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Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
All birds featured are rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
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From March 2005 this webpage only includes records of birds needing homologation by CR/SEO. For other local rarities contact local bird reports or records committees

Number of rarities this month Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n=6 + 23 =29)
Cygnus cygnus Anas carolinensis Anas americana
Alopochen aegyptiaca Aix galericulata Aythya collaris


Egretta gularis x garzetta Xenus cinereus Mimus polyglottos
Platealea alba Larus delawarensis Oenanthe o. seehohmi
Buteo rufinus Larus glaucoides Sylvia sarda
Buteo buteo vulpinus Larus hyperboreus Phylloscopus proregulus
Geronticus eremita Larus hyperboreus x argentatus Ficedula albicollis
Gallinago media Apus caffer Sturnus roseus
Limnodromus scolopaceus Anthus richardi Emberiza pusilla
Tringa flavipes Motacilla flava feldegg

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


Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus(1,2)
(1) The adult found at Santoña NR, Cantabria on 29.12.2004 was still there on 8.4 (Alejandro García Herrera)
(2) The bird arrived on 28.12.2004 to ria de la Rabia, PN Oyambre, Cantabria, was still there on 12.4 (Alejandro G.Herrera)

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1). E species in the new Spanish list but still considered rarity since possibilities of C, D or A birds are considered, hence its inclusion here.
The birds first seen on 10.3 at Estuario do Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra were relocated on 22.4 at Ramallosa marsh, Baiona, Pontevedra (César Vidal). See a thumbnail here

Green-winged Teal* Anas carolinensis (1)
(1) A drake was at laguna chica de Puebla de Beleña, Guadalajara on 2.4 (Juan M Ruiz). It was within a flock of 40 migrant Common Teals.Still there on 4.4 (Borja Caballero) and 6.4 (Alfredo H Ortega) to 10.4 (Angel Martín; Delfín González). See a thumbnail here (D.González) and 15.4 (José Portillo) to 16.4 (Eduardo Carriles)

Mandarin Duck*Aix galericulata (1)
(1) On 16.4 there was a female at river Foix reservoir, les Masuques, Alte Penedès, Barcelona (Marc Peris)

American Wigeon* Anas americana(1)
(1) The drake seen from 4.3 at Aldea Blanca, Gran Canaria, Canary islands was last seen on 1.4 (Miguel Avelino, José Gracia, Eugenio Santana, Daniela Santiago)

Ring-necked Duck*Aythya collaris(1) 
(1) The female at La Furta, Asturies, seen in previous months was again seen on 14.4 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui) 


Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1)One bird present at least for two years was seen at La Tancada area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 8.4 (Rafael Armada, Jane Nethercote) coming from march (C.Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours).

Bald Ibis *Geronticus eremita (1).3rd for Spain. 
(1) The bird relocated midday on 24.3 at Trujillo, Cáceres was seen again c. 4km East of Belén, Trujillo, Cáceres on 14.4 (Iben Hove Sorensen & Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours), 16.4 (Bernhard & Kathrin Herren) and 19.4.See a photo below from 19.4 (John Muddeman).The bird had moved to a heronry c. 5 km from Belén, Cáceres on 30.4 (Daniel López Velasco)

African Spoonbill* Platalea alba (1)
(1) On 16.4 there was an individual at Entremuros area, near vado de los Vaqueros, Doñana National Park, Sevilla (Jose A. Sencianes). This might be a bird seen in previous years in the area (ed. comment)

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Two birds were seen 12,5 km East of Belén, Cáceres on 17.4 (Thomas & Barbara Driscoll, Santiago Villa) and 22.4 (Martin Kesley). There is a webpage at Spainbirds dealing with this observation here (opens in another window)Two  cirtensis birds were seen c. 50 Km from the Belén site but also within Cáceres plains (Santiago Villa, John & Joan Boyes/Spainbirds). It is unknown wether these were the same as the other pair.
.(2) Another was reported from Gibraltar straits at Tarifa, Cádiz on 21.4 (Fernando Barrios)

Steppe Buzzard* Buteo buteo vulpinus (1,2)
(1) First due to be acepted bird: an injured individual was seen on 10.4 at Flix, Tarragona. It was captured on 11.4 and brought to a recovery center at Vallcalent, Lleida, where it was recovered (Pere Josep Jiménez, Ramon Belart, Iván Jurado). See a special photopage here
(2) On 27.4 one was reported from Bolue wetland, Getxo, Euskadi flying in active migration (Pablo López, Fernando Arce, Xabi Buenetxea)

Great Snipe* Gallinago media (1,2)
(1) On 8.4 a bird was seen at Besós river, Barcelona (Xesco Macià).
(2) On 10-11.4 one was present at P.N. Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo(58) 2 punts!; Alex Ollé)

