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Rare Birds in Spain 
8th year in a row informing on first-hand news on rare birds in Spain.
'Proud to gather observations from all those who make this possible for the benefit of birds and birding'.

Recent Reports: Latest sightings



topoNumber of rarities this month topoCitations / Citaciones / Com citar
topoRarity distribution this month topoRarity forecast 
topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
topoMonth Overview topoResumen del mes
topoBird news topoResum del mes
topoSpecies index (n=5 + 26=31) + 1 Only Canary Islands
Cygnus cygnus Branta bernicla hrota Anas discors
  Anas rubripes Mergellus albellus


Pterodroma feae/'deserta'/madeira Falco biarmicus Sterna bengalensis
Oceanites oceanicus Calidris pusilla Sterna dougallii
Pelecanus onocrotalus Calidris bairdii Apus affinis
Fregata c.f magnificens Calidris melanotos Motacilla citreola
Egretta gularis x garzetta Tryngites subruficollis Phylloscopus borealis
Gyps ruepellii Actitis macularius Phylloscopus inornatus
Gyps africanus Phalaropus tricolor Lanius schach
Buteo rufinus Phalaropus lobatus Corvus corone cornix
Aquila pomarina Stercorarius longicaudus


Monticola solitarius    



* 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)

(1) Cantabria. A bird coming from late august was seen at Santander bay on 6.9 in company of 49 Mute Swans Cygnus olor (Alejandro García Herrera)

Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-2,3-5,6-7)

(1-2) Pontevedra On 7.9 two adults were found at ensenada de San Simòn,Vilaboa, Pontevedra adn they remained at least until 17.9 (Josè Ramòn Gòmez,Ana Isabel Pèrez). See a photo below and three thumbnails here.

Branta bernicla hrota

Photo above:© José Ramón Gómez. 7.9.2008

(3-5) A Coruña On 22.9, 2 ad. and 1 juv. were seen at ría de Ortigueira, ACoruña (Ricardo Hevia).See a photo below.

Branta bernicla hrota

Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia. 22.9.2008

(6-7) Lugo On 25.9, 2 ad were at ría de Foz, Lugo (Luís José Salaverri).

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1)

Lugo The well-known returning drake 'Pepiño' was back at its usual place at Ria de Foz, Lugo on 17.9 (Luís José Salaverri)

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)

(1) Barcelona. A juvenile or female was seen from 24-25.9 at Remolar-Filipines nature reserve, Delta del Llobregat, Viladecans,
Barcelona (F.Xavier Macía; F.López). See three thumbnails here.

Smew Mergellus albellus (1)

(1) Cantabria. A bird was found at Embalse del Ebro, Cantabria on 26.9 (Manuel Estébanez). It was seen again on 28.9 (Alejandro García Herrera, Silvia Agúndez; Ignacio Castelao et al)
and 29.9 (Nazario Bocos, Mario Tovar).


Freira-like Petrel: Desertas-Madeiran Petrel Pterodroma feae / 'deserta' / madeira (1-2)
(1-2) A Coruña. Two were seen separately flying N pff Touriñán cape, Muxía, ACoruña on 13.9 (Agustín Alcalde, Anxo Xende y Antón Xende)

Little (Barolo's) Shearwater Puffinus (assimilis) baroli (1)
(1) Cádiz. One was seen from Tarifa island on 24.9 flying E (Darío Delgado, David Cuenca/Fundación Migres).

Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (1-3,4)
(1-3) Asturies. At least two-three different individuals were seen and photographed in a seawatch off Gijón, Asturies (David Álvarez, Pedro García-Robés, Dani López Velasco, Pablo Menéndez, Manuel Quintana Becerra, F. Javier Portillo). See a photo below and two thumbnails here (M.Quintana) and two more (F.Javier Portillo).

