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Species index (n= 4 + 19 =23 ) +  1 Only Canary Islands

Cygnus cygnus Alopochen aegyptiaca Anas rubripes
Anas discors


Podylimbus podiceps Falco biarmicus Larus cachinnans
Oceanites oceanicus Calidris pusilla Sterna maxima
Egretta gularis x garzetta Calidris fuscicollis Sterna bengalensis
Gyps rueppellii Limicola falcinellus Sterna sp (cf.elegans type)
Buteo rufinus Phalaropus lobatus Apus affinis
Circus macrourus Stercorarius longicaudus Corvus albus
Glareola nordmanii


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


Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus (1)
(1) Cantabria A bird was seen at Alday marshes, Camargo, Cantabria, on 1.8 (Guillermo Rodríguez) to 8.8 (Alejandro García Herrera). It may remain in the are to complete its moult.

Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca (1)
(1) Cádiz. A bird was seen at Alventus marshes, Trebujena, Cádiz on 8.8 (Paco Chiclana, Fernando del Valle). See a thumbnail here

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1)
(1) A Coruña A bird arrived on 13.8 to Esteiro de Feás, ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña (first record for 2006 was on 1.9) (Cosme Damián Romai, Ricardo Hevia). It was still there on 15.8 (Ricardo Hevia).See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo: Cosme Damián Romai. 13.8.2007

Blue-Winged Teal Anas discors (1)
(1) A Coruña A bird was seen and photographed at Lago, A Coruña, on 26-29.8 (Amadeo Pombo). There is a  photo in his Aves de la Marina Lucense blog here


Pied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
(1) Lugo One bird was seen at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo on 23.8 (José Otero). It was the same seen on 26.7 at Caque lagoon, Lugo.Seen again on 27.8 (José Otero, Eva Villares).

Wilson's Storm Petrel* Oceanites oceanicus (1-5,6)
(1-5) Asturies On 22.8, five birds were seen from Punta de la Vaca headland, Gozón, Asturies. Birds were seen within 9:45 and 14:45 plus 16:45-19:45 hours (Pablo Guerra, José Guerra, Marco García, Nacho Vega, Pedro J. Menéndez, Daniel López Velasco, Jorge Valella).
(6) Cantabria On 22.8 at least one bird, perhaps 2, were seen from Santander coast (Guillermo Rodriguez, Fernando Arce). 

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 8.8 at Tancada saltpans area, between the road and the bay (Ricard Gutiérrez, Emma Guinart). See two photos below (R.Gutiérrez). Seen again on 11.8 (Xesco Macià, Javier Mendoza)

Photos above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 8.8.2007
(2) Sevilla Another individual reported before in this website was relocated on 13.8 at Veta la Palma, Doñana Natural Park, La Puebla del Rio, Sevilla. It has been there for a year at least and it does not seem to have bred this season (José Luis Arroyo)

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz On 21.8, an immature was seen at close distance over Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Cintia Gómez, Águeda Alcalde, María Barroso, David Cuenca Espinosa/Programa Migres Planeadoras).

Long-legged Buzzard* Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Gibraltar A bird was seen coming from Morocco and flying over the rock for  half an hour on 14.8.It left later (Mario Mosquera/GONHS)

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus(1)
(1) Cádiz On 21.8, an adult male was seen perched and flying over Tráfico bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Estefania Aleu, Iratxe González/Programa Migres Planeadoras).

Lanner Falco biarmicus(1)
(1) Cádiz On 21.8, a juvenile was seen perched and flying over Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Cintia Gómez, Águeda Alcalde, María Barroso, David Cuenca Espinosa/Programa Migres Planeadoras).

Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni (1)
(1) Valencia A bird was found on 29.8 at Sueca, at ricefields of partida de La Llonga, L’Albufera Natural Park, Valencia (Bosco Dies, Belén Martínez). Seen again on 31.8 at the same place (Bosco Dies, Toni Alcocer, Toni Castelló). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (Bosco Dies) 

Photo: Bosco Dies. 29.8.2007

Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla  (1)
(1) A Coruña On 28.8 a juvenile was seen at Ensenada da Ínsua, Ponteceso, Bergantinhos, A Coruña (José Ramón Gómez, Ana Isabel Pérez).

