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This month's homologation statistics Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=1+29=30 )
Cygnus olor
Fulmarus glacialis Falco vespertinus Stercorarius longicaudus
Puffinus gravis Falco eleonorae Larus sabini
Puffinus mauretanicus Porphyrio porphyrio Sterna bengalensis
Oceanites oceanicus Charadrius morinellus Sterna elegans
Egretta alba Calidris pusilla Sterna paradisaea
Egretta gularis x garzetta Calidris temminckii Chlidonias leucopterus
Plegadis falcinellus Calidris minutilla Apus caffer
Threskiornis aethiopicus Calidris melanotos Apus affinis
Elanus caeruleus Tringa stagnatilis Acrocephalus paludicola
Necrosyrtes monachus Phalaropus lobatus

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


Mute Swan Cygnus olor. On 3.8 there was still one at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta (R.Gutiérrez, N.Urios; A.Rodríguez-Sinovas).The same bird was relocated at  cal Tet lagoon, RN Ricarda -ca l'Arana, Llobregat delta on 20.8 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Armand Ramal), see a thumbnail here.At Marismas Blancas, Cantabria, there were 2 adults and 3 juveniles on 5.8 (Fran Alcalá).On 28.8 there were 8, a family group, at Marismas blancas, Astillero, Cantabria. There were 4 juveniles, 2 1st summers, one adult and an eigth bird, either an adult or a 1st summer. In this place a pair has bred for three years in a row (Maite Garrigós, Amaia Pérez, Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana). See a photo below (JM Pérez de Ana).



Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis. Three were seen on 21.8 in the extremely-successful (see below other seabird records) seawatch off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (SGO, communicated by César Vidal).On 21.8 afternoon from Estaca de Bares headland, 2 were counted in 2h30' (Antonio Sandoval).

Great Shearwater  Puffinus gravis.On 15.8 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, Mañón, A Coruña, heading north (Antonio Sandoval).Four were seen on 21.8 in a seawatch off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (SGO, communicated by César Vidal).On 21.8 from Estaca de Bares headland, 22 were counted in 2h30' (Antonio Sandoval). Five more were seen the following day 22.8 in 6 hours (Antonio Sandoval).Two miles off Santoña, Cantabria, there were 2 birds on 26.8 (Gorka Ocio).

Balearic Shearwater  Puffinus mauretanicus. On 14.8 18 were seen passing in front of Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval). 66 more were seen the following day (A.Sandoval)There were c.20 off Tarragona on 24.8 (R.Gutiérrez, A.Ramal) and some off Llobregat river mouth the same evening (Xesco Macià).Observations off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia: 17 birds on 20.8 in 1h 15' ; 37 birds on 21.8 in 2h30' and 123 birds on 22.8 in 6h along the day (Antonio Sandoval). Groups have not reached yet Catalonia, where still scarce (< 15 birds) off Garraf and Llobregat delta coast on 26.8, outnumbered by slightly commoner Yelkouan Shearwater c.30 birds (A.Ramal, F.López, E.Guinart, R.Gutiérrez). Two miles off Santoña, Cantabria, there were c.30 birds on 26.8 (Gorka Ocio).

Wilson's Storm Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus(4,5-7) On 21.8 in a seawatch off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, 4-5 birds were counted (SGO, communicated by César Vidal).(5-7) On 26.8 three were seen with 7 European Storm Petrels (H.pelagicus) at 8 miles off Oriñon, Cantabria (Gorka Ocio).

Great White Egret Egretta alba. On 3.8 there was a bird in complete breeding plumage at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (Jordi Martí-Aledo).At S'Albufera de Mallorca there were 1-2 birds on 11.8. The species has oversummered in the area but breeding suspects have not been definitely confirmed (Maties Rebassa, Sebastià Torres).There were 27 at el Garxal area, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 7.8 (Clemente Álvarez).At the same delta, where the species is regular and fairly common, there were 7 at Migjorn area on 20.8 (Raphaël Lebrun & Eva Andreu).On 27.8 there was one at Sils, Girona (Alfons Dg).

