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Rare Birds in Spain 
8th year in a row informing on first-hand news on rare birds in Spain.
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topoNumber of rarities this month topoCitations / Citaciones / Com citar
topoRarity distribution this month topoRarity forecast 
topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
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topoSpecies index (n=1 + 12 =13) + 1 Only Canary Islands
Anas rubripes  


Egretta gularis x garzetta Calidris melanotos Motacilla flava feldegg
Egretta tricolor Larus hyperboreus Corvus corone cornix
Phoenicopterus minor Sterna anaethetus  
Buteo rufinus Sterna sp (elegans or probable hybrid)  
Pluvianus aegyptius Apus affinis  


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


American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1)

(1) Lugo The same returning bird (locally named Pepiño) that ovewintered this winter was seen at Ria de Foz, Lugo, Galicia on 2.6 (L.J.Salaverri)


Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) Barcelona. The bird showing the usual intermediate set of characters seen at Barcelona town the last tenth of May was relocated on 20.6 at Remolar-Filipines Reserve, Viladecans, Barcelona (Ferran López).See two photos below (Ferran López)

Egretta gularis x garzettaEgretta gularis x garzettaPhotos above:© Ferran López. 20.6.2008

topoTricoloured Heron Egretta tricolor (1) 1ST FOR SPAIN
(1) Tenerife The bird first present from 15.11.2007 to 1.12.2007 at Gran Canaria Island then relocated at Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, from 2.2 to 1.4.2008 and relocated on 15.5 at Los Cristianos, close to the harbour was seen again at this last place, Tarajal beach, on 6.6 (Ana Narciso, Antonio Ceballos). See a photo below (Antonio Ceballos).Egretta tricolorPhoto above:© Antonio Ceballos. 6.6.2008

topoLesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2-3)
(1) Tenerife On 8.6 a bird that had reached the Cabo Blanco dam, Arona, Tenerife on 30.5 was still present in the same area (Rayco Jorge Díaz, communicated by Rubén Barone Tosco). There is a complete account of this record, with two photos and an interesting review of the full Canary Islands set of records, indicating true vagrancy from Africa to the islands in the Canary Islands Bird Report blog here. However, since there are a lot of Lesser Flamingos in collections in the islands, a survey of those, attempting to discard possible escapes, is being carried out.

(2-3) Valencia On 24.6 two were found at Racó de L'Olla, Albufera de Valencia, associated to a party of 300 Greater Flamingos (P. roseus) (J.L.Terrasa; Nacho Dies, Bosco Dies, Toni Alcocer, Miquel Chardí). See two photos below (T.Alcocer) and two thumbnails here (J.I.Dies; J.L.Terrasa).The birds remained until 28.6 at least (J.L.Terrasa)

Phoenicopterus minorPhoenicopterus minorPhotos above:© Toni Alcocer. 24.6.2008

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Huelva One was seen near at Lucio del cangrejo, Doñana, on 21.6 (Diego Conradi). See a photo below (D.Conradi)
Buteo rufinusPhoto above:© Diego Conradi. 22.6.2008

Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius (1) Unknown origin but potential 1st for Spain.
(1)Alicante - Murcia. A bird of this African species was seen and photographed at close distance on 29.5 at the stonebeach of Albir, in southern Altea, between Benidorm and Calpe, Alicante (Jesper Thomelius). See thumbnails here. The bird was also seen by some local observers in the same or close dates. We have placed for the moment the label 'unknown origin' since the species had been present in collections, at least in N Spain (editorial comment). See two photos below and two thumbnails here (Jesper Thornelius). More information and poll in the Rarebirdspain Blog here.
The Egyptian Plover seen last month in Albir beach, Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, was relocated on 19.6 (Antonio Jesús Hernández, Tomás Garcia Rubio; Jacinto Martinez; Diego Zamora; Jose Antonio Barba, Richard Howard and 20.6 (Richard Howard) at El Algar waste treatment plant, near Cartagena, Murcia. The distance between both places is 124 km in a straight line. The bird was seen on a daily basis until 26.6, last sighting (Richard Howard). He comments: 'It is getting quite wary, possibly due to being continually harassed when it strays along the waters edge too close to Black Winged Stilts which are nesting in the area. Should anyone be interested in coming to see the bird, the best time to view is in the late afternoon when the sun is behind you, although it can be seen at other times of the day. However, due to the heat (approx 35º over the last couple of days), it is not very active in the middle of the day'.

