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Rare Birds in Spain 
8th 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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included in 2006.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
Rarity distribution this month Rarity forecast 
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Species index (n= 2 + 35 =37) +  5 Only Canary Islands
Branta ruficollis Anas rubripes


Puffinus assimilis Pluvialis dominica Sterna bengalensis
Botaurus lentiginosus Pluvialis fulva Sterna c.f. sandvicensisxbengalensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Calidris fuscicollis Sterna elegans
Pelecanus onocrotalus Calidris melanotos Sterna dougallii
Phoenicopterus minor Limicola falcinellus Apus affinis
Gyps rueppellii Tryngites subruficollis Motacilla citreola
Buteo (rufinus/buteo vulpinus) Tringa flavipes Oenanthe deserti
Aquila pomarina Xenus cinereus Sylvia curruca
Aquila pomarina/clanga Phalaropus tricolor Corvus albus
Falco biarmicus Phalaropus lobatus Carpodacus erythrinus
Crex crex Stercorarius longicaudus Calcarius lapponicus
Glareola nordmanni Larus atricilla


Larus melanocephalus Locustella naevia Emberiza hortulana
Sterna sp. Sylvia hortensis
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers


Red-breasted Goose* Branta ruficollis (1)
(1) Zamora An adult bird was seen at Villafáfila, Zamora on 22.9 (Alfonso Rodrigo). See two thumbnails here. The bird was brought into a recovery center last winter when gathered in the Leon province. It had no sign of captivity origin  and after being recovered it was brought to Villafáfila lagoon information center, to wait until the arrival of the overwintering geese. The birs is still waiting for the geese, moving around the restored lagoons of the information center. Full story in Spanish soon in Alfonso Rodrigo blog

American Black Duck* Anas rubripes (1,2)
(1) A Coruña On 1.9 evening, a male was found at ensenada de Eseiro-Feás, Cariño, A Coruña (José Miguel Alonso Pumar).It may be the returning wintering individual to Northern A Coruña coast. See a thumbnail here. Possibly the same bird was seen at Lugo at ria de Foz, Lugo, on 8.9 (Amadeo Pombo). See a photo below and two thumbnails here

Photo above: Amadeo Pombo. 8.9.2006
(2) Asturies A drake was found at ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, on 8.9 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido). See a thumbnail here


Little Shearwater* Puffinus assimilis (1)
(1) A Coruña On 2.9 a bird was seen migrating off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña. (Ana Torres, Antonio Sandoval).

American Bittern* Botaurus lentiginosus(1-2)
(1-2) A Coruña On 23-24.9 two birds, an adult and a juvenile were seen at river Ulla mouth, at the limit betwen A Coruña and Pontevedra (Dodro and Valga municipalities), not seen afterwards (Serafín González,Alejandra Couto, Marcos Freán & Isabel Álvarez). More news on the Sociedade Galega d'Ornitoloxia (SGO) website

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Valencia A darker bird than the usually seen in the area showing intermediate characters was found on 7.9 at tancat de la Ratlla ricefields, Silla, PN l'Albufera de València (Bosco Dies). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Photo above: Bosco Dies. 7.9.2006

(2) Cádiz. The bird found at Codo de la Esparraguera, Guadalquivir river shores, near the river mouth, Cádiz was relocated on 7.9 (Paco Chiclana)

White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus (1)
(1) A Coruña A bird of unknown origin was found at A Frouxeira lagoon, Valdoviño reservoir, A Coruña on 7.9 (Ignacio Allegue; Antonio Fernández, Luz Fernández). See thumbnails here It was still there on 18.9 (Atocha Ramos, Cosme D.Romai) and the following days (L.J.Salaverri), but it was observed around 21.9 at Ría do Ferrol, A Coruña by several observers.
(E list) A bird of this species with a ring with the inscription 'ZOO DE MADRID' was seen on 22.9 at Tarragona harbour, 425 km to the East (Albert Cama). This proven escape can explain which (large) distances these 'captive' birds can fly! (to the desperation of willing to see true vagrants). There is a photo here (opens in another window)

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1-2)
(1-2) Almería On 29.9 there were 2 flying c.250 m far from Cabo de Gata saltpans, Almería (Andy Paterson).

Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1,2-3,4, perhaps up to five)
(1) Cádiz. On 9.9 a juvenile was seen feeding on a carcase at La Janda área, Cádiz (Iben H. Sorensen, Cristian Jensen et al / Audouin Birding Tours). Perhaps the same bird was seen at La Janda on 18.9 (Hugues Dufourny, Benoit Gauquie).

(2-3) Cádiz Perhaps the (1) bird or another was seen at Santuario bird observatory on 11.9 (Santiago Villa/SpainBirds) and this or another had been seen at Algarrobo observatory, Tarifa, on 5.9,8.9 (Chris Batty), 9.9 -two birds, at least one juvenile - (D.González, J.Ramirez, F.Roviralta, S.Solís, R.Moreno-Opo, J.Mazón, A.Tamayo, Y.Seminario) and 10.9 (Chris Batty) and 11.9 (one juvenile bird, D.González, J.Ramirez, F.Roviralta, J.Mazón). The Santuario bird was photographed in flight on 5.9 and it brought a yellow PVC ring! (Adolfo Ferrero), and it may well be either the bird found in Gibraltar this summer. The bird 'Rupito' ringed in 2003 now it should be older to be this plumage. There is a photo of this bird in the fotodigiscoping webpage (opens in another window)

On 13.9 there were two juveniles near Cazalla (D.Fonzález, F.Roviralta) and on 15.9 there were two near Santuario bird observatory while one remained there on 16.9 (Hugues Dufourny, Benoit Gauquie). In total 2-3 birds minimum have been reported in the area.See a photo below of one of the two birds as on 16.9 (Kris De Rouck)

Photo above: Kris De Rouck 16.9.2006
x(4) Cádiz A different juvenile from the birds 1-3 mentioned above, according to plumage differences, was seen at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, on 25.9 and 29.9 (Todor Todorov).

Buzzard * Buteo buteo vulpinus/rufinus cirtensis (1)
(1) Cádiz A bird was seen and photographed at close distance at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz on 23.9 (Todor Todorov, D.González Ortega, Guillermo Doval, Santiago Villa, Nicole Heinrichs et al). See a photo below (T.Todorov). It may have been seen before, around 6.9 at Algarrobo, Tarifa. 
Ed. comment: The bird was reported by all observers at Cazalla as Long-legged Buzzard B.rufinus but the excellent photo revealed some interesting pattern in tail and underwing coverts that made us request further expert opinion also to attempt ageing the bird as an Euring 5 (anyway not a juvenile according to secondaries pattern and active outer primary moult). Dick Forsman kindly commented on the below photo the following: 
'The Buteo is interesting. I was sent excellent pictures of this same bird from near Algarrobo, where it was photographed around Sep 6th, but I do not know what to think.  From above the tail looks very similar to vulpinus, with black barring , and to me the bird is actually more similar to vulpinus than to cirtensis.  But as I said, despite the excellent documents I have to lift up my hands at this point  with this bird. My own experience with cirtensis is too scanty. I would go for vulpinus, but I  am keen to know what other people with more knowledge 
of cirtensis think'.
Any comment? Send an email to Rare Birds in Spain (remove however the 'nospam' in the address). There is no accepted vulpinus birds in Spain (yet).