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta garzetta x gularis and Western Reef Heron (1snail mail,2 snail mail) The hybrid seen at Marjal de Pego, València on 25.7 was still there on 2.8 (Jules Sykes). See a photo below (Jules Sykes)This bird could be the one seen last year in PN l'Albufera de València (J.I.Dies) and previously featured in this website.(2) A dark phase pure gularis was seen at the Guadalhorce river mouth, already accepted, was seen adain on 5.8 (Stefan Wahlstedt) among 2 Spoonbills, Little Egrets and Grey Herons.

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus At Brazo del Este, Sevilla, there were c.500 birds on 30.8 (Paco Chiclana).At Guadalhorce river, near the mouth, there were three birds on 24.8 (Antonio Tamayo).

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1,2 snail mail,3) There was still one at marisma de la Ramallosa, Nigrán, Pontevedra on 10.85 . It is believed to be the same bird present this year (see june news) and already accepted. See a thumbnail here (© César Vidal)(2) A bird was found at charca del Fraile, S de Tenerife, Canary Islands on 18.8 (Antonio Sicilia). See a photo below(3) At Guadalhorce river, near the mouth, there were two adults on 24.8 (Antonio Tamayo) and one at the river mouth on 29.8 (Andy Paterson).

Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus Only extralimital records. On 21.8 there was one euring 3 between Garriguella and Perelada, Girona (Josep Rost).On 21.8 a bird was seen at Cantonigrós, Osona, Barcelona also well out of breeding range (Pere Cortinas).The l'Albera bird was seen again on 23.8 at Cantallops, Girona (Albert Campsolinas).This Girona sighting has been that of a an out-of-range breeding pair: a bird was already seen by early june (Joan Budó and Enric Capalleras) near Garriguella, Girona. The bird was seen for a month in that area (E.Capalleras, M.Barrios).Then by early july a 2nd adult was found in the same area and was mating the first. On 9.8 the two adults were seen with a juvenile (M.Barrios, A.Campsolinas).

Hooded Vulture* Necrosyrtes monachus(1) One was seen in Ciudad Real province on 15.8 (Rafael Pons, David Fajardo). Origin unknown but 2nd for Spain in recent times. Another was reported from Gibraltar last Spring but as being carrying a chain from one leg it was thought to be an escape (Mario Mosquera, communicated by Ernest FJ Garcia).The bird was photographed carrying a metal ring and falconry equipment, so captive origin is proven (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus. A 1st summer male was seen at Palma de Mallorca airport at least on 24-26.8 (Lalo Ventoso; Manolo Suárez). See two thumbnails here

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. A bird was brought to Santa Faç recovery center, Alacant and by early august was still there for recovery (Elias Gomis).Read more in Spanish about this bird at Naturalicante.On 14.8 there was one seen migrating South at Puig de l'Àliga, Alt Penedès, Barcelona (Xavier Bayer, Cisco Guasch, Octavi Burruel, Marc Peris)At Montalt, Tivissa, Tarragona, there was one dark phase bird on 18.8 (Albert Cama, Eduard Soler, Montse Fuguet).Four migrated S over Sant mateu mountain, Alella, Barcelona on 21.8 (Jordi Sala).On 24.8 there were 3 well inland at Solsona, Lleida (Gerard Bota).

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio. An immature Purple Gallinule crash-landed in Gibraltar city, Gibraltar, on 11.8 evening. This is the first record for Gibraltar. It was released on 12.8 at the Guadiaro estuary, Sotogrande, Cádiz (news supplied by Ernest FJ Garcia/ Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society).

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. At Mezquetillas, Soria, a bird was heard in flight on 20.8. The area held 9 birds in 2002 (Juan Luis Hernández/SEO-Soria). On 27.8 there were 8 at Cayo peak, 30 km N of Soria, at 1700 m above sea level (F.Rubio, J.Muñoz, J.L.Hernández). On 25.8 the first four migrant adults found at Almería were seen in the same area as in 2003 (where arrived on 26.8.2003) (Martín Rodríguez).On 28.8 at the Cayo mountain there were seven birds at 17:45 hours, calling while flying S (Carlos Sánchez).On 26.8 there were two adults near Amoladeras area, Almería (Raimundo Martín Rodríguez).

Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla (1snail mail). On 22.8 a bird was found at Itsmo de la Lanzada, O Grove, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gomes Gonzáles). Photos from Xurxo Pinheiro (see below). The bird was relocated on 29.8 (E.Martínez, C.Damiam Romai, X.Pinheiro, Sterna-Ferrol -P.Pita, A.Gutiérrez, I.Allegue-, S.Paz). 


Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. On 3.8 there were five adults in front of  Bassa dels Pollancres hide, Remolar-Filipines reserve, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ricard Gutiérrez, N.Úrios). See thumbnails here. Still some birds around PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo).There was one at platja de la Marquesa, PN Delta de l'Ebre on 5.8 (D.Bigas, R.Gutiérrez, S.Sales, C.Álvarez-Usátegui, Iago)and two more on 6.8 (C.Álvarez-Usátegui, D.Bigas). There were 2 at Remolar-Filipines reserve on 4.8 (Xavier Sampere).On 5.8 there were three at Alfassar ricefields ,PN L'Albufera de València, València (J.I.Díes). These birds had been seen in previous days by Toni Alcocer.On 11.8 there were 2 at S'Albufera de Mallorca (Sebastià Torrens, Maties Rebassa). There was one at Buda Island, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 6.8 (C.Álvarez-Usátegui, D.Bigas).On 5.8 there was one at Besós river mouth, Sant Adrià del Besós, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy).On 15.8 there were 4 at Cerro de las Cigüeñas, Aznalcázar, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana).On 23.8 there was one at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta (Ferran López).On 30.8 there were 2 at the same place (F.López, X.Dot).There were two at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 30.8 (Paco Chiclana).At basses de Delfià, Girona, there were two 1st winter birds (J.Luis Copete, David Perpiñán). 

Least Sandpiper* Calidris minutilla(1snail mail) The 2nd for Catalonia and 4th for Spain, an adult/1st summer, was seen and photographed at Sils, Girona on 17.8 (Joan Ventura, Carles González) although not fully identified until 30.8 after other observers assessment. See photos below (Joan Ventura) and a thumbnail here


Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos(1,2,3,4) The first this autumn passage was an adult seen on 16.8 at El Goleró area, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas) (2)A juvenile bird was seen on 23-24.8 at Racó de l'Olla, Albufera de València (Bosco Dies)(3) On 24.8 there was a juvenile at balsa mayor de la Degollada, Calahorra, La Rioja (Ignacio Gámez).(4) On 30.8 a juvenile was found at Bassa del Gall Marí, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (J.Martí-Aledo, Mireia Jiménez). The first on 2003 at the same place was seen on 31.8 (!). 

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis. There were 2 at El Garxal area, PN  Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 7.8 within a flock of 87 T.erythropus and 3 T.nebularia (Clemente Álvarez-Usátegui).On 22-23.8 there were two birds at Marjal de Pego, València (Jules Sykes). See a thumnbail here

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. There were two birds at Salinas de Cerrillos, Punta Entinas-Sabinar, Almería, on 11.8 (Xesco Macia). See thumbnails here

Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus (3,4,5) On 21.8 in a seawatch off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, 2-3 birds were counted (SGO, communicated by César Vidal).(4) On 20.8 one was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval). (5) On 21.8 two were seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval). 

Sabine's Gull Larus sabini. On 15.8 2 were seen migrating in front of Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval).On 21.8 in a seawatch off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (the particular galician version of the British 'Scillonian pelagic'), over 50 birds were counted (SGO, communicated by César Vidal) See a thumbnail of one of the birds here .On 26.8 five were near a fishing vessel 4 miles off the Oriñon, Cantabria coast, N Spain (Gorka Ocio).

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis. There was an adult on 9.8 at Racó de l'Olla, PN l'Albufera de València. Seen at dawn, it was within a Sandwich terns roost. It suddently dissapeared without being relocated again (J.I.Díes). See a photo below (bird in the background marked with an arrow).On 15.8 there was an adult at the same place, possibly being the same reported above (J.I.Dies & Bosco Dies). See a photo below (bird facing left). The Albufera bird was still attending the same roost on 19.8 (J.I.Dies). One was seen on 18.8 at la Rogera lagoon, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà within a party of 40 Sandwich Terns (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Teresa Montràs).A bird was reported off Mallorca on 10.8.2004 (Steve Norman).The Albufera de Valencia bird was last seen on 22.8 (Bosco Dies).

