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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
topoMonth Overview topoResumen del mes
topoBird news topoResum del mes
topoSpecies index (n=2 + 24=26) + 1 Only Canary Islands
Cygnus cygnus Anser caerulescens  


Egretta gularis x garzetta Pluvialis dominica Larus glaucoides
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Motacilla flava feldegg
Phoenicopterus minor Gallinago media Motacilla citreola
Aquila clanga Xenus cinereus Apus affinis
Buteo rufinus Phalaropus lobatus Acrocephalus agricola
Falco biarmicus Phalaropus tricolor Acrocephalus palustris
Fulica americana Larus philadelphia Sylvia curruca
Cursorius cursor Larus fuscus fuscus Sturnus roseus


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)

(1) Palencia. A bird appeared on 9.4 at La Nava lagoon (Pedro de La Rua). It was seen again on 11.4 (Carlos Nazario Bocos) and 13.4 (communicated by Enrique Gómez Crespo). The bird was still there on 24.4 (Carlos Nazario Bocos) newand 30.4 (Carlos Nazario Bocos).

Snow Goose Anser caerulescens (1)
(1) A Coruña The 'confiding' bird coming from this winter seen at Embalse de Abegondo-Cecebre, A Coruña remained on 19.4 at the area (David Díaz Seoane). See a photo below.

Anser caerulescens

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales.8.4.2009


newtopoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaeton aethereus (1)
Lanzarote Three birds were seen on 26.4 near Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote (Colin Guy; Antonio Unquiles Cobos, F.J.García Vargas).See an account and photos here. Seen again on 27.4 (F.J.García Vargas). Two were still around on 28.4 (F.J.García Vargas) and one bird was seen near Puerto del Carmen on 30.4 (Juan Sagardia, F.J.García Vargas).

phaeton aethereusphaeton aethereusphaeton aethereus

Photos above:© F.Javier García Vargas .26.4.2009

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2-3,4,5)
(1) Cádiz. The 'usual' bird from Cádiz bay Natural Park was seen again on 8.4 (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below (note the bill shape, too slim for garzetta but note the dark loral area, ed. comment).

Egretta garzetta x gularis

Photo above:© Rafael García Costales.8.4.2009

(2-3) Sevilla. Two birds with Western Reef Heron characters were seen from José Antonio Valverde Information Center, PN Doñana, Sevilla. One bird was dark and the other was white (Cristian Jensen, Lionel Maumary/Audouin Birding Tours).
(4) Cádiz. On 22.4 one bird showing WR Heron characters (featured before in this website, ed. comment) was seen at Codo de la Esparraguera, Trebujena, Cádiz (Cristian Jensen, Lionel Maumary/Audouin Birding Tours)

new(5) Alicante. A bird showing a white head was seen on 26.4 at Salinas de Santa Pola, Alicante (Juan Maria Pérez García). See a thumbnail here.

Marabou Leptoptilos crumeniferus (1) D CATEGORY SPECIES
(1) Sevilla Presumed escape. The
bird with a yellow PVC ring 'RD o RB', perhaps the same seen at Ojuelos, Marchena, Sevilla on 18.10.2008, and of unknown origin, seen at Brazo del Este, Puebla del Río, Sevilla on 28.3 remained in the area on 11.4 (Paco Chiclana, Gonzalo Lage, Quirri).

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-6,7)
Málaga The groups of birds seen on March at Fuentedepiedra lagoon, Málaga were seen again, totalling six, on 6.4 (Albert Burgas) and 8.4 (John Cantelo) and four remained on 19.4 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours).Six remained on 25.4 and two were believed to be nesting. At least three that were checked were unringed individuals (Andy Paterson)
(7) Cuenca On 10.4 there was one Lesser Flamingo at Manjavacas lagoon, Cuenca (Antonio Ceballos) perhaps being the same bird seen last month at nearby La Mancha lagoons. See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Phoenicopterus minr

Photo above:© Antonio Ceballos .10.4.2009

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1-2)
(1-2) Alicante The satellite radio-tracked Estonian Eagle Tõnn and the other unmarked eagle that were at El Hondo reservoir, Alicante during March 2009 remained there on 3.4 (Graham Critchell).
The bird left the area on 13.4 and on 20.4 it was already in France (Urmas Sellis via satellite tracking)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2,3)
(1) Cádiz On 5.4 one was seen from La Hoya area, Tarifa, Cádiz (Alberto Savijn,Rafa Romero y Jose Luis Anguita)

(2) Cádiz On 5.4 one very probable pale bird was seen from Los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz (Alberto Savijn,Rafa Romero y Jose Luis Anguita)

(3) Cádiz On 23.4 one bird was seen at La Janda, Cádiz (Mario Martín, Fernando del Valle, Paco Chiclana)

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cádiz One juvenile was seen at La Janda, Cádiz on 5.4 (Stephen Daly, John W Vanderpoel/ Peregrine Videos)

