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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
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= 7 + 32 =39)
Anser brachyrhynchus Aix galericulata
Branta bernicla hrota Anas discors Aythya affinis
Anas americana Aythya collaris


Egretta gularis Bartramia longicauda Phylloscopus proregulus
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Tringa flavipes Phylloscopus inornatus
Threskiornis aethiopicus Tringa solitaria Phylloscopus schwarzi
Phoenicopterus minor Xenus cinereus
Pluvialis dominica Limnodromus scolopaceus Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Gyps rueppellii Actitis macularius Ficedula parva
Buteo rufinus Stecorarius longicaudus Sturnus roseus
Falco biarmicus Larus glaucoides Carduelis flavirostris
Vanellus gregarius Chaetura pelagica Carpodacus erythrinus
Calidris fuscicollis Apus affinis Calcarius lapponicus
Calidris melanotos Anthus richardi Emberiza pusilla

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


Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus (1)
(1) On 28.10 a juvenile was seen at La Nava lagoon, Palencia (Enrique Gómez Crespo).

Pale-bellied Brent Goose* Branta bernicla hrota (1,2-3,4-5,6-7)
(1) The bird found on 18.9 at Poza de la Ría de Navía, Navía, Asturies was still there on 8.10 (Pablo Fernández). See a thumbnail here and on 10.11 (C.A.Usategui, P.Fernandez)
(2-3) From 13-14.10 there were 2 at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra (José Gandara; César Vidal (118) 1 punto). See a thumbnail here (César Vidal)
(4-5) There were 2 at Moaña, Pontevedra, on 16.10, well different from those of the Miño estuary (José Ramón Gómez (119) 2 puntos, Ana Isabel Pérez). See a thumbnail here
(6-7) There were two, and adult and a 1st winter at O Vicedo, A Coruña, Galicia on 12.10 (Luís J. Salaverri (120) 2 puntos) and still there on 16.10 (Antonio Sandoval)

American Wigeon* Anas americana(1,2)
(1)On 24.10, a drake was seen and photographed at Ria del Eo, Asturies/Lugo, within a flock of 500 Wigeons A.penelope (Pablo Fernández(148) 2 puntos). See a thumbnail here.Still there on 30.10 (Alejandro G.Herrera, J.García Navedo)
(2)A drake was seen at ensenada de San Simón, Vilaboa, Pontevedra the same day as the Asturies bird, on 24.10, but possibly present in the area from 16.10 too (José Ramón Gómez(149) 2 puntos, Adolfo Lomeña, Víctor López).

Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors (1)
(1) On 21.10 there was one at charca de El Fraile, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Serafín Alarcón). It was seen again on 28.10 (Jaime Ginovés, Pablo Expósito, Juan Manuel Martínez)See a thumbnail here and a photo below (N.Herrera)

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata(1)
(1) On 29.10 a female was seen at Vallehermoso, La Gomera, Canary Islands (MªCandelaria Martín, Bernardino Pérez, Miguel Fernández del Castillo, J.Pedro Castro, Antonio Hernández). See a thumbnail here

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris(1,2,3)
(1) A drake, the 1st returning individual this autumn, was found at Catalina García, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas de GC, Canary Islands on 10.10 (Javier Traín, Antonio Traín). See a couple of thumbnails here
(2)A 1st winter male was seen at Embalse de As Forcadas, Valdoviño (A Coruña) on 24.10 (J.M.Alonso Pumar, Ricardo Hevia).Seen also on 26.10 (Luis J. Salaverri (151) 1 punto)
(3) A drake was seen at Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, on 24.10 (Adolfo Villaverde (144) 2 puntos)

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Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis (1) 
(1)An adult male was found at Embalse de As Forcadas, Valdoviño, A Coruña, on 17.10 (L.J. Salaverri 143 (4 puntos)). Still there on  19.10 (F.Alcalá, S.Bujeda, A.F.Marín, L.F.Miraz, L.J.Salaverri) and 24.10 (J.M.Alonso Pumar, Ricardo Hevia). Perhaps last winter returning bird? 


Western Reef Heron* Egretta gularis (1,2)
(1) On 1.10 one was reported from Isla Mayor ricefields, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana, J.Martín, M.Villaécija). Editorial note: Not discarded a dark hybrid gularis x garzetta.
(2) The hybrid gularis x garzetta from Ebre Delta was relocated near Tancada lagoon on 16.10 (Beneharo Rodríguez, Joan Navarro, Clara Franch, Guillem Molina). See a photo below (B.Rodríguez)

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Marabou* Leptoptilos crumeniferus (1)
(1) A lone bird was seen in a paddyfield area near Guadiana del Caudillo, Badajoz, Extremadura, on 7.10 (Toribio Álvarez). It was seen foraging in the area with a group of storks. See a thumbnail here (Toribio Álvarez). 

