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Rare Birds in Spain 
10th year in a row informing on first-hand news on rare birds in Spain.
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topoRarity distribution this month topoRarity forecast 
topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
topoMonth Overview topoResumen del mes
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topoSpecies index (n= 1 + 9 = 10) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 1 Gibraltar
Branta canadensis    


Podilymbus podiceps Xenus cinereus Sterna sp
Phoenicopterus minor Larus cachinnans Sterna dougallii
Falco biarmicus Larus glaucoides Apus affinis
Calidris melanotos    


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


Canada Goose Branta canadensis (1)

(1) Lugo
The bird seen at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo last May was seen again on 8.6 (Toño Salazar). See a photo below.

Branta canadensis

Photo above:© Toño Salazar. 8.6.2009


Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
(1) Lugo The bird seen at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo from 23.8.2007 then again in Spring and Autumn 2008 and from January 2009 was seen again at the lagoon
on 2.6 (Toño Salazar). See a thumbnail here of the bird in breeding plumage (T.Salazar).See a couple more photos in this flickr account here. The bird remained in the lagoon on 8.6 (Toño Salazar)

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-4,5)
Málaga The four birds at Fuentedepiedra lagoon, one of them in the flamingo breeding colony, Málaga seen during May until the 31.5 presumably made into June. Four birds were seen in the lagoon on 18.6(Paco Chiclana). At least one pair has layed an egg but the adults were not near the creche, where 2000 Greater Flamingo chicks were around (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below.

Phoenicopterus minor

Photo above:© Paco Chiclana.18.6.2009

(5) Tarragona An adult was seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, on 26.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Juan Antonio Lorenzo). This bird was not breeding despite there is a Greater Flamingo colony there and showed no signs of captivity. It had not seen along the whole year (Carles Domingo) so it's a recent arrival to the area. See two photos below and a thumbnail here.

Phoenicopterus minor

Phoenicopterus minor

Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez .26.6.2009

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1)Gibraltar One juvenile was seen arriving from Morocco on 23.6 from Gibraltar (Ernest F.J.García)

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Asturies A bird was found at El Cierrón, Ría de Villaviciosa, Asturies on 11.6 (Adolfo Villaverde Garrido)

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1,2)
Asturies On 2.6 a bird was discovered at Zeluán, Avilés, Asturies (Marco García Gala, Jose Antonio Larriba, Daniel López Velasco; Nacho Vega, Ángeles Pastur). It was seen again on 3.6 (Angeles Pastur, Luis Mario Arce, Daniel Lopez, Xuan Cortés, Marco Garcia) and 4.6 (Daniel López Velasco, Alfonso Rodríguez).The bird remained in the area on 5.6 (Pablo Galiano). See a thumbnail here.

Xenus cinereus

Photo above:© Luis Mario Arce. 4.6.2009

(2) Valencia From 22-24.6, a bird was seen at Racó de l'Olla saltmarsh, l'Albufera de Valencia (J.I.Dies, B. Dies, M.Chardí, I.Ruíz and others).

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1)
(1) Asturies A 1st summer was found on 2.6 at Zeluán, Avilés, Asturies (Luis Mario Arce, Belén Alonso)

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3)
(1) A Coruña. A 1st summer bird was seen on 2.6 at playa de Esmelle, Ferrol, A Coruña (Paco Girón).There are some photos in Antonio Gutiérrez's blog here.

(2) Asturies. A 1st summer was seen at Villamil, Tapia de Casariego, Asturias on 8.6 (Pablo Fernández). The bird remained in the area on 11.6 (Pablo Fernández). See a couple of photos below- It was still in ther area on 18.6 (Pablo Fernández).

Larus glaucoides

Larus glaucoides

Photos above:© Pablo Fernández. 12.6.2009 (above) and 8.6.2009 (below)

3) Pontevedra . On 11.6 a 1st summer was seen at playa de Canido, Vigo, Pontevedra (Yolanda Ozaeta, Esther Abad, Gorka Ocio y Xulio Valeiras). On 12.6 the same bird was seen nearby at Isla de Toralla, Vigo (Xulio Valeiras).

Orange billed-tern Sterna sp. (1-2,3,4)
(1-2) Tarragona The breeding pair seen in late May at Ebro delta within a Sandwich Tern colony and attending a nest presumably continued in that restricted area in June.
new They remained there during the first half of the month (Carles Domingo) but they were not in the colony, already with chicks, on 26.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Juan Antonio Lorenzo) so either they deserted the colony or the breeding failed this month. Perhaps the Barcelona bird was one of these (ed. comment).

(3) Barcelona. On 6.6 one of these 'birds' was seen fishing along Llobregat delta beach at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy, Raul Bastida).

(4) Almería The bird seen from 1.5 at Cabo de Gata saltpans, Almería remained in the area on 24-25.6 (Raimundo Martín).

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1)
(1) Asturies. On 11.6 an adult was seen fishing along Salinas beach, Asturies (Daniel López-Velasco)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-4,5-8,9-14)
Cádiz There were at least four birds around Bolonia cave, Cádiz on 3.6, one of them entering in the cave (Bob Hibbett). Four too were seen around the Sierra de la Plata site on Jun 12th (Ernest F.J García)

(5-8) Sevilla There were four at Lora del río, Sierra Norte de Sevilla,Sevilla on 3.6 (Jose Luis Anguita,
Martin Schuck, Alberto Savijn)

(9-14) Cádiz. There were six at Guadalquivir river mouth on 18.6 (Paco Chiclana, Heinz Lunscher, Fernando del Valle y Ricardo Martín-Baylo)



* 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.


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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 long-stayer (albeit shy and somewhat elusive) Pied billed Grebe at Riocaldo lagoons, Lugo (Toño Salazar)
The Terek Sandpiper from Zeluán continued in the area on 5.6 (Pablo Galiano)
The Lesser Flamingo at Punta de la Banya on 26.6 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Terek Sandpiper at Valencia on 22-24.6 (J.I.Dies)

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