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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. Changes in application to the rarity list from January 2006. New rarities include Sylvia curruca, Crex crex and others. Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included in 2006.

Number of rarities this month Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Species index (n= 11+ 20 = 31) + 6 Canary Islands
Anser fabalis Aix galericulata Anas discors
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas americana Aythya collaris
Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas carolinensis Aythya affinis
Branta canadensis Anas rubripes


Egretta gularis Actitis macularius Larus cachinnans x michahellis
Phoenicopterus minor Larus atricilla Motacilla citreola
Buteo rufinus Larus pipixcan Mimus polyglottos
Porphyrio alleni Larus glaucoides Tarsiger cyanurus
Tringa flavipes Larus hyperboreus Sylvia curruca
Xenus cinereus Larus smithsonianus Sturnus roseus
Larus cachinnans Emberiza leucocephalos


Branta bernicla Ciconia nigra Larus audouinii
Tadorna tadorna Larus melanocephalus Fringilla montifringilla
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers


Bean Goose* Anser fabalis (1)
Species within the Spanish rarity list since 1.1.2006
(1) On 7.1 a rossicus bird was seen at Doñana National Park, Huelva/Sevilla (Paco Chiclana)

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus (1)
(1) On 3.1 a bird was still present at  Laguna de la Nava, Palencia (Delfín González)

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1-3)
(1-3) On 15.1, while counting wintering wildfowl at Ría de Nalón, Asturies, three geese were detected (Emilio José García Fernández)

Canada Goose* Branta canadensis (1,2)
(1)The bird reported in September 2005 and considered to be a probable escape it was again at Embalse de Vilagudín, Ordes, A Coruña, on 7.1 (Cristina G.Guerra, Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela, Alfonso Rodrigo). See a thumbnail here (Alfonso Rodrigo)
(2)On 3.1 a bird was seen within a large Greylag Goose flock at Lucio del Lobo, PN Doñana (Toni Alcocer, Isabel Bischoping)

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1-3,4,5-8,9-10)
(1-3) On 1.1 two drakes and a female were seen at Embalse de Cubillas, Granada (Julio Luzón, Mercedes García). On 5.1 only a drake remained (Juan Pérez-Contreras, Beatriz Pérez Machado). See a thumbnail of the 5.1 drake here (J.Pérez-Contreras)
(4) On 5.1 there was a drake at Graugés lake, Avià, Barcelona (Pere Aymerich). This bird might be present there at least since 9.10.2005.
(5-8)There were 3 males and a female at Pilotuertu reservoir, Tinéu, Asturies on 16.1 (Luis Manuel Alonso Cuetos)
(9-10) Two drakes were found at Rio Grande and Guadalhorce junction, at Málaga, on 17.1 (Todor Iliev Todorov). See a photo below (T.I.Todorov).

Photo above: T.I.Todorov. 17.1.2006

American Wigeon* Anas americana(1,2)
(1) The drake arrived on 24.10 at Ria del Eo, Asturies/Lugo was still there on 13.11 (Paco Chiclana, Jesús Martín) and 14.1 (L.Mario Arce, E.García-Sánchez)
(2)On 29.1 a bird was seen at Cospeito lagoon, Lugo where it had been presumably present for a number of days before (Miguel Rouco).See two thumbnails here

Green-Winged Teal* Anas carolinensis (1,2,3)
(1) The drake found on 24.11 at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona was seen again on 19.1 (Miguel Rouco).See a thumbnail here
(2)The drake found on 27-28.12 at Vilagudín reservoir, A Coruña was seen again on 6.1 (S.Paz, C.D.Romai) and 7.1 (Cristina G.Guerra, Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela, Alfonso Rodrigo)
(3) One drake was found at Tenerife island, Canaries, at Valle Molina reservoir on 21.1 (Tony Clarke)

American Black Duck* Anas rubripes (1)
(1) A long staying individual at Ría de Foz, coming from 2005, was still at the same place on 14.1 (Jesús Martín, José Miguel Alonso Pumar, Ricardo Hevia, Paco Chiclana)

Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors (1,2)
(1) The bird found on 17.12 at charca de Maspalonas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands remained there on 7.1 (Miguel Avelino). See a thumbnail here and on 12-14.1 (Miguel Avelino, Juan Luis Muño) to 21.1 (M.Avelino, I.Figueroa).Not seen on 28.1 (M.Avelino)
(2)A drake appeared at the same pond of Maspalomas on 28.1 (Miguel Avelino, José Gracia Monzón, Santiago Sanches Cabrera).See a thumbnail here 

