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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. See here rarities only for the Canary Islands also dealt by CR/SEO

Number of rarities this month Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n= 12 + 31 =43) + 2 Canary Islands
Cygnus cygnus Branta bernicla hrota  Anas discors
Anser brachyrhynchus Aix galericulata Aythya collaris
Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas americana Melanitta perspicillata
Branta canadensis Anas carolinensis Mergus albellus


Fregatta sp. Tringa flavipes Motacilla citreola
Bombycilla garrulus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Actitis macularius Tarsiger cyanurus
Platalea alba Stecorarius longicaudus Turdus naumanni naumanii
Phoenicopterus minor Larus atricilla Phylloscopus inornatus
Buteo rufinus Larus delawarensis  Phylloscopus fuscatus
Buteo lagopus Larus hyperboreus Ficedula parva
Falco biarmicus Apus affinis Carduelis flammea
Vanellus gregarius Chaetura pelagica Carpodacus erythrinus
Calidris fuscicollis Anthus richardi Calcarius lapponicus
Bartramia longicauda  Anthus godlewskii Emberiza pusilla


Aythya marila Larus melanocephalus
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers


Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus (1)
(1) An adult was found on 20.11 at Estuario del Eume, Pontedeume, A Coruña (David Martínez Lago; Luis J.Salaverri(174) 1 punto). Still there on 28.11 (J.M.Alonso Pumar, R.Hevia).

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus (1,2)
(1) The juvenile seen on 28.10 at La Nava lagoon, Palencia, was still there on 5.11 (Luis Mario Arce).On 24.11 there were 2 at the same place, an adult and a 1st winter (Enrique Gómez Crespo).

Pale-bellied Brent Goose* Branta bernicla hrota (1,2)
(1) On 13.11 there was one 1st winter at ría de Foz, Lugo (Francisco José Fernández, Luis. J. Salaverri(167) 2 puntos)
(2) A 2nd bird joined the (1) and a nominate bird at ría de Foz on 19.11 (Luis J.Salaverri(179) 2 puntos)

Canada Goose* Branta canadensis (1)
(1)The bird reported in September and considered to be a probable escape it was again at Embalse de Vilagudín, Ordes, A Coruña, on 19.11 (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1,2)
(1)On 24.11 an elusive and unringed adult female was found within a Mallard flock at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra (César Vidal(175) 2 puntos).
(2) A female was seen at Balsa de Tricio, La Rioja, behaving wild (Ignacio Gámez)

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1)
(1) One bird was seen during a few hours on 4.11 at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Marcel Gil). See a thumbnail here

American Wigeon* Anas americana(1)
(1) The drake arrived on 24.10 at Ria del Eo, Asturies/Lugo was still there on 11.11 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar)

Green-Winged Teal* Anas carolinensis (1,2)
(1) On 24.11, a drake has been seen for the 1st time this winter within a c.2500 Common Teal A.crecca flock , at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo176 (2 punts), Teresa Montràs176 (2 punts)). It was visible from from Bruel hide. 
(2) On 21-22.11 a male was found for the 1st time this winter at Ensenada de San Simón, Vilaboa, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gómez(177) 2 puntos). It was seen within a 2000 Wigeon A.penelope, 147 Pochard A.ferina and some Pintails A.acuta flock, being the only Teal around (unlike the Catalan record!).

Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors (1)
(1) The bird found on 21.10 at charca de El Fraile, Tenerife, Canary Islands remained there on 6.11 (Benito González) and 13.11 at the same place (Nereida Herrera, Benito González). On 27.11 remained at the same place (José Luis Arroyo, Luisa Mª Hernández).

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1-5,6,7,8,9)
(1-5) On 10.11 there were 5 drakes at Embalse das Forcadas, A Coruña, Galicia (Pablo Gutiérrez (160) 2 puntos)
(6)The 2nd for Catalonia was found on 12.11 at Estany d'en Turies, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (Alex Ollé, Pere Serrano; J.L.Copete162 (1 punt), F.Capdevila, J.Martí-Aledo162 (1 punt)).The female it was still present there on 13.11 (D.Roca, T.Portilla, J.Martí-Aledo).Still there on 14.11 (M.Jiménez, T.Montràs, J.Martí-Aledo).See a thumbnail here from 13.11 (Pere Serrano) and 15.11 (R.Servitge, Moisés Moreno).Seen again at the same lagoon on 22.11 (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Alex Ollé, Sergi Sales, Ricard Gutiérrez) and 23.11 (J.Martí-Aledo, R.Gutiérrez).
(7)On 13.11 a drake was found at Selga de Ordás reservoir, León, a place where the species has been seen in the last four years in-a-row. See a thumbnail here (Carlos Zumalacárregui)
(8)A female, different from one seen previously, was seen from 14-19.11 at Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde(171) 2 puntos).
(9) A female was found within a 105 Pochards group at Ensenada de San Simón, Vilaboa, Pontevedra (José Ramón Gómez(190) 2 puntos, Ana Isabel Pérez). See a thumbnail here

