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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 those 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, Sterna bengalensis and others. Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and are not be included from 2006.

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Species index (n= 0 + 16 =16 ) +  1 Only Canary Islands
Podylimbus podiceps Charadius leschenaultii Sterna sp 'elegans like'
Oceanites oceanicus Phalaropus lobatus Sterna dougallii
Oceanodroma castro Larus hyperboreus Apus affinis
Bulweria bulwerii Larus cachinnans Corvus albus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Sterna maxima
Gyps rueppellii Sterna bengalensis


Milvus milvus
* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers
July 2007 overview. The month has been largely dull, with few records, concentrated in the Cádiz area (yellow-billed terns and Little Swifts) with the odd sightings of 'Elegant-like' terns again at Valencia and Catalonia. Late in the month the most interesting sightings came from the NW, with results from a pelagic bringing a Bulwer's Petrel and Madeira Storm-Petrels. Only two Wilson's were reported though. The most interesting findings were the (possible relocation?) of the Asturies Pied-billed Grebe, now at Lugo and a brief 'one-day' visit of a Greater Sand Plover at Costa da Morte rarities hotspot of Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso.

Resumen de Julio 2007. El mes ha sido algo aburrido, con poco movimiento, concentrado en la zona de Cádiz (charranes de pico amarillo y Vencejos Moros), con algunas citas interesantes en Valencia y Catalunya de charranes 'tipo elegante'.A finales de mes las citas más interesantes vinieron del NW, con los resultados de un viaje pelágico que produjo Petrel de Bulwer y Paiño de Madeira. Sólo se citaron dos de Wilson en todo el mes. Las citas más interesantes fueron la (posible relocalización?) del Zampullín Picogrueso que se había visto en Asturies este invierno, ahora en Lugo y la observación breve (un dia) de un Chorlitejo Mongol Grande en la meca de la Costa da Morte, la ensenada de la Ínsua en Ponteceso.

Resum de Juliol 2007. El mes ha estat una mica avorrit, sobre tot al NE de la península on hem tingut poc moviment, que s'ha concentrat més aviat a la zona de Càdis (xatracs de bec groc i falziots culblancs comuns però amb alguna cita interessant a València i el Principat de xatracs de bec groc 'tipus elegant'. A finals de mes les cites més interessants van venir del NW, amb els resultats d'un viatge pelàgic que va produir Petrells de Bulwer i de Madeira. Només es van veure un parell d'Oceànics en tot el més però. Les cites més interessants van ser la (relocalització?) del Cabusset becgròs que s'havia vist a Asturies aquest hivern, ara a Lugo i  l'observació breu (un dia) d'un Corriol de Leschenault a la meca de la Costa da Morte, l' ensenada de la Ínsua a Ponteceso.



Pied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
(1) Lugo One bird (perhaps the same featured last months in Asturias) was seen at Caque lagoon, Castro de Rei on 26.7 (David Calleja via Antonio Fernández/Galiciaves).The bird was seen again on 31.7 (Pablo Gutiérrez et al). 

Wilson's Storm Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus (1,2)
(1) A Coruña A bird was seen during a whole hour from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña the first weekend of July. It was within a group of 65 Storm-petrels Hydrobates pelagicus. The first of the season (Antonio Sandoval)
(2) Pontevedra One bird was seen 162 nautical miles west of Baiona on 27.7 (Cosme D. Romai).

Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro (1,2)
(1) Pontevedra One or two birds were seen 162 nautical miles west of Baiona on 27.7 (Cosme D. Romai, José A. Martínez).
(2) A Coruña One bird was seen 150 nautical miles west of cape Prior, Ferrol on 28.7 (Cosme D. Romai, José A. Vázquez).

Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii (1)
(1) A Coruña A bird was seen 200 nautical miles west of cape Vilán, Camariñas on 25.7 (Cosme D. Romai, A. Servidio).