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1,2,3,4,5)
(1)On 1.1, an adult drake was found at Selga de Ordás reservoir, León, where the species has overwintered in previous seasons (Carlos Zumalacárregui). See a photo below

Photo above: C.Zumalacárrregui. 1.1.2006

(2) On 7.1 an adult drake was seen at Leiva reservoir, La Rioja (Sebastian Lara, José Féliz Arenzana, Javier Robres) that remained in the same area on 8.1 (Oscar Gutiérrez) and on 16.1 (David González Ortega). See a thumbnail here (D.González).
(3) On 10.1 the adult female that had been seen during the last month at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona,  was relocated during the wildfowl count at Bruel hide of estany de la Massona (R.Gutiérrez, S.Sales, A.Ollé, J.Martí-Aledo, P.Feliu, O.Clarabuch). See a thumbnail here (Alex Ollé)
(4)  At Fuerteventura, a drake found on 30.12 was present at Catalina Garcia pond on 2.1 (Roger Riddington).
(5) On 14.1 there was a female at Embalse das Forcadas, Valdoviño, A Coruña (Amadeo A.Pombo, Mariana Roura).

Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis (1)
(1)A female was found on 30.12 and was present at Catalina Garcia pond, Fuerteventura,Canary Islands, on 2.1 (Roger Riddington).


Western Reef Heron* Egretta gularis (1) and hybrids E.gularis x garzetta (2,3)
(1) One was seen at Salina de San José del Palmar, Puerto Real, Cádiz on 11.1 (Rafael García Costales). This bird is apparently a long-stayer in the area having been there for two years.See three thumbnails here (R.García Costales)
(2) The overwintering bird at Albufera de València was seen again on 17.1 (Bosco Díes). See a photo below (B.Dies)

Photo above: B.Dies. 17.1.2006
(3)A new hybrid, different from the resident one at La Tancada, smaller and differently patterned, was found at Sillero ricefields, PN Delta de l'Ebre, on 27.1 (David Bigas). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.The bil was dark and the pale base is due to a mud-coverage, partially washed in the tip (D.Bigas

Photo above: D.Bigas.27.1.2006

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1)
(1) On 19.1 a bird was seen at La Rocina, El Rocío, Doñana National Park, Huelva in the middle of a Greater Flamingo flock (Javier Salcedo)

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1,2-3,4)
(1)  On 8.1 a bird was seen at Osuna area, Sevilla, perhaps the same seen already in the same area during December (Javier Alba, Moisés Peregrina, Samuel Peregrina)
(2-3) On 23.1, at least one 1w, probably two, were seen at Tancada lagoon area, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (J.A.Calero, David Bigas). See a photo below (J.A.Calero).
(4) One was at Gibraltar on 17.1 (communicated by Ernest F.J.Garcia/GONHS)

Photo above: J.A.Calero. 23.1.2006

Allen's Gallinule* Porphyrio alleni (1)
(1) On 1.1 a juvenile bird was recovered exhaust at Calahonda, Motril, Granada. It was recovered by rangers of the Agencia del Medio Ambiente (Santiago Valverde, Mari Ángeles Cortés) and brought to the Recovery Center of Consejería de Medio Ambiente -CREA- (communication by José Miguel Marín). See a photo below and thumbnails here (Mari Ángeles Cortés). Other sources talk of the bird reaching the area on 31.12 (com. pers. E.F.J.Garcia).The bird has not recovered well since has a broken muscle in the wing so it will be brought to the Jerez Zoo where it will remain forever more (communication by José Miguel Marín).

Photo above: M.Angeles Cortés. 1.1.2006

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) One bird was found at La Llanada ricefields, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 19.1, while doing the January Wildfowl count at the area. Not seen the following day (David Bigas et al/ PN Delta de l'Ebre)

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) On 13.1 a bird was seen at Guadalete river, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafael García). 