Oceanites oceanicus

Photo above:© Manuel Quintana . 6.9.2008

(4) Asturies. One brid was seen from Punta de la Vaca, flying W on 10.9 (Joan Ferré, Daniel López Velasco)

White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus (1)
(1) Girona An adult was seen at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona, on 17.9, within a flock of 200 White Storks (Jordi Martí-Aledo). See a photo below and thumbnail here. Unknown origin.The following day was seen at Pedret reservoir, just N of the park limits (Àlex Ollé) but it was back at El Matà area on 20.9 (Àlex Ollé, Jordi Martí-Aledo i Jorge García).Still there on 22.9 (Manuel Caamaño) and 24.9 (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Àlex Ollé).This bird comes from Switzerland and France where it has been seen in the following areas (thanks to Yves Borremans for the compilation).See also a map of the route here:

Pelecanus onocrotalus

Photo above:© Jordi Martí-Aledo . 17.9.2008

topoFrigatebird Fregata c.f magnificens (1)
(1) Tenerife A presumed female was (poorly up to now) reported a few miles NW of Tenerife, between the island and La Palma on 16.9 (Jean-Guy Le Roux).

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3,4)
(1) Tarragona The bird from the Tancada saltpans was seen again on 6.9 (Josep Bort, Juan Luis Bort, David Olmos, Vicent Esteller, Miguel Tirado y Manolo García) and 7.9 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; Ricard Gutiérrez) when it was photographed again (R.Gutiérrez, see below). Seen again on 20.9 (Stephen Cristopher)

Egretta gularis x garzettaEgretta gularis x garzettaEgretta gularis x garzetta

Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez. 7.9.2008

(2) Cádiz. The individual reported at Salinas de Puerto Real, Cádiz, last months was seen again on 1-2.9 (Rafal García Costales). The bird can be told from other presumed hybrids in Iberia because one of its right tarsus toes is rigid. Compared with previous observations its plumage seems a bit darker (R.García Costales), unlike the Ebro delta bird above (ed. comment).Egretta gularis x garzetta

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales. 1.9.2008

(3) València. On 1.9 an individual was seen near Tancat de la Ràtlla, Parc natural de l'albufera de València (Alex Alamán y Rafa Muñoz), see two thumbnails here (R.Muñoz), and it was seen again on 11.9 (P.Marin y Bosco Dies), see a photo below (B.Dies).Egretta gularis x garzetta

Photo above:© Bosco Dies. 11.9.2008

(4) Cáceres. On 25.9 an intermediate charactered bird was seen at Los Gañanes pond, Guijo de Coria, Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo). It is beliewved to be the same individual seen in Extremadura during august.

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1-2)
(1-2) Cádiz On 7.9 two were seen over Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Juan Sagardía). See a photo below (J.Sagardía). Later the same day, presumably the same birds were seen feeding on a carrion at Tarifa too (Paz Grande y Ángel González Mendoza). See a photo below too (A.Mendoza).
Perhaps one of these birds was seen at Tarifa on 18.9 feeding on a horse carrrion together with 110 Griffons (Clemente Álvarez Usategui), see photos below, while on 19.9 one or two individuals were seen from Santuario bird observatory, Tarifa (Cristian Jensen et al).On 20.9 one juvenile/immature was seen from Santuario bird observatory, Tarifa (Maria José Valencia, Xurxo Pinheiro, Clemente Álvarez Usategui). Another was seen close to the Tarifa bird fair on 21.9 (Emin sp., communicated by Cristian Jensen). More sightings: 24.9 (Cristian Jensen, Jaume Soler, Norman & Sheila Johnston, John Fraser, John & Valerie Hawkins, Ray & Jill Hodkins) and 26.9 one bird at Cazalla (Darío Delgado, Olga Quintero, Nuria García y David Cuenca, thumbnail here).


Photo above:© Juan Sagardía. 7.9.2008

Gyps ruepellii

Photo above:© Ángel González. 7.9.2008

Gyps rueppelliiGyps rueppellii

Photos above:© Clemente Álvarez Usategui.18.9.2008

African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN. 2ND FOR EUROPE AND WP
(1) Cádiz On 7.9 one was photographed from Tarifa, Cádiz (Markus Varesvuo).
He sent the photos to Dick Forsman on 15.9 who immediately broadcasted the news to this website with this comment:

'To my great surprise the bird is an African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus, an immature, approximately 18-24months old! The pictures (2) are excellent and the bird is in the company of two Griffons in flight. It was seen and photographed on Sep 7th'

Photos can be seen here and here (opens in another window)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1-3)
(1-3) Cádiz Three individuals were recorded on 13.9 in the northern part of La Janda area, Cádiz (Xurxo Pinheiro).