Surf Scoter* Melanitta perspicillata (1)
(1) On 18.11 a female/1w was seen at Ria de A Coruña, the 3rd-ever for the site (Amadeo A.Pombo/Grupo Naturalista Hábitat). Seen again on 19.11 from Santa Cristina beach, Oleiros (Atocha Ramos, Cosme Damian Romai(180) 1 punto) and 20.11 (Xurxo Pinheiro) . See thumbnails here (Amadeo Pombo). Still at the same area on 28.11 (J.M.Alonso Pumar, R.Hevia; D.González).

Smew* Mergus albellus (1,2)
(1) On 21.11 evening, a female was seen at Embalse de Las Cañas, Biana, Nafarroa/Navarra (Javier Nalda). It was not seen the following day. It is the 2nd for Navarra after a 1985 unsubmitted record.
(2) On 30.11, a female/1w was located at an irrigation pond at Pedret, Alt Empordà, Girona,just in the limits of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP (Alex Ollé188 (2 punts)). It was seen later by some other observers (P.Feliu; T.Montràs, J.Martí-Aledo; R.Gutiérrez, A.Broncca).


Frigatebird sp. Fregata sp. (1,2)
(1) On 9.11 a bird was seen at Hondarribia, Txingudii, Gipuzkoa (comment to Mikel Etxaniz). The author is not an skilled observer but the bird was seen at close distance c.3 m while the fishermen called the bird in euskera language 'Dakareko txoria' meaning 'bird like those off Dakar' to remind those they see off Senegal. Interestingly, on 31.10 a bird had been seen within a Larus fuscus & L.michahellis flock at Dunas de San Jacinto Nature Reserve, Aveiro, Portugal.And even more interestingly, on 7.11 a Magnificient Frigatebird F.magnificens was found near Whitchurch, UK, and was brought to Chester Zoo, Cheshire where died later (c.f. Netfugl) .Read more of the UK bird in Chester Zoo page (See a photo from Dr.Mark Eaton in Surfbirds website of that bird here).Gorka Gorospe, from the CR/SEO, has talked with the observer and after that, it is definitely very clear that the Frigatebird was indeed a male despite its specific id remains a bit more complex issue to fix.
(2) Another bird, adult male, was seen from the harbour of La Restinga, El Hierro, Canary Islands on 12.11, so it was different from the above bird (Sylvia and Geoffrey Jackson). There are some (poor) images that point towards Magnificient Frigatebird.

Western Reef Heron x Little Egret hybrid* Egretta gularis x garzetta(1,2)
(1) The hybrid gularis x garzetta from Ebre Delta was seen again near Tancada lagoon on 6.11 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo below (R.Gutiérrez), and note the same ground colour as in Grey Heron A.cinerea (matching immature gularis) but bill shape typical of garzetta plus rounded front. Feet were yellow and wing showed white tertials and alula feathers, besides the base of primaries.  This bird has remained in the area for more than a year now.

Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 6.11.2005

(2)From 10-20.11 at least, a bird (see a photo below) that could have been the same observerd in l'Albufera in march 2005, was present at Sueca ricefields, l'Albufera de València, Valencia (Bosco Dies)

Photo above: Bosco Díes. 20.11.2005

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African Spoonbill* Platalea alba (1)
(1) On 21.11 a bird was found at Embalse de los Canchales, Mérida, Badajoz (Juan Antonio García Jiménez). It was with two Eurasian Spoonbills (P.leucorodia) and behaved wild. It was unringed. See a thumbnail here

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1-3)
(1-3) The three adults reported in September at Punta de la Banya, delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, Spain, were relocated again at the same place, within a flock of over 5400 Greater Flamingos P.roseus on 2.11 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Ferran Blanch).