Spotted Sandpiper* Actitis macularius (1,2,3)
(1) On 1.1, a 1w was seen at Corralejo beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Joan Estrada). See two thumbnails here
(2) On 12.1 a bird in winter plumage was found displaying (!) with a Common Sandpiper A.hypoleucos at Salinas de Janubio beach, Lanzarote (Kari Karhu, Seppo Aspelund). Still there on 13.1 (F.J.García Vargas, J.Sagardia) and 16.1 (Vittorio Pedrocchi). See an interesting flight shot below and two thumbnails here (J.Sagardía).Still there on 20.1 (F.J.García Vargas)

Photo above: J.Sagardía 13.1.2006

(3)The bird at Ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña, first seen on 3.10.2005, was still there on 14.1 (Jesús Martín, José Miguel Alonso Pumar, Ricardo Hevia, Paco Chiclana). Now this bird is showing 14-15 small spots in the vent area with two larger ones in the left pectoral area (J.M.Alonso Pumar)See a thumbnail here  (Jesús Martín)

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1,2-3,4,5,6,7)
(1) The 1w found on 25-26.12.2005 at Vilagudín reservoir, Ordes, A Coruña was still present at the area on 6.1 (S.Paz, C.D. Romail) and 7.1 (Cristina G.Guerra, Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela, Alfonso Rodrigo) See a photo below (Alfonso Rodrigo)

Photo above: A.Rodrigo. 7.1.2006
(2-3)There were 2 (a 2nd winter and a 1w) at Fuengirola harbour, Málaga, on 15.1 (Salvador Solís). The 2nd winter was seen again on 16.1 evening (Andy Paterson) and the 1w around 16.1 midday (Andrés Serrano). One of the birds remained on 17.1 (Blas López). See a photo below from 17.1 (T.I.Todorov). The 2nd winter was seen again on 20.1 (Paco Villalobos, Andy Paterson) but the 1w was not seen anymore since 16.1. On 21.1 it was photographed again (Samuel Peregrina; Angel García López) (compare the bird with the Franklin's below...)See a thumbnail here (A.García).The 1w not seen since 15.1 was relocated on 24.1 at Acacias beach, Pedregalejo, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina)

Photo above: T.I.Todorov. 17.1.2006

Photo above: S.Peregrina. 21.1.2006

(4) The bird featured previously at Santurtzi,  was reported from the harbour on 21.1 (L.Mario Arce) and 29.1 (R.Rodríguez, X.Remirez, J.Hormaechea, C.Urruela, G.Ocio).Still on 31.10 (G.Ocio, J.Hidalgo, M.Olondo)
(5)At Santurtzi, Bizkaia, an adult winter was seen on 29.1 (X.Remirez, J.Hormaechea, R.Rodríguez, G.Ocio, C.Urruela).See two thumbnails here
(6) An adult was found at ría do Burgo, A Coruña, on 24.1 (Antonio Sandoval). See a thumbnail here
(7) A 1st winter was found at the same place, ria do Burgo, on 27.1 (Amadeo A. Pombo Eirín)See more photos of this bird here

Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan (1,2)
(1) One 1w was seen on 20.1 afternoon at Cambrils harbour, Tarragona, within a Mediterranean Gull flock (Albert Cama, Joan Ferré, Rafael Armada). Not relocated anymore. See  two thumbnails here (A.Cama, R.Armada)
(2) Another 1w was seen at Santurtzi harbour, Bizkaia on 20.1 too (Alberto Estefanía; José María Salazar, Juanma Domínguez, José Marí González, Alvaro Ansina; Gorka Ocio). See a photo below and five thumbnails here and on 22.1 (Gorka Ocio, Jesús Menéndez)to 23.1 (Cristina G.Guerra, M.Rouco, A.Rodrigo).Still on 25.1 (D.L.Velasco, C.Álvarez Usategui, P.Fernández, A.García Herrera, J.Menéndez, Pedro sp.,M.Quintana, Ernesto sp.), on 26.1 (G.Ocio, D.González Ortega, C.G.Guerra, A.Rodrigo), 27.1 (G.Ocio) and 28.1 ( Juan, B.Valcarcel, C.Urruela, J.Hormaechea, X.Remirez, G.Ocio, R.Rodríguez)See more photos of this bird hereStill on 31.10 (G.Ocio, J.Hidalgo, M.Olondo)

Photo above: G.Ocio. 22.1.2006

American Herring Gull* Larus smithsonianus (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) On 28.1 a 1w was found and photographed at playa de la Bola, Getxo, Bizkaia (Gorka Ocio; Xavier Remirez, Ricardo Rodríguez). The 2nd for Spain. See a photo below and three thumbnails here (Gorka Ocio).

