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topoSpecies index (n= 12 + 14 =26) + 1 Only Canary Islands
Cygnus cygnus Branta hutchinsii Anas discors
Cygnus columbianus bewickii Branta bernicla hrota Aythya collaris
Anser fabalis Anas carolinensis Aythya affinis
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas rubripes Melanitta perspicillata


Podylimbus podiceps Buteo rufinus Larus hyperboreus
Pelecanus onocrotalus Aquila clanga/pomarina Apus affinis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Charadrius vociferus Eremophila alpestris
Phoenicopterus minor Calidris melanotos Phylloscopus inornatus
Gyps ruepellii Larus glaucoides  


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

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-5)
(1-5) Lugo The 5 Cygnus cygnus (2 ad. & 3 juv.) first seen at ría de Foz, Lugo, on 9-10.11.2007 were still in the area on 6.1.2008 (Luis José Salaverri)
and on 11.1 (J.Miguel Alonso Pumar) to 13.1 (Luis José Salaverri).Still around on 15.1 (L.J.Salaverri) and 27.1 (José Antonio Salazar, L.J.Salaverri).

Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii (1-2)
(1-2) Tarragona The two swans at Mas de Bombita area, near Canal Vell lagoon, Deltebre, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona coming from late December 2007 were still in the area on 2-4.1 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé), 5.1 (José Ardaiz; Albert Cama, Joan Ferré; Pablo Galiano) and 7.1 (Aimara Planillo, Asier Gómez, Cristian Jensen).
On 12.1 the birds were seen again at Bombita area (Pablo Galiano, Xoan Ximenis; Isabel Bischoping, José Ruiz i Toni Alcocer) but on 13.1 the birds moved to Buda island (Clemente Álvarez, Pablo Fernandez, Toni Alcocer) where they remained on 14.1(Oriol Clarabuch).Cygnus columbianus
Cygnus columbianus bewickii
Photo above: Cristian Jensen 7.1.2008, below: José Ardaiz 5.1.2008

Bean Goose Anser fabalis (1,2)
(1) Huelva  A bird c.f. rossicus was found at Hinojos marsh, Hinojos, Huelva on 8.1 (Javier Salcedo).It was with a Pink-footed (see below) and other geese, e.g. 23 Whitefronts!. On 10.1 it was again at the same place (Javier Salcedo, José Manuel Méndez)
(2) Palencia. One was at La Nava lagoon, Palencia, on 29.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo)

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (1-2,3-5,6)
(1-2) Huelva  A bird was found at Hinojos marsh, Hinojos, Huelva on 8.1 (Javier Salcedo). On 10.1 there were 2 at the same place (Javier Salcedo, José Manuel Méndez). Two had been seen by José Antonio Sencianes at the same place on 6.1.
(3-5) Palencia. There were 3 or four birds at laguna de Boada de Campos, Palencia, on 19.1 (Carlos González Villalba, Antonio Herrero, Goyo Para).
(6) Palencia. One was at La Nava lagoon, Palencia, on 19.1 (Jesús Ruiz, Gregorio Garcia, Javier Martinez y Pedro Tapia). See a thumbnail here.
 Still present on 29.1 (Enrique Gómez Crespo)

topoLesser Canada Goose Branta hutchinsii (1)

(1) Lanzarote.An unknown origin bird, without any plumage damage and flying well was seen and photographed at the plains near Montaña de Saga, Teguise, Lanzarote, Las Palmas on 7-8.1 (J. Sagardía Pradera), 9.1 (F. J. García Vargas, J. Sagardía Pradera, A. Unquiles Cobos) and 10-11.1 (J. Sagardía Pradera).Nothing seems to indicate a captive origin and if accepted as wild, it will be THE FIRST FOR SPAIN. See photos below (J.Sagardia) and thumbnails here. Same and other photos in his blog here.
Branta hutchinsii Branta hutchinsii Branta hutchinsiiPhotos above: Juan Sagardía 7-10.1.2008

Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1,2)

(1) Lugo At the beach of Lago ,Xove, Lugo,close to the place where there is a Blue-winged Teal this month, it was recorded an individual on 12.1 (Pedro J.Menéndez, Pablo Fernández)
(2) A Coruña From 15.1 (Antonio Gutiérrez) to 19.1 at least (Ricardo Hevia), a bird was present at Ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña.