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus (1)
(1) On 13.10 one was found at Buda island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1-2)
(1) On 22.10, an adult and a juvenile unringed birds were seen at the Vega del río Javalón reservoir, near Moral de Calatrava, Ciudad Real (José Guzmán, Patricia Maldonado, Tom Gullick). This record is very important since the juvenile presence boosts the possibility of a real vagrancy then contributing to a move from D category  to A category of this species within the Spanish (and European) lists (ed. comment).

Ruppells Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) From 15-21.10 a bird was seen at Alcoi, Alacant (Àlvar Seguí). See two photos of the bird and an explanation of the sighting in Spanish here at Naturalicante (opens in another window)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Gibraltar sighting. One of the birds reported in September at Gibraltar was still there on 14.10. It was seen trying to rob a Collared Dove from a Peregrine Falcon (Ernest F.J.Garcia/GONHS).Still there on 26.10 (Keith Bensusan)
(2)A 2nd bird, a juvenile, was seen at Gibraltar on 15.10 (Ernest Garcia/GONHS).Still there on 26.10 (Keith Bensusan)

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Lanner* Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) An adult, perhaps of the feldeggi subspecies was seen hunting and preying a small wader at playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz, on 16.10 (David Cuenca) 

American Golden Plover* Pluvialis dominica (1,2)
(1) The juvenile seen last month from 26-30.9 at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña was still there on 1.10 together with a juvenile Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola (J. Martí-Aledo, C.D.Romai, A.Ramos, J.R.Gómez., E.D'Hoore). On 4.10 it was still there (J.Martí-Aledo) and on 10.10 too (C.A.Usategui, P.Fernandez, J.L.Rabuñal Patiño)and 12.10 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar) to 16.10 (Daniel López Velasco,S.Paz, José Luis Rabuñal Patiño, C.D.Romai, X.Varela, X.Piñeiro, A.Bermejo, A.Rodrigo,O.Llama, G.Ocio, Y.Ozaeta, M.Rouco,D.Gonzalez Ortega).See a thumbnail here (Alfonso Rodrigo)Still seen on 22.10 (J.L.Rabuñal)

(2) On 3-4.10 a juvenile was seen at playa de los Lances, Tarifa (Salvador de Diego, Leandro Meléndez, José Mª Abad,David Cuenca/MIGRES Aves Marinas). Perhaps the same bird had been present in the area since 29.9 (Ian Ford) and 1.10 (José Antonio Sencianes). Still there on 8.10 (Kevin Duncan) See a thumbnail here (Salvador de Diego Collantes).Still there on 16.10 (Bernardo Fontana, Arkadiusz Bronariek)

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Sociable Lapwing* Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) A bird was found on 23.10 morning at the estany d'Ivars area, el Pla d'Urgell, Lleida, within a flock of Lapwings V.vanellus (Joan Castelló 140 (2 punts), David Giralt) seen later by other authors (Steve West/SEO-Lleida).Seen again on 24.10 (Joan Estrada; Francesc Moncasí), see a photo below (F.Moncasí), and it was still there on 26.10 (Ponç Feliu) and 28.10 (Jaume Bonfil, Anna Varea). Relocated on 30.10 at the same place (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés).

White-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis (1-4,5-6,7-14,15-18,19-25,26,27-29,30,31-32,33,34-38,39-40,41-42,43-45)
Ongoing most important recent influx to Canary Islands and Spain! 30 BIRDS IN 4 DAYS then a few more along the week.
Previous records in the Canary Islands: 12 accepted records involving 17 birds. Previous simultaneous arrivals: 1990 and 1995 but this is by far the most important-ever episode (J.A.Lorenzo).

