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Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
* rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
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Number of rarities this month Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=20+ 29=49 )
Cygnus olor Branta leucopsis Anas rubripes
Cygnus cygnus Branta bernicla Aythya collaris
Anser brachyrhynchus Tadorna tadorna Aythya nyroca 
Tadorna ferruginea Aythya marila
Anser albifrons Aix galericulata Clangula hyemalis
cf.Branta canadensis x A.anser Anas americana Melanitta perspicillata
cf.Branta canadensis x A.indicus Anas carolinensis Oxyura jamaicensis
Podiceps auritus Buteo rufinus Larus philadelphia
Puffinus gravis Aquila pomarina Larus delawarensis
Puffinus mauretanicus Falco biarmicus Larus hyperboreus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Porphyrio martinica Cepphus grylle
Egretta alba Fulica cristata Anthus richardi
Threskiornis aethiopicus Charadrius morinellus Phylloscopus inornatus
Plegadis falcinellus Calidris temminckii Bombycilla garrulus
Platalea alba Calidris maritima Emberiza rustica
Phoenicopterus minor Phalaropus lobatus Plectrophenax nivalis
Circaetus gallicus Stercorarius longicaudus

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


Mute Swan Cygnus olor. On 16.11 a bird was seen flying SW ovfer faro de Calaburras, Mijas, Málaga (Todor Iliev Todorov). Perhaps the same bird? was seen on 17.11 at playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz. It stayer for a while and later continued flying S (Keith Bensusan/GONHS).There was one at camino de Villafranca lagoon, Ciudad Real on 21.11 (Alfonso López)

Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus(1,2) On 27.11 one (possibly two) were seen at ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (José Antonio García Fernández)On 20.11 there were  3 birds (2 ads and one juvenile at ría de Foz, Lugo (David Calleja Marcos, Javier Usera). See a photo below.

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus(1,2,3)The flock arrived on 23.9 to RN Marismas de Santoña y Noja, Cantabria was presumably still there by the 1st of November and was seen on 12.11 (A.G.Herrera, J.Aja, V.Iturriaga, B.Gomez,J.G.Navedo)(2)On 4.11 there was one at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca (Enrique Larreta, Javier Valls, J.M. Palacios, Miguel Rouco)See three thumbnails here (E.Larreta; M.Rouco)Still there on 16.11 (Miguel Rouco). The 16 Santoña birds were still there, at Cicero polder, on 21.11 (María Santillán, José Pedro Portillo, Javier Portillo) and on 25.11 (JG Navedo-SEO/BirdLife) to 28.11 at Escalante polder (M.Santillán, P.Ibarrondo, A.Sanz, A.Lamsfus, J.J.Aja, J.Portillo; Karmelo de Dios)(3) From 29-30-11 there was one juvenile at la Nava, Palencia (Enrique Gómez Crespo).

White-fronted Goose* Anser albifrons . On 4.11 there were two at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca (Enrique Larreta, Javier Valls, J.M. Palacios, Miguel Rouco)There was one at Corredor Verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 6.11 (Paco Chiclana)On 11.11 there were 8 at La Zaida lagoon, Gallocanta, Zaragoza (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Villaécija, Manolo Romero). On 8-9.11 there was one at Isla Mayor ricefields, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana). There were 2 at Villafáfila, Zamora on 8.11 within a flock of Greylags which included 2 leucistic birds (Alfonso Rodrigo) On 16.11 there was a bird at La Nava lagoon, Palencia, very possibly a 1st winter (David González Ortega).The two from Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, were still there on 16.11 (Miguel Rouco). See a photo below (M.Rouco). There were 2 amongst 25-30000 greylags at Isla Mayor-Corredor verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 12.11 (Daniel L Huertas).From 29-30-11 there was one juvenile at la Nava, Palencia (Enrique Gómez Crespo).


