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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 Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and will not be included from 2006.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= 0 + 9 =9 ) +  0 Only Canary Islands


Egretta gularis x garzetta Larus hyperboreus Sterna maxima
Gyps rueppellii Sterna bengalensis Apus affinis
Falco biarmicus Sterna dougallii Corvus albus


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



Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Tarragona The resident presumed hybrid of the Tancada area, Delta de l'Ebre, was seen again on 6.6 now in the usual place on the basis of the Trabucador sandbar and Tancada area (Grégory Lepoutre). See a photo below (G.Lepoutre)
Egretta gularis x garzetta
Photo above: Grégory Lepoutre. 6.6.2007
(2) Sevilla A grey & white bird, probably the same seen in 2006 at Codo de la Esparraguera, Trebujena, Cádiz, was seen again on 18.6 at Veta la Palma, Doñana Natural Park, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla (José Luis Arroyo). See two thumbnails here

Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz On 18.6 one immature was seen flying over El Pelayo, Algeciras, Cádiz (André van der Plas)

Lanner* Falco biarmicus (1-3)
(1) Gibraltar On 14.6 a juvenile was seen over Gibraltar (GONHS). 
(2) Gibraltar Perhaps the same or another was seen on 18.6 at Gibraltar (GONHS)
(3) Gibraltar A juveniles was seen arriving from Africa at 13:00 with 3 Black Kites Milvus migrans from Jews' Gate (GONHS)

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1,2)
(1) Asturies The 4th winter continued at Avilés harbour on 1.6 (D.L.Velasco, Miguel Rouco). See a thumbnail here
(2) Bizkaia A bird was seen on 26-27.6 at Jata dump and Lemoniz reservoir, Lemoniz, Bizkaia (Javier Elorriaga). It seems it might be the same bird reported from this area this last winter.

Royal Tern * Sterna maxima (1-2)
(1-2) Cádiz Two birds were seen flying W off Tarifa island, Cádiz, on 12.6 (Juan Ramírez, María Mateos). These sightings were produced within Migres count program.

Lesser-crested Tern * Sterna bengalensis (1,2,3-11,12-14,15)
(1) Cádiz On 2.6 there was one fishing near Tarifa island, Cádiz (Gonzalo Muñoz, Alejandro Onrubia, Pablo Barrena y Tania Saez).
(2) Cádiz On 3.6 another was seen in flight to the East off Tarifa, Cádiz (Andrés de la Cruz, David Cuenca Espinosa).
(3-11) Cádiz On 5.6, nine birds were seen flying east only 100 meters off the coast of Tarifa island, Cádiz: five with two Sandwich Terns S.sandvicensis, two more with 3 Sandwich and 2 more alone. There were probably more birds, perhaps up to 12 different (Juan Ramirez, David Cuenca Espinosa)
(12-14) Cádiz Three more were seen on 5.6 afternoon (Gonzalo Muñoz).
(15) Almeria At least one bird, possibly two, were seen flying 100 m off Rambla Morales, Cabo de Gata NP, Almeria, on 9.6 (Juan Pérez)

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1-2,3,4,5)(1-2)
(1-2) Asturies On 1.6 there were 2 at Zeluán, ria de Avilés, Asturies (Daniel López Velasco, Miguel Rouco). See two photos below (D.López Velasco)The birds were still around on 4.6 (D.L.Velasco, Aurelio Álvarez Usategui, Alfonso Rodrigo).See thumbnails hereMore photos below (M.Rouco).Still present on 5.6 at the same place in company of 5 Sandwich Terns, 4 Little Terns and 80 Common Terns (Antonio Ceballos, Ana C.Narciso, Daniel López Velasco).
Sterna dougallii
Sterna dougallii
Photos above: Daniel López Velasco. 1.6.2007
Sterna dougallii
Sterna dougallii
Sterna dougallii
Photos above: Miguel Rouco. 1.6.2007

(3) Cantabria The Santoña bird found in late May remained in the area on 1.6 (Alejandro García Herrera)
(4) Bizkaia Another was found at El Abra, first from Santurtzi and then from Getxo on 1.6 (Gorka Ocio). On 7.6 (Iván Sarabia), 8.6 (Iván Sarabia, Juanma Domínguez) it was seen again. Photographed on 9.6 (Ricardo Rodríguez, Lander Goñi, Xabier Remirez).
Sterna dougallii
Photo above: Xabier Remirez. 9.6.2007
(5) A Coruña On 19.6 afternoon an adult breeding plumaged bird was recorded flying across Ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia)
(1-2) Gibraltar Two were seen flying west from Europa poimt on 27.6. 4th Gibraltar record (GONHS)

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1-11,12)
(1-11) Cádiz At least eleven birds between Chipiona and Bolonia were seen on 11.6 (Paco Chiclana).At least there were seven at Bolonia on 18.6 (André van der Plas)
(12) Sevilla A bird was at Sevilla northern sierra on 16.6 (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Villaécija)

Pied Crow Corvus albus (1)
(1) Pontevedra The bird present since 4.7.2006 at A Laxe de Rons area, O  Grove/Ogrobe, Pontevedra, Galicia was still around on 28.6, c.500m from its nest aat Boibas, Ogrobe (Cosme Damián Romai). The nest was apparently abandoned and therefore it seems that it has failed the breeding of this bird with a Carrion Crow.

* 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. Reproduction of the contents of this page in commercial websites (e.g. *.com) or for commercial purposes is forbidden if not agreed in advance.. 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. La reproducción total o parcial de los contenidos de esta página está prohibida en sitios web comerciales (p.ej. *.com) si no se autoriza de antemano. 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.La reproducció total o parcial dels continguts d'aquesta plana és prohidia per a qualsevol lloc web de caire comercial (e.g. *.com) sinó s'ha autoritzat de forma prèvia. Tornar a l'inici de la plana.

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Larus hyperboreus
The Avilés Glaucous Gull, a nearly resident bird (M.Rouco).
Not all black-billed terns are Roseates. This is one of the Asturies birds though, well seen in early June (Miguel Rouco)
The Roseate Tern at El Abra on 9.6 (Xabier Remirez)
The grey & white egret at Doñana Natural Park, a presumed hybrid (J.L.Arroyo)
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