Lesser-Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina (1)
Cádiz One 2nd calendar year bird was seen at Bolonia, Cádiz on 30.9 (Heikki Vasämies and Tom Backlund)

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz One was seen at Los Lances beach, Tarifa, on 12.9 (David Cuenca and volunteers of Fundación Migres).

(2) Cádiz One juvenile was seen from Trafico bird observatory, Tarifa, on 24.9 (David Cuenca, Darío Delgado, Paco Zufiaur, Inés Montufo, Mónica Florido, Jesús Solana/Programa Migres)

Semipalmated Stint Calidris pusilla(1,2)
(1) Asturies A juvenile individual was seen on 13-14.9 at Espasa beach, Caravia, Asturies (Gonzalo Gil Madrera), see a photo collage below (G.Gil). Seen again both on 14.9 (X.Cortés) and 15.9 (X.Cortés, Adolfo Villaverde y Dani Lopez; J.Portillo).See another photo below (Xuan Cortés) and thumbnails here.It was present the following day too (José Antonio García Fernández, Juan Zaldívar, Ricardo Rodríguez y Pablo Galiano; Luis Mario Arce,Belén Alonso). More thumbnails here.More people came to see the bird on 17.9 (Dani L. Velasco, Antonio Ceballos, Adolfo Villaverde y Susana sp y Alfonso Rodrigo), see a further photo below (A.Rodrigo). The stint was still around on 18.9 (Nacho Vega), 19.9 (Iván Sarabia) and 21.9 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).Still there on 24.9 (Luis Mario Arce). Yet another photo below.It remained at the same Espasa beach until the end of the month (29.9 Luis Carrera).

Calidris pusilla

Photo above:©G.Gil Madrera. 13-14.9.2008

Calidirs pusilla

Photo above:© Xuan Cortés.15.9.2008


Photo above:© Alfonso Rodrigo.17.9.2008

Calidris pusilla

Photo above:© Luis Mario Arce.24.9.2008

(2) Sevilla A juvenile was seen on 15.9 at Dehesa de Abajo, Sevilla (Josele J.Saiz; F. del Valle, Manuel Carlos, Paco Chiclana).

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii (1)
Sevilla A bird was found on 20.9 at Dehesa de Abajo, Sevilla, where a Semipalmated Sandopier had been seen on 15.9 and where there's a Sabine's Gull inland too (Javier Salcedo, Alberto Savijn). Seen again on 22.9 (Paco Chiclana) and 24.9 (Jose Luis Anguita y Javier Salcedo). See a couple of thumbnails here.

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1,2-6,7-8,9-10,11,12,13-15,16,17,18-20,21,22,23,24,25-27,28,29,30,31-32,33,34-36,37,38,39,40,41-42) UNPRECEDENTED INFLUX

(1) Pontevedra A bird was found at Esteiro da Foz, Nigrán, Pontevedra on 4.9 (Quique Carballal).
(2-6) Asturies. A group of five altogether was found on 5.9 at Zeluán, Asturies (Xuan Cortés). They remained half an hour and departed flying East. Alerted the network of Asturies observers, the five of them were seen entering an hour later the Ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde). On 6.9 three remained in the area (Adolfo Villaverde, Xuanin Zaldivar, Eva Solé y Xuan Cortés; J.M.Marin). See a photo below of the five birds (X.Cortés). Two of them remained in the area on 15.9 (Daniel López Velasco, Juan Sagardía). See another portrait below and a couple of thumbnails here (J.Sagardia).One remained on 17.9 (Alfonso Rodrigo et al) and 21.9 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).On 22.9 one remained at La Villa (Adolfo Villaverde)