  • La Palma  <18 birds>
(1-4) On 8.10, a party of four birds was found at a pond area between El Paso-Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma Island, S.C. de Tenerife, Canary Islands (Juan Antonio Lorenzo Gutiérrez, Eduardo Gonzalez, Aurelio Martín)
(5-6)The party of four (labelled 1-4 above) was formed by SIX birds (two more, then) on 10.10 morning (Juan Antonio Lorenzo Gutiérrez, Eduardo Gonzalez, Aurelio Martín)
(7-14) At the same La Palma island, a minimum count of EIGHT birds was carried out at Salinas de Fuencaliente (saltpans in the extreme S of the island) on 10.10 morning, just after counting the six birds present at Los Llanos de Aridane and thus totalling at least 14 in a single island and day (Juan Antonio Lorenzo, Eduardo Gonzalez, Aurelio Martín)
(15-18) On 10.10 four more were found in a gravel-pit area near the La Palma airport (J.A.Lorenzo, Eduardo Gonzalez, Aurelio Martín). Of those, on 26.10 only one juvenile remained (E.González).
  • El Hierro <7 birds>
(19-25) On 9.10, a flock of SEVEN juveniles was found at Frontera reservoir, El Hierro island, S.C.Tenerife, Canary Islands (Juan José Ramos & Evelin Velázquez)
  • Tenerife  <10 birds>
(26) From 8-10.10, a juvenile bird remained at El Polvillo pond, Los Silos (Beneharo Rodríguez & Airán Rodríguez). See a thumbnail here
(27-29) At the same site, on 10.10 afternoon, three more joined the bird arrived on 8.10 (Juan José Ramos).
(30) On 8.10 a juvenile was photographed at Buenavista golf course (Beneharo Rodríguez & Airán Rodríguez). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (B.Rodríguez)
(31-32) Two birds were seen at El Fraile, on 12.10 (Benito González, Nereida Herrera). See a photo below (N.Herrera).Still there on 15.10 (Nereida Herrera, Benito González) and on 17-18.10 (Bob Swann) and 21.10 (Serafín Alarcón) but only one on 23.10 (N.Herrera, B.González) and none on 28.10 (J.Ginovés, P.Expósito, J.M.Martínez).
(43-45)Three birds plus presumably the (30) bird, were seen altogether at Buenavista golf course on 15.10 (Bob Swann)

The (30) bird, from Buenavista golf course, on 8.10 (B.Rodríguez)

The two birds from El Fraile, Tenerife, on 12.10 (B.González)

  • Gran Canaria <3 birds>
(33) At Maspalomas pond, Gran Canaria, a bird was seen from 12.10 (Francisco del Campo) to 14.10 at least (Miguel Avelino Suárez).Still there on 29.10 (M.Avelino Suárez)
(41-42) Two more birds joined bird (33) on 24-29.10 at the same place (Miguel Avelino Suárez). See a photo below (M.Avelino)

  • Lanzarote <7 birds>
(34-38) There were four at Salinas de los Cocoteros, Guatiza and one at Salinas de Janubio, Yaiza on 14.10 (Javier García).Still the four birds of Cocoteros on 19.10 (J.Garcia)
(39-40) Two were found at Arrecife coast on 19.10 (Javier García)

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Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
(1) The juvenile found at Aiguamolls de Molins de Rei, Barcelona on 30.9 (Sergi Sales 103 (2 punts), J.A.Calero, Núria Rodríguez), seen also on 1.10 (Marcel Gil, Pedro Bescós; Rafa Armada) was still there on 2.10 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo below (R.Gutiérrez) and thumbnails here
(2) On 1.10 a juvenile was photographed by chance at Marjal de Pego-Oliva, Oliva, València (F.José Llàcer). See the thumbnail of the photo hereç
(3) On 2.10 a bird was at charca de Zurbano, Salburúa, Álava (Karmelo de Dios, Ignacio Torres)
(4)On 4.10 there was a juvenile at Salina Grande of Villafáfila Nature Reserve, Zamora (Víctor Salvador, Alfonso Rodrigo)
(5) On 3.10 one was seen briefly in the afternoon at Marisma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Quique Carballal)
(6) The bird found on 26-28.9 at Esteiro da Chanca, Dena, Meaño, Pontevedra was last seen on 5.10 (Xurxo Pinheiro)
(7)One juvenile was seen at Cecebre reservoir, A Coruña, Galicia on 18.10 (Pablo Gutiérrez (121) 2 puntos)

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Long-billed Dowitcher* Limnodromus scolopaceus (1-2) Ten records in Spain up to 2002
(1-2) On 9.10, two juveniles were found at Embalse de Sabón, Arteixo, A Coruña (Xurxo Pinheiro et al /SEO-Pontevedra; Xabier Varela (116) 1 punto, Pablo Pita, Pablo Fernández, J.R.Gómez...) They might have been there since 7.10 when X.Varela saw two distant unidentified birds.Still there on 10.10 (C.A.Usategui, P.Fernandez) and 11.10 (Xabi Varela)and 12.10 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar)
See a thumbnail here and 15.10 (Miguel Conde) to 16.10 at least (Daniel López Velasco, Samuel Paz, C.D.Romai, X.Varela, X.Piñeiro, D.Gonzalez Ortega, A.Rodrigo, O. Llama, G.Ocio, Y.Ozaeta, M.Rouco). See a photo below from 16.10 (Alfonso Rodrigo).Still seen on 22.10 (Luis Mario Arce). the birds left the area the night between 23-24.10 (Xavier Varela).
There is a special photopage with stunning images here 

