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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=15+ 31=46)
Cygnus olor Tadorna ferruginea Aythya affinis
Cygnus cygnus Aix galericulata Clangula hyemalis
Anser albifrons Anas americana Oxyura jamaicensis
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas carolinensis
Branta bernicla Aythya collaris
Alopochen aegyptiaca Aythya marila


Podiceps grisegena Aquila clanga Larus glaucoides
Podiceps auritus Charadrius morinellus Larus hyperboreus
Fulmarus glacialis Calidris temminckii Larus hyperboreus x argentatus
Egretta cf.gularis x garzetta Xenus cinereus Cepphus grylle
Egretta alba Porphyrio porphyrio Eremophila alpestris
Mycteria ibis Larus sabini Oenanthe leucopyga
Plegadis falcinellus Larus philadelphia Plectrophenax nivalis
Geronticus eremita Larus audouinii
Threskiornis aethiopicus Larus delawarensis Emberiza rustica
Haliaeetus albicilla Larus argentatus argentatus Emberiza pusilla
Buteo rufinus Larus cachinnans

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


Mute Swan Cygnus olor. There was one at Segre river, c.5 km W of Lleida, towards Fraga, on 2.2. (Ramon Maria Batlle).On 2.2 there were 2 at Aiguabarreig Segre-Cinca, La Granja d'Escarp, Lleida (Guillem Chacón).On 12.2 three 1w were seen at close range flying N from cabo Huertas (Cap de l'Horta), Alacant (Antonio Ortuño, José Manuel López Molina).The two birds at Llobregat delta, Barcelona, remained between Filipines marsh and cal Tet area at least until 15.2 (R.Gutiérrez, F.X.Santaeufemia).At Balsa de Zolina, Aranguren, Navarra, there was an adult on 4,6,11,13,14 and 15.2. On 16.2 it remained there and it was joined by an immature that remained until 27.2 (Gorka Gorospe).There were 3 at Alacant province on 23.2 (Elias Gomis). Know more about this record in the Naturalicante webpageFrom next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus(1,2)
(1) The adult found at Santoña NR, Cantabria on 29.12.2004 was still there on 1-8.2.2005 (Alejandro García-Herrera;J.Aja, J.Marchamalo, A.Sanz;D.L.Velasco). The bird was still there on 13.2 (J.A.Gomez, E.Gutiérrez, E.Rollano, J.J.Aja;G.Ocio). See a thumbnail here and 14.2 (A.G.Herrera) to 28.2 (J.Manuel Pérez de Ana).
(2)The immatured seen at La Rabia, Cantabria in previous months was still there on 6.2 (Javier Portillo)
(3) The three swans at Ría de Foz, Lugo were still thre on 8.2 (David Calleja, María Pérez) and 10.2 (J.Antonio López Lozano)

White-fronted Goose* Anser albifrons. There were 3 at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 7.2 (José Miguel Colorado).There were 8 at Gallocanta, Zaragoza on 19-20.2 (Steve West/SEO-Lleida).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus(1,2)
(1)At Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca there remained one bird by 7.2 (J.M.Colorado)
(2) An adult was present at Villafáfila NR, Zamora on 10.2 (Alfonso Rodrigo).See two thumbnails here

Brent Goose Branta bernicla.There were 3 birds at Santoña, Cantabria on 1.2 (Alejandro García-Herrera) and 2 on 13.2 (Juanma Domínguez).There was one at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa on 6.2 (Adolfo Villaverde).There was one at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca on 7.2 (José Miguel Colorado) and 8.2 (Miguel Rouco ,see a thumbnail here) to 11.2 (Ángel González Mendoza).The official census for Santoña NR gave 2 birds on 10.2 (A.García Herrera, J.Gómez-Navedo/SEO-BirdLife, J.Aja) but 3 on 13.2 (G.Ocio). Still two there on 14.2 (A.G.Herrera) and 19.2 (J.Domínguez, JM Salazar, J.Pérez) .Still the two birds at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña, on 18.2 (J.M.Alonso Pumar). The bird at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, was still there on 19.2 (Angel González; Carlos Sánchez, Luís Rodríguez).The 1st w (nominate ssp) previously seen from November 2004 to Januaary 2005 was seen again at O Bao marshes, O Grove (Ogrobe), Galicia (Galiza) on 20.2 (C.D.Romai, X.Pinheiro et al).There were 4 at Santoña on 23.2 (Alejandro G Herrera, J.Bedia).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1)
(1)On 17.2 one was found at Embalse de San Andrés, Asturies (César A.Laó)See a thumbnail here

