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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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included from 2006.

Number of rarities this month Citations / Citaciones / Com citar
Rarity distribution this month Rarity forecast 
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Species index (n= 9 +21 =30 ) +  0 Only Canary Islands
Cygnus cygnus Anser fabalis Anas carolinensis
Branta canadensis Alopochen aegyptiaca Aythya collaris
Anser brachyrhynchus Aix galericulata Aythya affinis


Podylimbus podiceps Phalaropus tricolor Streptopelia senegalensis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Larus atricilla Apus affinis
Geronticus eremita Larus philadelphia Motacilla citreola
Phoenicopterus minor Larus fuscus fuscus Acrocephalus agricola
Circus macrourus Larus cachinnans Sturnus roseus
Aquila clanga Larus glaucoides Corvus albus
Aquila clanga/pomarina Larus hyperboreus Corvus corone cornix


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


Whooper Swan* Cygnus cygnus (1)
(1) Cantabria The 1w swan reported in December was still present at ria de la Rabia, Cantabria on 9.2 (Carmen Calva, Javier Portillo).

Canada Goose* Branta canadensis (1,2,3) 
(1) Palencia On 4.2 there was one at Laguna de la Nava, Palencia (Antonio Ceballos). See a thubnail here
(2) Zamora The bird found at lagunas de Barillos, Villafáfila lagoons, Zamora on 26.11.2006 was still in the area on 10.2.2007 (Héctor García, J.Cañadas, Dios, O.Gutiérrez, C.Urruela, J.Ardaiz, L.Goñi, J.Robres, Javier sp. L.Arroyo, G.Ocio) and 25.2 (Jukka Rokkanen, José Antonio García Fernández, Clemente Álvarez Usategui).
(3) Palencia A bird was seen on 15.2 afternoon at Boada de Campos, Palencia (Pero Decimavilla)

Pink-footed Goose* Anser brachyrhynchus (1,2,3)
(1) Zamora On 10.2 a bird was seen at Villafáfil lagoons, Zamora (L.J.Salaverri; Héctor García, J.Cañadas, Dios, O.Gutiérrez, C.Urruela, J.Ardaiz, L.Goñi, J.Robres, Javier sp. L.Arroyo, G.Ocio).See a thumbnail here
(2) A Coruña At laguna de As Xarfas, Louro, Muros there was a 1w bird on 26.2 (Cosme Damián Romai). 
(3) Asturies On 28.2 there was one at Playa de San Antolín, Bedón river mouth, Llanes, Asturies (Javier Elorriaga, Carlos Ruiz). See a photo below (J.Elorriaga)

Photo: Javier Elorriaga. 28.2.2007

Bean Goose* Anser fabalis (1,2,3-4,5,6)
(1) Zamora An adult fabalis was seen at Villafáfila, Zamora, on 3.2, close to the village (Jose Pedro Portillo, Javier Portillo;Ángel González Mendoza))
(2) Palencia On 4.2 there was one at Laguna de la Nava, Palencia (Antonio Ceballos)
(3-4) Badajoz On 1.2 evening, two apparently ssp. fabalis, an adult and a 1w were seen feeding amongst Greylag Geese and Common Cranes in rice fields near Dehesa de Mohada Alta visitors center, Navalvillar de Pela, Badajoz (John L.Muddeman)
(5) Ciudad Real One was seen at Laguna de la Veguilla, Alcazar de SanJuan on 10.2 (Xurxo Pinheiro) and 11.2 (Gabriel Martín, Mario Rodero, José Ramón)
(6) Cantabria A bird of the nominate ssp was seen in company of four Greylag Geese A.anser at marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel, Cantabria on 19.2. After resting a while, they left the area flying at high altitude, behaving as presumed departing migrants (Alejandro García Herrera).

Egyptian Goose* Alopochen aegyptiaca (1,2)
(1) Ciudad Real Possible escape. The bird seen on 7.1.2007 at Laguna de la Vega, Alcazar de Sanjuan remained there on 10.2 (Xurxo Pinheiro et al)
(2) Girona There was a bird at Tordera river mouth, Blanes on 25.2 (Quique Carballal)

Mandarin Duck* Aix galericulata (1)
(1) Valencia A drake was seen from 27.1 to 19.2 at Barranco de Carraixet, Alboraia, Valencia (Rafa Muñoz, Daniel Domingo, Ángeles Lluch)

Green-winged Teal* Anas carolinensis (1,2-3) 
(1) Asturies The drake found on 24.11.2006 at El Cierrón, Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, was seen on 5.2 (Adolfo Villaverde) and 14.2 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).
(2-3) Pontevedra On 2.2 there were two at Castrelo, Cambados at the Umia 
river mouth (Samuel Paz). See two thumbnails here

Ring-necked Duck* Aythya collaris(1-2,3)
(1-2) A Coruña The overwintering pair at As Forcadas reservoir, Valdoviño, A Coruña was seen on 13.2 amongst 9 A.fuligula, 1 A.ferina and 1 A.affinis (Cosme D. Romai Cousido). They were near Vilaboa, close to the reservoir end.
(3) A Coruña At laguna de As Xarfas, Louro, Muros there was a female on 26.2 (Cosme Damián Romai). This bird might be the same seen 14 km S at laguna de Xuño, Porto do Son a few days before (C.D.Romai).

Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis (1,2,3,4)
(1) A Coruña A male was seen on 13.2 amongst 13 A.marila at Fervenza reservoir end, near Brandomil, Zas (David Martínez Lago, Viki Pita/forum Galiciaves).
(2) Lanzarote The female reported earlier from Salinas de Janubio, Yaiza, Lanzarote was seen again on 9.2 (Francisco Javier García Vargas, Juan Sagardía Pradera) and on 20.2 (Juan Sagardía). See a photo below

Photo: Juan Sagardia. 20.2.2007

(3) León One of the three birds found on 18.11.2006 at Embalse de Selga de Ordás, León, a female, was seen again on 4.2.2007 (David Miguélez, Miguel Juan)
(4) A Coruña A drake (also seen last month) was seen again at As Forcadas reservoir, Valdoviño, A Coruña on 13.2 (Cosme D. Romai Cousido).


Pied-billed Grebe* Podilymbus podiceps(1)
(1) Asturies The bird that reached Ria de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies, on 27.12.2006 and continued there into the new year was last seen (so far) on 5.2 (Adolfo Villaverde).Still in the area on 11.2 (A.Vilalverde, J.Zaldívar, G.Ocio) and 14.2 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui), 24-25.2 (Óscar Llama, José Antonio López, Carlos Sánchez) and 26.2 (Jukka Rokkanen)

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1-3,4)
(1-3) Valencia Three birds are now present around L'Albufera de Valencia. Two of them coming from november 2006 at Tremolar area (one pale, photo below, another darker, see below) and another at Sueca ricefields, rather similar to one of the Tremolar-Alfafar area (thumbnail here), all seen on 8.2 (Bosco Dies). One, the darker individual, remained at marjal d'Alfafar, L'Albufera, on 11.2 (Toni Alcocer, Isabel Bischoping). See two photos below.

The pale hybrid from Tremolar-Alfafar area (left).  Photo: Bosco Dies. .2.2007

The dark individual from Tremolar-Alfafar area. Photos: Toni Alcocer. 11.2.2007

(4) Tarragona The usual bird from 'La Tancada area' has moved somewhat west of the saltpans and was located on 5.2 close tot La Tancada campsite (Frederik Naedts, Maarten Jacobs).

Bald Ibis* Geronticus eremita (1-9)
(1) Cádiz Nine birds, at least two without radio-transmitters (despite probably all of them coming from the reintroduction scheme) were seen at Tarifa, Cádiz on 24.2 (Todor Todorov).

Lesser Flamingo* Phoenicopterus minor (1-2)
(1-2) Cuenca At Laguna de Manjavacas, Cuenca, there were 2 individuals on 10.2 (Xurxo Pinheiro).One had been reported before at laguna de la Veguilla and Villacañas (see December report)

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1)
(1) Zamora The bird seen and photographed on 27-28.1 at Villafáfila, Zamora remained there on 3.2 (Ángel González Mendoza). There are more photos here (opens in another window).

Greater Spotted Eagle* Aquila clanga(1)
(1) Alicante A 1w was seen in fields near P.N. El Hondo, Alicante on 1.2 (Jacobo Ramos). On 2.2 it was seen again (Clemente Álvarez Usategui; Luis Fidel,
A.Jacobo Ramos). See two photos below. Seen again on 5.2 at El Hondo area (Graham Critchell). Seen again on 10.2 over the 'palmeral' on the north side of 'El Hondo' reserve (Richard Howard) and on 25.2 (Julian Sykes, Richard Palmer, Malcolm Palmer)

Aquila clanga A.Jacobo Ramos 2.2.2007
Photo: A.Jacobo Ramos. 2.2.2007
Aquila clanga Luis Fidel 2.2.2007
Photo: Luis Fidel. 2.2.2007

Greater/Lesser Spotted Eagle* Aquila clanga/pomarina(1)
(1) Huelva On 1.2 there was an undetermined large eagle adult at El Rocio, Huelva (Manolo Romero, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo, Paco Chiclana).