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea Accidental in the Mediterranean. An adult bird was seen at Racó de l'Olla, PN l'Albufera de València on 13.8.2004 (J.I.Dies and M.Vilalta). See a thumbnail here (J.I.Dies). There are more images of this bird in the Dies brothers' website

Elegant Tern* Sterna elegans (1snail mail).The adult orange-billed tern showing characters of Elegant Tern and the hybrid chick (sandvicensis x elegans) were still at PN Delta de l'Ebre on 4.8 and the chick was about to begin flying one of these days (David Bigas, Clemente Álvarez-Usátegui, Ricard Gutiérrez). An attempt to trap the adult failed on 5.8 due to windy conditions (D.Bigas, S.Sales, C.Álvarez-Usátegui, R.Gutiérrez, Yago/PN Delta de l'Ebre).On 9.8 it was seen at the beach not associated to the hybrid chick (D.Bigas).Still there on 17.8 (David Bigas)

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus On 5.8 there was an adult at Alfassar ricefields ,PN L'Albufera de València, València (J.I.Díes). See a thumbnail here (J.I.Dies)On 6.8 there were two at Buda island together with c.1000 Black Terns C.niger and a flock of additional 1000 terns of the three regular species sandvicensis, hirundo and albifrons (David Bigas, Clemente Álvarez-Usátegui).There was an adult moulting into winter plumage at cal Tet lagoon, RN Ricarda -ca l'Arana, Llobregat delta on 20.8 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Armand Ramal).There was one adult moulting into winter plumage at El Garxal, delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 20.8 (Raphaël Lebrun & Eva Andreu).Another similarly pllumaged bird, or the same, was at the same area on 28.8 (Xesco Macia).On 31.8 there was a bird at Marismas del Odiel, Huelva (Paco Chiclana).

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer. There were some on 15.8 entering a nest at Maro-Cerro Gordo cliffs, between Málaga and Granada (Francisco 'Kirri' Botella, Cayetano, A.Tamayo)At Casares, Málaga, on 3.8 there was a bird among many hundreds Common, Pallid and Alpine Swifts (Stefan Wahlstedt)

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1snail mail) The species is breeding now in Spain again in a confidential location (ed. comment).

Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola. On 7.8 four birds were trapped and ringed at La Nava, Palencia. Another was seen on 11.8 (F.Jubete, E.Gómez-Crespo per C.Álvarez-Usátegui).On 20.8 one was ringed at Villastrigo del Páramo, León. It was an adult. See a photo below and a thumnail here (David Miguélez)At the same place the following two days, five more birds were trappe (D.Miguélez).

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:

Two of the adults Temminck Stints Calidris temminckii seen at Llobregat delta on 3.8, in the lower photo with a Curlew Sandpiper C.ferruginea (right). (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Eleonora's Falcon brought to the recovery center at Santa Faç, Alacant and still there on recovery (Elias Gomis)
The Albufera de València White-winged Black Tern as seen on 5.8 (J.I.Dies)
The Sacred Ibis present at Marisma de Ramallosa, Nigrán, Pontevedra on 10.8. It shows darkers underparts possibly due to a fuel spill at the Vigo area (César Vidal)
The Adult Arctic Tern at Racó de l'Olla, Albufera de València on 13.8, an accidental species for Mediterranean Spain (J.I.Dies)
The now almost resident Mute Swan at Llobregat delta, Barcelona. This bird moves between Remolar-Filipines reserve and by 20.8 at Cal Tet lagoon, where sharing space with coots, gulls and ducks (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Aquatic Warbler ringed at León on 20.8 (David Miguélez)
One of the two Marsh Sandpipers at Marjal de Pego, València on 22-23.8 (Jules Sykes).
The Sils Least Sandpiper, seen only on 17.8 by two authors. The 2nd for Catalonia and 4th for Spain (Joan Ventura).
One of the 50+ Sabine's Gulls seen on the Estaca de Bares august seawatch. Perhaps one of the best possible seawatches in mainland Spain! (Delfín González).
The red-footed falcon present in the Palma de Mallorca airport (Lalo Ventoso)

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