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis (1)
(1) Illes Balears On 23.8 a bird was seen at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca (Maties Rebassa). It was photographed (see below) and three thumbnails here

Photo: Maties Rebassa. 23.8.2007

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus (1)
(1) Tarragona On 25.8 an adult was found at Goleró area, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Joan Ferrer, Jordi Feliu, Joan Ventura. It was still in the same area on 26.8 (Joan Ferrer). See two thumbnails here

Red-necked Phalarope* Phalaropus lobatus (1-2)
(1-2) Huelva On 15.8 two were seen at Isla Cristina saltpans, Huelva (Juan Sagardia). See two photos below (J.Sagardia).One was still there on 25.8 (Antonio Aguilera).
Phalaropus lobatus
Phalaropus lobatus
Photos above: Juan Sagardia. 15.8.2007

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1-2,3-4,5,6-9,10)
(1-2) Málaga While conducting the RAM (seabird) count from Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Málaga, on 4.8, two adults were seen flying S (Andy Paterson).
(3-4) Asturies On 22.8, two birds were seen from Punta de la Vaca headland, Gozón, Asturies. Birds were seen within 9:45 and 14:45 plus 16:45-19:45 hours (Pablo Guerra, José Guerra, Marco García, Nacho Vega, Pedro J. Menéndez, Daniel López Velasco, Jorge Valella).
(5) Asturies On 22.8 a juvenile was seen flying E-W off Tapia lighthouse, Tapia de Casariego, Asturies (Pablo Fernández García)
(6-9) A Coruña On 19.8 four were seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Pablo Pita, Alfonso Valderas, Antonio Sandoval).
(10)A Coruña On 21.8 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Pablo Gutiérrez).

Caspian Gull Larus cachinanns (1)
(1) Lugo A bird was reported from Burela harbour, Lugo on 7.8 (Alfonso López López)

Royal Tern Sterna maxima (1)
(1) Huelva A bird was seen in company of three Sandwich Terns at Isla Cristina beach, Huelva on 24.8 (Antonio Aguilera)

Lesser-crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1)
(1) Cádiz An adult was seen resting at Los Lances beach, Cádiz, on 2.8 together with other terns and gull species (Blanca Fernández, Inma López, David Cuenca Espinosa/Fundación Migres).

Yellow-billed Tern (possible Elegant Tern or some kind of hybrid bengalensis x sandvicensis or similar ) Sterna sp (1,2,3,4)
(1) Cádiz An adult was reported at Cádiz beach on 2.8 in company of other birds (Rafael García Costales). See a thumbnail here. It was seen again on 3.8 at the same place (R.García Costales). See a photo below. Presumably this same bird was seen again on 10.8 (R.Garcia Costales, Paco Chiclana)

Photo: Rafael García Costales. 4.8.2007
(2) Cádiz-Huelva Perhaps the same bird seen at Valencia the month before, carrying a yellow PVC ring on its left leg was seen on 6.8 at Bahia de Cadiz Natural Park, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales). See a thumbnail here. This bird was seen again on 10.8 at the same place (R.G.Costales, Paco Chiclana). And on 21.8 (Miguel Rouco, José Manuel Méndez) saw it at Marismas del Odiel, Huelva. See two photos below (Miguel Rouco)

Photos: Miguel Rouco. 21.8.2007

(3) Tarragona Presumably the same bird seen at Valencia last month that brought no rings but showed a large red-based bill was seen again on 15.8 at Tarragona harbour, Tarragona (Joan Ferré, Albert Cama) and again at the same place on 16.8 (Albert Cama).Seen again on 18.8 (Pere Josa, Albert Cama). See another photo below.Perhaps this same bird (or another Orange-billed Tern) was seen on 21.8 at platja de la Marquesa, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Yves Borremans). 
There is a video footage of the Tarragona bird here (opens in another window)