Wilson's Phalarope* Phalaropus tricolor(1)
(1) Cádiz  A bird was found on 21.2 at Salina de la Tapa, PN Bahia de Cádiz, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales). It was mixed with a flock of BW Stilts H.himantopus and Avocets R.avosetta.  See a photo below and thumbnails here

Photo: Rafael García Costales. 21.2.2007

Laughing Gull* Larus atricilla (1)
(1) Girona The adult found at Blanes harbour, Girona, on 8.1 remained in the same harbour area on 7.2 (Pedro Bescós) and 8.2 (Frederik Naedts, Maarten Jacobs).

Bonaparte's Gull* Larus philadelphia(1)
(1) Asturies The adult bird found in late january was seen again on 2.2 (F.Javier
Portillo).See a photo below.Still in the area on 11.2 (Héctor García, O.Gutiérrez, C.Urruela, J.Ardaiz, L.Goñi, J.Robres, Javier sp. L.Arroyo, G.Ocio).See a thumbnail of the open wings here (Héctor García).Seen again on 23.2 (Jukka Rokkanen) and 24-25.2 (Óscar Llama, José Antonio López, Carlos Sánchez)
Larus philadelphia F.J.Portillo 2.2.2007
Photo: F.Javier Portillo. 2.2.2007

Baltic Gull* Larus fuscus fuscus (1)
(1) Málaga A bird PVC ringed 'C1KV' was seen at Málaga harbour, 36,42N 4,25W on 27.1 and 6.2 (Salvador Garcia). This adult was ringed in 1999 as an adult at Tampere dump, Finland (62,32N, 23,6E) and it had been controlled at least 200 times since then but never out of Finland.

Caspian Gull* Larus cachinanns(1,2-4,5)
(1) Girona On 5.2 one 3rd winter was reported at Blanes harbour, Girona (Frederik Naedts, Maarten Jacobs).
(2-4) Girona On 11.2 there were a 2nd winter, a 1st winter and the bird reported on 13.1 at Solius dump, Girona,a more doubtful bird (Albert Cama, Carlos Álvarez, Matxalen Pauly, Carme Rotllan; Ponç Feliu, Ponç Feliu Jr., Mercè Sánchez-Frou)See two photos below (A.Cama)

Photos above: Albert Cama. 11.2.2007
(5) Barcelona  On 6.2 a 2w was found at Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona (Carles Carboneras). See photos here (opens in another window)

Iceland Gull* Larus glaucoides (1,2-3,4)
(1) Pontevedra On 3.2 an adult was found at Cabo Silleiro, Baiona (José Gandara, Manolo Alonso, José Ramón Gómez). On 4.2 it was two km south, at costa de Mougas, Oia (Rafa y Tito Salvadores, César Vidal). See a photo below and a thumbnail here
Larus glaucoides Cesar Vidal 4.2.2007
Photo: César Vidal. 4.2.2007
(2-3)A Coruña The two 1w at Lires, A Coruña, at least since 19.1 were seen again on 4.2 at Nemiña beach, Lires (Samuel Paz). See two thumbnails here and a photo below. One of them seen again on 26.2 (C.Damian Romai). New thumbnail here
Larus glaucoides Samuel Paz 4.2.2007
Photo: Samuel Paz. 4.2.2007
(4)Bizkaia On 10.2 a 1w was present at Vega de Lamiako, Ria del Nervión, Leioa, Bizkaia (Javier Elorriaga). This bird might be the same seen in January at Santurtzi, Bizkaia (J.Elorriaga).See a thumbnail here Perhaps this same bird or another was seen on 18.2 at Igorre dump, Bizkaia (Gorka Ocio)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1,2,3,4)
(1) A Coruña The 3rd winter seen in January around Lira, Carnota, A Coruña was seen again on 10.2 (Manuel A. Alonso, José A.Gándara, José Ramón Gómez).
(2) A Coruña A 1w, different from the birds seen at Fisterra on December 2006 and January 2007,  was recorded at the same fishing harbour on 10.2 (Manuel A. Alonso, José A.Gándara, José Ramón Gómez). Seen again on 26.2 (C.Damian Romai). New thumbnail here
(3) A Coruña A 1w was seen at La Concha beach, Cariño, A Coruña on 16.2 (Ricardo Hevia).Seen again on 23.2 (R.Hevia, J.M.Alonso Pumar)

Photo: Ricardo Hevia. 16.2.2007
(4) A Coruña Another 1w was seen at Cariño, A Coruña on 23.2 in company of bird (3) (R.Hevia, J.M.Alonso Pumar). See a photo below (R.Hevia)