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. On 12.2 there were 7 at Santillana reservoir, Manzanares el Real, Madrid. This is the largest-ever party recorded in Madrid beating a 1994 record of six birds (Juan M.Ruiz) There were 2 at Catalina Garcia, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, on 5.2 and 16 (!) at Los Molinos reservoir, Fuerteventura on 6.2 (Abraham Fernández, Joaquín Vizcaino, Juan Pedro Castro).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Green-winged Teal* Anas carolinensis(1,2) The dake found on 29.1 at Clot del Galvany, Alacant was seen again and photographed on 4.2 (Jacobo Ramos Sánchez).See two thumbnails here
(2) A drake was found on 24.2 at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València (JL Terrasa, JI Dies, B Dies). See a thumbnail here and more at Dies Brothers website
Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1,2,3)
(1)On 6.2 there was a drake at a pond near Albacete (David Cañizares, Victor M.Piqueras). 
(2)There was a drake at embalse de Portaje, Torrejoncillo, Cáceres (Javier Prieta)
(3)On 12.2 a drake appeared at Sils lake, Girona (Joan Ventura)
American Wigeon* Anas americana(1,2) A fourth drake was found in early February at O Bao marshes, O Grove (Ogrobe), Galicia (Galiza) (Xurxo PInheiro). On 6.2 it was relocated at the same place (Cosme Damiam Romai)(36) 1 puntoStill the four drakes there on 22.2 (Emilio Martínez Sabarís)
(2) The drake at ria de Eo, Asturies/Lugo was still three on 7.2, near Muro de Lamas (Pablo Fernández) and 8.2 (David Calleja, María Perez).
Ring-necked Duck*Aythya collaris(1,2,3) 
(1)There pair at embalse de As Forcadas, A Coruña, seen on 2.1 were still there on 1.2 (D.Calleja Marcos, G.Martínez, J.Usera).The female was seen again on 19.2 (Antón Pérez) and again the pair on 26.2 (Antonio Gutiérrez).
(2)On 5.2 there was a female at Santa Cristina del Páramo pond, León. This bird had been seen in January with another female but only one was relocated on 5.2 (C.Zumalacárregui, D.Miguélez)
(3) On 19-20.2 the female at La Furta, Asturies, was still there (C.A.Usategui) and on 25.2 it was seen again (A.G.Herrera, G.R.Lázaro)

Scaup Aythya marila.  On 9.2 there was a 1w drake at RN Santoña y Noja, seen during the official census for the area (A.García Herrera, J.Gómez-Navedo/SEO-BirdLife, J.Aja).Still there on 13.2 (Gorka Ocio).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis (1) 
(1)The 1w male at embalse de As Forcadas, A Coruña, found on 2.1 was still there on 1.2 (D.Calleja Marcos, G.Martínez, J.Usera).Still there on 18.2 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar) and 26.2 (Antonio Gutiérrez) that is beggining to show an almost adult plumage with only immature feathering in the rear flanks. 

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis. The 1st winter found at Zeluan on 12.11.2004 was still there on 4.2 (C.A.Usategui, J.Marchamalo).Still there on 11.2 (C.A.Usategui).Still there on 16.2 (C.A.Usátegui).Still there on 20.2 (I.P.Tuya, P.Fernández, P.J.Menéndez, A.Fernández, C.A.Usategui) and 28.1 (C.A.Usategui).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Ruddy Duck* Oxyura jamaicensis(1) The bird found at laguna del Astillero, Santander, Cantabria on 22.1 was last seen in the wild on 7.2 (Fernando Arce, H.Garrido et al)



Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena. The bird at Santoña, Cantabria, found on 22.1 was seen again on 1.2 (Alejandro García-Herrera) and 7.2 (J.Aja, J.Marchamalo, A.Sanz) and 8.2 (D.López Velasco) to 13.2 (Sergio de Juan et al; G.Ocio). See a thumbnail here (D.L.Velasco) and 14.2 (A.G.Herrera).There was one at Llastres harbour, Asturies, on 20.2 (Juan Zaldivar). From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus.There were 5 birds at Santoña, Cantabria on 1.2 (Alejandro García-Herrera). On 2.2. (A.Villaverde) and 5.2 two birds remained at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (R.Gutiérrez, C.A.Usátegui, A.Cama, X.Pinheiro, D.L.Velasco, M.A.Fernández et al) On 9.2 the birds of ria de la Villa were still there (Adolfo Villaverde, Joaquín Cimadevilla, Clemente Álvarez Usátegui). Last seen on 16.2 (A.Villaverde). On 8.2 a maximum of 22 birds were counted (Daniel López Velasco). On 8.2 a bird was seen at Plaiaundi, Bahia de Txingudi, Irun, Gipuzkoa (Miguel Angel López de Armentia). The official census for Santoña NR gave 19 birds on 9.2 (A.García Herrera, J.Gómez-Navedo/SEO-BirdLife, J.Aja).There were 2 at Raos harbour, Santander on 13.2 (Nacho Pontón).On 12.2 the Slavonian Grebe present in the Txingudi Bay, Gipuzkoa remained in the French side of the border (Xabier Remírez, Ricardo Rodríguez). At least 3 at Santoña on 11.2 (L.Mario Arce) and 6 on 19.2 (J.Domínguez, JM Salazar, J.Pérez).Still 6 at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña, on 18.2 (J.M.Alonso Pumar).There were 8 at canal de Ano, Santoña on 23.2 (Alejandro G Herrera, J.Bedia).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis. A corpse was found at the beach of Brazomar river, Castro, Cantabria on 26.1 (Jesús Menéndez)On 27.1 one was found dead at Oriñón beach, Castro-Urdiales, Cantabria (Jesús Menéndez)On 17.2 a corpse was found beached at Dícido beach, Mioño, Cantabria (J.Menéndez). The same day another corpse was at Oriñón beach, Cantabria (J.Menéndez). On 18.2 another corpse was found at Sonabia, Cantabria (Fernan Sanchoyarto) and yet another at El Pocillo beach, Castro-Urdiales, Cantabria (J.Menéndez). On 14.2 a bird was found beached at Meixota, Tapia, Asturies (Xurde Gayol). It was photographed on 15.2 (Pablo Fernández). See a thumbnail here.One was found dead at La Arena beach, Muskiz, Bizkaia on 17.2 (J.M.Pérez de Ana, Eneko Díaz, F.Martínez, J.Ruiz, A.Uriarte). From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta(1,2,3)
(1)On 1.2 there were two different birds at marjals de l'Albufera de València, València: one at Sueca area and the other at Valencia (J.I.Dies). At least one of them present in the area since last december. See a photo below (J.I.Dies) and have more information on the area and these birds at the Dies brothers' website
(2)on 13.2 there was one at Cadiz south bay. It was fairly similar to the bird (1) featured in this page according to the observer (Rafa Romero)
(3) There was another at the Canary Islands, at Aldea Blanca, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria on 18-19.2.See a photo below (Miguel Avelino)