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Upland Sandpiper* Bartramia longicauda (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) On 30.10, one was found at coastal meadows of W Asturies at Punta de la Romanela, within Barayo reserve, under a heavy rain front caused by the 'ex-Wilma' hurricane, now a low, having reached Spain that very morning (Adolfo Villaverde(152) 4 puntos ; Daniel López Velasco; José Ardaiz et al). Seen again on 31.10 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui)
This is the explanation of how the bird was found (Adolfo Villaverde to Coaciosforu email list) [in Spanish]

'Buanaaaas. Hoy tengo que reconocerlo y es un dia feliz pese a las inclemencias del tiempo. Pues ese nombre como tan complejo que no se me olvidará ya es el ave que he visto hoy y gracias al cielo pudo venir gente y verlo también (que ya se acumulaban observaciones jodidas que no las ha visto nadie más y eso quema). A eso de las 10 de la mañana me pillo el coche y pa la rasa costera. Día desapacible, lluvia pero sin viento y yo con un paraguas de muyer que parecia de todo menos observador de aves. Me pongo a patear y en breve levanto delante de mi tres Lechuzas campestres y un poco más alla otras dos. Sigo andando y dos Richardi y de repente me sale a 10 metros entre la lluvia un ave en vuelo bajo del tamaño más o menos de un Combatiente (para comparalo con algo) pero de apariencia totalmente marrón (sin obispillo de color diferente al resto del plumaje superior). Reclamando estilo Zarapito (un aire). Y me cae unos 50 metros delante y se esconde entre los herbazales. Sin telescopio (por la lluvia), lloviendo y con los prismáticos algo mojados lo localizo de folla pudiendo verle la cabeza. Ya se apreciaban aspectos que me hacían inclinarme por este bicho y derepente vuelve a levantarse y reclamar. Por supuesto yo sin guia. El bicho cae 100 delante pero se esconde. Comienza el baile de llamadas. Dani metiendome el miedo en el cuerpo. Que si el anillo ocular, que si el pico, que si la primaria. Y yo: es ese bicho y tiene en vuelo la cola aparentemente larga y reclama de esta forma y tal y cual y el pico es minimo..... Me mete en el cuerpo el miedo con un Zarapito mediano (creo que se llama asi aunque ya era una posibilidad complicadisima y el habitat no era el idoneo). En fin, que despues de que lo levantase una Campestre y me lo enviase pal mar y retornase a un lugar no exactamente localizado llega Dani y por suerte en menos de un minuto nos vuelve a salir en vuelo (sienpre distancias relativamente cortas) y podemos apreciar el bicho. Eso si, el muy cabrón no se dejo ver a güevo nunca y entre eso y la lluvia no es como esas observaciones de Correlimos canelo. Pudo disfrutar de este bicho raro Jose Ardaiz y un colega que venían de verlo TODO en Galicia y posteriormente Pedro y Pablo (el pobre debe de tener 500 llamadas mias). Perdonad la turra pero realmente ha sido un puntazo todo lo de hoy. Vimos un Lapón y ni miramos pa el y las campestres casi ni existian....Bueno, perdonad la turra...

El área es sensible, en especial los herbazales y cultivos o sea que posibles visitantes, respeten la zona y cíñanse a los caminos (nota del editor sobre comentarios del autor).

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) A juvenile moulting to 1st winter was found on 30.09 ( Íñigo Hernández, Sonia López) and seen until 11.10 at least at marisma de Ramallosa, Nigrán/Baiona, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gomez (122) 1 punto, Adolfo Lomeña, César Vidal). See a thumbnail here and a photo below (A.Lomeña)

Solitary Sandpiper * Tringa solitaria (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) On 8.10, a juvenile was found around Ria de la Villa, Asturies (Xuan Cortés(115) SEIS puntos SEIS), the first for Spain. See two photos below (Xuan Cortés). Not seen on 11.10 (C.A.Usategui) or afterwards.

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Terek Sandpiper * Xenus cinereus (1)
(1)On 24.10 a bird was found at Sancti Petri beach marshes, Cadiz bay, Andalusia (Antonio Tamayo). It was relocated on 29.10 (Paco Chiclana )

Spotted Sandpiper * Actitis macularius (1,2)
(1)A juvenile was found on 3-9.10 (Grupo Ornitológico Calidris, Ricardo Hevia Barcón, José Miguel Alonso Pumar)and remained until 11.10 at least (Pablo Gutiérrez (123) 1 punto) at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña . See a photo below (Álvaro Fernández Polo/G.O.Calidris). Still there on 14.10 (Pablo Fernández) and 15.10 (Daniel López Velasco, S.Paz, C.D.Romai, X.Piñeiro, D.Gonzalez Ortega, A.Rodrigo, O.Llama, M.Rouco) to 17.10 at least (C.A.Usategui).Still seen on 22-23.10 (Luis Mario Arce)and 30.10 (Alejandro G.Herrera et al)
(2) There was one near Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, on 30.10 (Michael Braun)

