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Rare Birds in Spain

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All birds featured are rarities needing homologation by the CR/SEO
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From March 2005 this webpage only includes records of birds needing homologation by CR/SEO. For other local rarities contact local bird reports or records committees. 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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included in 2006.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= 6+ 16 =22) + 1 Only Canary Islands
Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas carolinensis Aythya collaris
Aix galericulata Anas discors Aythya affinis


Egretta gularis x garzetta Phalaropus lobatus Apus affinis
Buteo rufinus Larus atricilla Motacilla flava feldegg
Vanellus armatus Larus pipixcan Ficedula parva
Gallinago media Larus philadelphia Ficedula albicollis
Actitis macularius Larus cachinnans Sturnus roseus
Phalaropus tricolor


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


Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1,2,3,4,5-6,7-8)
(1) A bird was seen on 9.4 mornig at Marisma blanca de Astillero, Cantabria (Ángel González Mendoza). The bird was unringed and behaved wild.
(2) A bird was seen c.300 m from the Tordera river mouth on 9.4 (Miguel Angel Domingo). It was also unringed and in good condition. Seen again on 22.4 (M.A.Domingo) in company of bird (4).
(3)Known case of breeding in the wild at least in Catalonia: a pair was seen in company of 8 chicks at a confidential location in Barcelona province on 15-17.4 (Cecilia Antolín, Joan Buixareu).A party of 8 birds had been detected in the area on 1.1.2006 and on 20.3 it remained one (the other now believed to be incubating). See a photo below
(4) A further bird was seen in company of bird (3) on 22.4 at Tordera river mouth, Blanes, Girona (Miguel Angel Domingo)
(5-6) On 22.4 too, two birds were seen near Llagostera, Girona, seen on the ground near an irrigation pond and flying afterwards (M.A.Domingo)
(7-8) On 13.4 a pair was seen flying over el Pasteral (rivers Ter and Brugent junction), Amer-La Cellera de Ter, Girona (Gabriel de Jesús, communicated by M.A.Domingo)

Photo above: C.Antolín & J.Buixareu. 16.4.2006

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1)
(1) A drake Mandarin Duck appeared at the pond of the Otter recovery center of Pont de Suert, Lleida on 14.4 (Marina Barquin)

Green-Winged Teal* Anas carolinensis (1)
(1)The drake found on 24.2 at Sabón reservoir, Arteixo, A Coruña remained there on 11.4 (C.Mouzo, X.Varela). 

Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors (1)
(1) On 22.4, a drake in breeding plumage was found at Salinas de Janubio, Yaiza, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.Javier García Vargas)

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris (1)
(1) The female found at Valle Molina reservoir, Tenerife, Canary Islands, on 10.2 was still there on 1.4 (Micha A.Neumann, A.Bodelschwingh, R.Vollstedt, S.Bauer et al.).

Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis (1,2)
(1)A drake was seen on 10.3 at Embalse de Sabón, Arteixo, A Coruña (Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela). The drake was last seen on 12.4 when it left the area with two Tufted Ducks See six thumbnails here. Relocated again in the area on 22.4 (Xabier Varela)
(2)A drake was seen on 15-16.4 at Laguna de Tarelo, La Algaida, Cádiz (Aleksi Lehikoinen, Petteri Lehikoinen, Mari Pihlajaniemi, Vilpu Välimäki, Pekka Nikander, Markku Mikkola-Roos, Jan Södersved). 


Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1) and pure gularis (1,2)
(1) The long-stayer at Tancada lagoon and saltpans, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, was seen again, now in breeding plumage on 1.4 (Bosco Dies). See two thumbnails here
(2)A pale-phase bird, recalling gularis was seen at Catalina García, Fuerteventura, on 3-6.4 (Micha A.Neumann, A.Bodelschwingh, R.Vollstedt, S.Bauer et al.).
(3)On 27.4 a pure gularis was seen at Salinas de San José del Palmar, Puerto Real, Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Cádiz (J.José Jiménez, Carlos Serrano, Rafael García Costales). See a photo below (R.G.Costales)

Photo above: Rafael García Costales. 27.4.2006

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) A long-winged individual, recalling nominal subspecies, was seen on 11.4 in S Spain -details to come- (Santiago Villa/Spainbirds). See four thumbnails here

Blacksmith Plover* Vanellus armatus (1). Probable escape
(1) On 11.4 a bird was found at El Fraile reservoir, SW Tenerife, Canary Islands (Thorsten Krüger). This bird was in good condition and showed no signs of captivity (see a photo below) but another (or the same bird) had been seen in El Polvillo pond, Los Silos, Tenerife on 9.1.2006 (Juán José Ramos Melo) who informed the Rarities Committee that in 2005 10 birds were imported to Tenerife, despite none of those ten had been reported as missing according to the owners (J.J.Ramos Melo in litt. to CR/SEO) and the species is present in some bird collections of the islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote (J.A.Lorenzo in litt)