American Coot Fulica americana (1) THIRD FOR SPAIN
(1) A Coruña The bird at A Frouxeira lagoon, Valdoviño, A Coruña from 20.1
was seen again on5.4 (Carmen Mouzo y Xabier Varela) and
7.4 with only 7 coots (F.atra) remaining (Antonio Gutierrez)

Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor (1)
(1) Tarragona On 25.4 a bird was seet at Punta de la Banya, PN Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Susanne Ruppen, Jaume Soler et al / Audouin Birding Tours)

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (1-2)
(1-2) A Coruña The two birds from 20.3 at Baldaio, A Coruña, were seen again on 5.4 (Cosme Damián Romai, Tito Salvadores) and 6.4 (David Calleja Marcos, José Luis Fernández Carnero). See a photo below and thumbnails here.
The birds remained at the area on 9.4, but only one on 12.4 (Xabier Varela).

Pluvialis dominica

Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN (Cat.A)
(1) A Coruña The bird found on 20.1 at Baldaio marsh, Carballo, A Coruña,  and proving extremely  elusive, was seen again on 5.4 (Cosme Damián Romai, Tito Salvadores)
. See two photos below and 5 thumbnails here (T.Salvadores).Seen again on 6.4 (Jose Luis Fernández Carnero y David Calleja Marcos). See a special photopage in this web of this sighting with more photos here. The bird remained at the area on 9-12.4 (Xabier Varela). See three new thumbnails here. The bird was still at Baldaio on 18.4 (Xabier Varela).

Numenius phaeopus hudsonicusNumenius phaeopus hudsonicus

Photos above:© Tito Salvadores 5.4.2009

Great Snipe Gallinago media (1,2)
Tarragona On 13.4 a very possible bird was seen at Les Olles, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Iván Sarabia)

(2) Girona. On 22.4 a bird was found at estany d’en Massot, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park (Àlex Ollé).

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1-3)
Málaga On 6.4 three birds were seen at Río Grande, Málaga (Todor Todorov)

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1)
(1) Tarragona One bird was present at Punta de la Banya Nature Reserve, Ebro Delta Natural Park, Tarragona on 6.4 (Manolo García Tarrasón). Probably another different bird was seen (this in advanced summer plumage) at the same place on 18.4 but not afterwards (Manolo García Tarrasón).

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1) Sevilla One was found at Conde Chico, Brazo del Este, Sevilla on 2.4 (Alberto Savijn, Jose Luis Anguita) and 3.4 (J.L.Anguita). See a thumbnail here.The bird was seen again on 5.4 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito) and 7.4 (David Muñoz; Paco Chiclana). On 8.4 it was photographed (see a thumbnail here, Carlos Gutiérrez).
The bird remained in the same place on 16.4 (Mario Martín y Ricardo Martín-Baylo).

Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia (1)
(1) Madrid The adult in winter plumage within a party of Black-headed Gulls L.ridibundus at Pinto dump, Madrid, from 22.3 was still in the area on 4.4 (Delfín González) and 5.4 (Delfín González, Juan M.Ruiz, Javier Marchamalo). There is a video here.See a photo below (D.González). Seen again on 8.4 (Delfín González)

Larus philadelphia

Photo above:© Delfín González. 4.4.2009

Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1)
(1)Madrid. The ringed bird present at Pinto dump, Madrid, on 29.3 was still in the area on 12.4 (Javier Marchamalo, Juan Diego Acevedo). See a photo below (J.Marchamalo)

Larus fuscus fuscus

Photo above:© Javier Marchamalo. 12.4.2009

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3,4,5-6,7,8-9)
(1) Pontevedra. The 1w found on 28.3 at playa O Terrón and Playa As Sinas, Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra remained in the area on 1.4 (Samuel Paz). See a photo below and 2 thumbnails here.

Larus glaucoides

Photo above:© Samuel Paz .1.4.2009

(2) Pontevedra. On 2.4 an adult was seen at Ensenada de San Simón, Pontevedra. It may be present there since February (Samuel Paz, José Ramón Gómez).See a photo below (S.Paz) and two thumbnails here.