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Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus (1,2)
(1) One 1st year bird was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña on 16.10 (Antonio Sandoval (124) 2 puntos)
(2)On 22.10 one adult was seen from Luces lighthouse, Asturies (Gorka Ocio, Marcos Zárraga, Jesús Menendez, Javier San Sebastian)

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1)
(1) One adult was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña on 16.10 (Antonio Sandoval (125) 2 puntos)

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Presumed 'Oriental' Turtle Dove * Streptopelia orientalis meena 
The turtle dove featured early this month and with special photopage here was later identified as turtur by at least one French and three Finnish specialists. The referred page serves as a demonstration of the variation of turtur not typical from Spanish populations and that arrived two months later after the last local Turtle Dove had left for Africa.

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Little Swift * Apus affinis (1-5)
(1) On 6.10 a group of five birds were seen near the Guadalquivir river mouth, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana, Rafael Romero, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo). On 31.10 there was still one at the same place (Paco Chiclana)

Chimney Swift * Chaetura pelagica (1,2,3-5) THIRD -SIXTH FOR SPAIN
(1) A bird was seen on 30.10 morning at Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Pablo Pita ( 155 ) 4  puntos, Manuel Pose). Seen again over Vila de Bares (Luis J.Salaverri, J.M. Mariño, P.Gutiérrez et al , where photographed) and from 13-13:30 hours (Manuel Quintana Becerra). Many observers from the VI Galicia Ornitological Congress saw the bird. Read the chronicle from Gorka Ocio (in Spanish)below or click here. See a thumbnail here
(2) A 2nd bird was seen during several hours the marshes of Ramallosa, Baiona, Pontevedra, Galicia (Rafael Salvadores, Tito Salvadores, Adolfo Lomeña, José Gándara, César Vidal ( 154 ) 4  puntos). See three thumbnails here
(3)On 30.10, two birds were seen flying over Puerto de la Cruz, at playa Jardín, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Michael Braun)

Ed.note: These Galicia arrivals interestingly coincide with the simultaneous 'landing' of 'ex-hurricane' Wilma to NW Spain and Ireland-UK. The same front brought the same day 2 birds to England and 3 to Ireland. 14 remained on 30.10 at Terceira, Açores too. More international news in Netfugl and Azores seawatching

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La visita de un Vencejo de Chimenea en Estaca de Bares (Gorka Ocio)

A mí cuando me han mandado el sms, mientras con Xurxo Pinheiro, Jose Ardaiz, Oscar Llamas, Asier Aldalur, Diego, Juantxu y Jon veíamos un Porrón acollarado, otro bastardo y una focha cornuda... he dicho... ¿¿¿Qué ostia es eso????... habrán visto un vencejo en una chimenea??? qué me hicen...!!!! qué me cuentan!!!! ene!!!!! osti pues...!!!!...

Al poco, ya en Viveiro y en el congreso empieza ha llegar gente. Marcos Zarraga y Jesús Menéndez coincidieron en Estaca con Pablo Pita. Cuando se acercaban a él, que estaba mirando un avión (Riparia), este se giro y exclamó bajito y acento marcado gallego !!! qúe bimbazo!!! y es que tenían ante ellos otra locura americana. Un Vencejo de chimenea (En 
Azores debía de haber casi la treintena) el Wilma estaba trayendo sus primeras locuras ornitológicas.

Al rato llega, Salaverri... visto a placer!!! y nos comentan que tras perderlo en la Estac,  lo habían relocalizado cerca de allí y estaba aquerenciado a una zona de huertas encima del pueblo de Vila de Estaca... así que tras consultar guías y ver como era... en un coche Xavier Varela, Carmen y el menda rumbo a Estaca. LLegamos al pueblo, y nos dirigimos donde ya había otro ornitólogo con el telex apuntando al cielo. Jose Miguel Alonso Pumar (otro bimbo) lo tenía allí... abrazos de rigor y como soy de Bilbao en mangas de camisa a pesar del frio y la lluvia disfruto de esa locura. Cuerpo como un cigarro puro, cola cortita, oscuro sin manchas aparentes (cuando conseguimos verlo con contraste al volar bajo, adivinamos cierto tono pardo en el dorso). Volar como un murcielago, aletea y descuelga las alas en V invertida...