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Xuan Cortés. 5.9.2008

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Juan Sagardía. 15.9.2008

(7-8) Tarragona On 6.9 two were seen at Riet Vell flooded fields, Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona: one was a juvenile and the other a presumed male that had been seen previously (Cristian Jensen, communicated to J.Tantull). The juvenile remained into 7.9 (R.Solé, J.Tantull; Ricard Gutiérrez, read below).However, a party of observers from Castelló and Barcelona saw the same day two birds too (Josep Bort, Juan Luis Bort, David Olmos, Vicent Esteller, Miguel Tirado y Manolo García), and Manolo García photographed them, showing two juveniles (see a thumbnail here). If the presumed male is not confirmed, there would be not five but four individuals in the area (ed.comment).
(9-10) Tarragona On 7.9 early morning, there were three at the same field at Riet Vell, Ebro Delta, one was the juvenile from birds (7-8) and the other two were new individuals, also juveniles (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). Seen later in the morning but not in the afternoon (Ricard Gutiérrez), see a photo below of two of the three individuals seen first (R.Gutiérrez).Two birds were seen on 20.9 (Stephen Cristopher). But later in the afternoon, the three birds mentioned above remained very close to the initial site in company of the 4th (see individual 11) on 20.9 afternoon (Ricard Gutiérrez).

Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Ricard Gutiérrez. 7.9.2008

(11) Tarragona. After seeing in company of J.Tantull and R.Solé the three individuals at Riet Vell on 7.9 morning, a 4th juvenile appeared in the flooded fields, which was seen simultaneously with the previous three (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here. It was not relocated in company of J.Tantull and R.Solé neither seen in the afternoon (R.Gutiérrez). This bird was seen very close to the initial site in company of the other three (see individuals 7 and 9-10) on 20.9 afternoon (Ricard Gutiérrez).
(12) Valencia A juvenile was seen at Tancat de Zacarés, Sollana, P.N de L'Albufera de València on 6.9 (Bosco Dies, Gabi Llorens, Pedro Marín y Toni Alcocer). See a photo below (T.Alcocer)Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Toni Alcocer. 6.9.2008

(13-15) Girona On 7.9 three altogether, one was a male, were recorded at estanys del Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo i Àlex Ollé). Two of them were still there on 12.9 (Matthias Schoebinger) to 19.9 (Martí Rodríguez, Jordi Martí-Aledo). Still one around on 24.9 and 3 on 25.9 ((Àlex Ollé i Jordi Martí-Aledo).
topo(16) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Lanzarote. A bird was found on 7.9 at campo de golf de Tías-Lanzarote (F.Javier García Vargas).See a photo below (F.J.García Vargas). Still there on 10.9 (F.J.García Vargas).


Photo above:©F.Javier García Vargas. 7.9.2008

(17) Pontevedra A juvenile was found at O Rego dos Mouros marsh, Sanxenxo on 12.9 (C. D. Romai, A. Fontoira and R. J. Freire). Still there on 13.9 (C. D. Romai, A. Fontoira, R. J. Freire and S. Cebeiro).
(18-20) Girona On 12.9 three juveniles were seen at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Pere Serrano; Jordi Martí-Aledo i Àlex Ollé).These individuals are believed to be different from those labelled (13-15) above since at least two of the birds were not those from 7.9 (J.Marti-Aledo).
(21) Palencia. On 12.9 one juvenile was found at Laguna de la Nava, Palencia (Enrique Gómez Crespo).
(22) Valencia. On 9.9 a juvenile was found at el Manssegar, Quartell, Valencia, within the Marjal de Almenara area, which lies in the Castelló province, but this particular site in the Valencia province (Toni Alcocer).See a photo below (T.Alcocer).Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Toni Alcocer. 9.9.2008