Larus glaucoides

Photo above:© Samuel Paz .2.4.2009

(3) Pontevedra. An adult was observed at San Adrián de Cobres, Vilaboa on 1.4 (Cosme D. Romai). This bird was discovered by other birders several weeks ago, and shows an odd behaviour, as was seen perched alone in the top of power towers very close to the road. See two thumbnails here.
(4) A Coruña. There was a 1w in a night roost of gulls (most of them Lesser Black-backed Gulls) at Vilagudín reservoir, close to the village of Arcai de Abaixo, Tordoia, on 2.4 (Cosme D. Romai). This place is 24 km south from the nearby coast.
See a thumbnail here.
(5-6) Asturies. The two birds seen by late March and photographed altogether on 30.3, were still at El Musel area, Xixon on 6.4 (Nacho Vega).
(7) Asturies. A 1st winter bird was seen at Luarca, Asturies from 9.4 (Adolfo Villaverde; César Vidal) through 11.4 (Joan Ximenis) to 12.4 at least (A.Villaverde).See two thumbnails here (C.Vidal, A. Villaverde). The bird was still around on 13.4 (Pablo Galiano).A small photo of the individual is here.
(8-9) A Coruña. There were two 1st winters (2nd calendar- year birds) at Cariño, A Coruña, on 9.4 (Ricardo Hevia) which were still at the same beach on 15.4 (Ricardo Hevia). One was still there on 19.4, 26.4 and 30.4 (Ricardo Hevia)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-3,4-11)
Cádiz There were two on 4.4 (Alberto Savijn,Rafa Romero y Jose Luis Anguita) and three
at a coastal cave at Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz on 5.4 (Stephen Daly). See a thumbnail here

(4-11) Cádiz. There were seven birds and six occupied nests near Guadalquivir river mouth on 22.4 (Cristian Jensen, Lionel Maumary/Audouin Birding Tours). Two had been seen in the area on 3.4 (John Cantelo).

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1)
Albacete. There was one at laguna de Hoya Grande, Corral Rubio, Albacete on 29.4 (José Antonio Cañizares Mata)

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1)
Albacete. The adult
seen at Pozocañada, Albacete on 30.3 was relocated on 1.4 ( Juan Camacho, Rafael Torralba, José Antonio y David Cañizares).See photos here (opens in another window). On 3.4 a video was obtained (David Cañizares)

Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola (1)
Barcelona. A bird was trapped and ringed at Maresma de les Filipines, Llobregat Delta Nature Reserves, Viladecans, Barcelona on 23.4 (Joan Castelló). See two photos below (Joan Castelló).

Acrocephalus agricolaAcrocephalus agricola

Photos above:© Joan Castelló. 23.4.2009

Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris (1) FIFTH FOR SPAIN
Lleida. An adult was trapped and ringed at Estany d'Ivars, Ivars d'Urgell, Lleida on 10.4 (Sergi Sales, Enric Morera; Neus Solà, Neus Codina, Ricard Gutiérrez). See two photos below (Ricard Gutiérrez)

Acrocephalus palustrisAcrocephalus palustris

Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez.10.4.2009, below with a migratory Reed Warbler (A.scirpaceus)

newLesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (1)
Barcelona. A bird was seen at Besós river mouth, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, on 27.4 (Xavier Larruy, Juan Bécares). See a photo below (Juan Bécares).

Sylvia curruca

Photo above:© Juan Bécares. 27.4.2009

Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus (1)
Cádiz. A bird was seen at La Algaida pinewood, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on 10.4 (John Cantelo). See two thumbnails here.


topoWater Pipit Anthus spinoletta (1)
(1) La Palma On 1-3.4 there was one at charca de riego en Las Martelas, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma (Robert Burton).

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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 for their knowledge if enough substantiated but inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind which needs a form to be sent. 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 para su conocimiento, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores y del envío de la ficha correspondiente. 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 que haurien d'enviar la fitxa corresponent emplenada. 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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The Glaucous at Vilanova de Arousa on 1.4 (Samuel Paz)
The Wilson's Phalarope at Brazo del Este on 2-3,4 (J.L.Anguita)
The adult Iceland Gull at Ensenada de San Simón, Pontevedra, on 2.4 (Samuel Paz)
The adult Iceland Gull inland at Vilaboa, Pontevedra on 1.4 (C.D.Romai)
The 1w Iceland Gull at Vilagudín, A Coruña, another inland location (C.D.Romai).
The Hudsonian Whimbrel at Baldaio, A Coruña, relocated on 5.4 (3 images above, Tito Salvadores, two below C.D.Romai)
Little Swift is breeding again at Sierra de la Plata, where seen on 5.4 (Stephen Daly)
The Wilson's Phalarope at Brazo del Este on 8,4 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito)
The American Coot still at Valdoviño lagoon, A Coruña (A.Gutiérrez).
The American Golden Ploverl at Baldaio, A Coruña, on 5-6.4 (3 images above, D.Calleja, two below C.D.Romai)
The Iceland Gull at Luarca, Asturies, seen by many birders (above: César Vidal, below Adolfo Villaverde).
The Hudsonian Whimbrel might be about to leave from Baldaio northwards (Xabier Varela, 9.4.2009).
The Lesser Flamingo at Manjavacas, Cuenca on 10.4 (Antonio Ceballos)
The Iceland gull at Luarca, Asturies on 13.4 (Pablo Galiano). A few Icelands still remain in the N.
And the same bird on 11.4 (Joan Ximenis)
The Rosy Starling at La Algaida Pinewoods, Cádiz, on 10.4 (John Cantelo).
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The presumed hybrid Egret from Santa Pola saltpans on 26.4 (J.M. Pérez-García)

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