Photo above: G.Ocio. 29.1.2006

Caspian Gull* Larus cachinnans or hybrids x michahellis (1,2,3)
(1) A 1w Caspian Gull was reported from Cambrils harbour, Tarragona, on 18.1 (Joan Ferré). A description has been sent to the Rarities Committee.
(2)A 2nd bird, either a pure cachinnans (correct structure) or another intermediate with michahellis (pattern of coverts points to this) was seen at Solius dump, Girona on 14.1 (C.Alvarez Cros). See a photo below (C.A.Cros)

Photos above: C.Álvarez Cros. 14.1.2006 

(3) Another suspicious to be a true pure cachinnans 1w was found on 10.1 and relocated on 29.1 at Pinto rubbish tip, Madrid (Javier Marchamalo). See a photo below (J.Marchamalo)

Photo above: J.Marchamalo. 10.1.2006

Hybrid Caspian x Yellow-legged Gull* Larus cachinnans x michahellis (1)
(1) On 6-9.1 it was seen a bird that had been found on 26.12 at Solius dump, Llagostera, Girona (Carlos Álvarez Cros). The bird was wearing a PVC & metal ring from Poland (DN 17372 GDANSK). The bird had been ringed on 31.5.2005 at Mietkow reservoir, 50.56N, 16.3E in a colony where Caspian Gulls L.cachinnans are predominant (40-50 nests) but that was presenting 1-2 breeding L.michahellis that interbreeds in the area. According to the enclosed photos, the pattern of scapulars, coverts and dark-eye mask suggests more michahellis than cachinnans so it is not a pure cachinnans (Jacek Betleja).This is the first record of such an hybrid for Spain and the first half 'cachinnans' for Mediterranenan Spain (Ed. comment). See two photos below (C.Alvarez Cros).The bird below (Green PVC ring '5P60') was relocated at Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, on 31.1, c.121 km to the SW (Marc Olivé).

Photos above: C.Álvarez Cros. 6.1.2006

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4)
(1) A 1st winter was seen at El Abra, Santurtzi, Bilbao, Bizkaia on 5.1 (David González Ortega, Nacho García de Plazaola).See a thumbnail here.On 6.1 was seen again (Manu Ocen, Gorka Ocio). Seen again from a fishing boat on 9.1 off El Abra area (Gorka Ocio) and on 11.1 (Ricardo Rodríguez, José Ardaiz, Gorka Ocio). See three photos below (R.Rodríguez).Still there on 17.1 (Juanma Dominguez, Jacinto Prieto) and 19.1 (Gorka Ocio) and 21.1 (L.Mario Arce). Still on 25.1 (D.L.Velasco, C.Álvarez Usategui, P.Fernández, A.García Herrera, J.Menéndez, Pedro sp.,M.Quintana, Ernesto sp.),on 26.1 (G.Ocio, D.González Ortega, C.G.Guerra, A.Rodrigo) and 29.1 (R.Rodríguez, X.Remirez, J.Hormaechea, C.Urruela, G.Ocio; J.M.Salazar).Still on 31.1 (G.Ocio, J.Hidalgo, M.Olondo)

Photos above: R.Rodríguez. 11.1.2006

(2)On 6.1 a 1w was seen at Laredo beach, Santander bay, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez)
(3) A 1w was seen at Luarca harbour, Valdés, Asturies, only on 17.1 (Fernando Álvarez-Balbuena) despite further visits to the area (the bird was seen leaving the area on 17.1).
(4)On 27.1m a 1w was seen at Orrua, Zumaia, Gipuzkoa (Asier Aldaur)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) On 21.1 a 2nd winter was found at Lires, Ceé, A Coruña (José Ramón Gómez). See a thumbnail here (J.R.Gómez)

Citrine Wagtail* Motacilla citreola (1)
(1)The 1st winter found on 20.11.2005 at Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands was relocated on 18.1 at the same place. It had already moulted the lower parts which were yellow already (F.Javier García Vargas)

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos (1)
(1) The bird first found in Gran Canaria in November 2004 (see a special photopage here), the 1st for Spain, was relocated exactly at the same spot at Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands on 21.1 (Miguel Avelino, Iñigo Figueroa). See a photo below (M.Avelino)

Photo above: M.Avelino. 21.1.2006

Red-flanked Bluetail* Tarsiger cyanurus (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) The bird found at L'Albufera de València on 16.11.2005 was reported to still be present in the area on 13.1.2006 (Víctor J.Hernández, Mario Giménez Ripoll) much to the surprise of many and becoming the 1st ever overwintering case of this species in Iberia. Editorial comment: after requesting information to J.Ignacio Dies, he commented as follows: 'the Red-flanked Bluetail of l'Albufera remained at the very same place since first detected, favouring cleared Aleppo Pine forest with lawn cover in the ground. It behaved progressively shy and resulted difficult to spot after the 2nd week of occurrence. It was photographed again on 26.1 (J.I.Dies), see below. Unfortunately, it was found dead on 29.1.2006 in the course of a cold spell with temperatures down to -1,6ºC associated to rainfall and snow, very rare in the area'.See a thumbnail here