The bird at Valencia

The bird at the Canary Islands 

Great White Egret Egretta alba. Observations outside of regular site at PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona.Late news: there were 11 at northern marshes, Doñana, on 29.1 (Yann Kolbeinsson & Daníel Bergmann). On 3.2 there were 2 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana).One was at La Revilla meadows, Oyambre-La Rabia, Cantabria, on 6.2 (Javier Portillo). At Villafáfila NR, Zamora, the Barillos bird was still there on 5.2 (Delfín González) and 10.2 (Alfonso Rodrigo).There were 2 at Escorón lagoon, Zaragoza, on 5.2  (Fran Alcalá, Sara Bujeda).There were 6 at Trebujena marshes, Cádiz on 20.2 (I.Thompson, G.Meisters, J.Day, M.O'Meara/GONHS).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis. On 5.2 a bird was photographed at Marjal de Pego-Oliva, València (F.José Llàcer). This bird is almost certainly the bird that escaped from Safari Park from Vergel back in 2000 and that had appeared before in this website. See two thumbnails here From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus. There were 2 at Marjal de Pego, València on 2.2 (Jules Sykes). There were 4 birds at Santoña, Cantabria on 1.2 (Alejandro García-Herrera). There were five at A Frouxeira lagoon, Valdoviño, A Coruña on 1.2 (D.Calleja Marcos, G.Martínez, J.Usera).On 2.2. there were 13 (A.Villaverde) and on 5.2 there were 11 at Sebrayu meadows,  ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (C.A.Usátegui, A.Cama, X.Pinheiro, D.L.Velasco, R.Gutiérrez, L.M.Arce, X.Cortés, M.A.Fernández et al) and 11 on 9.2 (A.Villaverde).There were seven at Valdoviño lagon, Galicia, at least until 2.2 (A.Gutiérrez, P.Gutiérrez). See a stunning image from Antonio Gutiérrez below. On 3.2 there were c.15 birds at ría del Saja-Besaya, Requejada, Cantabria (Alejandro G.Herrera).On 4.2 there were 4 at Alday marshes, Cantabria (Patxo Ibarrondo, Javier Portillo) One was at La Revilla meadows, Oyambre-La Rabia, Cantabria, on 6.2 (Javier Portillo).On 7.2 there were 2 at Victoria marshes, RN Santoña y Noja, Cantabria (Alejandro, G.Herrera).Five were seen the same day at Finca Santa Ana, Santoña, Cantabria (J.Aja, J.Marchamalo, A.Sanz). On 12.2 there were seven at rio Grande, Málaga, three of them PVC marke (Todor Todorov). See a thumbnail here.At La Granda reservoir, Asturies, there were 29 on 11.2 (Daniel López Velasco). At Marjal d'Almenara, Castelló, there were 15 birds on 1.2 and 11 on 5 and 9.2 (David Olmos Corral). On 11.2 there were 9 at Alday marshes, Santander Bay, Cantabria (J.J.Aja, J.A.Gómez Poza, J.Quintana, R.Quintana).On 13.2 thre were 3 at Marisma Seca de Puerto Real, Cádiz (José M.Gómez).There was one at Vega del Pumar, Terra Chá, Lugo, on 13-27.2 (D.Calleja, O.Rivas, G.Lijó).Still one bird at Sebrayu, ria de la Villa, Asturies on 13.2 (Javier Portillo, J.P.Portillo) .Still 12 on 21.2 (A.Villaverde) and two more at Espasa river, Asturies on 19.2 (Pedro García Rovés). Two were at Marjal de Pego, València, on 15.2 and four on 25.2 (Jules Sykes). There were 13 at Marjal d'Almenara, Castelló, on 20.2 (David Olmos).There were 18 at Santoña on 26.2 (Javier Javier) and 17 on 28.2 (Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana). From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website


BALD IBIS * Geronticus eremita (1).Astonishing re-sighting of the unringed and perfect shaped adult inland in C Spain featured in December. Very possibly the same bird reported in December was seen various days by an English teacher near Trujillo, Extremadura: between Navidul and Huertas de Animas. This observer commented the news to a local birder who broadcasted the news to the net this week ('Jeremy' communicated to Jesús Porras). See a thumbnail of the bird during its staying at Extremadura here. Editorial Comment: Definitely the birdon its way back to the South (!)
Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1).One was at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga on 6.2 (Todor Todorov). See two thumbnails here

White-tailed Eagle* Haliaaetus albicilla(1).One 2nd or 3rd year was seen flying over Somo, Cantabria on 24.2 towards Santa maria Island (Guillermo Rodríguez).

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus(1,2,3).One 2nd calendar year was found at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València, on 18.2 afternoon. It was a pale form bird (J.I.Dies)
(2) One was seen near Lucio del Lobo, PN Doñana on 16-19.2 (John Butler). The same was seen again on 23.2 near José Antonio Valverde Information Center, Doñana (Kevin Wade).
(3) One 1w cf. cirtensis was seen on 23.2 near Laguna de la Janda, Cádiz (Francis Delgado, David Cuenca/GOES).