(23) Illes Balears. On 1.9 a bird was found at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca (Seen by unknown British birders -contact us if you are one of them- , communicated by Maties Rebassa).
(24) Alicante. On 7.9 a juvenile was found at Laguna de la Mata, Alicante (Xurxo Piñeiro y Mª José Valencia). Still there on 24.8 (Malcolm Palmer, Brian Conduit).
(25-27) Valencia. Three juveniles were located on 11.9 at Albufera de two at Reserva natural de La Ratlla, Silla and another in a field near El Saladar, Silla (P.Marin, Bosco Dies). More information at Birding Albufera website. See two thumbnails of two of the birds here.
(28) Pontevedra A juvenile was found on 13.9 at Castrelo, Cambados, Pontevedra (Samuel Paz). See a photo below (S.Paz) and a thumbnail here (C.D.Romai)Calidris melanotos

Photo above:© Samuel Paz. 13.9.2008

(29) Cantabria A juvenile was found on 13.9 at Gandarias ponds, Santoña, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez)

topoSee a full review of the influx up to 15 September 2009 in the rarebirdspain blog here.

(30) Ourense A juvenile was found at la Limia, Ourense on 14.9 (Josè Ramòn Gòmez) and was still there on 17.9 (Josè Ramòn Gòmez Gonzàlez,Ana Isabel Pèrez). See two thumbnails here.
(31-32) Navarra Two were found at Balsa de Zolina, Navarra on 11.9 (Ricardo Rodriguez). See more information in Ricardo's blog here.
(33) Cantabria. a juvenile was at Requejo, Pantano del Ebro, Cantabria on 16.9 (Javier Portillo). See two thumbnails here
(34-36) Valencia. At least there were three new juveniles from 15.9 at Albufera de Valencia that totalled six with three more birds that might have been those seen on 11.9 (hence only including three here and not six as new birds): four were at Reserva Natural de la Ratlla, Silla and two in an abandoned ricefield at Albalat de la Ribera (Pepe Ruiz, Pedro Marín, Bosco Dies, Miguel Piera, Anna Valentin y Salva Tomás). On 15.09.2008 night one was ringed at la Ratlla with a yellow pvc ring too on its right tibia (P. Marín y S. Tomás). More information at birdingalbufera web here. Still the six birds around on 17.9. See a thumbnail of two of the birds here (B.Dies).
(37) Cáceres. On 12.9 one juvenile was at Talaván reservoir, Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo; Ricardo Montero)
(38) Cáceres. On 16.9 a juvenile was seen at Casar de Cáceres reservoir, Casar de Cáceres, Cáceres (Carlos Fernández). See a thumbnail here.
(39) Sevilla. On 19.9 a juvenile was found at Brazo del Este, Sevilla (Manolo Villaécija, Paco Chiclana)

(40) A Coruña. On 21.9 a bird was found at Laguna de Louro, Muros, A Coruña (David Martínez). See a thumbnail here.
(41-42) Álava. On 23.9 there were 2 at Salburua wetland, Álava, Euskadi (Serafín Alarcón).See a thumbnail here.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis (1,2,3,4-6,7,8,9)

(1) Cádiz A juvenile was found at Los Lances beach, Tarifa, on 5.9 (Manuel Moreno Araujo). See a photo below and three thumbnails here.Tryngites subruficollis

Photo above:© Manuel Moreno Araujo. 5.9.2008

(2) Cantabria A bird was found at Colindres football field, Cantabria, on 13.9 (Iván Sarabia). It was seen on 14.9 morning too (Iván Sarabia, Juanma Domínguez, Javier Portillo, Alejandro García Herrera) but when the observers left, the football team was coming to play so probably the bird will leave the area.Photos in his blog here. Still there in the afternoon of 14.9 (Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana), see 3 thumbnails here. It remained in the same area on 15.9 when it was photographed near the goal area of the football field (see two thumbnails here , Javier Palazuelos y Juanjo Aja), where it remained the following day (Alejandro García Herrera; Ricardo Rodríguez, José Ardaiz, see his blog to see his pictures here). On 17.9 the bird was seen again and photographed too, also at close range (Antonio Ceballos y Alfonso Rodrigo).His chronicle of the twitch in Spanish in his blog here. See two photos below and a thumbnail here. On 18.9 it was videograbbed (Nazario Bocos). See the clip here while the bird remained there without moving a foot from the football field on 19.9 (Juan Sagardía; Ivan Sarabia).See another stunning photo below (J.Sagardia).Tryngites subruficollisTryngites subruficollis