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2)
(1) Cantabria. On 14.1 a drake was seen again at Alday marshes, Cantabria (Yves Borremans). It had been seen at least until 30.11.2007.
(2) Asturies. The drake at El Cierrón, Villaviciosa, Asturies, was seen again on 14.1 (Antonio Ceballos). See a photo below and a thumbnail here. It remained in the area on 19.1 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

Anas carolinensis
Photo: Antonio Ceballos. 14.1.2008

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1,2)

(1) Lugo The same returning bird (locally named Pepiño) ovewintering again this season, was seen at Ria de Foz, Lugo, Galicia on 6.1 (L.J.Salaverri)
and on 11.1 (Luis José Salaverri; J.Miguel Alonso Pumar).Still around on 14.1 (L.J.Salaverri) and 21.1 (Rafa Armada, Ferrán López, José L.Copete, J.M.Alonso Pumar) to 27.1 (José Antonio Salazar, L.J.Salaverri).
(2) Lugo Besides Pepiño (see above) there is an hybrid, a son of Pepiño, at the same place this winter. Locally called 'Josito', it was seen again on 5.1 (L.J.Salaverri)
and on 13.1 (Luis José Salaverri).Still around on 14.1 (L.J.Salaverri) and 27.1 (José Antonio Salazar, L.J.Salaverri).Josito was seen on 27.1 mating to a female Mallard (José Antonio Salazar).

Blue-Winged Teal Anas discors (1)

(1) Lugo The drake first seen and photographed at Lago lagoon,Xove, Lugo, on 26-29.8, was still there on 3.1.2008 (J.Miguel Alonso Pumar)
and on 11.1 (Luis José Salaverri) to 12.1 (Pedro J.Menéndez, Pablo Fernández).See two thumbnails here. Seen again on 21.1 (Rafa Armada, Ferrán López, José L.Copete, J.M.Alonso Pumar).

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1)

(1) Valencia The 1w drake found on 12.12 at PN de l'Albufera, València was still at Racó de l'Olla reserve, PN l'Albufera de Valencia, on 3.1.2008 (J.Ignacio Dies). See a thumbnail here (J.I.Dies). Still around on 15.1 (J.I.Dies) but not found on 16.1 (J.I.Dies).

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis (1-2)
(1-2) León The pair (drake/female) seen at Selga de Ordás reservoir, León, on 2.12.2007 was still there on 14.1.2008 (Ana C. Narciso y Antonio Ceballos).

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata (1)
(1) Huelva A 1w drake was seen from Odiel marshes, Huelva, on 17.1 afternoon, together with 40 Mergus serrator (José Manuel Mendez). See a thumbnail here.


Pied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
(1) Lugo The bird seen at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo on 23.8.2007 was still present in the area on 6.1 (Luis J.Salaverri) and on 12.1 (Luis J.Salaverri).

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3)
(1) Tarragona On 8.1 the bird from Tancada lagoon, Ebro delta, Tarragona, was seen again but this time away from Tancada lagoon and near the Encanyissada, at Clot Nature Reserve (Iben Hove Sørensen, Toni Curcó, Pere Sorro) where it remained on 10.1 (Stephen Cristopher). On 13.1 it was seen again near La Tancada lagoon (Isabel Bischoping, José Ruiz i Toni Alcocer).
(2) Valencia One of the two birds present at Marjal de Alfafar, Albufera de València, València, was seen and photographed on 20.1(Isabel Bischoping i Toni Alcocer). See a photo below (T.Alcocer).This or another similar bird was seen again on 29.1 at marjal de Perelló, Albufera de València (Toni Alcocer)

Egretta gularis x garzetta
Photo above: Toni Alcocer. 20.1.2008

(3) Cádiz The bird seen since November 2007 at Cadiz bay was seen again on 18.1 (Juan Ramírez, David Cuenca Espinosa) and 21.1 (Rafael García Costales)

White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus (1)
(1) Badajoz. On 8.1 an adult bird was seen at close distance flying at Alqueva reservoir close to Ayuda bridge (Juan G. Navedo, Jorge Sánchez, Mamen Molina, Paco Capote /U.Extremadura-C.H.Guadiana)

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2)
(1) Tarragona On 10.1 one was found at Punta de la Banya reserve, Ebro Delta, Tarragona (Ferran Blanch). It was still there on 22.1 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a photo below and two thumbnails here (Ricard Gutiérrez).Phomin
Photo above: Ricard Gutiérrez. 22.1.2008
(2) Huelva. At El Rocío marsh, El Rocío, Huelva, one was seen on 13.1 (Antonio Ternero)

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz One immature was seen near Cazalla, Tarifa, on 29.1 (David Cuenca Espinosa).