Presumed hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose* Branta canadensis x Anser anser (1,2)There was one bird showing intermediate characters between both species at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 1.11 (Delfín González,Guillermo Hdez, Juan M. Ruiz,et al). See a thumbnail here. (2)On 13.11 one was seen at Entremuros, Marismas del Guadalquivir, Sevilla (Rafa Romero,Javier Salcedo, Stephanie Hayes, David Muñoz). It had been seen before on 8.11 (Paco Chiclana)

Presumed hybrid Canada x Bar-headedGoose* Branta canadensis x Anser indicus(1) On 9.11 there was one at Isla Mayor ricefields, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana, R.Martín Baylo)

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis On 9.11 seven birds were seen at Isla Mayor ricefields, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana).There were 3 amongst 25-30000 greylag geese at Isla Mayor-Corredor verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 12.11 (Daniel L Huertas).

Brent Goose Branta bernicla.Two on 8.11 and one on 12.11 were counted at Santoña NR, Cantabria (A.G.Herrera, J.Aja, V.Iturriaga, B.Gomez, J.G.Navedo) .Still one, a 1st winter of ssp bernicla, at Montehano area on 21.11 (María Santillán, José Pedro Portillo, Javier Portillo; A.García Herrera)A 1st winter of the nominate ssp was seen amongst hundreds of ducks at O Bao marshes, O Grove (Ogrobe), Galicia (Galiza) from 17.11 and at least until 20.11 (X.Pinheiro, E.Martínez-Sabarís,Cosme Damián Romai Cousido et al) On 26.11 there were two at Santoña (JG Navedo-SEO/BirdLife) and three at Cicero area, RN Santoña y Noja, Cantabria on 28.11 (M.Santillán, P.Ibarrondo, A.Sanz, A.Lamsfus, J.J.Aja, J.Portillo). There were 2 at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 24.11 (Adolfo Villaverde) One was seen at Rianxo harbour, A Coruña, on 21.11 (Xurxo Pinheiro, Samuel Paz).

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. On 21.11 there were two at laguna del Camino de Villafranca, Ciudad Real (Alfonso López).Record count for Fuerteventura and Spain: On 28.11 there were 55 BIRDS at Los Molinos reservoir, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands coinciding with a locust invasion to the island. In contrast, there were only 22 common coots at the reservoir .(César-Javier Palacios). 

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna. Rarity for the Canary Islands. The 4th for the Canary Islands was seen at Maspalomas, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, on 13.11 (Miguel Avelino Suares). See a thumbnail here,.Still there at least until 20.11 (Miguel Avelino).

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1,2.3)On 9.11 there were two drakes at Banyoles lake, Girona. One had been seen in october (Carles Feo Quer).Still there on 20.11 (Carles González) and 30.11 (Carles Feo Quer)(2) two, a pair, in full breeding plumage were recorded at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València on 18.11 (J.I.Dies). Although there are a few free-flying individuals in the c.20 km distant city of Valencia, there are no records of the species in the area since 15 November 1942 (!). Both birds behaved wild and joined a small flock of Pochard (A.ferina) (J.I.Dies). See a photo below.(3) on 16.11 a drake was found at rio Raices, Salinas, Asturies behaving completely wild (Daniel López Velasco).Still there on 27.11(M.A.Fernández, D.L.Velasco)

American Wigeon* Anas americana(1w0128) The drake found on  26.9 at Ría del Eo, Lugo/Asturies was still there on 2.11, with several duck including 2 Ring-neckeds (Pablo Fernández García).See a thumbnail here (photographed on 26.10, César A.Laó) On 9.11 it was still there (Pablo Fernández García y David Calleja Marcos).

