24.4 (Ponç Feliu et al)(4) At Desembocadura del Guadalhorce there was one on 7.5 (Antonio Tamayo).This bird was at least present since 18.4 and at least until 16.5.( Andy Paterson)

Great White Egret Egretta alba.

There was one in breeding plumage at PN S'Albufera, Mallorca, Illes Balears on 15.5 (Maties Rebassa).On 20.5 a pair was seen taking off from the middle of the Purple Heron colony at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balears so breeding is suspected in that area (Joan Llop, Matíes Rebassa). Would be the 2nd place where it breeds in Spain after the Ebre Delta, Tarragona.There was a bird at Laguna de Chozas de Arriba, León on 23-25.5 (Florentino Fernández, Antonio Fernández; Paco Canido). There was one at Pitillas lagoon, Navarra on 22.5 (D.Calleja, X.Remirez).There were 2 flying over Santes Creus beach, L'Ametlla de Mar, Tarragona on 23.5 (Pere Josa, Albert Cama).See the León bird photographed here (David Miguélez). The bird at laguna de Pitillas was still there on 27.5 (Gorka Gorospe).

modesta - like birds. On 2.5 one bird presenting these features (reddish legs, black bill) was seen at Illa de Buda, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (P.Feliu, O.Clarabuch, D.Saavedra, J.C.Guimisó, A.Comas)

Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus (1snail mail) On 10.5 there was one at Écija, Sevilla. It was carrying a ring and behaved tame so it is thought to be an escape or a feral bird. See a thumbnail here (Alfonso Guisado)

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There were 3 at Canal Vell, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 2.5 (Julia Picazo, Silvia Asensio, Carles, Ignacio Torres).There was one at Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt,València on 15.5 (Máximo Sánchez, Toni Alcocer).Large breeding success: At Doñana National Park, 565 chicks were ringed on 17-18.5 (Fern ando Ibáñez, Francesc Kirchner).There was one at el Fondó d'Elx, Alacant on 22.5 (Pep Cantó)

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1) On 5.5 there were four at río Guadalhorce, Málaga, all non-adult birds (Antonio Tamayo).On 16.5 there were 5 birds at the same place (A.Tamayo). Jacobo sp. commens that their origin might be linked to 'Selwo' area in Estepona, Málaga where they breed and there were some escapes some time ago. Some of those birds are plastic ringed but others are not.

Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus. On 7.5 there was a bird at Belianes, Lleida (Enric Farré).On 4.5 there was a male at the same place and on 6.5 a 1st summer at Preixana, Lleida (Gerard Bota).There was one at Coll de Sant Genís, PN Massís de L'Albera, Girona on 9.5 (Ponç Feliu).There was one adult male at Santillana reservoir, Madrid on 12.4 (Gabriel Martín García). A 1st summer female (Euring 5) was seen on 15.5 at Gallinera ricefields, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Xesco Macià, Marc Llobet, Alex Ollé).

Little Crake Porzana parva. There was a male at balsa de Arkaute, Salburua, on 7.5 (Karmelo de Dios)

Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla. On 5.5 there was a bird at Closes de Mornau, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Luís José Salaverri, Marc Pérez).

Crested Coot Fulica cristata.  The two birds at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, were still there on 3.3 (A.Ramal).On 13.5, a pair of the group reintroduced at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Illes Balears, the birds collared '048' and '05R', have bred for the first time and produced 3 chicks (Maties Rebassa).Again at S'Albufera, the male '023' is ill and it was paired and very probably breeding so success of this 2nd breeding attempt is a mistery (Maties Rebassa). On 20.5 at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta there were 2 crested coots which have returned after some months off the delta. Two of the birds: 'UA' and 'U6' were collared (RN Delta del Llobregat).The Llobregat delta birds were still there until the end of the month (RN Delta del Llobregat)

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis. On 9.5 there was one at maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ferran López).