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Cádiz One was seen near La Hoya, Tarifa, on 15.1 (David Cuenca Espinosa).

Lesser Spotted/ Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga/pomarina (1)
(1) Huelva On 10.11 there was a bird at la Rocina, El Rocío, Doñana, Huelva (Paco Chiclana).Still around and photographed on 28.1.2008 (Juan Russo)

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus (1,2)
(1-2) A Coruña The bird found on 24.11 was relocated again on 6.1.2008 at Cecebre reservoir, A Coruña (Xabier Varela). There are directions (in Spanish, but with a map) on how to reach the areas where the bird is around in the Rarebirdspain blog.
Visit the new photopage on this sighting. Still present on 17.1 (Xabier Varela; Gonzalo Lage) and 18.1 (José Ramón Gómez, Xabier Varela) to 20.1 (Rafael Armada, F.Lopez, J.L.Copete ).See a new photo below and another in the photopage On 26.1 what it was thought to be this bird but later reconsidered as another 2nd individual was located at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña, 53 km W of its initial place at Cecebre reservoir (José Luis Rabuñal Patiño).Seen again there on 28.1 (Roberto Bao)

ChavocPhoto above: Ferran López. 20.1.2008

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
Tarragona On 5.1, a bird was seen and photographed on ricefields near mas de la Comandanta, Deltebre, Delta de l'Ebre (José Ardaiz, Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). Seen again on 7.1 (Aimara Planillo, Asier Gómez, Cristian Jensen).See a photo below and a thumbnail here (J.Ardaiz) and on 10.1 (Stephen Cristopher).

Calidris melanotos
Photo above: José Ardaiz. 5.1.2008

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4,5)
(1)Lugo On 14.1 a 1w different from that seen last December 2007, was found at Lago beach, Xove, Lugo (J.M.Alonso Pumar,L.J.Salaverri).Still around on 15.1 (L.J.Salaverri). See a photo below (J.M.Alonso Pumar) and a thumbnail here. Seen again on 21.1 in company of another individual (see below, Rafa Armada, Ferrán López, José L.Copete, J.M.Alonso Pumar).This bird (the bicouloured bill Iceland) was seen again on 27.1 (José Antonio Salazar, L.J.Salaverri) and it is perhaps the same bird seen on 14.1 there but afterwards at Burela, Lugo on 24.1 that you can see in Pablo's blog here (Antonio Gutiérrez, Pablo Gutiérrez).Larus glaucoides Photo above: J.M. Alonso Pumar. 14.1.2008
(2) Asturies. On 16.1 a corpse was found at the Luanco seashore, Asturies (Manuel Fernández Pajuelo). See a thumbnail here.
(3)Lugo On 21.1 at Lago marsh, Xove, Lugo, a new 1w bird different from (1) was relocated (Rafa Armada, Ferrán López, José L.Copete, J.M.Alonso Pumar).See photos below (J.M.Alonso, F.López)
.According to below photos., this bird may be the same seen at San Cibrao, Lugo last December 2007 (L.J.Salaverri).
(4) Pontevedra. A bird found on 24.1 at Playa da Xunqueira,Moaña (José Ramón Gómez), was seen again on 28.1 (David Álvarez, Simón Rial, José Ramón Gómez). See two thumbnails here.

Largla Photo above: J.M. Alonso Pumar. 21.1.2008
LarglaPhoto above: Ferran López. 21.1.2008

(5)A Coruña On 31.1 a 1w bird was found at Pantín beach, Valdoviño, A Coruña (Antonio Gutiérrez). See some pictures in his blog here.

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1,2)
(1) Pontevedra A 1w was seen at O Vao marsh, O Grove/Ogrobe, Galicia on 1.1.2008 (Albert Cama, Matxalen Pauly, Abel Martín, Isabel Sancho, Cosme Damián Romai)
Pontevedra. A bird was found on 20.1 at Vigo harbour (Josè Ramòn Gòmez,Ana Isabel Pèrez,Josè A. Gàndara)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1)
Cádiz On 21.1 a bird was seen at usual haunts of Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz (David Cuenca Espinosa), an unusual early (or late) record.