Black Duck* Anas rubripes (1,2) A pure drake was seen on 9.11 at Ría de Foz, Lugo on See a thumbnail here (David Calleja Marcos).(2) On 20.11 a hybrid Mallard x Black Duck was seen at the same site (David Calleja Marcos, Javier Usera).Very similar to a drake rubripes, it is believed to come from a drake Black Duck and female mallard parentage

Green-winged Teal* Anas carolinensis(1) On 2.11 a drake appeared at El Cortalet lagoon, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona. It is believed to be the same individual returning for its third consecutive winter -it appeared last year on 31.10.2003 ( Luís José Salaverri, Rosa Llinàs, Xavi del Acebo, Jordi Martí-Aledo)See two thumbnails here (L.J.Salaverri)Not seen on 9.11 (J.Martí-Aledo, P.Feliu, B.Minobis, F.López, R.Gutiérrez et al) but relocated on 12.11 (Jordi Martí-Aledo).

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris(1,2,3,4,5) 
(1) Two birds (presumably 1st winter male and female) were seen on 3.11 at Ría del Eo, Asturies/Lugo. In the same flock it was the American Wigeon reported last month (Pablo Fernández)
(2)There was one female at Valdoviño lake, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Gutiérrez)It was still there on 8.11 (P.Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here.
(3)There were 2 females and a male  at La Furta, Corbera, Asturies on 9.11. See a thumbnail of the male here Only the females remained by 12.11 (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui)See two thumbnails here (P.J. Menéndez, C.A.Usátegui), taken on 13.11.and until 14.11 at least (C.A.Usátegui, JL Orrasco, M Quintana, Atocha Ramos, C Damián Romai) On 23.11 (C.A.Usátegui) and 27.11 there was only one female (M.A.Fernández, D.L.Velasco)
(4) On 19.11 there were a drake and a female at embalse de As Forcadas, A Coruña (Antonio Gutiérrez, César Vidal, Pablo Gutiérrez)(5)There was a pair at Embalse de Dos Pinos, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palna on 19.11 (Juan Antonio Lorenzo).

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca  A drake was seen at desembocadura del Guadalhorce,Málaga on 9.11 (Antonio Tamayo). Another was at La Furta, Corvera, Asturies on 9.11 (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui).See a thumbnail here. A possible hybrid Ferrugineous duck x pochard A.nyroca x ferina was reported from Marjal dels Moros, Sagunt, València on 20.11 (Ignacio Nebot-Gil). On 28.11 there was one at desembocadura del río Guadiaro, San Roque, Cádiz (Gonzalo Gil, F.Enrique Navarrete)

Scaup Aythya marila.  On 6.11 there was an adult male at Ría del Eo, Lugo/Asturies (Pablo Fernández García ).There was a drake at marisma del Joyel aon 15.11 and a female at Ano canal,both at Santoña NR, Cantabria on 21.11 (Alejandro García Herrera).The latter, a 1st winter, was still at Santoña on 25.11 (JJ Fernández-Aransay).There were 2 ad females off Rianxo harbour, A Coruña on 21.11 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis. A 1st winter was seen at Zeluan on 12.11 (César A.Laó).Still there on 16.11 (Pedro J Menéndez)Still there on 21.11 (Daniel López Velasco) and on 27.11 (M.A.Fernández, D.L.Velasco)

Surf Scoter * Melanitta perspicillata (1) On 1.11 one was seen flying within a flock of 15 Melanitta nigra off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Gutiérrez, Ignacio Allegue, Pablo Gutiérrez, Pablo Pita).

Ruddy Duck* Oxyura jamaicensis(1,2) A bird, either 1w or female, was seen at Entremuros, Marismas del Guadalquivir, Sevilla (Rafa Romero,Javier Salcedo, Stephanie Hayes, David Muñoz)(2) There was a bird at laguna de Ampudia, Palencia on 13.11 (Miguel Rouco), also seen on 12 and 14.11 (Juan Sagardia).