Pluvianus aegyptiusPluvianus aegyptiusPhotos above:© Jesper Thornelius . 29.5.2008

Pluvianus aeyptiusPluvianus aeyptiusPhotos above:© Antonio Jesús Hernández Navarro. 19.6.2008

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Ourense One bird was photographed on 12.6 at A Limia gravel pits, Sandiás/Vilar de Santos/Xinzo de Limia. This is the first record for the province, and one of the few inland (and spring) records in Galicia (Esteban Solleiro).

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1)
(1) Asturies A bird was found at Penarronda, Castropol, Asturies, on 22.6 (Gilberto S. Jardón). See Gilberto's blog here where there are more photos and a video of this bird and a photo below (Gilberto S.Jardón)

Larus hyperboreus

Photo above:© Gilberto S.Jardón. 22.6.2008

Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus (1) 2nd for SPAIN (another record under circulation)
(1) Tarragona. A bird was found at Punta de la Banya reserve, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 18.6 (David Bigas,Yago Brugnoli y Julia Piccardo).It was seen thefore by other authors adviced by the first group (Carles Domingo; Manolo García, Javier Cotín) and even photographed by Manolo García, see below. Despite search, it was not seen again neither during 18.6 or 19.6 (Carles Domingo See the photo below (Manolo García)

Sterna anaethetus

Photo above:© Manolo García. 18.6.2008

Orange-billed Tern Sterna sp (elegans-like or hybrid of some kind) (1)
(1) Barcelona. A bird with white rump was seen at Llobregat Delta, Barcelona on 7.6 (Xavier Larruy; Raymond Galea, Edward Bonavia). See two photos below (R.Galea). The bird was PVC ringed on its left leg and was seen mating a Sandwich Tern (R.Galea, E.Bonavia). It is the same bird seen these last years along the Mediterranean coast of Spain recalling an Elegant Tern (editorial comment).

Sterna elegansSterna elegansPhotos above:© Raymond Galea. 7.6.2008

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-2,3-5,6-9)
Sevilla. On 12.6 there were two in company of a White-rumped Swift Apus caffer at Sierra Norte de Sevilla at the same place of last month (Paco Chiclana, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín-Baylo, Fernando del Valle).See a thumbnail here.
(3-5) Málaga New breeding location for Spain! (3rd-4th so far). Two nests and up to three adults in flight were seen on 25.6 in Marbella, Málaga, within the (absolutely restricted-access area) house of King Fahd of Arabia and Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (Samuel Peregrina).
(6-9) Cádiz. At Guadalquivir river mouth, there were different birds in flight on 7.6, with a minimum of 3 birds altogether (Rafa García)

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1)
Málaga There was one male at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga, on 6.6 (Israel Lozano).

Hooded Crow Corvus [corone] cornix (1)
(1) Girona The bird found on 21.5 at Sobrestany, Baix Empordà, Girona was seen again at the same area on 7.6 (Julio Pérez Cañestro).See thumbnails here (Júlio Pérez Cañestro). Seen again at the same place on 13.6. The bird was moulting the primary coverts and behaved wild (Ferran López, Armand Ramal, Ricard Gutiérrez). Seen again at Sobrestany on 14.6 and 24.6 (Julio Pérez Cañestro).

* 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.

topoSabine's Gull Larus sabini (1)
(1) Tenerife A bird was seen from the ferry La Gomera - Tenerife, c.20 minutes before reaching Los Cristianos harbour, Tenerife, on 25.6 (David Moreno).


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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

All birds featured in this page 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 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.

Lamentablemente, de momento no hay versión castellana disponible. Lamentablement, de moment no hi ha versió catalana disponible.





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reported so far this month
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Rarity distribution
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The Hooded Crow from Sobrestany ricefields, Baix Empordà, Girona, as on 7.6 (Júlio Pérez). The bird seems local and perhaps even attempting to breed.
The Egyptian Plover seen in Alicante coast. Rarer thing have reached Spain... so who knows? (Jesper Thornelius)
The Egyptian Plover, relocated at El Algar waste plant, Cartagena, Murcia on 19-20.6 (Richard Howard)
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Summer surprises: a pair of Lesser Flamingos reached Albufera de Valencia on 24.6, with the terns still on their eggs! (above: J.L.Terrasa, below: J.I.Dies)
A Little Swift of the pair seen at Sierra Norte de Sevilla (Fernando del Valle)

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