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris (1)
Girona On 3.1.2008 a bird was seen at close range at Tregurà de Dalt, Vilallonga de Ter, Girona (Jorge Ramón López Olvera). A full description has been sent to the CR/SEO-BirdLife for its assessment. Fourth for Spain if accepted.

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1)
(1) Bizkaia. On 9.1 one individual was found at Lamiako, Leioa, Bizkaia (Javier Elorriaga).On 10.1 it was seen again close to the Portugalete hanging bridge (Iván Sarabia, Imanol Gomez, Karmelo De Dios, Serafín Alarcón, Javier Elorriaga, José Luis Pacheco) and on 12.1 it was seen again and photographed at close range (Juan Carlos Andrés; Javier Portillo). Still around on 13.1 when seen by many observers (José Ardaiz). See photos below and thumbnails here. The bird was featured in the local press. See the story (in Spanish and Basque, with English abstract) in the Rarebirdspain blog here.The bird was seen again on 17.1 (Ricardo Rodríguez, that has published more photos in his blog) and on 19.1 (Sergio de Juan, Begoña Valcárcel) when it was trapped and ringed within the regular ringing program that it is being carried out in the area this year. Still around on 20.1 (Joserra Martínez Alonso).Relocated after some days at the same place on 24.1 (Alfonso Rodrigo et al)

Phylloscopus inornatus
Phylloscopus inornatus Photo above: José Ardaiz, below Juan Carlos Andrés

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** 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.

newAudouin's Gull Larus audouinii (1)
(1) Lanzarote There was one 4th calendar-year at Arrecife, Lanzarote on 18.1 (F.J.García Vargas, A.Unquiles Cobos).

newWater Pipit Anthus spinoletta (1)
(1) Lanzarote The 3 at Campo de golf de Tías, Tías, Lanzarote found on 30.11.2007 remained there on 11.1.2008 (F.J.García Vargas, J.Sagardía Pradera)newand 20.1 (F. J. García Vargas, A. Unquiles Cobos).

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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 anew 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 connew 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 ambnew.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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Latest highlights:

The Ring-necked Duck at Valencia, has for the moment survived the hunters and was at Racó de l'Olla reserve in early January. (J.Ignacio Dies)
Branta hutchinsii
The Lesser Canada Goose at Lanzarote, Canary Islands, a true candidate for a first for the Canary Islands and Spain (Juan Sagardía)
Calidris melanotos
The overwintering Pectoral Sandpiper at Ebro delta,Tarragona on 5.1 (José Ardaiz)
Cygnus columbianus
The two Bewick's Swans at Ebro Delta, as on early this month (José Ardaiz)
Six images of the Bizkaia 'overwintering' Yellow-Browed Warbler above: Javier Elorriaga, three below: Juan Carlos Andrés, next: José Ardaiz and last (below), Javier Portillo
The Xove Blue-winged Teal is now clearly identificable as a drake (Pablo Fernández)
Anas carolinensis
The relocated drake Green-winged Teal at Asturies (Antonio Ceballos)
The corpse of the Iceland Gull found at Luanco, Asturies on 16.1 (Manuel Fernández Pajuelo)
The Iceland Gull at the rarity hotspot of this winter: Lago at Lugo, Galicia (L-J.Salaverri)
This is the hrota Brent Goose seen at Ortigueira soon after the bird at Lago, Lugo. May be the same? perhaps..Photo taken on 19.1 (Ricardo Hevia)
An unexpected sighting at Odiel marshes seashore: a 1w drake Surf Scoter (José Manuel Méndez)
The Lesser Flamingo from Punta de la Banya, Ebro delta. At Tancada lagoon it remains the escaped Caribean Flamingo (P.ruber) (Ricard Gutiérrez)
One of the Pink-footed Geese at Boada de campos lagoon (Carlos González)
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An Iceland gull at Moaña, Pontevedra as on late January (José Ramón Gómez)

Only Canary islands highlights
The Audouin's Gull at Arrecife harbour on 18.1 (F.J.García Vargas)



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