Red-necked Grebe* Podiceps grisegena. A bird was seen from la Arenilla hide, RN Santoña, Cantabria on 10.11 (Álvaro Bustamante) A corpse of a dead bird, moulting into winter plumage, was found on 20.11 at the beach of Almenara, Plana Baixa, Castelló. This is the 3rd record for the whole Valencia region (País Valencià) (David Olmos Corral). See a thumbnail here

Slavonian Grebe* Podiceps auritus(1,2,3,4) On 3.11 the 1st confirmed bird reached RN Santoña y Noja, Cantabria, at Canal de Ano (Juan Gómez Navedo and Alejandro García Herrera)Five were counted on 12.11 at the same place (A.G.Herrera, J.Aja, V.Iturriaga, B.Gomez,J.G.Navedo).On 28.11 there were at least two birds (M.Santillán, P.Ibarrondo, A.Sanz, A.Lamsfus, J.J.Aja, J.Portillo) but the official count of the reserve gives 8 birds on 25.11 (JG Navedo- SEO/BirdLife) (2)On 14.11 there were 2 at Cariño harbour, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio y Pablo Gutiérrez). (3) on 14.11 there was another at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña (Antonio y Pablo Gutiérrez).On 27.11 there were six at the same place (Antonio Gutiérrez) and four on 28.11 (A.Gutiérrez, P.Gutiérrez).(4)Another from Galicia: a bird was seen on 13.11 at El Ferrol, A Coruña (Pablo Gutiérrez)

Great Shearwater  Puffinus gravis. On 20.11, 413 birds were counted flying W from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia in a 3 hour count (Antonio Sandoval). A good score!.

Balearic Shearwater  Puffinus mauretanicus.18 were counted off Estaca de Bares, Galicia on 1.11 (Antonio Gutiérrez, Pablo Pita, Pablo Gutiérrez e Ignacio Allegue). By 3.11 there were c.30 birds at Roses bay, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo).On 1.11.04  there were over 200 birds in different rafts off playa de Lanzada, Sanxenxo/ O Grove, Pontevedra (César Vidal, Rafael y Tito Salvadores)On 7.11,  496Puffinus mauretanicus were counted in an hour while flying N off cabo silleiro, Baiona, Pontevedra (César Vidal). Extremely interesting sightings from the Straits of Gibraltar: on 5.11 (08:40-12:45), 521 mauretanicus were seen coming from NE and entering the Straits. With them, a minimum of 6 Levantine S (Puffinus yelkouan).This is one of the few confirmed sightings in the Straits in the last year and talks of birds entering the Mediterranean coming from the Atlantic. On 6.11,  from 11:00-13:00, 785 Balearics were counted while 26 Levantine S were noted going W like the year before (Ernest FJ Garcia)On 12.11 during an hour of continous observation from Cabo Silleiro, Baiona, Pontevedra, 463 birds were counted heading north (!) and only one south (César Vidal). The area is holding a large concentration of small fish 'Lanzón' Ammodites tobianus and a small crab 'Patexo' Polybius henslowi. The shearwaters are preying on these species in what is considered an exceptional year for both fish and crab in the area by local fishermen (César Vidal). On 6-7.11 six birds were seen entering Algeciras harbour, Cádiz (Salvador Garcia). By 5.8.11 from 120-140 birds were counted off Complejo Intermareal de Umia-O Grove, Pontevedra. This coast had held up to 2040 birds in 15.10 (Xurxo Pinheiro). On 9.11 there were only 8 off Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga (Antonio Tamayo).On 22.11 there was a compact party of 957-1120 birds less than 1 nautic mile off Remolar lagoon, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (N.Urios; F.X.Santaeufemia, A.Ramal, R.Gutiérrez), where 0 birds were seen during the census of 19.11 (FX Santaeufemia). The numbers of the count differ according to eye count (957) or digital photo counting (1120). See a photo of part of the group  below (A.Ramal). On 19.11 at Penyal d'Ifac, Calp, Alacant there was also 1 Mediterreanean (Levantine) Shearwater (P.yelkouan)with the 140 mauretanicus recorded (A.Jacobo, J.Santamaria). On 21.11 there were 35 at cap d'Horta, Alacant (Elías Gomis)