Goal!! ... Photos above:© Alfonso Rodrigo. 17.9.2008

Tryngites subruficollis

Photo above:© Juan Sagardía. 19.9.2008

(3) Valencia A bird was seen briefly but yet photographed at R.N. de la Ratlla, Silla, Valencia on 17.9 morning (Pedro Martí). See this thumbnail here, under the set of the Cantabria bird. More information here.
(4-6) Tarragona Three were found in a private secluded area within Ebre Delta, Tarragona, on 19.9 (Iben Hove Sorensen/Audouin Birding Tours, D.Bigas, J.Fermin, J.Feliu).
(7) A Coruña. One was seen on 20.9 at Ensenada da Insua, Ponteceso (J.Luis Rabuñal)
(8) A Coruña. At Punta Herminia, A Coruña city, close to Hércules tower, one was found on 20.9 (Alfredo Álvarez). It was photographed later (Xabier Varela, Carmen Mouzo). See more in his blog here and a photo below plus a thumbnail in the usual column here.Still there on 21.9 (Atocha Ramos, Cosme D. Romai, Alfonso sp., Cristina sp.). Another photo below and thumbnails here.Tryngites subruficollis

Photo above:© Xabier Varela. 20.9.2008

Tryngites subruficollis

Photo above:© Atocha Ramos. 21.9.2008

(9) A Coruña. One was seen on 27.9 at Louro, Muros, A Coruña (David Martínez).See a thumbnail here.

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Bizkaia A bird was seen on 9.9 on the rocks of Las Arenas beach, between the old Marina and the Bola beach, Bizkaia , entre el puerto deportivo antiguo y la playa de la Bola, Bizkaia (Begoña Zorraquín). See a thumbnail here.

topoWilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1) Lanzarote A bird was found from 24-28.9 at Salinas de Janubio,Yaiza, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.J.García Vargas, Antonio Unquiles ). See three thumbnails here.

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1-2,3,4)
Almería Two birds were at salinas de Cerrillos, Roquetas/El Ejido, Almería on 18.9 (Raimundo Martín).
(3) Sevilla. A juvenile/ 1w was found at Caño de Guadiamar, Sevilla on 20.9 (Alberto Savijn, Javier Salcedo) where it had been found the day before by people of the National Park (Carlos Gutiérerz Expósito). See a thumbnail here.
(4) Tarragona. A juvenile/ 1w was found at Riet Vell reserve, Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 29.9 (Marisa y Ángel Álvarez-Escarpizo)

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1,2,3-11,12,13,14)
Asturies. On 6.9, one immature was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies, in 3 hours of observation (Óscar Llama, Daniel López Velasco, Jorge Valella Robledo, Marco García Gala y Nacho Vega).
(2) A Coruña. On 11.9, one juvenile was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña between 15:00 and 18:00 (Gonzalo Lage y Ricardo Hevia)
(3-11) A Coruña. On 13.9, NINE individuals (including one adult) were seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña all day long. All Skuas totals reached a 230 individuals score! (Antonio Sandoval, Gonzalo Lage y Ricardo Hevia)
(12) Asturies. A juvenile was recorded from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies, in the afternoon of 12.9 (David Álvarez Fernández, Daniel López Velasco, Elías García Sánchez, Ángel Nuño Nuño, José Manuel Marín, Joan Ferrer y Nacho Vega).
(13) Asturies. Another juvenile was recorded from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies, in the afternoon of 13.9 (Daniel López Velasco, Adolfo Villaverde Garrido, Olaya, José Manuel Marín, Javier Polancos y Nacho Vega).
(14) Cantabria. On 2.9 a 1st summer was seen off Quejo cape, Cantabria (Guillermo Rodríguez).