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2,3)
(1-2) Gibraltar sightings. The birds reported in the rock since September 2005 were still present altogether at least until 30.10 (K.Bensusan/GONHS). On 2.11 one was seen (E.F.J.Garcia/GONHS and on 9.11 the juvenile bird was still around (Keith Bensusan/GONHS). At the GONHS website there is a photo of the bird.The Gibraltar bird was still there on 12.11 (E.F.J.Garcia)
(2) A 1st winter was found on 12.11 at La Janda, Cádiz (Ernest F.J.Garcia) See a thumbnail here.
(3) On 22.11 there was one at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València, València (José Luís Terrasa, J.I.Dies).

Rough-legged Buzzard* Buteo lagopus(1)
(1) On 3.11 a bird was seen at Entremuros, Aznalcázar, Sevilla (John Butler, Hannu Allonen)

Lanner* Falco biarmicus (1)
(1)One juvenile/1w was seen over S'Albufera de Mallorca flying North on 3.11 (Nick Riddiford)

Sociable Lapwing* Vanellus gregarius (1,2,3)
(1) The bird found on 23.10 at the estany d'Ivars area, el Pla d'Urgell, Lleida was seen again on 1.11 (C.A.Usategui) and 2.11 (Moisés Moreno, Ramon Servitje)
(2) On 2.11, another 1st winter bird was found at estany del Cortalet, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo158 (2 punts) & Teresa Montràs 158 (2 punts)). It was still there on 3.11 (J.Martí-Aledo).See a photo below from 2.11 (Alex Ollé)

(3) A bird was found at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca, Illes Balears on 19.11 (Jaume Adrover). It was within a Lapwing and Golden Plover flock. 


White-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis (2)
(1-2) The two birds featured last month at charca de Maspalomas (numbered 41-42 in the october 2005 news page), San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria remained there on 5.11 (Miguel Avelino) and 12.11 as well (M.Avelino)Still present on 19.11 (M.Avelino)

Upland Sandpiper* Bartramia longicauda (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) The bird found on 30.10 at Punta de la Romanela, Asturies, was still there on 1.11, when it was photographed in flight (Jorge Valella, Manuel A. Fernández, Pablo y José Guerra, Pablo Pita, Xurde Gayol, J.Antonio García, Alfonso Rodrigo, Adolfo Villaverde, Daniel López Velasco). Still there on 2.11 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar; Luis Mario Arce).See two photos below (José Ardaiz, José Guerra). Seen again on 5.11 (Gorka Ocio, J.Valella, L.J.Salaverri, J.M.Alonso Pumar, D.López Velasco)

Photo above: José Ardaiz.1.11.2005

Photo above: José Guerra. 1.11.2005

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes (1,2)
(1) The juvenile moulting to 1st winter found on 30.09 at marisma de Ramallosa, Nigrán/Baiona, Pontevedra, remained in the area on 1.11 (César Vidal)
(2) On 2-3.11 one bird was found at Salinas de los Cototeros, Guatiza, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Juan Sagardia, Francisco Javier García). See a photo below

Photo above: Juan Sagardia. 3.11.2005

Spotted Sandpiper * Actitis macularius (1)
(1)The juvenile found on 3-9.10 at ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña was still at the same area on 1.11 (Cosme Damian Romai). This bird remained at the same spot on 17.11, feeding on sea invertebrates (Ricardo Hevia, Clemente Álvarez)

Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus (1-2)
(1) One dark 1st year and an adult bird were seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña on 13.11 (Antonio Sandoval (124) 2 puntos)