  • Results from the 19.11 coordinated count (partial results)
(+) results not yet available
Sa Moleta de Sóller (Mallorca) Jordi Muntaner, Cristina Fiol, Maria Cantallops 1
Cap Formentor (Mallorca) Joan Gelabert, Maties Rebassa 1
Far de Capdepera (Mallorca) Lluís Parpal,Cati Artigues 43
Sa Punta de n'Amer (Mallorca) Pere Vicens, Joan Mayol 117
Far de la Mola (Formentera) Santiago Costa 164
Eivissa island (6 points) GEN_GOB, Patricia Arbona, Miguel Vericad, Alberto García, Pedro J Soriano, David Carrera, Laura Ribas, David García, Joan Carles Palerm, Nuria Valverde, Jaume Estarellas, Pedro Asensio, Esteban Cardona 770
Cabo Oyambre (Cantabria) Alejandro García Herrera 1
Cap de Creus (Girona) Pere Cortinas Pineda 0
Badia de Roses (Girona) Jordi Martí-Aledo 0
Delta de la Tordera (Girona) Ferran López Sanz (RN Delta Llobregat) 22
Delta del Llobregat (Barcelona) Francesc Xavier Santaeufemia (RN Delta Llobregat) 0
Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona) Xavier Sampere (RN Delta Llobregat) 36
Roquer de Torredembarra (Tarragona) Albert Cama, Marc Peris, R Ferrer 108
Cap de Salou (Tarragona) E. Gracia 0
Cambrils (Tarragona) Pere Josa 400
Delta de l'Ebre (Tarragona) David Bigas (PN Delta de l'Ebre) (+)
Castelló de la Plana (Castelló) Miguel Tirado 3
Penyal d'Ifach, Calp (Alacant) Antonio Jacobo Ramos, José Santamaría 140
Torremolinos (Málaga) Andy Paterson 2
Table total 1808

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret * Egretta gularis x garzetta(1) On 12.11 a bird was seen at Cullera ricefields, València (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Villaécija, Manolo Romero)

Great White Egret Egretta alba. Observations outside of regular site at PN Deltade l'Ebre, Tarragona. On 10.11 one was seen at La Rogera, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (J.Martí-Aledo, P.Feliu, B.Minobis, F.López, R.Gutiérrez et al).There was one at Corredor Verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 6.11 (Paco Chiclana).There was one at PN de les Salines de Santa Pola on 7.11 (A. Jacobo Ramos, see information at Natur@licante)There were 2 at desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga on 11.11 (Antonio Tamayo, JM.Ramirez). At the same river but at Pizarra, Málaga there were 9 the same day (J.M.Ramírez). One was seen at Marjal de Pego,València on 9.11 (Jules Sykes). There was one at Villafáfila on 8.11 (Alfonso Rodrigo)Four were at Filipines marsh, Llobregat delta on 15.11 (FX Santaeufemia, RGutiérrez, F.López). There were 2 at Ter river, near Malars ditch, Osona, Barcelona on 18.11 (Pere Baucells). A bird was at San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, on 17.11 (Alejandro G Herrera). One was at El Cortalet lagoon, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 17.11 (Javi Mendoza, J.Martin, M.Poch, L.Pola, A.Garcia).On 17.11 there was one at Dehesa de Abajo, Puebla del Rio, Sevilla (John Butler).There were 2 at Torberes d'Almardà de Sagunt, València from 11-18.11 (Marlene Veen/Acció Ecologista Agró).There was one at estanys des Codolar i Sal Rossa, PN ses Salines d'Eivissa, on 18-19.11 (Oliver Martínez).There were 2 at brazo de la Torre, Sevilla on 18.11 and four at Corredor verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 20.11 (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín, Manolo Romero).Eight birds were counted at Cibollar area, PN S'Albufera de Mallorca on 28.11 (Pere Vicens). Two were on 27.11 at Tauste ricefields, Zaragoza (Fran Alcalá, Sara Bujeda). On 26.11 there were 2 at corredor verde del Guadiamar,Sevilla (Rafa Romero). At San Vicente de la Barquera, Oyambre, Cantabria there was a bird on 24.11 (Fco. Javier Portillo). On 24.11 there was one at Estanys des Codolar, Eivissa, Balearic Islands (Oliver Martinez). There were 3 at Arrocampo, Cáceres on 27-28.11 (Javier Briz)

