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

Recent Reports: Latest sightings
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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included in 2006.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= 1 + 13 =14) +  0 Only Canary Islands
Alopochen aegyptiaca 


Oceanites oceanicus Calidris melanotos Larus hyperboreus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Phalaropus lobatus Larus cachinnans
Pelecanus onocrotalus Larus atricilla Sterna  bengalensis
Gyps rueppellii Larus philadelphia Apus affinis
Cursorius cursor


* 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 (1-3,4-13)
(1-3) On 4.7 there were 3 birds altogether at a pond at Íllora, Granada (J.Ramón Fernández, Guillermo Garzón, Jorge Garzón, Juan Pérez Contreras, Concha Raya)
(4-13). At Can Llobateres, Barcelona, there were 2 adults and 8 juveniles on 22-24.7 (Joan Buixareu, Cecilia Antolín). See a photo below (Cecília Antolín)

Photo above: Mª Cecilia Antolín.23.7.2006


Wilson's Storm-petrel* Oceanites oceanicus (1,2-9)
(1) On 9.7 a bird was seen 12 miles West off Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlanticas, Pontevedra (Samuel Paz, Alberto Gil, Cesar VIdal). 
(2-9) On 30.7 there were a minimum of 8 birds between 5 and 13 nautic miles W of Parque Nacional de las islas atlánticas gallegas, Vigo, Pontevedra (José Gandara, Adolfo Lomeña, Alberto Gil, Samuel peregrina y Cesar Vidal)

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 c.19.7 (C.Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours). On 21.7 morning, it was seen taking off from former Tancada saltpans, Ebre delta (40º38,42'N 0º 44,49'E) and flying towards the E. It was then followed by car along the Ebre delta roads. After a few minutes flight, it landed at 4,7 km distance within a heron colony at El Clot, l'Encanyissada, Delta de l'Ebre (40º 30,36'N, 0º 41,45'E) where it may be breeding. This area is partially visible from El Clot observation tower of the Natural Park (40º 39,62'E 0º 41,75'E) (Ricard Gutiérrez). Seen again at La Tancada area on 26.7 (C.Jensen /Audouin Birding Tours).

White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus (1)
(1) A bird was seen at Azud de Riolobos, Salamanca, on 31.7 (Miguel Blanco, Manolo Lorenzo, Octavio Infante, Santiago García y Ángel González). See two thumbnails here

Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Gibraltar record. First for the area. On 23.7 a juvenile was seen flying and landing on top of a house near the lighthouse of Europa point. Later it was photographed (K.Bensusan, Tristan Cano, Terry Jesty, Charlie Pérez). See photo below and a thumnail here (Charlie Pérez)Last seen on 24.7 flying over the rock (K.Bensusan). See a new photo below.See a photogallery of this bird in the GONHS website here

Photo above: Charlie Pérez.23.7.2006

Photo above: Terry Jesty.23.7.2006

Cream-coloured Courser* Cursorius cursor (1)
(1) On 13.7, the 1st for Llobregat delta and 3rd for Catalonia, a juvenile, was found at Bunyola beach, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Anna Gamero,Ferran López). See a photo below (Ferran López)

Photo above: Ferran López. 13.7.2006

Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos (1)
(1)The 1st this autumn was seen at El Goleró, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 29.7 (Chris Gibbins)

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus(1)
(1) On 7.7 an adult female in breeding plumage was located at Punta de la Banya reserve, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Ricard Gutiérrez, Ferran Blanch, Gerard Gutiérrez). See two photos below and three thumbnails here (R.Gutiérrez). Up to four birds had been seen the previous days in the same area, three of them adult females (David Bigas/Parc Natural Delta de l'Ebre, Julia Piccardo et al).There were three birds (two females and one male) at Punta de la Banya on 21.7 (David Bigas/PN Delta de l'Ebre, Agents Forestals del Solsonés).

Photos above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 7.7.2006

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1)
(1)On 18.7 an adult in breeding plumage was seen at ría de Avilés, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco). See a thumbnail here

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia (1)
(1) The 1w first seen on 16.3 at ría do Burgo, A Coruña, was seen again, now a 1s, on 3.7 (Antonio Sandoval). The Bonaparte's Gull has been the longest-stayer of this species ever-reported in Spain (ed.comment).Still there on 9.7 (Xabier Varela) and 22.7 (Oscar Llama)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) A 2nd summer bird that remained at Zeluán, Asturies, on 18.6 was still there all July long, until 30.7 at least (Daniel López Velasco, Pat Lonergan). See a photo below (D.López Velasco)

Photo above: Daniel López Velasco. July .2006

Caspian Gull* Larus cachinnans (1)
(1)A 2nd summer bird was seen and photographed at Zeluán, Asturies, on 28.7 (Daniel López Velasco, Pat Lonergan).

Lesser-crested Tern* Sterna bengalensis(1,2,3)
(1)On 12.7 a bird was recorded at Chipiona beach, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana)
(2)On 27.7 a bird was seen at Llobregat river mouth, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy). Another different individual, perhaps a hybrid was seen on 26.7 at the same place but identification still remains controversial, despite concolorous rump with upperparts, which on the other hand were paler than in this bird (X.Larruy). See below two photos of the 27.7 bird (X.Larruy) and thumbnails here.

Photos above: Xavier Larruy. 27.7.2006

(3)On 18.7, an adult was seen at río Palmones, Cádiz, with 21 Sterna sandvicensis (David Cuenca). See a thumbnail here (D.Cuenca)

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1-15;16-18)
(1-15) Largest-ever recorded single flock in Europe: on 16.7 in a confidential site in coastal Cadiz, at least 15 individuals were recorded simultaneously in flight  and five confirmed nests with chicks were noted. There were possibly two or three more nests at the same site but birds were not seen entering in those. This is the largest and most important breeding place for the species in mainland Europe now having in Spain three confirmed breeding localities (Ricard  Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés, Ariadna Gutiérres, Gerard Gutiérrez). See a photo below and four thumbnails here
(16-18)After a 6 hours waiting period, three birds were seen in the Sierra de Plata area, Bolonia, Cádiz, on 22.7 (Sergi Sales, Marc Pérez)

Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 16.7.2006

* 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. 

None reported since May.

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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reported so far this month
Only Canary Islands rarities
 10 photos
17 thumbnails

Latest highlights:

The female Red-necked Phalarope as found in breeding plumage at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 7.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
Four images of the Little Swifts in coastal Cádiz on 16.7 when at least five active nests were recorded (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Gibraltar Rüppells' Vulture, with the Morocco's Djebel Musa in the background, just past the straits. A juvenile arrived presumably from there on 23.7 (Charlie Pérez).
Three images of the Lesser Crested Tern seen at Llobregat delta on 27.7 (Xavier Larruy)
The Lesser Crested Tern (left)seen at rio Palmones mouth, Cadiz, on 18.7 (David Cuenca)
The Wilson's Petrel passage begins: up to 8 birds on 30.7 as this one, off Pontevedra (César Vidal)
Above, two thumbnails of the Azud de Riolobos White Pelican. Some images seem to show a ring in one leg but the observers did not note that feature in the field nor in other images (Ángel González)
The Avilés Laughing Gull on 18.7 (Daniel López Velasco)
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