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1,2-3,4,5,6,7)
(1) An adult was found at Cariño beach, A Coruña, on 12.11 (Ricardo Hevia). Another adult was seen at Valdoviño lake, A Coruña, on 13.11 (Pablo Gutiérrez(165) 1 punto). Later on the day it was seen again by the 12.11 author and colleagues (R.Hevia, J.M.Alonso Pumar). R.Hevia, according to plumage features, concluded that it was the same bird seen the day before at Cariño that was not there on 13.11. Later on the day was seen again (L.J.Salaverri)
(2-3) A 1st winter was seen flying between Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo, La Laguna, Tenerife, on 2-3. Another different, according to available videocaptures was seen at the same place on 15.11 (Alejandro Betoret)
(4)An adult was found at El Musel harbour, Gijon, Asturies, on 19.11 (Daniel López Velasco(169) 2 puntos)
(5) Later, a 1st winter was found at El Musel harbour, Gijon, Asturies, the same 19.11 (Daniel López Velasco(170) 2 puntos). Perhaps the same bird (to be checked) ws seen on 20.11 at Tresona reservoir, Avilés, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco, Pablo Fernández). See a thumbnail of each here.Seen still at Tresona on 22.11 (César Álvarez Laó)
(6)On 27.11 a 1st winter was found at Parque Isabel la Católoca, Gijon, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco(170) 2 puntos, Clemente Álvarez Usategui(170) 2 puntos). It was very different from the Trasona bird mentioned above (quoted '5') as it was very small, and with newer plumage.  The bird moved later to San Lorenzo beach, Gijón, where photographed (see a thumbnail here)
(7) While photographing bird (6) a 2nd winter was located at San Lorenzo beach. The bird was aged as 2nd winter according to adult-like plumage but retaining rests of subterminal band, some brown greater coverts amongst other features(see a thumbnail here) (Daniel López Velasco(170) 2 puntos, Clemente Álvarez Usategui(170) 2 puntos).

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1,2,3)
(1) On 19.11, one adult was reported from Vilagudin reservoir, Ordes, A Coruña (Xurxo PInheiro).
(2)A 1w was seen at Bengoa marshes, Santoña, Cantabria, on 28.11 (Cristina García Guerra, Alfonso Rodrigo)
(3) On 27.11 a 1w was seen at playa de Tapia, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(182) 2 puntos)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) On 5.11 one 1st winter was found at San Andrés reservoir, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco(1) 2 puntos;Jorge Valella(1) 2 puntos, Gorka Ocio). See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo above: Daniel López Velasco. 5.11.2005

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Little Swift * Apus affinis (1-5;6-9)
(1-5) On 3.11 a group of five birds were seen feeding high over the Bolonia roman ruins, near Punta Camarinal (Martin Coates)
(6-9)On 17.11 there were four birds at Guadalquivir river mouth, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana)

Chimney Swift * Chaetura pelagica (1-5,6-7,8) SEVENTH-TWELVE FOR SPAIN

Following 2 birds at Galicia on 30.10 and 2 more at Tenerife the same day, November begins with a flock of five birds in Lanzarote, boosting the previous score of only two birds in the Spanish list to current count of eleven.

(1-5) On 30.10 five birds were seen flying over Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.Javier García). Two at least remained on 1.11 (FJ García, J.Sagardia) when they were photographed (J.Sagardia). See a photo below and thumbnails here

Photo above: Juan Sagardia. 1.11.2005
(6-7) The two birds reporterd in the october page at Playa Jardín, near Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, were seen also on 31.10 (M.Braun, E.García del Rey) and 1.11.2005 (M.Braun). They were flying deep because of the cloudy and partly rainy weather. On 2.11 the weather became fine and they dissappeared (Michael Braun). See four thumbnails here
(8) Unreported previously bird. On 1.11 a bird was seen at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura (Dr.Hannes Langbehn)

Richard's Pipit* Anthus richardi (1,2,3-5,6,7-10,11-16,17,18-22,23-24,25,26,27,28,29)
(1) On 1.11 morning, a bird was seen at Vilanova i la Geltrú beach, Barcelona (Carles Carboneras).
(2) On 2.11 a bird was seen at Punta de la Romanela, Asturies (José Miguel Alonso Pumar; Luis Mario Arce)
(3-5)On 5.11, the three birds present at erms de la Tancada, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona were relocated at dusk (Ricard Gutiérrez). On 6.11 one was well visible at the same place (Ricard Gutiérrez)
(6) On 5.11 there was one at Luces, Colunga, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde(1) 2 puntos)
(7-10) The three birds reported so fat at Cabo Peñes, Asturies, during october were four in total on 10.11 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui(161) 2 puntos). See a photo of one of the birds (Daniel López Velasco).One was still there on 26.11 (Luis Frechilla)
(11-16) There were six birds on 11.11 at Viodo, near cabo Peñes, Asturies, where some had been seen three weeks before (César A.Laó (161) 2 puntos)
(17) There was one near Estany d'en Turies, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 15.11 (Moisés Moreno)
(18-22) Five were seen at Nemiña beach, Muxia, A Coruña on 19.11 (José Ramón Gómez(172) 2 puntos)
(23-24) On 19.11, two were seen at cabo Touriñán, Muxia, A Coruña (José Ramón Gómez(173) 2 puntos)
(25)At Langre, Cantabria, one was seen at coastal meadows on 23.11 (Alejandro G.Herrera)
(26) Another was seen the same 23.11 at playa de los Caballos, Cantabria (Alejandro G.Herrera).
(27) A bird was found at Bareyo, Cantabria, on 22.11 (Karmelo de Dios, Javier Cañadas).
(28)A new bird was found on 15.11 at Punta Segareo, Gozón, Asturies (Jorge Valella(183) 2 puntos). This bird was not photographed.
(29) On 20.11 a bird was seen at Cabo Busto, Valdés, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(188) 1 punto) in a place where the previous week two had been reported (Jaime Galguera)
(30) On 26.11 a bird was found at at coastal meadows of Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(184) 2 puntos) near to the place where the Blyth's Pipit was found
(31-34) On 27.11 four more birds were found at coastal meadows of Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(185) 2 puntos, Daniel López Velasco(185) 2 puntos, Clemente Álvarez Usategui(185) 2 puntos