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. On 1.11 there were over 800 Glossy Ibis at the Isla Mayor rice fields, Pueblo del Rio, Sevilla (John Butler).There were 270  at Corredor Verde del Guadiamar, Sevilla on 6.11 (Paco Chiclana)From 6-13.11 there were six birds at Marjal d'Almenara, La Llosa, Plana Baixa, Castelló (Miguel Martínez Constant). See a thumbnail here (M.Martínez Constant). Possibly three of them were also seen at the same place on 23.11 (Enric Amer). There were 3 at la Janda, Cádiz on 20.11 (Javier de la Cruz).There was one at Guadalhorce river mouth from 20.11 (A.Tamayo et al) to 28.11 (Joan Ximenis). On 23.11 there had been one at laguna de los Prados, Málaga (A.Tamayo)

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1) On 1.11 a bird was found at delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Roser Solé  i  Josep Tantull)

African Spoonbill* Platalea alba(1) An adult bird was at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 20-21.11 (Antonio Aguilera N)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor(1) On 7.11 there was one at Fuentedepiedra lagoon, Málaga (J.M.Moreno Benítez)

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus. Rarity in the Canary Islands. A bird was seen at La Pardilla, Telde, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 14.11 (Miguel Avelino Suarez).

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus(1) On 4.11, a cirtensis immature birds was found at La Janda, Cádiz (Ernest FJ Garcia, Andy Paterson).
Lesser Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina(1) From 3.11, a bird, presumably the same recorded last winter, was seen again at the same Doñana National Park area, at marisma del Rocío, Almonte, Huelva (José Luis Arroyo). Probably the same bird was referred as clanga at the same site on 11.11 (Iván Rodríguez).See a photo below (JL Arroyo) and thumbnails here.Probably this individual was seen on 26.11 at the same area (Rafa Romero)

Editorial note: Please note the need for caution regarding hybridisation with clanga in this species. Reading of Vali & Lohmus (2004) Nestling characteristics and identification of the lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina, greater spotted eagle A. clanga, and their hybrids (J Ornithol (2004) 145: 256–263) is strongly reccomended.

Lanner* Falco biarmicus(1) On 12.11 a bird was reported at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (A.Guillaumet, V.Mouret).

Corncrake Crex crex. On 19.11 a bird was fushed at Valle de las Cruces, Garafía, La Palma island, Canary Islands (Juan Antonio Lorenzo).

American Purple Gallinule* Porphyrio martinica (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN. The 1st-calendar year bird (Euring 3) found exhausted at Puerto Rico village, Mogán, Gran Canaria island, Canary Islands on 19.10 was still at the recovery center of Tafira of the local government (Cabildo Insular), at Gran Canaria on 1.11.Released into the wild on 2.11 (communicated by J.A.Lorenzo)See a photo of the moment of the release below

Crested Coot Fulica cristata .On 3.11 at a small lagoon near Roquetas de Mar saltpans, Almería, there were two collared birds numbered 084 & 086 (Richard Gunn)

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus.On 9.11 there were 5 together with 4 Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis at Las Amoladeras, Cabo de Gata, Almería (Raimundo Martín Rodríguez)

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. On 1.11 there were 11 Temminck's Stints at the Isla Mayor rice fields, Puebla del Rio, Sevilla (John Butler)

Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima. Only Mediterranean records. A bird was found at Fuengirola harbour, Málaga, on 11.11 (Juan Ramírez, Salvador Solís. A.Tamayo et al)

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus.On 30.10 there were still two at Salinas del Cerrillo, RN Punta Entinas-Sabinar, Almería (Raiundo Martín, Antonio Tamayo) . Last seen on 19.11 (Antonio Tamayo et al)

Long-tailed Skua * Stercorarius longicaudus (1) On 31.10 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (A.Sandoval, A.Gutiérrez, I.Allegue, P.Pita,P.Gutiérrez).One was seen also the following day (Antonio Gutiérrez, Pablo Pita, Pablo Gutiérrez e Ignacio Allegue)

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia(1) First Mediterranean Spain record. On 21 and 25.10 an adult in winter plumage was seen at Granada coast, Andalucia. On 21.10 it was alone at playa de Poniente, and on 25.10 it was with 150 Larus fuscus graellsii, 25 Larus ridibundus, 6 Larus 
melanocephalus, 70 Larus michahellis and 1 Larus audouinii at playa de la Charca, both at Salobreña, Granada (Xabier Varela). See a photo below (central bird) and a thumbnail here

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis(1) One adult was seen at Cariño beach, A Coruña, Galicia on 14.11 (Antonio Gutiérrez)(2)Another different individual, a 2nd winter, was seen at the same place on 23.11 (Ricardo Hevia)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus(1) One adult was seen on 2.11.2004 c. 14 nautic miles off Candás, Asturies (Pablo Fernández García)

Black Guillemot * Cepphus grylle(1,2) On 1.11 one was seen from cabo Touriñan , A coruña (José Ramón Gomez).(2) A bird was seen at close distance at Rendiellu, El Musel, Gijón, on 12.11 (Nacho Vega). One hour later the area was scanned by different authors without luck. The bird was not seen anymore. 

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2,3) The birds found on 24.10 at Cabo Peñes, Gozón, Asturies were still there on 4.11 (Clemente Álvarez Usátegui)At least there were 12 birds at the same place on 13.11 (Daniel López Velasco et al).Still six on 14.11 (DL Velasco, C Damián Romai, C.Álvarez Usátegui, Atocha Ramos,) and five present in the area on 20.11 and on 21.11 (Daniel L.Velasco)On 27.11 a total of 17 birds (!) were counted at Cabo Peñes, Gozón, Asturies (M.Antonio Fernández, Daniel López Velasco).(2)There were four birds feeding on the dunes of A Lanzada beach, O Grove (Ogrobe), Galicia (Galiza) on 20.11 (Cosme Damián Romai Cousido)(3)There were 3 at Tancada marshes, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 27.11 (Xesco Macià, Alex Ollé, August Luna; Albert Burgas).If they remain for the winter it would be the 5th winter in a row that the species is overwintering in the Ebre delta (David Bigas in litt.).Also seen on 28.11 (J.L. Copete, F.Capdevila, A.Puente, L.Cascant & Maria Brichs)

Yellow-Browed Warbler* Phylloscopus inornatus(1) On 30.10 one was seen at Torremolinos, just in the same place another was seen in 2003 (Andy Paterson)

Waxwing* Bombycilla garrulus(1,2,3) On 1.11 two were seen at playa de Cedeira, A Coruña, Galicia. They were a male and an immature (Antonio Fernández, Luz). There are not previous accepted records for Spain but some candidates for 'B' list (ed.comment).(2) From 1-4 birds were seen at Cobas, near cabo Prior, Ferrol, A Coruña on 3.11 (P.Pita, A.Gutiérrez, P.Gutiérrez). This site is at 25 km distance from the 1st site (Cedeira) all in all suggesting natural arrivals (P.Gutiérrez in litt.)See one of the birds of Cedeira below (Antonio Fernandez Marín) and a thumbnail of one of the birds of Cobas here It seems that 30 years ago a bird was shot at Zumaia, Gipuzkoa (Aitor Leiza) See a thumbnail here (3)On 18.11 three were reported at rasa de Lluces, Llastres, Asturies (Efrén García Iglesias) but they were not relocated anymore.