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1-25,26,27-45,46)
Melilla 25 birds were seen flying NW from Melilla on 10.9 from 17,30 to 19,30 h (Diego Jerez).
(26) Cádiz. On 23.9 one was seen from Conil beach, Cádiz (Diego Peinazo)
(27-45) Ceuta. 18 birds were seen at Playa de la Almadrava, Ceuta, on 21.9 (Miguel Angel Guirado).
(46) Ceuta. Another bird was seen from Carretera de Benzú, Ceuta on 30.9 (Antonio José Cambelo).

Editorial comment: with these figures, if sustained in following years, the species cannot be named as a vagrant or rarity in southern straits shores, despite its risk of confusion with other yellow-billed terns.

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1-2,3-4,5,6,7,8-10)
A Coruña. Two adults were seen flying off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 7.9 (Antonio Sandoval, Ricardo Hevia).
(3-4) Cádiz. Two ringed birds were seen at Cadiz Bay from 2-5.9 (Rafael Garcia Costales). One was winter plumaged the other still in summer dress. There is a video at youtube here. See three thumbnails here too. The winter-plumaged double-ringed bird was seen again on 10.9 (Rafa García, Mario Martín, Ricardo Martín, Fernando del Valle, Adolfo, Paco Chiclana) and 13-14.9 (R.García).
(5) Alicante. On 7.9 a juvenile was found at Laguna de la Mata, Alicante (Xurxo Piñeiro y Mª José Valencia).
(6) Cádiz. Another bird was seem at the Cadiz bay on 14.9 together with birds (3-4) (Rafael García). See more youtube videos here, here, here and here.
(7) Asturies. One adult was seen on 12.9 within a strong passage of c.2000 terns (Joan Ferré, Elisa García Sánchez, Daniel López-Velasco).
(8-10) A Coruña. Three were seen separately flying N pff Touriñán cape, Muxía, ACoruña on 13.9 (Agustín Alcalde, Anxo Xende y Antón Xende)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-2,3-4)
Cádiz. At Bolonia, Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz, there were 2 individuals on 13.9 (Cristian Jensen, Collin Freeman, Clive Allenm Joan Suggitt, Annette Lorraine, Bob Steward, Dorothy and Ian Nelson / Audouin Birding Tours).Two were seen also on 15.9 (Alan Gilbertson).
(3-4) Huelva. Two were seen at Ayamonte, Huelva town on 27.9 (Xurxo Pinheiro). They were close to the local Police station.

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1)
Girona. A juvenile was seen at Pals ricefield, Pals, Girona on 21.9 morning (Julio Pérez) and afternoon (Xavier Gámez).

Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN.
Cádiz. A bird was found at Laguna de Medina, Cádiz, on 28.9 (Heikki Vasämies and Tom Backlund). The exact location of the bird was in front of the hide in Laguna de Medina, present in the bushes by the waterline for over two hours. Bird stayed there when they left the place. (Martin Helin again on 30.9 at the same place (Xurxo Pinheiro, Carlos Florencio).

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1)
Asturies. A bird was seen on 29.9 at Perlora coast, Carreño, Asturies (Elias García-Sanchez, Daniel López Velasco)

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach (1)
Málaga. A bird was reported as a female on 30.9 afternoon from Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga(Antonio Miguel Pérez). Despite efforts, nobody could relocate this extreme rarity that could be, if submitted and accepted, a first for the country.

Hooded Crow Corvus [corone] cornix (1)
(1) Girona On 19.9 the bird seen last spring at Sobrestany, Baix Empordà, Girona was relocated again with 10 Carrion Crows (Júlio Pérez Cañestro). See a thumbnail here.