Pero faltaba algo allí... no llegan.. se habrán pasado de largo... y encima ni gota de cobertura. Al poco aparece un Peugeot rojo con cara de velocidad. Veo que son ellos, los que faltaban... exclamo un sonoro BIMBAZOOOOO y os lo juro... extreme birding en estado puro. Frenazo en seco, el coche por la lluvia derrapa y se cruza en medio de una curva cerrada... abren las cuatro puertas... dejan allí mismo el coche y se disponen a sacar toda la parafernalia óptica Xurxo Pinheiro, Oscar Llamas, Clemente Alvarez y Cosme Damian... Pero el coche allí, en medio de la p... carretera. Joder tios!! que viene un coche...  En finx que lo 
retira y ya sin peligro entre todos seguimos disfrutando de esa auténtica locura

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Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2-3,4-5,6,7,8,9-11,12,13-15,16-18,19,20-24,25,26,27,28-29, 30-31,32,33-34,35-36, 37-40,41-44,45,46-49.50-52)
(1) On 7.10 the first bird probably to overwinter in the area was found at Tancada marshes, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas )See a thumbnail here 
(2-3) On 7.10 there were two in a field near the Villadún pond, Castropol, Asturies (Pablo Fernandez (1) 2 puntos)
(4-5) On 8.10 there were two at Punta Romanela, Vigo, Navía, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(112) 2 puntos)
(6) On 8.10 another single was found at meadows near Cabo Blanco, Valdepares, El Franco, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(113) 2 puntos). See a thumbnail here
(7) On 9.10 a bird was found at coastal meadows of Salave, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(114) 2 puntos)
(8) On 9.10, a bird was at Porréu de El Cierrón, ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Luis Mario Arce)
(9-11) On 8.10 (note the arrival of all birds this month from 7-9.10!), three reached the coastal meadows west of Barayo Nature Reserve, Navía, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido (117) 2 puntos)
(12)On 9.10 there was one at meadows near 'El Castellón', Castello, El Franco, Asturies (Xurde Gayol)
(13-15) There were 3 at coastal meadows of 'A Campella', Medal, Cuaña, Asturies on 11.10 (Xurde Gayol)
(16-18;35-36) There were 3 birds at Rinlo, Ribadeo, A Coruña on 4.10 (Luis J. Salaverri (  ) 2 puntos)There were 2 at Rinlo, Ribadeo, Lugo on 15.10 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar).Between 1-5 birds were seen at the area until 22.10 at least (J.M.Alonso Pumar)
(19) There were two at Cabo Peñes, Gozón, Asturies on 14.10 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui(117) 2 puntos, David Pascual Stevens),  and one on 15.10 (Luis Frechilla). The three birds now in the area remained there from 16.10 (Isolino Pérez Tuya) to 19.10 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui). Two had been seen on 17.10 (J.M.Alonso Pumar) and one on 22.10 (Gorka Ocio, Marcos Zárraga, Jesús Menendez, Javier San Sebastian)
(20-24)There were five at coastal meadows of Punta Ballota, Tagle, Cantabria, on 19.10 (Alejandro G.Herrera)
(25) On 16.10 one was seen at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña, Galicia (Cosme Damián Romai (  ) 2 puntos, Oscar Llama, Andrés Bermejo, Samuel Paz)
(26) One was seen coming from the sea at Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies on 15.10 (Jorge Valella (  ) 2 puntos, Daniel López Velasco (  ) 2 puntos)
(27) A single bird was seen on 16.10 at Verdicio, Asturies (Elias García Sánchez ( 148 ) 2 puntos)
(28-29) Two birds were seen in fields near Miño estuary, A Guarda, Pontevedra on 16.10 (Rafael Salvadores, Tito Salvadores, César Vidal(146  ) 2 puntos)
(30-31) There were 2 at Cabu Vidíu, Cuideiru, Asturies on 21.10 (César A.Laó(142) 2 puntos)
(32)There was one at Louro lagoon, Muros,A Coruña, on 22.10 (José Ramón Gómez(145  ) 2 puntos)
(33-34) On 22.10 two birds were seen together inthe A Lanzada istmus, O Grove (OGrobe), Galicia (Galiza) (Emilio Martínez-Sabarís, Xurxo Pinheiro). There was still one bird on 26.10 (José Ramón Gómez(146) 1 punto & C.D.Romai(146) 1 punto). This is a traditional area for the species in S Galicia.
(35-36) See under 16-18 flock.
(37-40) Two-three birds joined the (1) bird on 23.10 at Ebre Delta (Rafael Armada, Jane Nethercote)
(41-44) Four birds were at Liencres, Cantabria, on 28.10 (Guillermo Rodríguez)
(45) One bird was at Miengo, Cantabria, on 28.10 (Guillermo Rodríguez)
(46-49) Three birds were at Cabo Ajo, Cantabria, on 29.10 (Guillermo Rodríguez) 
(50-52) Three birds were at Cuchía, Cantabria, on 30.10 (Guillermo Rodríguez)

