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Rare Birds in Spain 
7th year in a row informing on rare birds in Spain

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
MAY 2006 NEWS 
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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included in 2006.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= 4 + 18 =22) +  0 Only Canary Islands
Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas discors Mergus merganser
Aix galericulata


Oceanites oceanicus Calidris melanotos Larus hyperboreus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Xenus cinereus Sterna bengalensis
Phoenicopterus minor Phalaropus tricolor Sterna maxima
Threskiornis aethiopicus Phalaropus lobatus Motacilla flava feldegg
Circus macrourus Larus philadelphia Saxicola torquatus maurus/stegnejeri
Calidris fuscicollis Larus glaucoides  Sturnus roseus


* 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)
(1-2) Two birds were seen at Embalse de San Andrés, Asturies, on 1.5 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui)
(3-4) The two adults with the 8 chicks recorded at a pond in Vallés county, Barcelona last month, were seen again on 13.5, with the chicks already growing in comparison with last April (Cecilia Antolín, Joan Buixareu). See a photo below
Alopochen aegyptiaca. Joan Buixareu. Barcelona
Photo above: Joan Buixareu. 13.5.2006

(5-6)Two were present at Basses d'en Coll, Pals, Girona on 20.5 (Francesc Moradell).

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1)
(1) A drake Mandarin Duck was seen paired to a female Mallard at Pantano del Ebro, Reinosa, Cantabria, on 17.5 (Maria Mar)

Blue-winged Teal* Anas discors (1)
(1) The drake found on 22.4 at Salinas de Janubio, Yaiza, Lanzarote, Canary Islands remained in the same place from 1-7.5 (F.Javier García Vargas, Juan Sagardía). See two photos below (Juan Sagardía)
Anas discors. Juan Sagardia.Lanzarote
Anas discors. Juan Sagardia.Lanzarote
Photo above: Juan Sagardía. 1-7.5.2006

Goosander* Mergus merganser (1)
(1) A female, possibly the same seen at La Mancha lagoons, around Alcázar de San Juan from February?, was seen on 7.5 at Laguna del Longar, Lillo, Toledo (Carlos Torralvo, José A.Toribio).Seen at laguna de la Veguilla, Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, on 18.5 (Pedro Bustamante)


Wilson's Storm Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus (1-2)
(1-2) Two were seen off Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, between 2 and 6.5 (Dave Gray)

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) The bird present for the last years at Tancada lagoon, Ebre delta, Tarragona, was seen again on 7.5 (Ignacio López) and on 26.5 (A.Gallofré, N.Marsh, I.H.Sørensen, C.Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1,2-4)
(1) An adult in full breeding plumage was found on 5.5 at laguna del, Camino de Villafranca, de Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, close to the Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica) colony (Tom Gullick, Ian Gamble). This bird was relocated on 7.5 (Gabriel Martín, Oscar Llama, Carlos Andrés, Jesús Calle Vaquero, Roberto de la Peña, Leandro Meléndez, Carlos Sánchez). See a photo below and a thumbnail hereSeen again on 18.5 at Laguna del camino de Villafranca (Carlos Torralvo)

Phoenicopterus minor. Ian Gamble. La Mancha
Phoenicopterus minor. Ian Gamble. La Mancha
Photos above: Ian Gamble.5.5.2006

(2-4) The 3 birds at the Ebre delta, Tarragona, seen last autumn, were seen again early this month at the same place, Punta de la Banya (David Bigas)

Sacred Ibis* Threskiornis aethiopicus(1)
(1) On 1.5 (from 29.4) there was a bird at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga (Ángel García).It remained in the same area at least until 20.5 (Ángel García). See a thumbnail here

Pallid Harrier* Circus macrourus (1)
(1) On 5.5 a British birder saw an adult male at S'Albufera de Mallorca, Balearic Islands (communicated by Maties Rebassa).

White-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis (1)
(1) The 2nd for Ebre delta and Catalonia, a 1w, was seen on 28.5 evening at Serrallo ricefields, Ebre delta, Tarragona (David Bigas). See two photos below (David Bigas). Still on 29.5 (D.Bigas, C.Jensen, S.Sales).

Calidris fuscicolls. David Bigas. Ebro delta
Calidris fuscicolls. David Bigas. Ebro delta
Photo above: David Bigas.28.5.2006

Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos (1,2)
(1) On 28.5 one was found at Zeluán, Avilés (Daniel López Velasco; C.A.Usategui, M.A.Fernández, J.Guerra, P.Menéndez, J.L.Salaverri, N.Vega, J.A.Fernández, J.Valella, M.A.Pastur, A.Vigil, P.Rovés, M.Quintana, M.Pajuelo). See a thumbnail here.Seen again on 29.5 (D.L.Velasco)
(2) On 27.5, a bird was sen at Illa de Riu ricefields, Ebro delta (Albert Gallofré, Nancy Marsh, Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours). 