Photo above: Todor Todorov 23.9.2006

Lesser-Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina (1)
(1) Cádiz A juvenile bird was seen and photographed at close distance at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz on 21.9 (Todor Todorov et al). See a photo below and thumbnails here

Photo above: Todor Todorov 21.9.2006

Lesser Spotted or Hybrid Lesser/Greater-Spotted Eagle* Aquila pomarina/clanga (1)
(1) Cádiz A subadult bird was seen and photographed from Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz on 23.9 (Todor Todorov, David González, Guillermo Doval, Santiago Villa, Nicole Heinrichs). See thumbnails here.Note: The description will have to rule out the possibility of being a hybrid with pomarina in an otherwise larger, sturdier, larger-billed and heavier built bird, with prominent 7th primary than the pomarina seen two days earlier.Dick Forsman, when asked by this website to comment the photos of the eagle has kindly stated:

'The eagle looks to me more like a Lesser Spotted!  The wingtip is more 
rounded than in clanga, which always appears to have a very rectangular
tip. This bird is also fairly mature/old, which means that the wing-formula is fully developed (save for some moult going on) and thus more reliable to use. Further, the wings appear a little narrow for clanga. The only plumage character I can see, is the double crescent in the carpal area, which is a pomarina character. The band of pale base-spots in the median carpal coverts is something which near-adult clangas should not show. And the underwing coverts appear blotchy brown in a way I connect with pomarina. In order to exclude a possible hybrid 
the pictures would need to be much clearer and/or there should be a very 
detailed description to follow'.

Lanner* Falco biarmicus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz On 11.9 an adult was seen at playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz (Santiago Villa/SpainBirds).
(2) Cádiz On 13.9 a juvenile was seen at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (David González et al)

Corncrake* Crex crex (1)
(1) Asturies On 20.9, a bird was seen at Cabo de Peñes, Gozón, Asturies (J.Antonio García Fernández)

Black-winged Pratincole* Glareola nordmanni(1)
(1) Málaga A bird was reported from Vélez river mouth, Málaga on 15.9 (Samuel Peregrina)

American Golden Plover * Pluvialis dominica (1)
(1) A Coruña A juvenile was seen at laguna de Xuño, Porto do Son, A Coruña, on 16.9 (Francisco Docampo, A.Alcalde)

Pacific Golden Plover * Pluvialis fulva (1)
(1) Girona The bird located the evening of 23.8 at la Rogera lagoon, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona was still present the morning of 3.9 ( Jordi Martí-Aledo,Teresa Montràs) where last seen by the Natural Park staff. See a thumbnail here and a photo below. 

Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 30.8.2006

Canary Islands SightingWhite-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis (1)
(1) Lanzarote (Las Palmas) A bird was seen at Salinas de los Cocoteros, Guatiza, Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands on 23.9 (Francisco Javier García Vargas)

Pectoral Sandpiper* Calidris melanotos (1-2,3,4,5,6-7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23-24,25-26,27)
(1-2) Valencia On 2.9 two juveniles were found at a ricefield near Alfafar, l'Albufera de València (Bosco Dies). See a thumbnail here.On 3.9 there was only one remaining there (Toni Alcocer, Gabriel Llorens). See a photo below (T.Alcocer). Last seen on 5.9 (Bosco Dies)

Photo above: Toni Alcocer. 3.9.2006

(3) Tarragona. An adult was found on 8.9 morning at Salines de Sant Antoni, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Joan Ferrer, Ricardo Rodríguez). This bird may be the same adult reported last month in the area.
(4) A Coruña. A bird was seen in flight from the back side taking off from ria d'O Burgo, A Coruña on 7.9 afternoon (Ricard Gutiérrez). Despite search on 8.9 it was not seen again (R.Gutiérrez, A.Sandoval, A.Bermejo). On 10.9 it was relocated independently at 17h (Amadeo Pombo) and at 19 hours (A.Sandoval, Roberto Bao, R.Gutiérrez). The first record for the area. See a photo below.Last seen on 10.9

Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 10.9.2006
(5) Cádiz. On 9.9 a juvenile was seen at ricefields at La Janda área, Cádiz (Iben H. Sorensen, Cristian Jensen et al / Audouin Birding Tours).Seen again on 10.9 (D.González, J.Ramirez, F.Roviralta et al; Yeray Seminario) and 11.9 (Santiago Villa/SpainBirds)
(6-7) Tarragona Two juveniles were found in a ricefield near Els Muntells, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre on 11.9 morning (Josep Tantull, Roser Soler)
(8) Valencia An adult was seen on 11.9 at Racó de l'Olla, PN l'Albufera de València (J.Ignacio Dies, MIquel Chardí). It is probably the same bird observed from 29.8 to 31.8 at the same site despite it was not present in early September (J.I.Dies in litt).The bird was still in the area on 12.9 (J.I.Dies)
(9) A Coruña A juvenile was seen at laguna de Xuño, Porto do Son, A Coruña on 13.9 (José Ramón Gómez) and 14.9 (Adolfo Lomeña)
(10) A Coruña Another juvenile , different from the above (photographed and compared) was seen at laguna de Vixan, Ribeira, A Coruña, on 14.9 (Adolfo Lomeña) and 15.9 (A.Lomeña, J.Ramón Gómez).
(11) A Coruña Yet another different juvenile was reported from laguna de Louro, Muros on 15.9 (José Ramón Gómez)
(12) Valencia On 12.9 a juvenile was found at tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, l'Albufera de València, 8 km far from Alfafar, where bird (1) was seen. According to photo identification, bird (12) and (1) were different (Bosco Dies). See a thumbnail hereEither this juvenile bird or another new unringed juvenile was seen on 22.9 at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València (J.I.Dies)
(13) Valencia On 15.9 another juvenile reached Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, l'Albufera de Valencia (Toni Alcocer). One of the 12 or 13 birds are also featured below with the Broad-billed Sandpiper seen in the same place.6) This or the previous bird was trapped and ringed on 16.9 during the weekly wader ringing campaign held in the area. So far 400 waders have been trapped there this autumn including a Buff-breasted Sandpiper the same 16.9 (Fco. Javier García Gans, Pedro Marín/ Grup de Anillamiento de l'Albufera). See a photo below (F.J.García Gans)

Photo above: Fco.Javier García Gans. 16.9.2006
(14) Girona A juvenile was found at El Matà ricefields, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 16.9 (Àlex Ollé, Pere Serrano). Seen again on 17.9 (Àlex Ollé, Pere Serrano; Sergi Sales). See a thumbnail here. Relocated on 27.9 (àlex Ollé)
(15) Valencia On 19.9 a Pectoral Sandpiper was found at Marjal de Pego/Oliva, Valencia (Julian Sykes). See thumbnails herePresumably the same bird was relocated on 24.9 (José Llàcer)
(16) Lugo On 19.9 a juvenile was found at Laguna de Caque, Terrá Chá, Lugo (Gustavo Martínez). It was still present in the area the following day (David Calleja, José Otero, Gustavo Martínez)
(17) Alicante On 22.9 a bird was found at El Clot de Galvany, Elche, Alicante (Jacobo Ramos). There is a thumbnail of this bird here
(18) Navarra On 22-23.9, a bird, apparently an adult was seen at Embalse de las Cañas, Biana, Navarra (Javier Nalda, Àlvaro Alsina; Leandro Arroyo, Eduardo Ayala, Óscar Gutiérrez;Javier Robres).Relocated on 27.9 (Oscar Gutiérrez)
(19) A Coruña On 24.9 a juvenile was found at embalse de Cecebre, A Coruña (Manuel y Santiago Martínez Lago, Verónica Expósito, Manuel Carregal, Graciela Fernández, Xabier Varela). See photos in the Aves del NW de la Coruña blog
(20) Tenerife, S.Cruz de Tenerife A bird was found at El Fraile pond, Tenerife, on 16.9 (Nereida Herrera, Benito González). See a thumbnail here
(21) Sevilla A juvenile was seen at Isla Menor ricefields, Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 24.9 (Paco Chiclana)
(22) Girona There were 2 birds altogether at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 27.9 (Àlex Ollé). One of them was presumably bird (14)
(23-24) Valencia On 25.9 there were an adult and a juvenile at Tacat de Baldoví, Sollana, L'Albufera de València (Toni Alcocer). According to the author these birds should be considered different to the previous birds seen in Valencia.
(25-26) Tarragona On 26.9 too, two juvenile individuals were found at Platja dels Prats, Vila-Seca, Tarragona (Albert Cama, Joan Ferrer)
(27) Asturies On 11.9 one had been seen at Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (José Antonio García Fernández et al)