Photo: Ricardo Hevia. 23.2.2007

Laughing Dove* Streptopelia senegalensis(1)
(1) Cádiz On 14.2 a bird was seen 100m south of Algaida pinewood, near Bonanza saltpans, Cádiz (Phil Chantler, communicated by John Cantelo).See a photo below (P.Chantler)

Photo: Phil Chantler. 14.2.2007

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1-2)
(1-2) Cádiz. Two birds were seen at Bolonia, Cádiz, on 17.2 (Phil Chantler)

Citrine Wagtail* Motacilla citreola (1,2)
(1) Girona The 1w seen and photographed at close distance at El Matà area, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 14.12.2006 remained in the same area on 1.2 (Sergi Sales, Albert Roca i Jordi Maretí-Aledo) and 3.2 (Miguel Rouco i Jordi Martí-Aledo). Still in the same area on 6.2 (Jordi Martí-Aledo). Still visible on 11.2 (Àlex Ollé, Pere Serrano)
(2) Cádiz On 27.2 a 1w was trapped and ringed within a White Wagtail Motacilla alba roost at Algeciras, Cádiz. Its presence was unknown in the area and it was in active moult (Pablo Ortega, Miguel González / Grupo Anillamiento Cigüeña Negra). See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo: Grupo Anillamiento Cigüeña Negra. 27.2.2007

Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola (1,2)
(1) Barcelona A bird was trapped and ringed at Congost river (riu Congost), Montornès del Vallès, Barcelona, on 10.2 (Antonio España, Ángel Fernández, Carles Furquet, Joan Carles Fernández-Ordóñez/PARUS). See a photo below (Joan Carles Fernández-Ordóñez)
Acrocephalus agricola  Joan Carles Fernandez-Ordoñez 10.2.2007
Photo: J.C.Fernández-Ordoñez. 10.2.2007
(2) Tarragona A bird was seen at Muntanyans del Tarragonès, Creixell, Tarragona on 13.2 mroning (Jordi Vázquez de Luca). A description has been submitted to CR/SEO.

Rosy Starling* Sturnus roseus(1)
(1) Barcelona A 1w was seen on 12.2 at Cal Roc, Llobregat Delta (see a photo below, Ferran López). Perhaps it is the same bird initially found on 22.10.2006 close to that area at La Ricarda lagoon that may have went unnoticed all winter long (Ferran López)

Photo: Ferran López. 12.2.2007

Pied Crow* Corvus albus (1)
(1) Pontevedra The bird present last autumn at A Laxe de Rons area, O Grove/Ogrobe, Pontevedra, Galicia was still around on 10.2 (Cosme Damián Romai).

Hooded Crow* Corvus (corone) cornix (1)
(1) Girona The bird seen again on 27.1 at La Gallinera ricefields, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona remained at the same place on 1.2 (Teresa Montràs, Jordi Martí-Aledo). The bird moved to the nearby Riumors ricefields on 11.2 (Jordi Martí-Aledo) and 13.2 (S.Sales, J.Martí-Aledo, R.Gutiérrez, A.Broncca).

* 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.

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 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 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 .Desd'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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The Bean Goose at Villafáfila as on 3.2 (Ángel González)
Finding an adult Iceland is somewhat rare in Spain: this is the Baiona bird as on 4.2 (César Vidal)
The two drake Green-Winged Teals at Cambados: any wintering Teal can produce a surprise, but two altogether is certainly an unexpected find (Samuel Paz)
The two Iceland Gulls from Lires continued into February (Samuel Paz)
The Iceland Gull at Bizkaiaon 10.2 (Javier Elorriaga)
The 3rd hybrid at Valencia: the Sueca egret as on 8.2 (Bosco Dies)
The Canada Goose at La nava on 4.2 (Antonio Ceballos)
The Bean Goose from La Mancha wetlands as on 11.2 (Gabriel Martín)
The Paddyfield Warbler at Barcelona: an unusual winter record! (J.C.Fernández Ordoñez)
Two more images of the Xixon Bonaparte's showing the wing pattern (Héctor García)
The As Forcadas Ring-necked duck pair (Cosme D.Romai)
The As Forcadas Lesser Scaup (Cosme D.Romai)
The Bizkaia Iceland Gull (Gorka Ocio)
The Laughing Gull was still around Blanes, Girona on 7.2(Pedro Bescós)
The Wilson's Phalarope aat Cadiz marshes on 21.2 (Rafael García Costales)
The Canada Goose at Boada de Campos, Palencia on 15.2 (Pedro Decimavilla)
The Citrine Wagtail trapped at Algeciras (G.A.Cigüeña Negra)
The Lires, Cee Iceland Gull as in late February (C.D.Romai)
The Glaucous Gull from Fisterra, A Coruña in late February (C.D.Romai)
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