Spotted Eagle* Aquila clanga(1).One was at El Rocío, PN Doñana, Huelva, on 9.2 (John Butler). This bird was not the Lesser Spotted or hybrid featured in the area in previous months and also seen by the author as well

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio. Only accidental extralimital records. The first for Asturies was seen on 7.2 (Feliz Florez) at Villadún, Castropol, Asturies. It was photographed on 9.2 (see a photo here, opens in another browser window)From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Crested Coot Fulica cristata. On 18.2 a bird collared '0R_' was seen at Marjal d'Almenara, Castelló (Joan Capella). On 25.2 a second bird was found at the same place: this bird was also collared 'OPU' (Enric Amer, David Olmos). See three thumbnails here.From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. Overwintering flock. On 8.2 there was a party of 26 birds (!) at Las Amoladeras, Cabo de Gata, Almería (Raimundo Martín Rodríguez). From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii. Late news: a bird was at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 28.1 (Yann Kolbeinsson & Daníel Bergmann).There were 2 at Ejea de los Caballeros ricefields, Zaragoza on 5.2 (Fran Alcalá, Sara Bujeda)There were 3 at Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 18.2 (Daniel L Huertas).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus (1).Two were seen at Sancti Petri beach, Cádiz, on 5.2 (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Villaécija).Still one on 13.2 (Rafa Romero).and on 17.2 (Manuel Lobón, Javier de La Cruz). See a photo below (R.Romero)

Sabine's Gull Larus sabini. There was one 5 nautic miles off Faro del Pescador, Santoña, Cantabria on 22.2 (Gorka Ocio).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia (1)One adult was found at Estuario do Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra on 10.2 (César Vidal)(38) 2 puntos. It might be the same adult recorded on february-march 2004. See a thumbnail here

Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii Rarity in the Canary Islands. On 5.2 an adult PVC ringed 'AFW1' was seen at Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura (Abraham Fernández, Joaquín Vizcaino, Juan Pedro Castro).See a thumbnail here.From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
(1) One largely-twitched adult was still at Parque Isabel La Católica on 4-5.2. It was one of the seen in previous months and was approachable at close range. Seen by over 60 birders on 4-6.2 (C.A.Usategui,D.L.Velasco, J.Marchamalo,C.A.Lao, R.Gutiérrez, A.Sandoval, X.Varela, N.Vega, A.Cama, JM.Arcos, M.McMinn, A.Rodrigo, M.Rouco, A.Rodríguez et al) and still on 25.2 (A.G.Herrera, G.R.Lázaro)
(2) A 1st winter, also seen in previous months, was seen again around Piles river and El Rinconin areas, Xixon (C.A.Lao, A.Sandoval, C.A.Usategui et al)Still there on 9.2 (D.L.Velasco). See a thumbnail here and still on 25.2 (A.G.Herrera, G.R.Lázaro)
(3)A 1st winter extremely worn bird was found at Ridaura river mouth, Platja d'Aro, Girona and then moved to Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona on 1.1 (Carlos Álvarez Cros), then present in the area both months but it was not widely twitched until 30.1 (Pep Arcos) and then from 5.2, when  it was photographed at close range (Jordi Martí-Aledo 35 (1 punt); Oriol Clarabuch, Sergi Sales, F.Javier Macia;A.Ollé, X.Macia). Still thre on 9.2. See a photo below (Rafael Armada) and 13.2 (P.Arcos) and 19.2 (Miquel Angel Domingo) to 20.2 (C.Álvarez Cros; Ramon Servitje).Still at Riera de St.Antoni de Calonge on 22.2 (F.López), See a thumbnail here