Broad-billed Sandpiper* Limicola falcinellus (1)
(1) Valencia A juvenile bird, the 2nd ever for the Albufera area, was found on 13.9 at Silla ricefields, Albufera de València (Toni Alcocer) and remained until 14.9 (B.Dies, T.Alcocer). See two photos below and thumbnails here The bird was last seen on 15.9 (Toni Alcocer), on that date with TWO Pectoral Sandpipers. What a field...

Photo above:Toni Alcocer. The bird is with a Pectoral Sandpiper!  14.9.2006

Photo above: Bosco Dies. 14.9.2006

Buff-breasted Sandpiper* Tryngites subruficollis (1,2,3-5,6,7)
(1) A Coruña.A bird was found on 10.9 at lagoa de Vixan, Corrubedo, A Coruña (Samuel Paz; Xurxo Pinheiro).See two photos below (S.Paz)

Photo above: Samuel Paz. 10.9.2006
(2) Asturies A bird was found at el Cierrón, ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, on 10.9 (Adolfo Villaverde).See a thumbnail here. It remained in the same area on 12.9 (Adolfo Villaverde). Seen also on 13.9 (Javier Elorriaga; E.F.J.Garcia) and 14.9 (E.F.J.Garcia) but not afterwards.
(3-5) Asturies On 17.9 three birds altogether were seen at the coastal meadows of Tapia, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde). See a thumbnail of one of them here
(6) Valencia First Mediterranean shores record this autumn. A bird was trapped and ringed without previous knowledge of the presence of the species in the area on 16.9 at Tancat de la Ratlla, l'Albufera de Valencia during the weekly wader ringing campaign held in the area. So far 400 waders have been trapped there this autumn including a Pectoral Sandpiper the same 16.9 (Fco. Javier García Gans, Pedro Marín/ Grup de Anillamiento de l'Albufera). See a photo below (F.J.García Gans)

Photo above: Fco.Javier García Gans. 16.9.2006
(7) Pontevedra A bird was found on 23.9 at Praia Madorra, Nigrán, Pontevedra (Francisco Docampo)

Lesser Yellowlegs* Tringa flavipes(1)
(1) A Coruña One bird was found at Embalse das Forcadas, A Coruña on 27.9 (Marcos Otero).It was seen again on 28.9 (Luz Fernández, Antonio Fernández, L.J. Salaverri, J.Martí-Aledo, Pablo Fernández, Ricardo Hevia, C.Damián Romai & J.M.Alonso Pumar) and on 30.9 (Alfonso Rodrigo, Miguel Rouco). See a thumbnail here. Present to the end of the month, when ID was confirmed as Lesser, not Greater as initially considered.

Terek Sandpiper* Xenus cinereus(1)
(1) Cádiz On 25.9 a bird was found at Sancti Petri marshes, Cádiz (Santiago Villa/Spainbirds). See three thumbnails here

Wilson's Phalarope* Phalaropus tricolor(1)
(1) Girona On 26.9 a Phalaropus was seen at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Enric Capalleras, Manel Barrios). When shown to Àlex Ollé it was clearly stated that the bird was a juvenile moulting into 1st winter (thus different from the bird of Ebro delta early this year). On 27.9 morning it was relocated at the same place (E.Capalleras, M.Llobet, E.Muñoz, A.Ollé).