Lesser Whitethroat* Sylvia curruca (1)
Species complex again within the Spanish rarity list since 1.1.2006
(1) On 2.1 a bird was found at OGrove marina, Pontevedra. It was at Peralto zone, within a bushy area close to the main road (Cosme Damián Romai). It was still at the same place on 3.1 (C.D.Romai, S.Paz). The paleness of the mantle suggests that the bird may belong to one of the oriental ssp. Not found on 4.1 but relocated on 5.1 at the same place (E.Martínez, C.D.Romai). See two photos below and a thumbnail here (S.Paz).Still on 6.1 (D.Álvarez, Simón Rial, Xurxo Piñeiro; C.D.Romai) and on 9.1 (Cosme Damián Romai) to 14.1 (C.D.Romai)

Photo above: S.Paz. 3.1.2006

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus (1)
(1)A bird was seen at Islares, Cantabria on 19.1 (Alberto Estefanía; Gorka Ocio). On 20.1 it was seen again (Jorge Valella, Gorka Ocio, Clemente Álvarez Usategui, Fernando Arce, Alejandro Herrera, Marcos Zárraga, Daniel López Velasco, José Maria González, Alvaro Alsina, Juanma Domínguez). See a photo below (F.Arce) and an additional thumbnail here. Note the state of moult. Still there on 21.1 (L.Mario Arce) to 23.1 (Alfonso Rodrigo, Cristina G.Guerra, Miguel Rouco)

Photo above: F.Arce. 20.1.2006

Pine Bunting* Emberiza leucocephalos (1) FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1)On 15.1 a male was seen at Cases del Señor, Monovar, Alacant. It was a male associated to Yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella. It seems that the bird had been present in the area since late December 2005 but until 14.1 the bird had remained unidentified (Luis Sogorb, Luis Fidel, María Fidel, Antonio Zaragozí, Antonio Bañuls, David Bañuls, Fernando Camuñas, Toni Alcocer, José Ruiz, Malcolm Palmer). See the original fieldnotes from Luis Sogorb in the SEO/Alicante webpage.The bird was seen again on 20.1 (Adolfo Quiles, Juan Manuel Pérez, Oscar Llama) and on 21.1 (José Portillo, Javier Portillo, M.Cruz Ruiz, Elena Ruiz, J.Manuel López, Luis Sogorb et al).

See two photos below (Toni Alcocer and Luis Fidel) and two thumbnails here and another thumbnail from A.Quiles here

Photo above: T.Alcocer. 15.1.2006

Photo above: L.Fidel. 15.1.2006


* 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.

Brent Goose Branta bernicla (1-2)
(1-2) On 18.1 two birds were seen at El Charco, La Aldea, San Nicolás de Tolentino, Gran Canaria (Miguel Avelino, Eugenio Santana). They were still there on 21.1 (Miguel Avelino, Iñigo Figueroa).That was their last sighting since they left that day

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna (1,2)
(1)The adult female found on 3.12 at Gran Canaria remained at the same pond of Maspalomas on 7-8.1 (Miguel Avelino) and on 12-14.1 (Miguel Avelino, Juan Luis Muño) to 21.1 (M.Avelino, I.Figueroa) and 28.1 (M.Avelino, J.Gracia, S.Cabrera).
(2) There was a female at Salinas de los Cocoteros, Teguise, Lanzarote on 9.1 (F.J.García Vargas)

Black Stork Ciconia nigra (1)
(1)On 20.1 a bird was seen and photographed at Presa de la Marquesa, Arucas, Gran Canaria (Rafael Mucientes).