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes(1) The bird found on 20-30.4 at Santa Pola saltpans, Alacant (Elías Gomis et al). See more information here (opens in another window) was still thre on 8.5 (A.Jacobo, A.Quiles)

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. On 1.4 there were two at Son Navata, Felanitx, Mallorca (Pere Vicens). The same 1.5 at Clot de la Unilla, Alguaire, Lleida there were 3 (Arnau Sebé). On 2.5 they were still there (Enric Farré).Still there on 8.5 (E.Farré/ SEO-Catalunya). There were two at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca, on 9.5 (Maties Rebassa). However, there were nine birds at Clot de la Unilla, Alguaire, Lleida on 7.5 (Juan Bécares).There was one at Corredor Verde del Guadiamar, Aznalcázar, Sevilla on 6.5 (Paco Chiclana).At Vega de Lamiako, Leioa, Bizkaia there was a bird on 4.5 (Gorka Ocio).There were 3 at Marjal de Pego, València on 1-2.5 (Jules Sykes).On 5.5 there were 9 birds at Estanys del Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (L.Salaverri, M.Pérez & J.Martí-Aledo)On 11.5 there were 3 and on 14.5 there was one at cal Roc, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy). On 7.5 there was a bird at lagunasd e Alcázar de San Juan, Toledo (Paul Hackett, Santiago Villa). See a photo below (Paul Hackett).There was one at Platja del Serradal, Castelló on 4.5 (Miguel Tirado).At Plaiaundi, Irún, Gipuzkoa, there was one on 15.5 (David Calleja Marcos, Xabier Remirez Perea).It was still there the following day (D.Calleja Marcos, X.Remirez).


Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos(1snail mail,2) Two birds were reported at Valdoviño lagoon, A Coruña, Galicia on 20.5 (Ignacio Allegue, Pablo Gutiérrez, A.Gutiérrez) See a photo below (©Pablo & Antonio Gutiérrez)(2) On 21.5 there was one at Marisma de Joyel, RN Santoña y Noja, Cantabria (Álvaro Bustamante).It was still there on 23.4 (Unai Garita). See thumbnails here

Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima. One was seen at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca, Illes Balears, on 23.5 (Joakim Hedvall).

Broad-billed Sandpiper* Limicola falcinellus(1,2 online)On 1.5 there was one at Santa Pola, Alacant (A.Jacobo Ramos & A.Quiles)(2) On 23.5 there was one at laguna de San Lorenzo, Plaiaundi, Irún, Gipuzkoa (David Calleja Marcos; Gorka Ocio, Yolanda Ozaeta).See a photo below and a thumbnail here (© David Calleja Marcos). It was still there on 24.5 (D.Calleja, Dios, M.A.López de Armentia).This bird is the 2nd for Gipuzkoa province, the 1st being back in 15. October 1963. Still on 25.5 (M.Etxaniz, F.Calvo, J.Belzunce, A.Luengo, G.Gorospe) and 26.5 (D.Calleja, M.A.L de Armentia, A.Leiza, O.Pérez, F.Calvo, M.Guereñu).

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. There was a female in breeding plumage at Veta la Palma, Sevilla on 11.5 (Alberto Plata). There was one in breeding plumage at Salinas de Bonanza, Cádiz on 20.5. Another moulting into breeding plumage was seen near José Antonio Valverde center, PN Doñana the same day (Raphaël Lebrun and Eva Andreu) See Raphaël's website (Digiscop-amat) here

Wilson's Phalarope* Phalaropus fulicarius(1) On 2.5 there was one at Punta de la Banya saltpans, Ebre delta, Tarragona (Julia Picazo, Silvia Asensio, Carles Domingo, Ignacio Torres).First for Catalonia when accepted (Photo: Carles Domingo). See also a thumbnail here

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla(1) On 5.5 there was one 1st summer bird at Europa Point, Gibraltar (Roger Rutherford/Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society).

Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan(1)On 8.5 there was one at desembocadura del río Vélez, Vélez-Málaga, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina). See a photo below (© Samuel Peregrina).On 9.5 it was still there (Mónica Torres, Ignacio Torres). According to local birder 'El Quirri' it has been present in the are for two months (I.Torres in litt.).See two more thumbnails hereStill present on 15.5 (Samuel Peregrina)

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia(1snail mail) A 1st summer was seen at Valdoviño lagoon, A Coruña, Galicia on 19.5 (Ignacio Allegue, Pablo Gutiérrez, A.Gutiérrez) See a photo below and a thumbnail here (© Pablo & Antonio Gutiérrez)

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis On 18-19.5 there were two at Playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz (Raphaël Lebrun and Eva Andreu). See a photo below and at Raphaël's website (Digiscop-amat) here

