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Rare Birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
MAY 2005 NEWS 
All birds featured are rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
See the information page for how to submit records to CR/SEO either by mail or online

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=3 + 20 =23)
Cygnus cygnus Alopochen aegyptiaca Aythya collaris


Oceanites oceanicus  Phoenicopterus minor Larus pipixcan
Phaeton aethereus Circus macrourus Larus delawarensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Buteo rufinus Larus hyperboreus
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Glareola nordmanni Sterna dougallii
Geronticus eremita Calidris fuscicollis Apus affinis
Threskiornis aethiopicus Gallinago media Ammomanes cinctura
Platalea alba Anthus richardi

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


Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus(1)
(1) On 4.5 a bird was found at charcas de Sebrayu de Baxo, ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde(65) 2 puntos)

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1)
(1) On 19.5, eight arrived to Filipines marsh, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Pedro Bescós; Néstor Urios, F.X.Santaeufemia). They were not seen the following day nor afterwards (F.X.Santaeufemia, R.Gutiérrez, A.Ramal).See some thumbnails here

Ring-necked Duck*Aythya collaris(1) 
(1) On 17.5 a drake was found at La Furta, Asturies, where a female had been seen until last month (Clemente Álvarez Usategui(67) 2 puntos


Wilson's Storm-Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus (1)
(1) Two birds were seen and photographed on 12.5 and another on 13.5 off Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (David Gray)

Red-billed Tropicbird* Phaeton aethereus (1)
(1) One bird was seen and photographed on 10.5 off Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (David Gray).See some photos below and thumbnails here (Graeme Cresswell, Dave Sellwood)


Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) One was seen on 13.5 at the junction of rivers Guadalhorce and Rio Grande,Cartama, Málaga (Ángel García López, Ángel F.García Vergara). This is a bird different from an hybrid also reported from the same site this winter.See a photo below (A.García)

(2) On 27.5 the white-headed hybrid below was seen at Sueca ricefields, L'Albufera, València (Toni Alcocer, Bosco Dies). See a photo below (Toni Alcocer)

Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus (1)
(1) On 27.5 there was one at Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce, Málaga ( to Ángel García López)

Bald Ibis *Geronticus eremita (1).3rd for Spain. 
(1) The bird seen during april at Trujillo, Cáceres was seen again c. 5km East of Belén, Cáceres on 1.5 (Ángela Molina, Alfonso López; Javier Portillo, José Portillo).Still at the area on 8.5 (Alfonso López, Juan Diego Acevedo) and 28.5 (Kingsley Parker, Gruff Dodd).

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus (1)
(1) See under African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill* Platalea alba (1)
(1) One bird was seen on 27.5 at the junction of rivers Guadalhorce and Grande, Cártama, Málaga (Ángel García López,Ángel Fernando García Vergara) with two Sacred Ibises Threskiornis aethiopicus. After a 15 minutes observation the bird began flying up the Guadalhorce river. See a photo below (note the Sacred ibis in the left corner, Ángel García) and two thumbnails here


Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1,2)
(1) On 1.5 a bird was found at Laguna de Manjavacas, Cuenca (Alfredo Doncel)
(2)On 19.5 one, probably a subadult, was seen at Rambla Morales, Almería  (Andy Paterson, Mike Clark)

Pallid Harrier* Circus macrourus (1)
(1) On 5.5. one possible female was reported at Cellers, Lleida (Jaume Bonfil) 

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) One of the two birds were seen 12,5 km East of Belén, Cáceres on 17.4 and afterwards was seen again on 1.5 c. 7 km from Belén (Ángela Molina, Alfonso López; Javier Portillo & José Portillo).One was seen on 5.5 (Santiago Villa/ Celtic Bird Tours/ Spainbirds). But on 8.5 'the other' buzzard was seen at the very same place so both birds were still around by those dates (Alfonso López, Juan Diego Acevedo).On 29.5 one of the buzzards was seen 4 km from Belén (Kingsley Parker, Gruff Dodd)

Black-winged Pratincole* Glareola nordmanni (1)
(1) On 9.5 one was seen with two Collared Pratincoles at Es Ras, Ses Puntes and Prat de Son Serra areas, S'Albufera de Mallorca, Mallorca, Illes Balears (Pere Vicens)