* Those species which are rarities only within the islands and are dealt with by CR/SEO are included here. Such records should be submitted to Juan Antonio Lorenzo at canarias @
** Canarian records of species which are rarities nationwide are included in the main text in violet type.

topoBlue-rock Thrush Monticola solitarius (1)
(1) Lanzarote A bird was found on 26.9 at Salinas de Janubio,Yaiza, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.J.García Vargas)


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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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These two Pectorals were at Riet Vell, Ebro delta on 6.9 (Manolo García). They remained into 7.9 at least.
This is the 3rd juvenile Pectoral seen at Riet Vell, the other two shown in a larger photo in the news section (R.Gutiérrez)
This is the 4th Pectoral seen at Ebro delta on 7.9. Unlike the other three, this has a prominent whitish chin. It was seen only briefly on 7.9 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
Two images of the thre Wilson's Storm Petrels seen off Gijon (also written as Xixón), Asturies, on 6.9 (Manuel Quintana) above, and two more below (F.Javier Portillo)
Two of the Pectoral Sandpipers seen at Valencia on 11.9 (Bosco Dies)
Three thumbnails above of the Cádiz Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Manuel Moreno)
The three Pectoral Sandpipers recorded at Ebre Delta Riet Vell reserve on 6-7.9 (Josep Tantull / Roser Solé) that were joined by a 4th on 7.9 (see above)
The summer plumaged Spotted Sandpioer recorded near Bilbao on 9.9 (Begoña Zorraquín).
The presumed hybrid egret from Cádiz bay, now much darker than before but still with the stiffed toe (right leg) (R.Garcia Costales)
Two shots of the Roseate terns seen at Cadiz bay early this month above, and another from 10.9 below. One individual was wearing two metal rings and was seen both days! (Rafael García Costales, two above, Paco Chiclana, below)
Images from the Albufera de Valencia hybrid egret, seen on 1-11.9 (Rafael Muñoz/SVO).
The Hooded Crow from Sobrestany is back at its usual territory (Julio Pérez)
The Pelican at PN Aiguamolls, an unknown origin bird (Jordi Martí-Aledo)
First sighting of a Pale Brent Goose this autumn was this of a pair at Galicia (J.R. Gómez).
Three photos above: the Cantabria Buff-breasted Sandpiper as on 14.9 (Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana)
Two more photos of the Cantabria Buff-breasted Sandpiper as on 15.9 (Juajo Aja)
The bird was still fine on 17.9 after the football training sessions (Alfonso Rodrigo)
The Buff-breasted from Valencia. Unlike the Cantabria bird, this was only seen by one lucky observer (Pedro Martí)
The Asturies Semipalmated Sandpiper gave good observation opportunities (J.Portillo)
More of the Asturies semi-p as on 16.9 (Luis Mario Arce)
This was one of the Pectorals remaining at El Matà area at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà by late September (Alex Ollé)
Two of the Albufera de Valencia Pectoral Sandpipers as on 17.9 (Bosco Dies)
The Pectoral from inland Galicia, at La Limia, Ourense (J.R.Gómez)
Above: the Pectoral sandpiper of the Pantano del Ebro, Cantabria, on 16.9 (Javier Portillo)
Two images of the Villaviciosa Pectoral Sandpipers as on 15.9 (Juan Sagardía)
One of the pectoral sandpipers from Cáceres (Carlos Fernández)
Another Buff-breasted Sandpiper: this is the A Coruña city individual (Xabier Varela).
The Rüppells' Vulture seen on 20.9 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).
The Rüppells' Vulture seen on 18.9 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).
The Pectoral Sandpiper seen at laguna de Louro, A Coruña (David Martínez)
Three photos of the A Coruña Buff-breasted as on 21.9 (A.Ramos, above, and C.D. Romai, two below).
The Pectoral sandpiper from O Rego dos Mouros, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra ( C. D. Romay).
The Red-necked Phalarope from Doñana as on 19.9 (Carlos Gutiérrez)
Two Pectoral sandpiper were seen at Salburua, Alava on 23.9. This is one (Serafín Alarcón).
Three images above of the Lanzarote Wilson's Phalarope (F.J.Garcia Vargas)
Three shots of the Llobregat delta Blue-winged Teal, only seen two days and briefly all in all (F.X.Macia)
Bird seen from Tarifa on 26.9. All are the same 2 Rüppells? or there are more? (David Cuenca)
On 27.9 this bird was found at Louro, Muros (David Martínez)
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The Bairds Sandpioer at Sevilla on 26.9 (José Luis Anguita)

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