(4) A bird was at ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa on 6.2 (Adolfo Villaverde)
C(5) On 6.2 there was an adult at Bikinis beach, Santander, Cantabria (Alejandro G. Herrera, Felisa Tejada)
(5) Two of the birds featured last month at Getxo marina, Euskadi, were still there on 6.2 (Juanma Domínguez Robledo) and 10.2 (G.Ocio) and 14.2 (G.Ocio, D.Jiménez, E.Carriles) Still around El Abra on 17.2 (G.Ocio, J.C.Morales)
(6) A 2nd adult at Parque Isabel la Católica, Xixón, was around on 8.2 (D.L.Velasco). See a thumbnail here
(7) On 12.2 a bird was seen at Santa Pola harbour, Alacant (Malcolm Palmer)
(8) On 12.2 a 2nd w bird was found at parque do Trabe, Culleredo, A Coruña (Amadeo A.Pombo). Relocated on 13.2 (Xabier Varela)(40) 1 punto
(9) On 20.2 a different 1st winter was seen at El Musel harbour, Gijón, Asturies (Nacho Vega(45) 2 puntos).This bird had unmoulted tertials unlike the 1st w seen at Isabel la Católica Gijon park in previous weeks.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus . A bird was found at El Musel, Xixón, on 6.2 (César A. Laó, Miguel Rouco, G.Ocio). See a thumbnail here.From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Caspian Gull* Larus cachinnans(1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) At Asturies, the first for Spain, a long-sought bird, a 1st winter Caspian Gull, was finally found at ría de Avilés from 22-27.2 (César Álvarez Laó (44) 6 puntos!; Daniel L.Velasco, P.J.Menéndez, C.A.Usategui, I.Pérez Tuya, M.Pajuelo, M.Quintana, M.Antonio). See photos below (C.Álvarez Laó) and two thumbnails here. Still there on 28.2 (C.A.Usategui)

The Avilés 1w Caspian Gull (César A. Laó), the 1st for Spain

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
(1)On 1.2 while on board a fishing vessel of the coast of Zierbena, Bizkaia, a 2nd winter approached the discards being thrown off-board (Gorka Ocio)
(2) From 3-5.2 a bird was seen at El Musel harbour, Xixon, believed to be one of the featured the previous months (D.L.Velasco, J.Marchamalo;C.A.Usategui, P.Arcos, A.Cama, X.Varela et al).Seen again on 6.2 (D.L.Velasco) See a thumbnail hereSeen again on 14.2 (D.López Velasco, L.J.Salaverri)
(3) On 5.2 a 2nd bird, darker than the (2) bird was seen at the same site (D.L.Velasco, C.A.Usategui et al). Seen again on 7-13.2 (D.L.Velasco; I.Torres, P.Pita, M.Rouco). See a photo below (D.L.Velasco).Still there on 13.2 (Javier Portillo,J.P.Portillo) and 14.2 (D.L.Velasco, L.J.Salaverri).Seen at La Osa area, El Musel, on 20.2 (D.L.Velasco) and still thre on 25.2 (D.L.Velasco, A.G.Herrera, G.R.Lázaro)
(4) A bird seen last month at El Abra harbour, Bilbao was still there on 14.2 (G.Ocio, E.Carriles, D.Jiménez).Still there on 15.2 (Javier Cañadas) and 17.2 (Gorka Ocio, J.C.Lorenzo). Seen at Getxo on 27.2 (Álvaro Bustamante, José Javier Aransay).See a photo below (A.Bustamante)
(5)A 3rd bird seen also at El Musel, Xixón, on 14.2: a 2nd winter, much whitish bird than the other two (also seen the same day!) (D.López Velasco, L.J.Salaverri)(39) 2 puntos
(6) A 1st w bird was seen flying just off Cabo Corrubedo, Riveira, A Coruña on 19.2 (José Ramón Gómez)(43) 2 puntos

the Getxo bird, (A.Bustamante)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus(1,2,3)
(1) On 6.2 there were THREE birds altogether at Burela, A Coruña (Antonio Gutiérrez(37) 2 puntos. See aphoto below of two of them (Antonio Gutiérrez). At least one was still there on 8.2 (David Calleja, María Pérez) and on 12.2 there were still a pair of them (D.L.Velasco, M.Rouco; I.Torres, S.Asensio, B.Torres, P.Pita)Still there on 20.2 (A.Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here
(2) On 15.2 there was one 1st w at Ereaga beach, Getxo, Bizkaia (Javier Cañadas)
(3) On 1.2 a 1st winter found by late january was still at Meicende reservoir, Arteixo, A Coruña (Xabier Varela, Carmen Mouzo).

Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull* Larus hyperboreus x argentatus(1)
(1) The bird at Zeluán featured in previous months (see december and january pages) and photographed here  was there on 6.2 (C.A.Laó, G.Ocio et al).Seen (probably the same) at La Osa area, El Musel harbour, on 20.2 (D.L.Velasco).
Black Guillemot * Cepphus grylle(1)Could be 3rd for Spain if 2004 records are not submitted.The bird seen at close distance at El Musel, Gijón, from 24-25.1 was seen intermitently again on 4-5.2 during the evenings  (D.L.Velasco, J.Marchamalo, A.Rodrigo, A.Cama, X.Varela, C.A.Usategui et al).See a thumbnail here and a page containing larger images here.Still there on 7.2 (D.L.Velasco) See two more thumbnails here

Horned Lark* Eremophila alpestris(1) SECOND FOR SPAIN. On 3.2 a bird was found within a flock of c.50 Skylarks at flooded meadows at Sebrayu, ria de la Villa, Asturies (Inés Vega, Gonzalo Gil, J.Antonio Castro). On 5.2 at least 17 birders attempted a (successful) twitch in which good photos were taken (Xuan Cortés (34) 2 puntos, A.Cama, C.A.Usategui, D.L.Velasco, M.A.Fernandez, R.Gutiérrez, X.Pinheiro, L.M.Arce; G.Ocio, M.Rouco, A.Rodrigo et al; A.Villaverde) There are good photos.See a thumbnail here and a page containing larger images here.On 9.2 the bird was still there at Porreos de Sebrayu baxu, Ría de La Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde, Joaquín Cimadevilla, Clemente Álvarez Usátegui). See a collage below (M.Rouco).The bird was still there on 12.2 (I.Torres, P.Pita, B.Torres et al) and 13.2 (Javier Portillo,J.P.Portillo).Still there on 20.2 (Adolfo Villaverde) and 26.2 (A.García Herrera, Guillermo R.Lázaro)

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2,3
(1)At Cabo Peñes, Asturies,and after a month of absence of observations, two were found on 12.2 (Blanca & José Angel/COA). On 17.2 they were relocated (César A.Laó)(41) 1 punto
(2)On 17.2 a 3rd individual was found at the same place (César A.Laó)(42) 2 puntos
(3) On 24.2 two were seen near Caballos beach, Miengo, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez, A.Garcia Herrera)
White-Crowned Black Wheatear * Oenanthe leucopyga (1) FIRST FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS AND SPAIN. On 10.1.2005 the photographer Ruben Smit visited La Palma island and near Fuencaliente saw the below wheatear believed to be something common. On 4.2 Robert Keizer contacted this webpage once he realised it was a true rarity. See a photo below (R.Smit)and a thumbnail here

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis.The two birds found last december at the ria de Avilés mouth, between the ría and Espartal beach, near Salinas, Asturies were still there on 2-4.2 (C.A.Usategui, J.Marchamalo, R.Gutiérrez)..See again on 8.2 (Manuel Quintana).On 14.2 a bird was seen at Punta del Dichoso, Suances, Cantabria (Javier Portillo).From next month on this species is withdrawn from this website

Rustic Bunting* Emberiza rustica(1) On 17.2 an Euring 5 male bird was trapped and ringed at La Janda canal, Cádiz (Manuel Lobón/ Milvus-GOES, Javier de la Cruz). See two photos below (J de la Cruz) comparing the bird with a Reed Bunting E.schoeniclus (left) 

Little Bunting* Emberiza pusilla(1) On 11.2 a bird, a 1w or a female, was seen at close range near El Remolar beach, Remolar-Filipines Reserve, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Ricard Gutiérrez, Armand Ramal 39 (2 punts); Ferran López)


