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Rare Birds in Spain

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* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
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This month's homologation statistics Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=4+18=22 )

Cygnus olor Anas falcata Marmaronetta angustirostris
Branta leucopsis

Fulmarus glacialis Plegadis falcinellus Fulica cristata
Puffinus mauretanicus Phoenicopterus minor Chlidonias leucopterus
Pelecanus rufescens Threskiornis aethiopicus Streptopelia senegalensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Falco vespertinus Apus caffer
Egretta alba Falco eleonorae Apus affinis
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Falco biarmicus Corvus albus

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


Mute Swan Cygnus olor. On 15.6 a nest with three eggs, two of them broken, the other cold, was found at the edge of the reedbed of Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ferran López). The area still holds a Mute Swan these days coming continously from the winter. During the last month another mute swan (on 15.6 present at cal Tet lagoon, El Prat de Llobregat, Llobregat delta, Barcelona; R.Gutiérrez, F.López, A.Ramal, FX Santaeufemia, X Dot) had frequented the Filipines marsh and could certainly be after the failed but proven breeding attempt, the first for the area (Ed.comment).On 29.6 there was one at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta and another at river Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat (R.Gutiérrez).

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis On 19.6 a bird was accidentally 'shot' by a golf ball after a long-range tee shot at a Baix Empordà county golf course. The goose was flying when the ball impacted on it, causing muscle breaking and other traumatisms due to the emergency 'landing'. The golf player was English and some local birders were discussing which way of birding was this :-), using golf shots to better view birds instead of a proper telescope. The goose, almost certainly of captive origin (E list), was brought to the veterinary and surgery was needed to repair the damage. Since 20.6 is in recovery at the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (contributed by Jordi Martí-Aledo). See thumbnails here

Falcated Teal* Anas falcata (1w0075) 2nd for SPAIN. The now suspicious bird seen last january at Llobregat delta, Barcelona, reappeared on 30.6 at Bassa dels Pollancres, RN Remolar-Filipines (Pedro Bescós).

Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris.Only extralimital records There was a bird at Filipines marsh on 1.6 (Pedro Bescós, FX Santaeufemia, X Sampere). See a photo below (Pedro Bescós). This bird, believed to be wild, appeared at Cal Tet lagoon a few days ago and then moved to Filipines marsh, where it has been seen intermitently.Still there on 3.6 (Armand Ramal)© Pedro Bescós


Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis On 13.6 one bird moulting inner primaries was seen flying W from cabo San Adrián, Malpica, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval)A pale phase bird was seen flying off Punta Romanela, Navia, Asturies on 23.6 (Xurde Gayol). On 20.6 there was another off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval).

Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus . Amazing untimely concentration off Galicia: c 790-1000 birds were on 4.6 at badia de A Lanzada, Sanxenxo- O Grove, Pontevedra (Xurxo Pinheiro). On 5.6 there were 760-800 and 6.6 there were over 400 (X.Pinheiro). These concentrations have reached the area at least one month in advance and are the larger in the last 14 years at least.Some passage recorded off Galicia towards the East, with 26 birds in 4 hours to the E on 20.6 (Antonio Sandoval). In contrast, none off PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà or Cap de Creus on 22.6 (Jordi Martí-Aledo; R.Gutiérrez,F.López).

Pink-backed Pelican* Pelecanus rufescens(1) There was one at balsa de Arkaute, Salburúa, Álava on 20 and 21.6 (Luis Lobo Urrutia, Julia Knorr, Luis Pina, I.Alvarez, T.Andrés, D.Quintas, C.Ortiz).

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta garzetta x gularis(1snail mail) There was one from 5-6.6.2''4 at El Peirat ricefields, SW of Cullera, València (Luis Aleixos Alapont)

Great White Egret Egretta alba. On 6.6 there was one bird at Marjal de Pego, València (Jules Skyes). See a photo below. Note the bill with black tip and rather pinkinsh? legs but long neck and head shape would be different of the birds that have been seen recently with red legs and black bill thus named under 'modesta' form or whatever taxonomic status, if any, deserve (editorial comment). Photo © Jules Skyes.According to definitive counts, a minimum of 6 pairs have bred at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, in two colonies (David Bigas/PNDE). This is the sole Spanish breeding site for the species.There was one on 3.6 at Casa Saavedra lagoon, Albacete (David Cañizares).On 21.6 presumably the same bird already seen at Pego marsh was still there (Jules Skyes). Birds were still present at S'Albufera de Mallorca by 21.6 but breeding was (still) not proven (Maties Rebassa). There was one at S'Albufera de Mallorca on 27.6 (Lalo Ventoso).See a thumbnail here of this bird


Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus(1) There was one at Caño de Guadiamar, Aznalcázar, Sevilla on 7th June (John Butler, Stephen Haines, Paul Winter).It was still tjhere on 9 and 15.6 (John Butler).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There was one at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga on 30.5 (Antonio Tamayo).According to definitive counts, a total of 43 pairs (highest number ever) have bred at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, in two colonies (David Bigas/PNDE).There were 3 at PN Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 29.6 (Rafa Romero). On 28.6 there was one at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina, Moisés Peregrina).See a thumbnail here

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1) There was one at marisma de la Ramallosa, Nigrán, Pontevedra from 15.5 (Xosé Ramon García) until 11-12.6 at least (Xosé Ramon García, César Vidal). It is believed to be the same bird present last year and already accepted. See a photo below (© César Vidal)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor(1) There was one at Caño de Guadiamar, Aznalcázar, Sevilla on 12th June (Paco Chiclana).

Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus. On 2.6 there was one female at Torremolinos, Málaga (Andy Paterson). 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. There were 2 within the future Ivars lagoon bed on 1.6, Lleida (Gerard Bota).Birds arriving again at inland area of Solsona, Lleida: on 5.6 there was a dark phase bird at Pi de Sant Just road, Olius, Lleida (Gerard Bota). There were 5 birds at laguna de las Hoyas, Talayuelas, Cuenca on 19.6 (Rafa Muñoz Bastit).Inland record: on 27.6 there was a dark phase bird near the car park of 'La Barraca' at Becerril de la Sierra, Madrid (Letizia Herrera, John Muddeman).

Lanner* Falco biarmicus(1) One was reported on 29.6 near playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz (Javier de la Cruz)

Crested Coot Fulica cristata.  The two birds at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta, Barcelona, were still there on 2.6 (RN Delta del Llobregat). The same collared birds were there on 4.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez). On 6.6 tere was a pair collared 69 and 4H at laguna de la Loma del Acebuchal, Dos Hermanas, Sevilla (Rafa Romero).There was one collared bird at La Rocina area, Doñana on 7.6 (Rafa Romero).On 15.6 a nest, the 3rd in the history of the bird at Catalonia, was found at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona. The parents were neck-banded but its identity is yet to be confirmed (David Bigas/PNDE).On 19.6 bird 03C was alone at laguna de las Hoyas, Talayuelas, Cuenca on 19.6 (Rafa Muñoz Bastit)

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Very late record. On 18.6 there was an adult in breeding plumage at cal Tet lagoon, El Prat de Llobregat, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Sampere, F.Xavier Santaeufemia)

Laughing Dove* Streptopelia senegalensis(1snail mail) There was one at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga on 6.6 (Andy Paterson)According to J.A.Lorenzo from Canary Islands there might be breeding birds in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura islands according to some reports to be further confirmed. Any willing-to-be visitor would please have a look and confirm to this page any news?.

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer. On 23.6 two were seen near Salto del Gitano area, Monfragüe, Extremadura (Alfonso López,  Juan Diego Acevedo). On 17.6 there were birds at Sierra Morena de Sevilla and on 19.6 at Sierra Sur de Sevilla, Andalucía, both breeding in Red-rumped Swallows nests (P.Chiclana, R.Romero, JM Piñero, J.Salcedo, M.Martín, R.Martín-Baylo, J.M.Reyes).There were four at Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz entering a cave in a 10 minutes interval on 3.6 and another pair the same day at Ojen Valley (John Furse).On 27.6 there were 6 at the same place with one Little Swift (J.Ramirez, M.Guerrero, Linares, S.Solis, J.Segura, James & J. de la Cruz) 

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1) There were two at Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz on 3.6 (John Furse).On 27.6 there was one at the same place with six White-rumpeds (J.Ramirez, M.Guerrero, Linares, S.Solis, J.Segura, James & J. de la Cruz) but there were 2 on 23.6 (JJ Ramos Melo, M.Lobón et al).

Pied Crow* Corvus albus(1) According to local press from Gran Canaria on 15.6.2004, there are two birds at Gran Canaria island at Las Crucitas (communicated by J.A.Lorenzo). See part of the newspaper below. These birds were probably coming from a local zoo. In turn, some years ago a few Pied Crows reached the island on board of a russian fishing vessel, from where they could have ended in local collections as the species is not present in the rest of the Canary Islands. Hence they would not have been natural vagrants but 'ship assisted' vagrants.(communicated by J.A.Lorenzo)


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 Llobregat delta Marbled Teal, as seen in front of the marsh hide of Remolar-Filipines reserve on 29.5 (Xavier Martínez).
Rather funny story. Above: Two images of the Barnacle Goose shot by a 'it was to be an Eagle' golf shot at Baix Empordà county, Catalonia. The bird was flying and the ball broke some muscles. It is believed to save its life but see the (angry) face of the goose in the lower photo when posing on this artificial but anyway green golf-like grass (photos provided by Jordi Martí Aledo).
The Great White Egret of S'Albufera de Mallorca, a place where breeding was suspected this 2004 (Lalo Ventoso).
The Glossy Ibis seen on 28.6 at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina).

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