Long-billed Dowitcher* Limnodromus scolopaceus (1)
(1) A Long-billed Dowitcher moulting into summer plumage has been in El Rocío several weeks, but despite feeding with common snipe in the area almost beside the former SEO/BirdLife information centre, has been extremely elusive. First seen by a German group and reported by Stephen Daly, it was seen again by John Muddeman and a Travelling Naturalist group daily from 13 - 16 April and 18-19.4 (J.Butler). Still present on 24.4 (J.Jocla). See a thumbnail from 14.4 here (J.Muddeman)..The bird was still there on 26.4 (Paco Chiclana, Daniel L Huertas). See three images below  from 28.3 (Martin Woike)

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) On 29.3 a bird was found moulting into breeding plumage at El Prado Hondo, La Redondela, near PN Marismas de Isla Cristina, Huelva (Antonio Aguilera). The bird remained there into April.

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus (1,2)
(1)On 3.4 a bird was seen near Charca de Suárez, Granada (Juan Pérez Contreras, Beatriz Pérez Machado)
(2)A bird was found at Guadalhorce river mouth on 28.4 (José Miguel Ramirez; Antonio Tamayo et al; Andy Paterson).

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
(1) The bird featured last month as present at Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona was still at that place of Palamós bay on 2-3.4 (Miquel Angel Domingo). See a thumbnail  here.Still there on 16.4 and last seen on 23.4 (Miquel Angel Domingo) 
(2) The 1s recorded previously at El Musel, Xixón, was seen again on 7.4 (Elias García Sánchez)
(3) At river Piles - Parque Isabel la Católica, Xixón there were still an adult and 1st summer of those seen this winter (Elias García Sánchez)
(4) On 4.4 there was a 1st winter at Ria do Burgo, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval)(56) 2 puntos. See a thumbnail here
(5) One 1 s/w was seen on 11.4 at Raos area, Santander (Fernando Arce)
(6) On 18-19.4 a 1st winter/summer was at Praia da Xunqueira, Moaña, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gómez59 (2 puntos), Antonio Fernández, Ana Isabel Pérez). See a photo below (J.Ramón Gómez)
(7) On 22.4 there were at least SEVEN birds altogether at Praia da Xunqueira, Moaña, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gómez61 (2 puntos))See a thumbnail of three of them here
(8) The 1st winter featured in the january page from Xunqueira del Lagares, Vigo on 10.1 was still there on 25.4 (César Vidal). See a thumbnail here

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4,5)
(1)On 3.4 there was one at playa de la Bola, Getxo (Gorka Ocio), see a thumbnail here, probably the same observed during march
(2) One of the birds featured previoulsy at El Musel, Xixón, was seen on 8.4 at the same place now moulting P8 of left wing and two or three tail-feathers (Nacho Vega)
(3) On 15.4 a bird was seen at Lekeitio, Euskadi (Jon Hidalgo, Gorka Ocio). See aphoto below (Gorka Ocio)
(4)On 21.4 there was a 1st summer at Patos beach, Nigrán, Pontevedra (César Vidal)60 (2 puntos). It moved to Arealoura beach, Nigrán on the 21.4 afternoon (C.Vidal, J.Ramón González). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (C.Vidal).It was still there on 27.4 (Delfín González)
(5) Another of the birds seen during this winter at El Musel, Xixón, was relocated on 20-21.4 (Nacho Vega). It was a 1st w/summer which had a damaged leg and was a different individual from that reported as (2) above.

The Lekeitio bird (Gorka Ocio)

The 1st summer bird from Pontevedra as seen on 21.4 (César Vidal)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus(1)
(1)On 7.4 a 2nd summer bird was seen at Xibares, Carreño, Asturies (Elías García Sánchez)(55) 2 puntos

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 seen on 3.4 at the same place now with very faded and worn primaries then recalling a Glaucous Gull (Fernando Arce, Nacho Vega, Daniel López Velasco)

Little Swift* Apus caffer (1)
(1) On 23.4 a bird was reported near Andújar, Jaén (Juan Bécares)

Bar-tailed Desert Lark* Ammomanes cinctura (1)
See May 2005 chronicle for the full report on a bird seen on 28.4 at Roses, Girona.

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2)
(1) On 4.4 five were seen for the last time this season at A Lanzada beach, Pontevedra (Xurxo Pinheiro)
(2) There were at least two at Tancada area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 9.4 (Rafael Armada, Jane Nethercote). See a photo below (Rafael Armada).Stil until 9.4 (Cristian Jensen, Iben Hove Sorensen, Chuck Litterst/Audouin Birding Tours) and on 23.4 (two birds, O.Clarabuch, J.C.Gimisó, J.Sargatal, P.Feliu, D.Saavedra & A.Comas) but not on 26.4 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Quim Bach).