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus. On 21.5 there were 2 at Ejea ricefields, Zaragoza (Fran Alcalá)

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer . On 8.5 there were 2 at Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz (P.Chiclana, J. de la Cruz, M.Rouco, R.Martín-Baylo).See a Photo below (M.Rouco)On 27.5 there was one at Castle of Montfragüe, Extremadura (Raphaël Lebrun and Eva Andreu). A pair was located on 29.5 at the Sevilla's Sierra Morena (Rafa Romero)


Little Swift* Apus affinis (1snail mail) On 8.5 one was photographed at the same location as the above 2 White-rumped Swifts (P.Chiclana, J. de la Cruz, M.Rouco, R.Martín-Baylo).See a Photo below (M.Rouco)

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus There were two at laguna de la Nava, Palencia on 12.5 (Enrique Gómez Crespo)

Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola. On 2.5 there was one at cal Tet lagoon, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy).

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina. On 8.5 there was one at the Erms de la Tancada, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (J.L.Copete, R.Armada, R.Servitje, M.Cebolla, J.Nethercote). On 9.5 there were up to five birds in the same area (R.Armada). On 12.5 One was ringed at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta,Viladecans, Barcelona (Joan Castelló).

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca. On 2.5 there was one at Closes de Mornau, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (M.Pérez, L.Salaverri, A.Alonso, T.Montràs, O.Clarabuch & J.Martí-Aledo)On 12.5 there was one at Txingudi, Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa (Delfín González).

Balearic Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata balearica. Rare out of the Balearic Islands. A bird was trapped and ringed at Canal Vell, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 4.5 (Sergi Sales)

Collared Flycatcher* Ficedula albicollis(1) We include a photo now of the bird seen at the Ebre delta last month (© Jamie Durrant)See a Photo below (J.Durrant)
Indigo Bunting* Passerina cyanea (1) First for Iberia .A first summer male Indigo Bunting was trapped but not ringed in Gibraltar on 27.4. It was lacking its tail. ( Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society)Photo below and thumbnails here © Carol Beasley). Details as follows:
The bird was trapped at 1300 on 27 April in net 5(the middle of the triple).

Wing length was 70mm;emarginated on 3/4/5;2nd primary=5/6.
Wing point 4 
Secondaries-1 and 2 unmoulted;3 and 4 moulted;5 unmoulted;6 and tertials 
new.Alula old.
Primaries-all unmoulted.
No tail.
Bill to feathering 9.5mm.Typical bunting bill shape.
Plumage characteristics all available from the photographs.

Black-headed Bunting * Emberiza melanocephala(1snail mail) A male was seen near Mas Serí, Gurb, Barcelona on 23.5 (Jordi Baucells). 

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 Gibraltar Indigo Bunting. An odd alternative for a local escape, even more if considering it is an Euring 5 bird..with brand new feathering... but what about a ship-assisted bird? (Photos Carol Beasley)
The Marabou at Écija, Sevilla on 10.5 (A.Guisado)
Two images more of the Velez river mouth Franklin's Gull taken on 8.5 (S.Peregrina)
The 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull seen at Valdoviño lagoon, A Coruña, Galicia on 19.5 (Pablo Gutiérrez)
White Pelicans in the middle of a Flamingo colony at PN Doñana, Huelva...What were they doing there? (Photo Francesc Kirchner)
The Plaiaundi Broad-billed Sandpiper (back) with a Dunlin in the left corner (David Calleja Marcos) as seen on 23.5
The Pectoral Sandpiper at Marismas del Joyel, RN Santoña, Victoria y Joyel, Cantabria as seen on 21.5 (below with two Ringed Plovers C.hiaticula) (Photo: Álvaro Bustamante).
The Great White Egret at Chozas de Arriba, León on 23.5 (David Miguélez)
A bird that would have been a major event for catalan birders, now a dip for most: the 1st Wilson's Phalarope for Catalonia at Ebre delta on 2.5 found by skilled visiting birders but remained not properly identified until recently (Carles Domingo) 
Although not the main aim of this website, this image of a leucistic Ringed Plover in company of regular ringeds at Laguna de Pitillas, Navarra on 15.5 deserves publishing (Oliver Pérez Amas)

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