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret* Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) Tarragona The resident presumed hybrid of the Tancada area, Delta de l'Ebre, was seen again on 2.7 again in the usual place on the basis of the Trabucador sandbar and Tancada area (Manolo García y Javier Cotín). See two thumbnails here (M.Garcia)

Rüppell's Vulture* Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz On 8.7 one was seen feeding on a carcase at La Zarzuela, Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz (Juan Miguel González Perea/ Grupo Anillamiento Cigüeña Negra). See photos below and a thumbnail here (J.M.González)
Gyps rueppellii

Photos above: J.M.González  (below, with a Griffon Vulture G.fulvus)

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii (1)
(1) A Coruña By 31.7 a single bird was seen at Ponteceso Estuary, the bird is a male (Maria Vidal Malde and Marcos Otero Filgueiras). Not seen in the following three days despite intensive search (L.J.Salaverri; P.Gutiérrez).See two photos below and a thumbnail here

Photos above: Marcos Otero. 31.7.2007

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus (1)
(1) Tarragona By 15.7 a single bird was seen at Punta de la Banya Reserve, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Ferran Blanch), but not afterwards (Carles Domingo).

Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) Bizkaia The bird seen in late June around Lemoniz, Bizkaia, continued in the area on 1.7 (Javier Elorriaga)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinanns (1,2,3)
(1) Girona The same 2nd calendar-year bird seen since March was seen again on 4.7 at Pedret , Alt Empordà, Girona (Àlex Ollé) and 8.7 (Àlex Ollé, Marina Rodríguez).
(2) Asturies On 2.7, an adult/4th summer was seen at ria de Avilés, Asturies (César A.Laó). See a photo below. Peter Adriaens mentioned '... shows quite a bit of black near the tip of P10, which is not usually the case in adult cachinnans, but it is certainly possible in subadults (4rh summer). In all other respects (long, broad pale tongue on P10, elongated body shape, dark iris, bill and head shape, etc.) it looks like a typical cachinnans'
Larus cachinnans
Photo above: César A.Laó
(3) Asturies On 2.7, a 2nd summer was seen at ria de Avilés, Asturies (César A.Laó). See a photo below.
Larus cachinnans
Photo above: César A.Laó

Royal Tern Sterna maxima (1)
(1) Málaga An adult was seen off Guadalhorce river mouth during the RAM monthly seawatch on 7.7 (Andy Paterson)

Lesser-crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2-3,4,5)
(1) Cádiz An adult was seen at La Jara beach, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz on 4.7 (Paco Chiclana)
(2-3) Cádiz There were 2 adults at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz on 6.7 (Paco Chiclana, Fabio di Pietro)
(4) Valencia An adult was seen on 10.9 roosting at Racó de l'Olla, PN Albufera de València (J.Ignacio Dies, Miguel Chardí). See two thumbnails here
(5) Cádiz On 13-14.7 a bird was seen and photographed at Cádiz beach (Paco Chiclana)
Sterna bengalensis
Sterna bengalensis  elegans
Photos above: Paco Chiclana, 13.7.2007 Above: bengalensis with sandvicensis and hirundo. Below: bengalensis (left) and presumed elegans (right)

Yellow-billed Tern (possible Elegant Tern or some kind of hybrid bengalensis x sandvicensis or similar ) Sterna sp (1,2,3)
(1) Barcelona A yellow-billed tern ringed with yellow PVC on its left ring and metallic ring on its right was seen on 7.7 at Llobregat river mouth, El Prat de Llobregat (X.Larruy). It had been seen on 5.7 (Tomàs Montalvo) and it remained until  8.7 (R.Bastida). This is the same bird seen briefly this season at l'Albufera de Valencia and that has probably stayed elsewhere in between. It was ringed last year at Albufera de Valencia with a yellow PVC ring while it already was carrying a ring, from its initial ringing at Marismas del Odiel, Huelva, some years ago (editorial comment). Its identity remains controversial because it seems an Elegant Tern but a hybrid is not totally discarded.

