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Recent Reports


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=3 + 7 =10)
Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas rubripes Mergus merganser


Platalea alba Cursorius cursor Carpodacus erythrinus
Buteo rufinus Tringa flavipes
Gyps rueppellii Larus delawarensis 

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


Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1)
(1) On 16.6 there were 2 birds at Laguna del Portil, Huelva (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo; Fran Alcalá)

American Black Duck* Anas rubripes (1)
(1) On 11.6 the drake American Black Duck reappeared at ría de Foz, Lugo, Galicia. This is believed to be the returning bird to this place which had left the area on 2.1.2005 and now returns after the breeding season as it has been doing the last years (Luis José Salaverri (11) 2 puntos)

Goosander* Mergus merganser (1)
(1) Very unseasonal record. A female was seen and photographed at pantaneta de Alhama, a little reservoir at Granada province, Andalusia, on 10.6 (Juan Pérez Contreras, Beatriz Pérez Machado). The bird was in perfect feather condition and was flying without any problem. The same bird had been seen at the same place on 4.6 (Antonio Miguel Ortigueiro, Francisco Botella) and 11.6 (Lidia Rodríguez, Samuel Peregrina). See two photos below and a thumbnail here (J.Pérez).


African Spoonbill* Platalea alba (1)
(1) A bird was seen on 10.6 at Entremuros, PN Doñana, Sevilla (José Luis Arroyo). It is probably the same individual lingering around Doñana the last year but different from that of Málaga reported last month. See a thumbnail here.

Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1,2)
(1)Further confirmation of natural vagrancy to Spain and Europe: on 10.6, a subadult was seen at Tarifa island, Cádiz in company of Griffon Vultures G.fulvus.That day over 50 vultures crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and due to the strong eastern wind some reached the coast in very poor condition. Three Griffons died that day when they cannot cross the Straits and fell into the water. Once reaching the Tarifa island, the local Yellow-legged Gulls attacked the incoming vultures so some were forced to land, being the case of the Rüppell's Vulture and two Griffons that, due to poor condition, could be seen at close distance (David Cuenca/GOES - Fundación Migres & Gonzalo Muñoz/UCA -Fundación Migres). See two photos below (D.Cuenca)
(2) On 20.6 there was a subadult within a group of Griffons in front of a colony of the latter at Els Ports county, Castelló (Víctor J Hernández, Benjamín Pérez, Jacinto Cerdà, Mauro Montesinos). This is the northernmost Spanish record so far.

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) One was seen on 4.6 at Marjal d'Almenara, Castelló (Toni Alcocer). The bird was apparently not a migrant.

Cream-coloured Courser* Cursorius cursor (1)
(1) On 9.6 an adult was seen in a stony area near Cabo de Gata, Almeria (Raimundo Martín Rodríguez). It was not seen again on 11.6 but given  previous records of breeding in Andalusia two years ago, search will continue (R.Martín)On 25.6 there were two at the same area near a flock of 28 Curlews. No breeding evidence was recorded (Raimundo Martín Rodríguez)

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes(1)
(1) A bird, presumably an adult, was found on 1.6 at El Garxal area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas 68 (2 punts)). It remained most of the time hidden in a secretive area, away from the hides overlooking the area.

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1,2,3,4)
(1) On 6.5. one 1st summer was seen at ca l'Arana beach, Llobregat delta Nature Reserve, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy69 (2 punts)). It is the 1st for this site. See a photo below (Xavier Larruy).Still there on 9.5 (Vittorio Peddrochi, Alex Ollé et al).Last seen that week (X.Larruy)

(2) The 1st summer bird reported previously at Castelló, around the Burriana harbour in march and april was relocated on 23.6 at Castelló harbour , c.10 km to the north (Miguel Tirado). See a photo below and a thumbnail here

(3) On 30.6 a 1st winter moulting into 2nd winter  was found at the ecological ricefields of Riet Vell, at Ebre delta, Tarragona (Cristian Jensen, Iben Hove Sorensen/Audouin Birding Tours; David Bigas71 (1 punt), Ignasi Ripoll and SEO/Birdlife volunteers). It remained into July. See a thumbnail here
(4) At Serantes beach, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies, one bird beggining its moult into 2nd winter was seen and photographed on 2.6 (Pablo Fernández(73) 2 puntos)

Scarlet Rosefinch* Carpodacus eryhtrinus (1,2)

(1)On 2.6 there was a singing male at Puerto de Somiedo, Santa Maria del Puerto, Asturies, near Hotel Coronel (Pierre Boutonnet, Patrick Derennes et al). News also featured in the Ornithomedia webpage.
(2)A male was reported singing at the Boca del Infierno area, Hecho Valley, Huesca on 15.6 afternoon. It was not relocated afterwards (communicated to John Muddeman)

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 unseasonal Ring-billed Gull at Llobregat Delta, the 1st for the area (Xavier Larruy)
The male Scarlet Rosefinch singing at Puerto de Somiedo, Asturies, on 2.6. May this be a case of extralimital breeding? (Patrick Derennes)
The Granada Goosander as on 10.6, an unseasonal record  (Juan Pérez)
Another record of African Spoonbill. Again at Doñana area, and probably being the same reported in previous months (J.L.Arroyo)
Two images of the Egyptian Geese of Laguna del Portil, Huelva (Mario Martín)
The 1st summer Ring-billed Gull at Castelló harbour on 23.6 (Miguel Tirado)
The Riet Vell Ring-billed Gull as seen on 30.6 (Cristian Jensen). All three June birds have been seen in the Mediterranean coast!

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