Photo above: Thorsten Krüger. 11.4.2006

Great Snipe* Gallinago media (1-2,3,4,5)
(1-2)Two birds were seen in a confidential site within Parc Natural Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 19.4 (Sergi Sales, Albert Roca). One of these birds was trapped by chance in the area where a ringing campaign is being held later in the day (S.Sales), second ringing for Spain of this species after a bird also trapped at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 4.5.1994.See two photos below and a thumbnail here.Still two in the area on 21.4 (S.Sales)
(3) A third bird was seen in company of the two previous the evening of 19.4 at the same site (Sergi Sales).This bird (or one of the two above) was still in the same area on 20.4 morning (S.Sales).
(4) On 19.4 too, a FOURTH bird was seen at another different location within PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo).
(5) On 20.4 a bird was seen at Mallorca at Sa Roca area, S'Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park (Maties Rebassa).

Photo above: Sergi Sales. 19.4.2006

Spotted Sandpiper* Actitis macularius (1)
(1) The bird present since 3.10.2005 at Ría de Ortigueira, Galicia, was still in the area on 22.4, now in breeding plumage (Eicardo Hevia) and 23.4 (J.Miguel Alonso Pumar), now totally moulted into summer plumage (see a photo below, A.Fernández Polo).

Photo above: Álvaro Fernández Polo. 23.4.2006

Wilson's Phalarope* Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1)A bird, the 2nd for Catalonia, was found at El Fangar bay, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 15.4 (Albert Cama, David Bigas i Camil Albert). See a photo below (D.Bigas). The bird remained in the area on 16.4 (F.López, E.Lagunas and others).The bird was still there on 17.4 (Raphaël Lebrun). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.There are more photos in the Audouin Birding webpage (opens in another window)The bird remained in the same area on 22.4 (Ramon Servitje, Albert Vazquez; Julia Piccardo) and 29.4 (A.McGeehan, J.Scovell, A.Ramal, R.Gutiérrez; F.López, X.Macià,A.Ollé).

Photo above: David Bigas. 15.4.2006

Photo above: Raphäel Lebrun. 17.4.2006

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus(1)
(1)On 28.4 a bird was found at Salinas de Bonanza, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín)

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1,2,3,4,5)
(1)The bird seen on february and march at ría do Burgo, A Coruña, a 1w, was seen again on 2.4 (Antonio Sandoval).
(2) On 15.4 a 1w was seen at Marismas de Alday, Santander (Guillermo Rodríguez)
(3)On 14.4 a 2nd winter moulting to 2nd summer was seen at Pedret pond, Pedret i Marzà, Girona (Àlex Ollé)
(4) A 1st summer was seen at Guadalquivir river mouth, Bonanza,Cádiz, on 25.4 (David Uit de Weerd, Lennaert Steen, H.Bouman, H.Pohlmann)
(5) An adult in summer plumage was seen on 27.4 at Barbate beach, Cádiz (D.Uit de Weerd, L.Steen, H.Bouman, H.Pohlmann; Steven Daly)

Franklin's Gull* Larus pipixcan (1)
(1) A 1st summer was found on 27.4 at Ca l'Arana beach, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy), the third for the area.See a photo here (X.Larruy). It was last seen on 29.4 (X.Larruy)

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia (1,2)
(1) The 1w first seen on 16.3 at ría do Burgo, A Coruña, was still there on 2.4 (Antonio Sandoval). Seen again on 23.4 (Antonio Sandoval)
(2)An adult was seen close to a flock of Black-headed Gulls and others near the harbour of Colindres, Santoña, Cantabria on 3.4 (Gorka Ocio)

Caspian Gull* Larus cachinnans (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
(1)One of the birds seen at Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, last month, was still visible at the area on 3.4 (Ponç Feliu, Mercè Sánchez-Frou).Seen again at Vilanova on 4.4 (Sergi Sales, Vittorio Pedrocchi). Presumably the same individual moved to Tarragona harbour on 6.4 (Albert Cama, Joan Ferré). See a photo below.At Vilanova i la Geltrú there was one bird, perhaps the same below or another on 20.4 (Carles Carboneras)

Photo above: Albert Cama. 6.4.2006

(2)At Tarragona harbour, a darker individual than (1) was also seen on 6.4. See a photo below (Albert Cama, Joan Ferré) and on 8.4 (Chris Gibbins) see a photo in flight below.