(2) Cádiz An elegant tern-like was seen and photographed first at La Jara beach, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cádiz on 6 and 13.7 (Paco Chiclana) then at Cádiz beach on 13-14.7, together with a Lesser Crested Tern (see above) (Paco Chiclana). See photo above.See another photo below (P.Chiclana)
Sterna elegans
Photo above: Paco Chiclana, 14.7.2007 (left, Sterna hirundo, right, Sterna sandvicensis)

(3) Valencia Almost the same bird seen last year BUT without any ring was seen on 12-13.7 at Albufera de Valencia (B.Dies, A.Alcocer, J.I.Dies). There is more information at Dies' Brothers website and a photo below (J.I.Dies)
Sterna elegans
Photo above:  J.Ignacio Dies. 13.7.2007 

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2,3)
(1) Cádiz An adult bird was seen on 3.7 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana; Carlos Torralvo).
(2) Valencia On 9.7 an adult breeding plumaged bird was seen at Racó de l'Olla, L'Albufera de València. It was seen calling and flying over the observers close to the tern colony (J.Ignacio Dies, Miguel Chardí). Not seen the following day (J.I.Dies).
(3) Cádiz On 14.7 a bird was seen at Cádiz beach (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below (P.Chiclana)
Sterna dougalllii
Photo above: Paco Chiclana, 14.7.2007

Little Swift* Apus affinis (1-2,3-11)
(1-2) Cádiz At Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz, there were 2 flying above la Zarzuela area on 8.7 (Juan Miguel González Perea/ Grupo Anillamiento Cigüeña Negra)
(3-11) Cádiz At Guadalquivir river mouth beaches, there were 9 birds altogether on 15.7 (Paco Chiclana).On 28.7 there were 3 adults and 2 juveniles in the same area, where it has bred again (Rafael García Costales, Alberto Savijn)

Pied Crow Corvus albus (1,2)
(1) Pontevedra The bird present since 4.7.2006 at A Laxe de Rons area, O  Grove/Ogrobe, Pontevedra, Galicia was still around on 7.7.2007, one year later, c.500m SE from its unoccupied nest at Boibas, Ogrobe (Cosme Damián Romai, Atocha Ramos).Still there on 15.7, when seen 'playing' with two Carrion Crows (C.D.Romai, B.Pazos).
(2) A Coruña The bird seen previously at Cariño, A Coruña, was seen again at A Concha beach on 5-6.7 (José Miguel Alonso Pumar)

* 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.

Red Kite Milvus milvus (1)
(1) Gran Canaria A bird was seen on 8.7 at Telde, Gran Canaria (Miguel A. Avelino)

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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reported so far this month
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Rarity distribution
July 2007
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Number of rarities individuals per month in this website in 2005 and 2006

Latest highlights:

The resident presumed hybrid Egret from the Ebro Delta as on 2.7 (Manolo García)
The Rüppells Vulture at Zahara de los Atunes, Cádiz (J.M.González)
The wings of the reported Caspian Gull number (2) and the head of number (3) both seen at ria de Avilés, Asturies this July (César A.Laó)
Two shots of the adult Lesser-Crested Tern. For once, a typical grey-rumped yellow-billed tern! (J.I.Dies)
The Lesser-crested Tern at Cádiz on 6.7 (Paco Chiclana)
Like in the ordinary press, the presence of a single theme so called 'summer snake' in some countries deserves attention in an otherwise rather calmed scenario. The presence of yellow long-billed terns with pale backs and rumps, recalling (fitting sometimes!) Elegant Tern shape is one of those recurrent 'snakes'. Yet, still without a proper response to this perhaps rather unlikely arrival of (three this month!) Pacific species to Spain. In the photo, the Cádiz bird, an area favoured by any kind of Yellow-billed terns this year! (Paco Chiclana)
The Greater Sand Plover from Ensenada da Insua: a blocker! only seen by two lucky observers (Marcos Otero)
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