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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=2+19=21 )
Cygnus olor Tadorna ferruginea
Puffinus mauretanicus Calidris temminckii Streptopelia senegalensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Limicola falcinellus Apus caffer
Plegadis falcinellus Phalaropus  lobatus Apus affinis
Threskiornis aethiopicus Sterna maxima Sylvia nana
Gyps ruepellii Sterna bengalensis Montifringilla nivalis
Falco eleonorae Sterna elegans
Tringa stagnatilis Chlidonias leucopterus 

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


Mute Swan Cygnus olor. On 1.7 there was one at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta (RN Delta del Llobregat).

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. One bird was seen on 17.07 at O Bao marshes, between O Grove (Ogrobe) and Sanxenxo, Galicia (Galiza) (Emilio Martínez Sabarís)


Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus . At Estaca de Bares, Galicia,  moving Eastwards,  19 birds were counted in 6 hours on 3.7 (Antonio Sandoval). At Cabo de Palos, Cartagena,Murcia, there were 18 presumably Balearics moving S on 7.7 all seen in 2,5 h (Antonio Hernández).On 20.7 there were 170 bahía de A Lanzada, Sanxenxo-O Grove,Pontevedra (Xurxo Pinheiro) and 40-50 on 25.7 (X.Pinheiro, S.Paz).There were over 330 off Llobregat delta and Garraf hills on 31.7 (X.Santaeufemia, E.Guinart, X.Sampere).There were 242 off Punta Roncudo, Corme, A Coruña, on 29.7 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta garzetta x gularis(1snail mail, 2snail mail) There was one bird at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce on 4.7 (Andy Paterson) and 6.7 (Blas López). The bird was photographed on 8.7 (Samuel Peregrina), see photos below who regards the bird as frequent in the Málaga area.(2) There was an hybrid around the  Marjel de Pego, València on 25.7 (Jules Sykes).See thumbnails here.It was relocated again on 29.7 evening (Jules Sykes, Michael Vivian).

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. The bird reported at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga on 30.5 was still there on 6.7 (Blas López).On 9.7 it was still there. From the distance it look like an immature rather than an adult (Andy Paterson).At Isla Menor, Sevilla, and after the successful breeding season at lucio de Cerrado Garrido, there were a maximum of 58 birds on 16.7 (Paco Chiclana)There was one near Tauste, Zaragona, on 27.7 (Fran Alcala). On 30.7 there were three at Partida El Peirat, Cullera, València (Luis Aleixos Alapont).

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1) There were 3 birds with at least one juvenile, at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga on 6.7 (Blas López). Some of the Gualdalhorce birds are already accepted by or submitted to the CR/SEO but the global picture of the situation of this ibis at Málaga is still a bit confusing and a review from local birders would be welcome (Ed.comment)
Ruppells Vulture* Gyps rueppellii(1snail mail) One was seen on 28.7 at Alcudia, Almodovar del Campo, Ciudad Real (Rubén Moreno-Opo). This location has holded other previous records of this species in the past.

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. There was a pale phase bird at Fluvià river, Parets de dalt, Pla de l´Estany, Girona on 14.7 (Pere Serrano & Alex Ollé). On 15.7 another pale phase bird was seen at torre del sastre (punta Falconera), Cap de Creus NP, Girona (Alex Ollé).

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis At Saladas de Alcañiz, Teruel, one was seen on 22.7 (Fco. Javier Moreno). Another was seen at Mont-ral, Huesca on 27.7 (Steve West).On  18.7 there were six at Buda Island , PN Delta de l'Ebre (Daniel L Velasco, Pedro J Menéndez, Pablo Fernández, Jorge Valella, David Bigas).

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. On 24.7 there was one in front of  Bassa dels Pollancres hide, Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Pedro Bescós), the first returning bird this autumn passage.On 23.7 there were 2 at the ca l'Arana reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy).Still there on 30.7 (X.Larruy).There was one at Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat delta on 31.7 (X.Sampere). At Marjal de Pego-Oliva there was one on 31.7 (Jules Sykes).At PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, there were at least one on 22.7, two on 25.7, 3 on 26.7 and one on 27.7 (Karel Mauer).