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. From March 2005 news of Egretta alba, Plegadis falcinellus, Falco eleonorae, Porzana sp., Charadrius morinellus and Calidris temminckii are no longer included .(11) 2 puntos(1) 2 puntosicons are related to a new birding competition running in three areas of Spain during the year regarding rarity sightings. See more here (in Spanish) . 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 inusualesDesde Marzo de 2005 no se incluyen regularmente  citas de  Egretta alba, Plegadis falcinellus, Falco eleonorae, Porzana sp., Charadrius morinellus yCalidris temminckii (11) 2 puntos(1) 2 puntos Los iconos anteriores se refieren a una nueva competición ornitológica que se celebra en tres áreas de España durante 2005 relativa a la observación de rarezas. Más detalles aquí.  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 Des de Març de 2005 no s'inclouen regularment  les cites d'Egretta alba, Plegadis falcinellus, Falco eleonorae, Porzana sp., Charadrius morinellus i Calidris temminckii. Les icones(11) 2 puntos(1) 2 puntos es refereixen a una competició ornitológica que es fa durant el 2005 entre Galicia, Asturies i Catalunya quant al nombre i diversitat de rareses observades. Més dades en castellà (llevat de la plana de l'equip català aquí) en aquesta plana principal del concurs. . 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:

The adult massively twitched on 4-5.2 at Parque Isabel la Católica, Xixón (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Black Guillemot at El Musel area, Xixón (G.Ocio)
The Horned Lark at Sebrayu, ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (G.OCio)
The male Snow Bunting at playa Salinas, Asturies as on 4.2 (G.Ocio)
The hybrid Glaucous x Herring gull at Zeluán,, Asturies as on 5.2 (G.Ocio)
Two images of the drake Green-winged Teal from Clot de Galvany, Alacant on 4.2 (Jacobo Ramos)
The argentatus herring gull at El Musel on 6.2 (César A.Laó).
The Sacred Ibis seen on 6.2 at Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga (Todor Todorov)
The Whooper Swan overwintering at Santoña as on 13.2 (Juanjo Aja)
The Bonaparte's Gull at estuariuo do Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra. An adult, perhaps the same visiting the area last year? (César Vidal)
More images of the Black Guillemot at El Musel area, Xixón (Daniel López Velasco)
One of the Glaucous gulls at Burela, Galicia as seen on 8.2 (David Calleja)
The other two Ring-billed Gulls at Parque Isabel la Católica, Xixón by early February: the 2nd adult (see the 1st on top of this column) and the 1st winter (D.L.Velasco)
The Red-necked Grebe of Santoña (D.L.Velasco)
Another image of the Horned Lark at Sebrayu, ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (D.L.Velasco)
A Pink.footed goose seen at Villafáfila NR, Zamora on 10.2 (Alfonso Rodrigo)
The Brent goose seen at Azud de Riolobos as on 8.2 (Miguel Rouco above, Angel González Mendoza below)
Another image of the White-crowned Black Wheatear of the Canary Islands (R.Smit)
A leucistic White Wagtail (the name has never been so adequate) as seen on 20.2 near Igualada, Barcelona (Jordi Calvet)
Another leucistic bird, this time a Chaffinch present at Sebes Reserve, Flix, Tarragona on 5.2 (Pere Josep Jiménez)
The Audouin's Gull at Fueteventura. It was PVC ringed and had been born at Ebre delta, Tarragona.
The escaped Yellow-billed Stork at Marjal de Pego (F.J.Llàcer)
Two more images of the Terek Sandpiper that remained at Sancti Petri, Cádiz on 17.2 (R.Romero)
The Rustic Bunting EURING 5 male ringed at La Janda, Cádiz on 17.2 (Javier de la Cruz)
The usual Ring-billed gull at El Abra, Bilbao this month (Gorka Ocio)
The also regularly seen Iceland Gull at El Abra, Bilbao (Gorka Ocio)
The 2nd w Ring-billed at Culleredo, A Coruña as on 12.2 (Amadeo A.Pombo)
One of the Glaucous gulls at Burela, Galicia as seen on 20.2 (A.Gutiérrez)
The Avilés 1w Caspian Gull (César A. Laó), the 1st for Spain
Three images of the two Crested Coots present at Marjal d'Almenara, Castelló at least until 25.2. Above the 'OR' (Joan Capella) and below the 'OPU' (David Olmos)

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