Rustic Bunting * Emberiza rustica(1) THIRD FOR SPAIN.  On 6.11 one was ringed at Palmones, final del embudo, Algeciras-Estrecho de Gibraltar. (Pablo Ortega, Manuel Lobón, Antonio Cavas, Fernando E. Navarrete, Miguel González). See a photo below and two thumbnails here (M.González) 

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis. On 8.11 there was an adult male at Salinas beach, Asturies (Daniel L.Velasco). On 13-14.11 there were 3 birds: 2 1w males and a 1w female all at Cabo Peñes (Daniel L.Velasco, C.Álvarez Usátegui, Pedro J.Menéndez, César A.Laó, José Antonio GF, Atocha Ramos).Still there on 21.11 (Daniel L.Velasco).See a photo below.From 19-21.11 there was a female at Alcossebre, Castelló (Des Norden). There was a male at Arrocampo, Cáceres on 30.11 (Javier Briz)

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!

Rarities reported so far this month

Latest highlights:

A presumed hybrid between Canada Goose and Greylag Goose seen at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 1.11 (Delfín González)
The Bonaparte's Gull at Granada coast by late October. The first Spanish Mediterranean record (Xabier Varela). 
The drake Green-Winged Teal Anas carolinensis as seen on 2.11 at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. Possibly the same duck overwintering in the area for its 3rd consecutive winter (LJ Salaverri)
One 'second for Spain' after the 1st, featured also in this page. One of the up to possibly four birds present at Cobas, A Coruña on 3.11 (Antonio Gutiérrez). Both records set to be accepted into the 'A' list of Spain after the large numbers of this species recorded further N in Europe.
Above four images: the Pink-footed Goose seen at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 4-5.11 (E.Larreta above, M.Rouco, three below). Compare the bird with the neighbour Greylags.
The male Rustic Bunting at marisma del Rio Palmones, Algeciras, Cádiz (M.González). The 3rd for Spain. It is clear that not only soaring raptors pass through the Straits at Algeciras (!)
 The female Ring-necked Duck at Valdoviño, A Coruña (A.Gutiérrez)
The 4th Shelduck for the Canary Islands, a female/1w at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, on 13.10 (Miguel Avelino Suares)
The drake American Wigeon at Ria de Eo as seen by late october (César A Laó)
The Caribbean Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber present for the last years in the Ebre delta, Tarragona, associated to the 8000 P.roseus present in the area on 17.11. An accepted species included in the E list.
The females Ring-necked ducks at La Furta, Asturies, as seen on 13.11 (P.J.Menéndez)
The Long-tailed duck from Zeluán, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco)
The Ruddy Duck from laguna de Ampudia, Palencia on 13.11 (Miguel Rouco)
The Lesser Spotted Eagle from Doñana (J Luis Arroyo)
Part of the six birds seen at Marjal d'Almenara, La Llosa, Plana Baixa, Castelló (Miguel Martínez Constant) 
The 3rd Red-necked Grebe for the whole Valencia region, a bird found dead at Almenara beach, Castelló (David Olmos Corral) 
The Long-legged Buzzard at La Janda on 4.11 (Ernest FJ Garcia)
Two above: the drake Ring-necked duck at La Furta, Asturies, as seen on 9.11. See also the Ferruginous duck on the right side (C.Alvarez Usátegui)
The drake Black Duck from ria de Foz as seen on 9.11 (David Calleja)
The first for Spain? a bird shot on 1957 at Zumaia, Gipuzkoa (José Agustín Alberdi, photo sent by Aitor Leiza)

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