Broad Billed Sandpiper* Limicola falcinellus (1) .On  18.7 there was one  at Buda Island , PN Delta de l'Ebre (David Bigas, Daniel L Velasco, Pedro J Menéndez, Pablo Fernández, Jorge Valella).

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. On 27.7 there was one at marismas del Rocío, PN Doñana, Huelva (José Joclasera)

Royal Tern* Sterna maxima (1) .At Corrales de Rota, Cádiz, there were two in company of a Lesser Crested Tern on 18.7 (Dani L. Huertas y Javier Cabeza).

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis On 1.7 a bird was seen at Jara beach, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). At Corrales de Rota, Cádiz, there was one in company of two Royal Terns on 18.7 (Dani L. Huertas y Javier Cabeza).A pair of Lesser Crested Terns has bred this year at PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas). In the same colony an Elegant tern has also bred (see below).

Elegant Tern* Sterna elegans (1).2ND FOR SPAIN. An adult of this species which was seen carrying a metal ring (the French bird seen in previous years in Atlantic France?) was paired to a Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis at PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona during this season and by mid July it had a hybrid chick which was also trapped and ringed and from which blood samples were taken (David Bigas/PNDE). There are photos.Seen on 25.7 (I.Torres, D.Bigas; JL Copete).

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus On 1.7 there was an adult at Racó de l'Olla, L'Albufera de València, València (J.I.Díes, M.Chardí).
See a thumbnail here.On 9.7 a bird was seen flying rio Torrox, Andalucia (John Wainwright). On  16.7 there was one adult at El Garxal, PN Delta de l'Ebre (Daniel L Velasco, Pedro J Menéndez, Pablo Fernández, Jorge Valella, David Bigas).

Laughing Dove* Streptopelia senegalensis(1snail mail) .Following last month news on this species, on 6.7 there were at least SIX birds of which at least three were 1st calendar-year birds at Teguise Golf course, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here and a photo-page soon. The birds behaved wilder than the nearby Collared Doves S.decaocto or Turtle Doves S.turtur all present in the same gardened area.

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer. There were 3 birds at the southern slope of Sierra de la plata by Bolonia,Cádiz on 4.7. Another was near Facinas on 8.7 (Kathy Shaw & Ken Shaw). There were 4 White-rumped Swifts at the 
Castillo del Monfrague on Wednesday morning at 10.30 on the 21.7 (John Butler, Stephan Schoech and Sally Schoech).

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1snail mail) Sightings from the same observers having recorded WR Swifts in Cádiz: 1 regularly at highest villa on north side of Sierra de la plata, 2 Sierra de la plata  4.7, 3 Zahara apartments  13.7 and 1 over Zahara  on 14.7 (Kathy Shaw & Ken Shaw) The species is breeding now in Spain again in a confidential location (ed. comment).

Desert Warbler* Sylvia nana deserti(1) .On 23.7 at Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, ca.5kms W of Corralejo, on the road to Puerto del Rosario, just  W from a Riu hotel a bird was seen in a bush at close distance (Andy Paterson)

Snow Finch Montifringilla nivalis. At Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa, Cantabria and during a ringing campaign entitled "campo de seguimiento de la población de paseriformes alpinos en el  del grupo ibérico de anillamiento de León" carried out near Áliva and  Cabaña Verónica villages, Cantabria, from 23.6 to 3.7 a total of 16 Snow Finches were ringed. This is the first time the  population from Asturies is ringed and birds have been marked both with metallic and pvc rings. Amongst the rest of 135 birds trapped were 19 Prunella collaris, 1 Tichodroma muraria (female with brood patch), one of the only five birds ever ringed in Spain and 52 Pyrrhocorax graculus (contributed by Clemente Álvarez Usategui)

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.

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Latest highlights:

The adult White-winged Black Tern seen at L'Albufera de València on 1.7 (J.I.Dies)
One of the Laughing Doves seen at Teguise Golf Course, Lanzarote on 6.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo-page here.
The hybrid Little x Western Reef Egret at Marjal de Pego-Oliva on 29.7 (Jules Sykes). This bird looks identical to some accepted birds of the so called 'Les Olles egret' type after another similar bird from Les Olles lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona some years ago.

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