BLYTH'S PIPIT* Anthus godlewskii (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) On 26.11, a bird was seen at close range and photographed at coastal meadows of Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández(186) 6 puntos). In the same area there were 35 Meadow Pipits A.pratensis and 5 Richard's Pipits A.richardi to compare with. See a photo below (P.Fernández). Seen later the same day (P.Fernández, Gilberto S.Jardón) and on 27.11 (P.Fernández, D.López Velasco, Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

Citrine Wagtail* Motacilla citreola (1)
(1)From 20-24.11 a 1st winter was seen at Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.Javier García, Juan Sagardia). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (J.Sagardia)

Photo above: J.Sagardia . 20.11.2005

Bohemian Waxwing* Bombycilla garrulus (1-2,3-4).
(1-2) Following November 2004 records, the firsts in the last 30 years more or less, two birds were recorded on 25.11 at Robledal de Orgi, a woodland at Lisazo, Ultzama valley, Nafarroa/Navarra (Eduardo González Pérez). Despite intensive search the following day (G.Gorospe et al) they were not relocated. This is the 2nd record for Navarra and it coincides with an important arrival of scarce wintering birds such as Redwing, Hawfinch, Siskin, Fiedlfare and Brambling, perhaps forced to move S of Europe due to bad weather conditions further north.
(3-4) On 29.11 afternoon, two birds were seen at close range on fruit trees at Ribota de Ordunte, Valle de Mena, Burgos (Iñigo Zuberogoitia)

Red-flanked Bluetail* Tarsiger cyanurus (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) A 1w male (bluish lesser coverts) bird was found on 16.11 at El Saler recovery center, L'Albufera de València, Valencia (Toni Alcocer; David Almenar J.I.Dies, B.Dies, Toni Castelló). Still around on 17.11, when seen by c.10 people. See three photos below. It's the 2nd for SPAIN after a 1st winter or female trapped and ringed at Llobregat Delta on 17.11.1998 (note the coincidence on dates!!).t was still at the same place on 18-20.11 (J.I.Dies) becoming the 1st twitchtable of its kind in Spain.The bird was trapped and ringed on 20.11 (Toni Polo,P.Angel del Baño/Grup d'Anellament Llebeig-SVO; Toni Alcocer and 20 observers more). See four thumbnails here. The bird was still in the area on 22.11 (J.Ignacio Díes)

Photo above: Toni Alcocer . 16.11.2005

Photo above: Toni Alcocer . 16.11.2005

Photo above: J.Ignacio Dies. 17.11.2005

NAUMANN'S THRUSH* Turdus [naumanni] naumanni (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) On 23.11 evening, at dusk, a 1w female of this species was trapped and ringed at Buda Island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas178 (SIX POINTS)). The 1st for Spain. The bird, with the rest of c.40 other passerines captured in the last visit to the nets, was kept until the next morning. This allowed some observers to travel overnight (some over 300 km) to twitch this 1st for the country (D.Bigas; Julia Piccardo; Yolanda Bel; Sisco Vidal, Laura Fortuño; Iago Brugnoli; Marc Pérez; Joan Ferré; Iben Hove Sorensen, Cristian Jensen; José Luís Copete, Rafael Armada, Ferran López, Albert Cama; Ricard Gutiérrez; Mariano Cebolla; Sergi Sales; Oriol Clarabuch, Toni Alonso, Daniel Roca, Maria Llorer, Lluís Estrada; Joan Castelló; Gabriel de Jesús). On 24.11 it was released at the same place (D.Bigas, M.Cebolla, R.Gutiérrez). It was last contacted while heard calling about 10 AM in the Buda island river forest (David Bigas, Ricard Gutiérrez).See a special photopage here.