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Pallas's Leaf Warbler* Phylloscopus proregulus (1)
(1) On 18.10, a bird was trapped and ringed at Illa de Buda, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas ). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (D.Bigas)


Yellow-browed Warbler* Phylloscopus inornatus (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9).
(1) A bird was found on 14.10 at Peroño, Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Jorge Valella(117) 2 puntos; Manuel Quintana Becerra, M.A.Fernandez Pajuelo). It was still at the same place on 15.10 morning (Daniel López Velasco et al) and afternoon (Luis Mario Arce)
(2) One was trapped and ringed at Salcidos, A Guarda, Pontevedra, Galicia on 15.10 afternoon, around 16h (Francisco Docampo, Agustin Alcaide/SGHN). See a thumbnail here and a photo below (F.Docampo)
(3) On 20.10 a bird was ringed at Parc de Llevant, N of Artà, Mallorca, Balearic Islands ( by Eduardo Amengual)
(4) On 17.10 a bird was seen at close range at Picón, Ciudad Real on 17.10 (Rafael Mateos)
(5) On 20.10 morning, a bird was seen near the University of Pais Vasco, Leioa Biology Faculty, Euskadi (Fernando Arce)
(6) On 20.10 a bird was trapped and ringed at Estanys de Jordà, Santa Pau, Girona (Jordi Feliu)
(7)On 29.10 a 2nd bird was trapped and ringed at Estanys de Jordà, Santa Pau, Girona (Jordi Feliu)
(8)On 25.10 at 14:30 hours, a bird was seen at La Graciosa Island, N of Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Ernesto Villodas Antón, Marian Guerrero). See thumbnails here
(9)On 25.10 too, a bird was trapped and ringed at Manecorro, Doñana National Park, Huelva (Blanca Pérez, José Luís Arroyo, Carlos Gutiérrez).See two thumbnails here

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Radde's Warbler* Phylloscopus schwarzi (1). FOURTH FOR SPAIN.
(1) One was trapped and ringed at Verdicio, Gozón, Asturies on 15.10 morning, around 11:00 h (Manuel Quintana Becerra(  ) 4 puntos ; Clemente Álvarez Usategui). A party of birders relocated it later, at 12:28 in the same area (perhaps the 1st relocation in Spain of a rare passerine  in the field?) (Daniel López Velasco, Pablo Fernández, Jorge Valella, Manuel Antonio Fernández).

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Siberian Chiffchaff* Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1)
(1) On 19.10 a bird was trapped and ringed at Budal Island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas (141) 2 punts).See two photos below (D.Bigas)

Red-breasted Flycatcher* Ficedula parva (1)
(1)An Euring 3  bird was trapped and ringed at Sa Dragonera island, Illes Balears on 19.10 ( by Eduardo Amengual)

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus (1)
(1) On 2.10 morning an adult was seen at a pond near El Pontón, Requena, Valencia (Rafael Muñoz Bastit, Rafael López Ochando, Oscar García Pova). On 7.10 the bird was seen again within a 5000 local Starling flock goint to roost at the same area (Rafael López).

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Twite* Carduelis flavirostris (1-2,3) SECOND TO FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1-2) On 16.10 afternoon and 17.10 morning, two were seen at Cabo Peñas, Asturies within a Skylark and finches flock and with the two Lapland Buntings reported in the area (César M. Álvarez Laó( ) 4 puntos, Manuel A.Fernández( ) 4 puntos, Pedro J.Menéndez, Elías García-Sánchez ( ) 4 puntos)
(3) On 20.10 a bird was seen at close range at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde( ) 4 puntos). Fourth for Spain.
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Common Rosefinch* Carpodacus erythrinus (1) First for the Canaries
(1) On 1.10 a juvenile bird was seen at Alegranza islet, N of Lanzarote, Las Palmas province, Canary Islands (Francisco Javier García Vargas). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

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Lapland Bunting* Calcarius lapponicus (1,2-3,4,5)
(1) A bird was found on 5.10 at Valdoviño sand-dunes, A Coruña, Galicia (Pablo Gutiérrez(11) 2 puntos)
(2-3) A male was at Cabo Peñes, Gozón, Asturies, on 15.10 (Luis Frechilla).See a thumbnail here. The bird was relocated on 16.10 (Elias García-Sánchez (  ) 1 punto, Pedro J.Menéndez, César A.Laó (  ) 1 punto) . On 17.10 another 2nd was found together with the previous bird (Elias G-Sánchez (  ) 2 puntos, Daniel López Velasco (  ) 2 puntos). The two were also seen by X.Gayol and J.M.Alonso Pumar.  One of the birds seen there remained in the area on 18.10 (Alberto Fernández-Palacio, Clemente Álvarez Usategui).A 1st winter was at cabu Peñes on 20.10 (Alfonso Rodrigo, Pedro Arratibel, David González Ortega).
(4)On 30.10 a bird was found at coastal meadows of E Asturies while watching an Upland Sandpiper there (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido)
(5) On 29.10 one was found at Cabo Ajo, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez)