White-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis (1)
(1) An adult sandpiper temptatively identified as of this species was found on 26.5 at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca (Miguel Rouco). See a photo below and a thumbnail here


Great Snipe* Gallinago media (1)
(1) On 7.5 a bird was ringed within the Piccole Isole campaign at S'Albufera d'es Grau, Menorca, Balearic Islands. It was seen at the same area on 8.5 too (Raül Escandell, Xavi Méndez, Martinley Ussing, Pedro Bescós)

Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan (1)
(1) On 13.5, at 16h, an adult breeding plumage Franklin's Gull was seen flying SW along the foreshore of Roquetas de Mar, Almería, during a movement of Larus ridibundus and Larus genei (Paul Larkin)

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1,2)
(1) ON 5.5. one 1st summer was seen at el Matà area, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona (Albert Burgas; Jordi Martí-Aledo64(1 punt))
(2)A 2nd calendar bird was seen on 4.5 at Cararroja ricefields, l'Albufera de València. It was apparently relocated on 5-6.5 at tancat de l'Estell, also at l'Albufera (Bosco Díes, J.Ignacio Díes, Toni Alcocer). See a photo below and more images at the Dies Brothers website

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus(1)
(1)On 5.5 a 2nd winter/summer bird was seen at Club Náutico de A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval(66) 2 puntos)

Roseate Tern* Sterna dougallii (1)
(1) On 11.5 six and another on 14.5 were seen off Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (David Gray)

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1)
(1) On 29.5 2 were seen near Bolonia, Cádiz, with 4 A.caffer (César Vidal, Rafael y Tito Salvadores, Moisés y Samuel Peregrina).

Bar-tailed Desert Lark* Ammomanes cinctura (1)
(1) On 28.4 one bird of this species was found and photographed at close distance at Cala Murtra, PN Cap de Creus, Roses, Girona (Syvain Maury). The bird was digiscoped using Leica APO Televid 77 and Canon A95. It is the fourth for Spain after two in the Canary Islands and one at Mallorca but the 1st for mainland Spain. See two photos below and thumbnails here.This report was known on 10.5 and subsequent research on 11.5 at the same site gave no results (Ponç Feliu, Oriol Clarabuch). This arrival coincides with sightings of Trumpeter Finch and Little Bunting out of normal range as well as the 1st European record of Seebohm's Wheatear at Gibraltar (see April page). More photos in the Ornithomedia webpage

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2)
(1) There were at least two at Tancada area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 1.5 (Rafael Armada, Jane Nethercote)
(2)Late sightings: on 22.4 there were 4 at Laguna de la Mata, Alicante and on 27.4 there were 3 between Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes, Alicante (Els Feuth and Stephan Cramer)

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 April 2005 only news of rarities needing homologation by the Spanish Rarities Committee are 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 Abril de 2005 se incluyen únicamente citas de  rarezas que necesitan homologación por el Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife (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 d'Abril de 2005 únicament s'inclouen cites de rareses que necessiten homologació pel Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife.(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 Lesser Flamingo at Manjavacas lagoon, Cuenca, on 1.5 (Alfredo Doncel). 
Four thumbnails (above) of the Bar-tailed Desert Lark photographed at Cala Murtra, Cap de Creus, Girona on 28.4 (Syvain Maury). The bird news were only known on 10.5 when the bird was not relocated. 
The presumed White-rumped Sandpiper at Azud de Riolobos only seen shortly on 26.5. Note the wing projection over the tail and slightly downcurved bill (Miguel Rouco)
The Egyptian Geese seen at Llobregat delta on 19.5. Of unknown origin, they were not seen anymore (Pedro Bescós)
The Tropicbird off Gran Canaria on 10.5 (Graeme Cresswell, Dave Sellwood)
The Valencia Ring-billed Gull as seen on 4.5 (Toni Alcocer)
The Málaga African Spoonbill, not looking so bright as previous birds in Doñana area last months...Note the two Sacred Ibises in the lower thumbnail (Ángel García)

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