Photo above: Albert Cama. 6.4.2006

Photo above: Chris Gibbins.8.4.2006

(3) The first Caspian Gull for the Ebre Delta, Tarragona, was seen on 3.4 at Buda Island (David Bigas)
(4)Another 1st summer Caspian Gull, was still at Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona on 20.4 (Carles Carboneras).
(5) The Caspian gull from Pinto rubbish tip, Madrid featured in this website from January 2006 was still present in that area on 15.4 (Juan M.Ruiz)
(6) A 3rd summer was seen on 22.4 at Pedret pond, Alt Empordà, Girona (Àlex Ollé, Marc Llobet, Pere Serrano). See a thumbnail here and a photo below

Photo above: Àlex Ollé.22.4.2006
(7) Another individual locally called 'incognitus' by local birders reached Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona from 18-20.4 (Carles Carboneras)

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1-5,6-8,9-14)
(1-5) Five birds were seen near Bolonia, Cádiz, on 13.4 (F.López, E.Lagunas)
(6-8) 2-3 birds were seen on 12-13.4 at a coastal location in S Cádiz where they may probably be breeding following last year nesting (Adam Gretton). On 28.4 there were five birds in a beach near that area (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín)
(9-14) Six breeding birds (third known breeding place in Europe) were seen flying and entering a nest in the southern slopes of northern Sevilla mountain range, in a confidential location, between 12-17.4 (José Rafael Garrido López). See thumbnails here.

Black-headed Yellow Wagtail* Motacilla flava feldegg (1,2)
(1)A bird was seen amongst other Yellow Wagtails at Estanys del Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, on 27.4 (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Teresa Montràs, Madhav Singh). Seen again on 29.4 afternoon (Joan Manuel Ferrer Gener, Joan Ferrer Obiol). See two thumnails here
(2) A male was seen at Salats i Muntanyans, Torredembarra, on 26.4 (Daniel Burgas, Tomàs Montalvo)

Red-breasted Flycatcher* Ficedula parva (1)
(1) A male was seen for five minutes on 13.4 at Es Capdella, Calvià, Mallorca, Balearic islands (Malcolm Adams)

Collared Flycatcher* Ficedula albicollis (1,2,3)
(1) On 21.4 an EURING 6 female was trapped and ringed at Can Marroig, Formentera, Illes Balears (Jaume Bonnin)
(2)One male was seen within a private garden of El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, on 23.4 (Pau Esteban)
(3) At PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, one bird was seen on 27.4 (Albert Burgas)

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus (1)
(1) The now 1st summer bird found on 4.2 at Viladecans rubbish dump, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona was seen again at the same area on 1.4 (Xavier Larruy et al). This long-stayer bird was still at the area on 6.4 (J.Angel Lahoz). The bird was still around on 14.4 (Cristina Prieto, Jordi Sala). See a photo below (J.Sala)

Photo above: Jordi Sala.14.4.2006

* 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. 

Ring-billed Gull* Larus delawarensis (1)
(1) A bird was een at Garachico, Tenerife, on 1.4 (Micha A.Neumann, A.Bodelschwingh, R.Vollstedt, S.Bauer et al.)

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 .. 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 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. Tornar a l'inici de la plana.

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Rarities reported so far this month
Only Canary Islands rarities
 12 photos
 29 thumbnails

Latest highlights:

The hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret at Tancada saltpans as on 1.4. Now showing breeding plumage (Bosco Dies)
The Egyptian Goose at Marisma Blanca, Cantabria on 9.4 (Ángel Gómez)
The odd Egret at Fuerteventura, recalling a pale-phase WR Heron. A description to discard any hybrid possibility is in due course (Micha A.Neumann)
Above: six images of the Sabon Lesser Scaup (Xabier Varela)
Four images of the Long-legged Buzzard seen on 11.4 (Santiago Villa/Spainbirds)
Another image of the Ebre delta Wilsons' Phalarope on 17.4 (Raphäel Lebrun) 
Detail of the Great Snipe ringed at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 19.4 (Sergi Sales)
The Caspian Gull from Pedret, Girona, on 22.4 (Pere Serrano)
The Llobregat delta Franklin's Gull (X.Larruy)
The Lesser Scaup from Tarelo lagoon, Cádiz as on 15-16.4 (Pekka J.Nikander)
The male Black-headed Yellow Wagtail at El Matà, on 29.4 (Joan Ferrer)
Above, two of the six Little Swifts seen by mid April in N Sevilla mountains and a presumed nest of the species in the same place, that would be the 3rd known breeding location of the species in Europe (José Rafael Garrido López)
Above two, a 1st summer Laughing gull seen on 35.4 at Bonanza Cádiz (David Uit de Weerd) and the adult summer seen by the same group of observers two days later at Barbate, Cádiz (two images below (Lennaert Steen, above; David Uit de Weerd, below)
Only Canary islands highlights
The Tenerife Ring-billed Gull (M.A.Neumann)

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