Photos above: Joan Ferré. 15.8.2007
Sterna cf. elegans
Photo above: Albert Cama . 18.8.2007

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2-3)
(1) Asturies One was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, on 23.8 (Jorge Valella, Nacho Vega, Daniel López Velasco).
(2-3) Cantabria On 23.8 an adult and 1-2 juveniles were seen at outer areas of Santander harbour, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez, Fernando Arce)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-3,4-5)
(1-3) Cádiz On 2.8 (Paco Chiclana) and 4.8 there were 3 at Guadalquivir river mouth, Chipiona, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales)
(4-5) Sevilla A couple was seen on 1.8 at Loria del Rio, Sierra Norte, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana)

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1)
(1) Barcelona On 20.8, a juvenile was found at Besòs river, Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona (Xesco Macià, Enric Fontcuberta, Javi Mendoza). It was seen during all afternoon feeding in the area. See four thumbnails here

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 4.8.2007 (Cosme Damián Romai).And 17.8 (Cosme Damián Romai)

* 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.

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia (1)
(1) Lanzarote A bird was seen and photographed at Salinas de Janubio, Yaiza, Lanzarote island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 31.8 (Francisco Javier García Vargas, Antonio Unquiles Cobos, Juan Sagardía Pradera). See a photo below and a thumbnail here

Photo above: Francisco Javier García Vargas. 31.8.2007 

Overview / Resumen / Resum
August 2007 overview. The month begins with two Long-tailed Skuas at Málaga. The Ebro Delta Egret is seen intermitently and the Little Swifts are still around Cádiz, where two interesting yellow-billed Terns are seen. Later another elegant-like tern was seen at Cambrils. Later, some interesting raptor movement at Tarifa and seabird passage at Asturies.
Resumen de Agosto 2007. El mes empieza con dos Págalos raberos en Málaga. La garceta híbrida del delta del Ebro se deja ver intermitentemente y los vencejos moros de Cádiz aún están por la zona. Allí también se ven un par de charranes de pico amarillo interesantes. Más tarde otro tipo elegans se vio en Cambrils. En Tarifa empieza el paso de rapaces interesantes a final de mes y se produce un paso de aves marinas  en Asturies.
Resum de l'Agost 2007. El mes comença amb dos Paràsits cuallargs a Màlaga. Al delta de l'Ebre es veu de forma intermitent el martinet de la Tancada. A Cadis es continuen veient els falziots culblancs comuns i també dos xatracs de bec groc interessants.Més tard, un altre tipus elegans va ser vist a Cambrils. A Tarifa comença el pas de rapinyaires interessants cap a final de mes i es produeix un pas de marines a Asturies.

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

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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.

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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August 2007
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Number of rarities individuals per month in this website in 2005 and 2006

Latest highlights:

Scanning through tern groups can produce surprises like this Yellow billed, possible Lesser Crested Tern? seen at Cádiz on 2.8 (Rafael García Costales)
The Galicia Greater Sand Plover. A great failure to those of us willing to see it the day after its only contact there. See more photos in the July page.
The PVC yellow-ringed tern, possibly the same from Valencia, moving S, now at Cádiz (Rafael García Costales)
The Egyptian Goose seen at Trebujena marshes (Paco Chiclana)
The returning American Black Duck to NE Galicia, now at Ortigueira (Cosme Damián Romai)
A nice finding: a juvenile/1w Citrine Wagtail at Besòs river, Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona, on 20.8 (two above Enric Fontcuberta, two below Xesco Macià).
Above: three further images (see main page for a larger photo) of the Mallorca White-rumped Sandpiper on 23.8 (Maties Rebassa)
The Ebre Delta Broad-billed Sandpiper (Joan Ferrer)
Last minute surprise in August: the Valencia Black-winged Pratincole (Bosco Dies)
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The Lanzarote Grasshopper Warbler (F.J.García Vargas)

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