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) On 28.5 one was found at Zeluán, Avilés (Daniel López Velasco; C.A.Usategui, M.A.Fernández, J.Guerra, P.Menéndez, J.L.Salaverri, N.Vega, J.A.Fernández, J.Valella, M.A.Pastur, A.Vigil, P.Rovés, M.Quintana, M.Pajuelo). It was only the 2nd for the whole Cantabrican N Spain coast.See a photo below (D.López Velasco) Seen again on 29.5 (P.Fernández) and 30.5 (Cesar M.Álvarez)

Photo above: Daniel López Velasco.28.5.2006

Wilson's Phalarope* Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1)The 2nd for Catalonia, found at El Fangar bay, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 15.4, was seen again on 5.5 at the same site (Ricardo Hevia, José Miguel Alonso Pumar)Seen again on 13.5 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés, Ariadna Gutiérrez, Gerard Gutiérrez, Glòria Arbonés). See a photo below and a thumbnail here
Phalaropus tricolor. Ricard Gutiérrez. Ebro delta.
Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez.13.5.2006

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus(1)
(1)On 12.5 a bird was seen in summer plumage at Salinas de Bonanza, Cádiz, perhaps the same seen on 28.4  (Rafael Romero)

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia (1)
(1) The 1w first seen on 16.3 at ría do Burgo, A Coruña, was seen again, now presumably being a 1st summer, on 18.5 (Delfín González).

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1)
(1) A 1st summer was seen at Penarronda beach, Castropol, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies on 3.5 (Pablo Fernández).

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1,2)
(1)On 22.5 a 2nd summer was seen at ría de Avilés, Asturies (César A.Laó). See a thumbnail here. It is the 2rd seen in Asturies this spring.Still there on 25.5 (Pedro J.Menéndez, Daniel López Velasco).See a photo here
(2)On 23.5 a 1st summer was seen flying east at San Xuan lighthouse, near ría de Avilés (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

Lesser-crested Tern * Sterna bengalensis (1,2-3)
(1) An adult was seen on the beach of Doñana National Park, Almonte, Huelva, on 4.5 (José Luís Arroyo). See a photo below (J.L.Arroyo).
Sterna bengalensis. José Luis Arroyo. Huelva
Lesser-crested Tern (left) with Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis (right). Notice mantle colour differences in same light conditions plus size and bill shape.
Photo above: José Luís Arroyo.4.5.2006
(2-3) A pair was seen at Ebre delta, Tarragona on 9.5 (David Bigas). Probably one of those had been seen on 4.5 flying near Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Delta de l'Ebre, heading to l'Encanyissada lagoon area (Alan S Gilbertson)

Royal Tern * Sterna maxima (1)
(1)On 8.5 a bird apparently from this species was photographed at Zolina pond, Pamplona, Navarra (Ricardo Rodríguez). See thumbnails here

Black-headed Yellow Wagtail* Motacilla flava feldegg (1,2)
(1) The male seen at El Matà area, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, seen from 27.4, was last seen on 1.5 (Marcos Zárraga, Luís José Salaverri, Jordi Martí-Aledo).
(2)A male was seen at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat delta on 16.5 (Ferran López).Possibly the same male was seen again at the same area on 22.5 afternoon (Ricard Gutiérrez, Phil Caldicott, John Allton, Steve Cawthrey, Martin Cross).

Eastern Stonechat* Saxicola torquatus maurus/stejnegeri (1)
(1)A male was reported on 23.5 evening at Bunyola track, El Prat de Llobregat, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Raúl Bastida)

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus (1)
(1) On 2.5 an adult was found in a bush near the beggining of Barra del Trabucador sandy track, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Luís J. Salaverri, Albert Burgas, Jordi Martí-Aledo). See a thumbnail here (Albert Burgas).

* 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. 

None reported in May yet, but check April records for probable long-stayers

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
 7 photos
9 thumbnails

Latest highlights:

The adult Rosy Starling found on 2.5 at Ebre delta, Tarragona (Albert Burgas)
The 1st summer Iceland Gull found at Castropol on 3.5 (Pablo Fernández)
The adult Lesser Flamingo at Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real as on 7.5 (Gabriel Martín)
The Wilson's Phalarope was still at Ebre delta on 13.5 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The tern at Zolina pond, Navarra, on 8.5. The above photo, taken from original RAW image shows contrast between rump and back, thus eliminating bengalensis. The below image is burnt but shows a bulky body and paler upperparts than bengalensis. The observer recalls a large body size than sandvicensis. Only orange-billed terns sp recalling elegans might be a pitfall for this (Ricardo Rodríguez)
The 2nd summer Glaucous gull seen at ría de Avilés on 22.5 (César A.Laó)
The Sacred Ibis at Guadalhorce river mouth present all month long, as on 20.5 (Angel García)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at Zeluán, Avilés, on 28.5, the 1st this spring there (Daniel López Velasco)
The 2nd summer Glaucous gull seen again at ría de Avilés on 28.5 (Daniel L.Velasco)
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