Black-headed Yellow Wagtail* Motacilla flava feldegg(1,2,3,4)
(1)On 6.4 two adults were reported at Tordera river mouth, Blanes, Girona (Maite Garrigós, Alfons Delgado).See a thumbnail here
(2) On 9.4 one was seen at Estanys del Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (Jordi Martí-Aledo)(57) 2 punts!
(3)On 25.4 a bird was seen at veïnat de Baix, Sant Andreu de Salou, Girona (Quim Vilagran)
(4) On 29.4 one was seen at a mallada in L'Albufera de València Devesa area. It was together with flava and iberiae birds (José Luis Terrasa)

Northern Mockingbird* Mimus polyglottos (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
A male Northern Mockingbird, would be 1st for the Canary Islands and Spain has been present during the last week of March and up to 2.4 at Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Per Sandberg, Lars Sandberg, Per-Erik Lindgren). The bird is holding a territory (!).The bird was seen again on 5.4 at the same site (Miguel Avelino Suárez; Yeray Seminario). According to M.Avelino the bird is unringed and its plumage is in pristine condition. It behaves aggresive and territorial. It seems according to local people who feeds the bird (!) the bird reached the place last November 2004 [matching a natural vagrancy pattern, ed. comment]. See a thumbnail here and a special photopage here.The bird was still at the same place on 14.4 (Johan Svensson)

Seebohm's Wheatear* Oenanthe [oenanthe] seebohmi (1)  FIRST FOR IBERIAN PENINSULA (and probably mainland Europe)

(1)On 28.4 a male was sen at Windmill HIll Flats, Gibraltar (Keith Bensusan/GONHS). See a photo below and some thumbnails here

Marmora's Warbler* Sylvia sarda (1) THIRD FOR SPAIN
(1) On 8.4 a 2nd cy male was trapped at Illa de l'Aire, Menorca during a ringing campaign (Raül Escandell, Joan Carles Fernández, Laia Font)The bird was seen in the same island until 19.4 (R.Escandell, P.Bescós, E.Garcia, M.Llobet).

Pallas's Leaf Warbler* Phylloscopus proregulus (1) SIXTH FOR SPAIN if accepted. 
(1) On 21.4 a bird was seen at El Acebuche, Doñana National Park, Huelva by a party of Finnish birders (Esa Lehikoinen, Seppo Neuvonen, Tapani Veistola, Oskari Härmä).

Collared Flycatcher* Ficedula albicollis (1,2)
(1) On 3.4 two birds were trapped and ringed at Illa de l'Aire, Menorca (Raül Escandell, Joan Carles Fernández, Laia Font)
(2) On 6.4 there was a 2y male at Barranco 'racó' de Alfaz del Pi, Alacant (Juan Pérez). See a photo below (Juan Pérez)

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus (1). 
(1) On 14.4 one was reported from Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca NP, Castelló (Jesús Tena)

Little Bunting* Emberiza pusilla (1)
(1) On 30.4 afternoon one was seen and photographed at ca l'Arana, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy63 (2 punts), Juan Bécares). See a photo below (Juan Bécares)

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:

Still one Iceland Gull at playa de la Bola, Getxo -El Abra area-, Euskadi on 3.4 (Gorka Ocio)
The Ring-billed Gull at Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona on 3.4, a true long-stayer (Miquel Angel Domingo)
The American Wigeon at Gran Canaria, present until 1.4 (Miguel Avelino)
The Northern Mockingbird at Gran Canaria. the FIRST FOR SPAIN, a bird that reached the island last November according to local people but that has just been discovered (Miguel Avelino)
Yet another Ring-billed gull to be found in the N: a 1st winter/summer found at Ria do Burgo A Coruña on 4.4 (right) (Antonio Sandoval)
One of the Black-headed Yellow Wagtails (background) at Delta del Tordera on 6.4 (Alfons Delgado)
The drake Green-winged Teal at laguna de Beleña (Delfín González)
The winter 2004-2005 will be remembered as the 'Iceland Gull' winter. You can notice through these pages the incredible number of birds recorded in N Spain, outnumbering any previous record ever held in Spain ! . This is the Pontevedra 1st summer bird as seen on 21.4 (César Vidal).
The Long-billed Dowitcher at El Rocío. This bird has remained near the SEO/Birdlife former hide for a month (John Muddeman)
The Egyptian Geese from Pontevedra as on 22.4 (César Vidal)
Three of the Ring-billed gulls seen altogether at Moaña, Galicia on 22.4 (Jose Ramón Gómez)
The Ring-billed gull already present in January at Xunqueira de Lagares, Vigo as on 25.4 (César Vidal)
Perhaps bird of the late April! A Seebohm's Weathear at Gibraltar on 28.4 (Keith Bensusan/GONHS)

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