Mediterranean Gull* Larus melanocephalus (1-5)
(1-5) Up to five birds were seen at Arrecife, Lanzarote on 15.1, and only four on 21.1 (F.Javier García Vargas)

Audouin's Gull Larus audouiniii (1)
(1) An adult was seen at Arrecife, Lanzarote on 14.1 (F.J.García Vargas, J.Sagardia)

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (1-3,4)
(1-3) Two females and a male were seen at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, on 7.1 (Gustavo Peña)
(4) One female was seen at Antigua, Fuerteventura, on 3.1 (Roger Riddington)

December long-stayers presumably present (check out December page)

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 puntoses 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:

The Mandarin Duck from Granada, as on 5.1 (J.Pérez)
The surprise of the month so far: after being 'declared' rarity on 1.1, on 2.1 a Lesser  Whitethroat was found at O Grove, Pontevedra (S.Paz)
The Iceland Gull from El Abra, Santurtzi, Bizkaia (David González)
News from the Canary Islands: this 1w Spotted Sandpiper was found at Corralejo beach on 1.1 (Joan Estrada)
At Maspalomas pond, Gran Canaria, the Blue-winged Teal present since last December was still visible on 7.1 (Miguel Avelino)
The Canada Goose from Vilagudín reservoir, claimed to be an escape but belonging presumably to one of the smaller races (Alfonso Rodrigo)
The drake Green-winged Teal, that together with a Laughing gull (and the above 'D' origin goose) made this reservoir of Vilagudín an interesting spot to visit (Alfonso Rodrigo)
Two images of the Motril Allen's Gallinule. Last years sightings have occurred mainly in winter as well (M.Angeles Cortés)
The female Ring-necked Duck relocated at PN Aiguamolls on 10.1 (Alex Ollé)
The male Pine Bunting at Monovar, Alacant as on 15.1 (Above: Toni Alcocer, below: Luis Fidel). The 4th for Spain.
The Gran Canaria Northern Mockingbird, now definitely a resident bird (over a year now!) is back at Arguineguín, where probably has stayed all this time (M.Avelino)
The Glaucous Gull at Ceé, A Coruña (J.R.Gómez)
This Franklin's Gull probablyu deserved a special photopage itself. This 1w appeared simultaneously to another in the Mediterranean coast. This is the Santurtzi bird (two vidcaps above, J.M.Salazar, three photos below, G.Ocio)
The Rosy Starling at Cantabria pulled a reasonable number of birders given Spanish standards (F.Arce, photo above, G.Ocio, two photos mid and below).
May be the 1st (pure) for Catalonia and 5th for Spain if accepted: the Caspian Gull reported from Cambrils on 18.1 (front bird, Joan Ferré).
Another interesting twitch for many Mediterranean birders: the Pine Bunting at Alicante, as seen on 10.1 (A.Quiles)
Yet another shot of the Ortigueira Spotted Sandpiper as on 14.1 (J.Martín)
Two shots of the Cambrils Franklin's Gull (A.Cama, above; R.Armada, below)
Two photos of the Lanzarote Spotted Sandpiper showing its disctinctive shape and structure (J.Sagardia)
The Málaga Laughing Gull showin on 21.1 (A.García)
Compare the above with the Santurtzi Franklin's (A.Rodrigo)
The overwintering Rosy Starling as on 23.1 (A.Rodrigo), a 'crowd-puller' in Spanish levels...
A record shot of the drake Ring-necked at Leiva reservoir (D.González)
The Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Green-Winged Teal, present all the winter there (M.Rouco)
After the female, the drake Blue-winged Teal came to Gran Canaria late in the month (M.Avelino)
The Western Reef Heron at Puerto Real, Cádiz on 11.1 Apparently a pure bird, not an hybrid (R.García Costales)
Unlike the bird above, this is a presumed hybird between Western Reef Heron and Little Egrets: the 'new' Ebro delta bird at Sillero ricefields on 27.1 (David Bigas)
The 'new' Laughing Gull at Santurtzi, the adult winter as on 29.1 (Gorka Ocio)
Gulls can be tame but this Franklin's Gull at Santurtzi is one of the most confident gull rarities ever seen here (in the photo Gorka Ocio and the gull below)
The adult found at Ria do Burgo on 24.1 (Antonio Sandoval). A 1w was seen later in the week at the same place
The drake American Wigeon seen at Cospeito lagoon, Vigo on 29.1 (Miguel Rouco)
Major surprise was the relocation of the November Red-flanked Bluetail overwintering at Valencia (it was the same bird as it had been ringed). But sad news were those of the death of the bird after the cold spell of 29.1 (photo from 26.1, J.I.Dies).
Three images of the American Herring Gull at El Abra, the 2nd for Spain (Gorka Ocio)
Only Canary islands highlights
Rare-birders also see rare birds. This Brambling, rarity in the Canaries was photographed by BBRC's Roger Riddington on 3.1
These two Brent Geese reached Gran Canaria on 18.1 (Miguel Avelino)
The Audouin's from Arrecife (J.Sagardia)

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