Yellow-browed Warbler* Phylloscopus inornatus (1,2,3,4,5)
(1)On 2.11 a bird was seen at Racó de l'Olla, L'Albufera de València, València (José Luis Terrasa; Bosco Dies, Toni Alcocer). Perhaps the same bird above or another was seen on 8-10.11 at c.300 meters distance from the '1st bird' (J.I.Dies & J.L.Terrasa)Seen again and for the last time on 15.11 (Toni Alcocer, Miguel Angel Monsalve, David Almenar, Toni López, Toni Castelló).
(2) A 1st winter was trapped and ringed at Canal Vell, PN Delta de l'Ebre, on 13.11 (Oriol Baltà, David Bigas163 (2 punts), Julia Piccardo, Albert Roca, Núria Rodríguez, Sergi Sales163 (2 punts)). See a photo just below (O.Baltà)

Photo above: Oriol Baltà. 13.11.2005

(3) A bird was found, much to the surprise of the observer, INSIDE the Carrefour hypermarket at Los Barrios, Algeciras, Cádiz on 14.11 whilst shopping. Luckily it was photographed. (Ernest F.J.Garcia). I was there on 15.11 (Mario Mosquera) On 15.11 given the presence of the species and the interest of some observers, the hypermarket authorities asked some ringers to trap the bird and release it into the wild, as it had been present in the store for some days. It was trapped with a mist-net on 15.11 showing a muscle score of 1 and a fat score of 2 (Miguel González, Fernando; Manuel Lobón, Antonio Cavas). See thumbnails here and a photo below

Photo above: The most amazing 'rare bird habitat'-ever? At least in Spain this might be it so! (Ernest F.J.Garcia. 14.11.2005)

(4) On 16.11 a bird was caught at Sant Fost de Campcentelles, Barcelona while ringing Siskins C.spinus  (Sebastian Fanlo, Ernesto García; Toni Alonso, (Dani Roca)See a thumbnail here
(5) A bird was found at Paradise Island hotel gardens, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. It was seen from 13-18.11 (Axel Smets)

Dusky Warbler* Phylloscopus fuscatus (1) FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1) On 19.11, a 1w was trapped and ringed at Buda Island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas168 (4 punts)), the fourth for Spain. See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo above: David Bigas. 19.11.2005

Red-breasted/Taiga Flycatcher* Ficedula parva/albicilla (1)
(1) A 1st winter bird was seen at Morro Jable gardens area, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands on 6.11 (Gustavo Peña Tejera). See a photo below (G.Peña). We're waiting for higher resolution images to tell both species apart.

Common Redpoll* Carduelis flammea (1)
(1) On 11.11 morning, a bird was seen at close distance while within a flock of c.80 Siskins C.spinus at Málaga airport, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina). The THIRD FOR SPAIN if accepted. 

Common Rosefinch* Carpodacus erythrinus (1,2)
(1)A probable male was seen within a finch flock in fields near the Font del Desmai and Vic industrial estate, at Turó de Puigseslloses, Vic, Barcelona on 26.11 (Carme Jurado, Emili Casals)
(2)On 26.11, a 1w was seen at close range at Els Salats i Muntanyans, Torredembarra, Tarragona (Sergi Sales187 (2 punts))

Lapland Bunting* Calcarius lapponicus (1)
(1) On 5.11 there was one at Luces, Colunga, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde(1) 2 puntos)

Little Bunting* Emberiza pusilla (1)
(1)On 27.11 a bird was reported from Cicero, Santoña, Cantabria (Ernesto y Jesús María Portilla)


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here. Send putative records to Juan Antonio Lorenzo at 
** check out national-wide rarities also seen in the Canary islands within the main section text, written in violet colour rather than black and marked with a dot.