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus(1-3)
(1-3) Murcia Three birds were seen at San Pedro del Pinatar saltpans, Murcia on 8.9 (Ángel Sallent, Ángela Mª García). It seems that the birds may have appeared on 5.9 (Guillermo Labarga, Diana Saura). See two thumbnails here.Two birds were still there on 26.9 (Antonio Jesús Hernández)

Long-tailed Skua* Stercorarius longicaudus(1-4,5-48,49-50,51)
(1-4) A Coruña On 1.9, four adult birds were seen migrating off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Ana Torres, Pablo Pita, Bárbara Torres, Rubén Moreno-Opo, Bea Sánchez, Antonio Sandoval).
(5-48) A Coruña Unprecedented passage. On 2.9 afternoon, a total of 43 birds, mostly adults, were seen migrating off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña. Most of them in two flocks of 30 and 9 birds each (Ana Torres, Pablo Pita, Bárbara Torres, Rubén Moreno-Opo, Bea Sánchez, Antonio Sandoval).
(49-50)A Coruña On 9.9, two birds were seen from a boat off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Xurxo Pinheiro, Pablo Pita, Miguel Rouco et al). See a photo below and thumbnails here

Photo above: Miguel Rouco. 9.9.2006. Two Arctic Skuas (left) and one Long-tailed (right).
(6) Asturies On 30.9, and during a seawatch off Gijón, Asturies, a bird was seen at photographed at close range (D.López Velasco, Ferran López). 

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1)
(1) Valencia. The adult found on 2.8 at Racó de l'Olla, PN l'Albufera de València, València and taken to a wildlife recovery centre soon afterwards continued its recovery by early September and it will be hopefully recovered the next days (information: J.I.Dies).The adult found at l’Albufera de Valencia on 2.8.2006 was finally released on 19.9 (at 12:30 UTC) back to the place where it was found after its recovery at Granja del Saler/Generalitat Valenciana. It has been ringed and marked (white PVC ring with code [272] at the left tarsus). It showed head moult since the last weeks. Once released, the gull gained height heading to Valencia harbour (due NNE). Despite low possibilities for survival, it has been given a second chance (Image below: courtesy CRF Granja del Saler).The bird was seen on 24.9 at a Black-headed Gull L.ridibundus roost within Valencia harbour, c.12 km NNE of the releasing place (F.Javier García Gans). On 25.9 it was seen again within a ridibundus flock at Marjal del Palmar, L'Albufera de València, c.16 km S of the Valencia harbour where seen the previous day (Toni Alcocer). See a thumbnail here.The adult was seen near the releasing location, at the beach of S'Albufera on 30.9, showing extensive moult in wing coverts (J.Ignacio Dies, Mónica Romero).

Photo above: CRF Granja del Saler. 19.9.2006.

Lesser-crested Tern* Sterna bengalensis(1,2,3)
(1) Huelva On 13.9 a bird was seen at the Doñana National Park beach, Matalascañas, Huelva (Iben H. Sorensen, Cristian Jensen et al / Audouin Birding Tours).
(2) Alicante On 4.9 a bird was found and photographed at Salinas de Santa Pola, Alicante/Alacant with Sandwich and Common Terns (Jacobo Ramos Sánchez)
(3) Huelva On 24.9, a juvenile was trapped and ringed at Odiel marshes, Huelva (José Sayago). A file has been sent to CR/SEO-BirdLife.

Presumed hybrid Tern * Sterna sp. (1)
(1) Valencia On 9.8 (news just released) a presumed hybrid tern perhaps Sandwich x Lesser Crested? was photographed at Marjal del Moro,Sagunt, València (Jules Sykes, M.West). See a photo below (M.West).

Photo above: M.West. 9.8.2006. 

Elegant Tern* Sterna elegans (1)
(1) Huelva On 24.9, a bird was trapped and ringed at Odiel marshes, Huelva (José Sayago). A file has been sent to CR/SEO-BirdLife.

Roseate Tern* Sterna dougallii (1)
(1) Asturies On 23.9 an Euring 3 bird was seen flying at close distance within a mixed tern flock, off Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco).

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1,2,3-4)
(1) Cádiz. A single bird was seen flying in Cadiz beaches, near Guadalquivir river mouth on 14.9 (Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín, J.L.Anguita, A.Rodrigo, Cristina G.Guerra, Paco Chiclana).
(2) Málaga On 16.9, a bird was seen in a mixed flock of House Martins Delichon urbicum and Common Swifts Apus apus at Frigiliana, Málaga (Samuel Peregrina)
(3-4) Cádiz Two birds were seen over Bolonia, Cádiz, on 22.9 (Santiago Villa/Spainbirds).