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Little Bunting* Emberiza pusilla (1,2)
(1) On 16.10 a bird was seen at Arnao, Castropol, Asturies, only the 2nd-ever for the region (Pablo Fernández(138) 2 puntos)
(2) On 19.10 a 1st winter bird was trapped and ringed at Maresma de les Filipines, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Ferran López137 2 punts, Joan Castelló137 2 punts, J.Mateos). See a photo below (F.López) and a thumbnail here

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 puntos icons 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.

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Rarities reported so far this month

Latest highlights:

The Molins de Rei Pectoral Sandpiper as seen on 2.10 (two images above, R.Gutiérrez) and 30.9, when found (below, J.A.Calero)
A photographer obtained this image of a wader that turnet up to be a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper. It was on 1.10 at Marjal de Pego-Oliva (F.J.Llàcer)
One of the two Richard's Pipits found near Villadún, Castropol on 7.10 (Pablo Fernández)
The first Scarlet (Common) Rosefinch seen in the Canary Islands. And not in the easiest-to-reach!. The bird at Alegranza, on 1.10 (F.J.García Vargas)
The American Golden Plover of Playa de los Lances (Salvador de Diego Collantes). Will the current 'Tropical Storm' bring more holartic waders to the Straits area? Solution soon.
The Richard's Pipit found at meadows near Cabo Blanco, Valdepares, El Franco, Asturies on 8.10 (Pablo Fernández)
The Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Navia,Asturies as on 8.10 (Pablo Fernández)
One of the two Dowitchers at Embalse de Sabón on 9.10 (J.R.Gómez)
The Lesser Yellowlegs at Pontevedra as on 11.10 (A.Lomeña)
Two of the 45 White-rumped Sandpipers recorded in the Canary Islands: the birds at Tenerife, at Golf course and Los Silos pond (Beneharo Rodríguez)
On 13.10 these two Pale-bellied Brent Geese reached the Miño estuary, Pontevedra (César Vidal)
The Ring-necked from Fuerteventura. The same returning bird? Anyway, a classical place the last years: Catalina Garcia, at Fuerteventura (Javier Traín)
2nd 'timely' Yellow-Browed Warbler in Spain after European influx the previous weeks: a bird ringed in S Pontevedra on 15.10 (F.Docampo)
The 1st White-rumped Sandpiper of the Canarian influx to reach Gran Canaria island: Maspalomas bird (M.Avelino)
A tricky bird to see and to identify once it has been seen at close range: the juvenile Turtle Dove that was believed to be an Oriental Turtle Dove. See the special idenitifaction photopage
(Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Little Bunting ringed at Llobregat Delta, Barcelona, on 19.10, the 3rd for the area this year (Ferran López)
The Marabou at Extremadura on 7.10 (Toribio Álvarez)
The American Golden Plover seen at Master José Luis Rabuñal territory, the Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña, on 16.10 (Alfonso Rodrigo)
Another two Pale-bellied Brent Geese also at  Pontevedra but at Moaña on 16.10 (José Ramón Gómez)
The 2nd-ever Little Bunting for Asturies, the bird seen on 16.10 (Pablo Fernández)
The Pallas's Warbler at Ebre delta, trapped on 18.10, a day before a Siberian Chiffchaff was found in the same place (David Bigas)
Another rare Phyllosc: the Radde's Warbler ringed at Asturies this month (Photo: Clemente Álvarez)
The drake American Wigeon at Ria del Eo (Pablo Fernández)
30.10 will be a long-remembered day for some lucky birders in the NW that have found 3rd & 4th Spanish CHIMNEY SWIFTS. In the images, the Baiona bird (César Vidal)
The first Richard's Pipit found at Ebre delta's Tancada marshes as on 9.10 (David Bigas)
Ten days after the 1st Yellow-Browed Warbler in Spain, this bird was found well South, in the island of La Graciosa, N of Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Ernesto Villodas/Marian Guerrero)
The same day as the bird at Graciosa was seen, another Yellow-Browed Warbler in Spain, the 9th this month, was ringed at Doñana NP (J.L.Arroyo)
The Lapland Bunting seen on 15.10 at Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Luis Frechilla)
The Blue-Winged Teal from Tenerife as seen on 21.10 (Nereida Herrera)
The 3rd CHIMNEY SWIFT for Spain, the bird at Estaca de Bares (Pablo Gutiérrez)
The Mandarin Duck found at La Gomera, Canary Islands, on 29.10 (A.Hernández)

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