Scaup* Aythya marila (1,2-3)
(1) A rather dubious female was seen at Aldea Blanca village, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria (Miguel Avelino)
(2-3) There were 2 at Salinas de Janubio, Lanzarote, on 24-25.11 (F.Javier García Vargas, Juan Sagardia). See a photo below (J.Sagardia)

Photo above: J.Sagardia . 25.11.2005

Mediterranean Gull* Larus melanocephalus(1-2)
(1-2) Two 1st winters were seen at Arrecife, Lanzarote, from 22-24.11 (F.Javier García Vargas, Juan Sagardia)

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.

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
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Latest highlights:

Two images above of the Lesser Flamingos (P.minor) that are at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona since late July 2005 (Ricard Gutiérrez).
The Egyptian Goose seen for a number of hours at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona on 4.11 (Marcel Gil)
On 1.11 the Spotted Sandpiper was still at Ortigueira area, Galicia (C.D.Romai) 
The Upland Sandpiper at Asturies, the first to be accepted in mainland Spain as on 1.11 (Daniel López Velasco)
First Glaucous Gull this winter: 5.11 at San Andrés reservoir, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco)
The Lesser Yellowlegs seen in Lanzarote in early November (Juan Sagardia)
Two more images of the Lanzarote Chimney Swifts, taken on 1.11 by Juan Sagardia.
Four images of one of the birds seen at Playa Jardín, Tenerife, from 30.10-1.11.2005. This island registered these two Chimney Swifts that also reached other Canary Islands and Galicia as well (Michael Braun)
A month after one record in mainland Spain, now a Red-breasted Flycatcher timely appears at the Canary Islands: the Fuerteventura bird on 6.11 (Gustavo Peña)
Above five photos: the 'Carrefour' Yellow-Browed Warbler, 1st-ever indoor alive siberian vagrant. 1st 'its habitat', where found on 14.11 (E.F.J.García), 2nd-3rd, the bird feeding on grapes and fruits (E.F.J.Garcia). 4th. The trapping and ringing on 15.11 (Miguel González) and 5th its recovery and release out of the market, giving the bird a chance to live! (M.González)
For its fourth consecutive year, the Ring-necked Duck appears at León, at Selga de Ordaz reservoir. In 2005, this drake was seen on 13.11 (Carlos Zumalacárregui)
It may be frequent in the NW but this female is only the 2nd-ever seen in Catalonia: the Aiguamolls Ring-necked Duck as on 13.11, above, and 12.11 (with a Tufted Duck),below (Pere Serrano i Alex Ollé)
Bird of the year in the Mediterranean basin of Spain: the Valencia Red-flanked Bluetail, the second for Spain, arrived exactly seven years after the 1st, c.300 km north of this one (Toni Alcocer)
The Yellow-Browed Warbler trapped at Ebre delta this month (Oriol Baltà)
The 2nd Yellow-Browed Warbler trapped in Catalonia this month: the bird from Sant Fost de Campcentelles (Ernesto García)
The 4th Dusky Warbler for Spain, trapped at Ebre Delta, Tarragona on 18.11 (David Bigas)
The Valencia Red-flanked Bluetail, the second for Spain,was trapped and ringed on 20.11. Its capture arised an intense debate on the convenience or not of this particular trapping (Toni Polo Aparisi)
The first and 2nd Laughing Gulls for Asturies (otherwise, the rare gull 'mecca' in Spain), both found on 19.11 by the same author (D.López Velasco)
The Surf Scoter from A Coruña (Amadeo Pombo)
Bird of the year 2005 (for the moment?): NAUMANN'S THRUSH, 1st for SPAIN. See the special photopage (click on the bird)
The two new atricilla, 3rd and 4th for Asturies, found both on 27.11 (Daniel López Velasco)
The Long-legged Buzzard at La Janda, as on 12.11 (Ernest F.J.Garcia)
The increase of observations in the Canary Islands continue demonstrating how eastern vagrants do reach the islands a while after passing through the iberian peninsula. This might be the case of this 1w Citrine Wagtail seen at Lanzarote in late November (J.Sagardia)
The Extremadura African Spoonbill seen on 21.11 (J.A.García Jiménez)
2nd 1st for the country this month! Asturies 'strikes back' with this magnificent Blyth's Pipit, a long-awaited and sought-after first, seen at Tapia on 26.11 (Pablo Fernández). What a month!!
A female Ring-necked Duck, the last finding in November, at Galicia (J.R.Gómez)

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