Citrine Wagtail* Motacilla citreola (1,2)
(1) Valencia. On 6.9 a juvenile was seen at close distance at Reserva dels Ullals
de Na Molins, Sueca, PN L'Albufera de València (Bosco Dies, Ana Valentín) 
(2) Asturies On 11.9 a bird entering from the sea and calling within an important arrival of Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava at Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco, Elías García-Sánchez)

Desert Wheatear * Oenanthe deserti (1)
(1) Cadiz On 8.9 a bird was reported near Tarifa, Cádiz (Benoit Paepegay). See two thumbnails here

Lesser Whitethroat* Sylvia curruca(1)
(1) Barcelona  On 14.9 a bird was seen at a park close to Besós river mouth, Sant Adrià de Besós, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy, Marcel Gil, Martí Rodríguez)

Pied Crow* Corvus albus (1)
(1) Pontevedra. The adult found on 19.8 at com Ruivo, O Grobe, Pontevedra was relocated at A Laje de Rons, Ogrobe, Pontevedra on 11.9 (Cosme Damián Romai)

Common Rosefinch* Carpodacus erythrinus(1-2,3)
(1-2)Asturies. On 12.9 two juveniles were seen at Peroño, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco)
(3) Tarragona On 24.9 a juvenile was trapped and ringed at Canal Vell, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Marc Olivé, Ana López; Daniel Roca). See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo above: Daniel Roca. 24.9.2006. 

Lapland Bunting* Calcarius lapponicus (1)
(1) Asturies On 20.9, a bird was found in the piers at the mouth of the Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Gonzalo Gil, Juanín Zaldivar). See two thumbnails here

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* 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. 

Mediterranean Gull* Larus melanocephalus(1)
(1) Lanzarote A 1st winter was seen at Arrecife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 27.9 (F.Javier García Vargas).See a thumbnail of the bird here

Unidentified Yellow-billed Tern * Sterna sp (1)
(1) Lanzarote The unidentified tern that overwintered at Arrecife, Lanzarote last winter (see a picture here) has returned to the same place on 9.9  together with the first flock of Sandwich Terns that have reached the area to overwinter (Francisco Javier García Vargas). This observation may even concern to the same bird seen in Cemlen Bay, Anglesey, UK during the summer 2006 and featured in Birding World 19(6):237-239. See three photos below (F.J.García)

Photos above: F.Javier García. 9.9.2006.

Grasshopper Warbler* Locustella naevia(1)
(1) Alegranza One fresh corpse was found in a feeding place of an Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae at Alegranza islet on 4.9 (Juan Sagardía, Miguel Rouco).See a thumbnail of the bird here

Western Orphean Warbler* Sylvia hortensis(1)
(1) AlegranzaOne fresh corpse was found in a feeding place of an Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae at Alegranza islet on 4.9 (Juan Sagardía, Miguel Rouco).See a thumbnail of the bird here

Ortolan Bunting* Emberiza hortulana(1)
(1) Alegranza One bird was seen drinking at the Alegranza islet reservoir on 6.9 (Juan Sagardía, Miguel Rouco).See a thumbnail of the bird here

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 a  icon. We would welcome to receive a spare copy of those journals using these news for commercial purposes. Contact RG at address at the front page. 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 y son responsabilidad de sus autores. 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 i és responsabilitat dels seus autors. 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.

Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible.

reported so far this month
Only Canary Islands rarities
 21 photos
62 thumbnails

Rarity distribution
September 2006

Rarity forecast

Number of rarities individuals per month in this website in 2005 and 2006

Accumulated September 2006:
(318 in 2005, ,136,16%)

Latest highlights:

The Pacific Golden Plover at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà as on 30.8 (R.Gutiérrez)
One of the two  Valencia Pectoral Sandpipers this month as on 2.9 (Bosco Dies)
The American Black Duck at Cariño, the 1st rare duck this autumn. Perhaps the returning individual of the last winters arriving a bit early (J.M.Alonso Pumar)
The hybrid Egret at Valencia (Bosco Dies)
Three image of the Valdoviño White Pelican (Ignacio Allegue)
Two further images of the American Black Duck at ria de Foz, Lugo (Amadeo Pombo)
Rare waders season begins with Pectoral Sandpipers (O Burgo bird above) and Buff-breasted Sandpipers from 7-10.9 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The American Black Duck at ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde)
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper also at ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde)
One of the two Long-tailed Skuas seen off Estaca de Bares on 9.9 (Miguel Rouco)
One of the two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers Caloidris melanotos found at Ebre delta, Tarragona on 11.9 (Josep Tantull, Roser Soler)
The adult Pectoral Sandpiper at L'Albufera de València, perhaps the one seen in late August (J.Ignacio Dies)
Above, two images of a Red-necked Phalarope of the three seen at Murcia this month (Ángel Sallent)
Two images of the l'Albufera de València Broad-billed Sandpiper (Toni Alcocer)
The 'new' Pectoral Sandpier of Tancat de la Ratlla on 12.9 (Bosco Dies)
The c.f. Desert Wheatear from Tarifa on 8.9 (B.Paepegay)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 16-17.9 (A.Ollé)
One of the three Buff-breasted Sandpipers seen altogether at Tapia, Asturies, on 17.9  (Adolfo Villaverde)
The Little Swift seen at Guadalquivir river mouth on 16.9 (2 photos: above, Paco Chiclana, below: Alfonso Rodrigo)
Yet another Pectoral Sandpiper: the one at Pego/Oliva marshes, S Valencia, on 19.9 (Jules Sykes). As from the photos above, Pecs are in double numbers this month!
Two images of the Lapland Bunting found at Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 20.9 (Juanín Zaldivar)
The Lesser Crested Tern at Santa Pola saltpans on 4.9 (A.Jacobo Ramos)
The 17th Pectoral Sandpiper this month! A bird at El Clot de Galvany, Elx on 22.9 (Jacobo Ramos)
Above six thumbnails: the Lesser Spotted Eagle at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa. Unlike most of 'fly-by' records, this bird was well photographed and all diagostic id features can be seen in the pictures (Todor Todorov)
The White-rumped Sandpiper at Lanzarote on 23.9 (F.Javier García)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at El Fraile, Tenerife on 16.9
Common Rosefinch trapped and ringed at Canal Vell, Tarragona on 24.9 (D.Roca)
Three images above of the Aquila pomarina/clanga seen at Cazalla, Tarifa, on 23.9 (Todor Todorov)
Two juveniles altogether at platja dels Prats, Vila-Seca, Tarragona (Albert Cama)
The Laughing Gull ringed at Valencia was seen at El Palmar on 25.9 but it roosts in the Valencia harbour, 16 km to the N (Toni Alcocer)
The Red-breasted Goose from Vilalfáfila, Zamora as on 22.9 (Alfonso Rodrigo)
The Lesser Yellowlegs of As Forcadas reservoir, A Coruña (J.M.Alonso Pumar)
Three images above of the Sancti Petri marshes Terek Sandpiper as on 25.9 (Santiago Villa/Spainbirds)
One of the Pectoral Sandpipers at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls, as on 27.9 (A.Ollé)
Alsoat El Matà, PN Aiguamolls, was this much rarer Wilson's Phalarope, only the 3rd for Catalonia, on 27.9 (A.Ollé)
Only Canary islands highlights
The Ortolan Bunting at Alegranza on 6.9 (J.Sagardia)
Victim of an Eleonora's was this Orphean warbler, found on 4.9 (M.Rouco)
Yet another victim of the same falcon was this Grasshopper warbler. Rarity finding in the Canaries thanks to Eleonora's Falcon hunting skills... (J.Sagardia)
Still a rarity in the Canary Islands, this Mediterranean Gull was seen at Lanzarote on 27.9 (F.J.García)

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