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topoSearch within Rare Birds in Spain topoAvailable past reports
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topoSpecies index (n= 1 + 16 = 17 ) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 1 Gibraltar
Branta canadensis  


Podilymbus podiceps Pluvialis dominica Stercorarius longicaudus
Phaeton aethereus Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Sterna cf elegans - like
Egretta gularis x garzetta Tringa melanoleuca Sterna bengalensis
Phoenicopterus minor Tringa flavipes Sterna dougallii
Buteo rufinus Phalaropus lobatus Apus affinis
Falco cherrug    


* 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 and June was seen again on 6.7 (Toño Salazar).


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 to June 2009 was seen again at the lagoon
on 6.7 (Toño Salazar).

topoRed-billed Tropicbird Phaeton aethereus (1-2)
Lanzarote Two adults were seen at Costa Teguise coast on 7.7 (Jose Antonio Matesanz).

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3,4)
(1) Tarragona. After a couple of months without sightings (perhaps breeding elsewhere?), the grey, white-headed presumed hybrid egret from Ebro Delta Tancada saltpans was seen again on 3.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez). The bird was seen again on 8.7 (Cristian Jensen & Anneray Westerling) and 11.7 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours). See three photos below (A.Westerling & C.Jensen). The bird is being seen intermitently in that spot, and it was relocated on 24.7 again (Ricard Gutiérrez), see a thumbnail here.

Egretta garzetta x gularis

Egretta garzetta x gularis

Photos above:© Anneray Westerling. 8.7.2009

Egretta garzetta x gularis

Photo above:© Cristian Jensen. 11.7.2009

(2) Sevilla On 16.7 a bird was seen at Veta la Palma, Parque Natural de Doñana, La Puebla del Río, Sevilla (José Luis Arroyo, Iván San Martín). This individual had been seen on 15.5.2009 within a heron breeding colony at Marisma de Adventus, Trebujena, Cádiz, so it might be breeding in the heronry.See two photos below.

Egretta gularis x garzetta

Egretta gularis x

Photos above:© José Luís Arroyo. 16.7.2009

(3) Cáceres. On 18.7 there was a presumed hybrid at Charca de Los Gañanes, Guijo de Coria, Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo).

(4) Cádiz. On 9-10.7 an almost white bird was seen at playa de La Jara, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana). This bird, however, showed dark feathering in its face, mantle and underwing coverts, proving to be a rather difficult bird. See however bill structure and leg colour. There is a photo below (P.Chiclana)


Photo above:© Paco Chiclana . 9.7.2009

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2-3)
Ciudad Real There was a bird carrying a yellow ring at Laguna de la Veguilla, Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real on 21.7 (Tomas Velasco, Pedro Bustamante, Xurxo Piñeiro y Maria José Valencia). It has been seen in the area intermitently since last April and it was seen e.g. on 20.7 at nearby Laguna del Camino de Villafranca, Alcazar de San Juan (same observers).Seen again on 22.7 (Mª José Valencia), see below.

(2-3) Ciudad Real There were 3 altogether on Camino de Villafranca lagoon on 22.7: one unringed, another presumably was bird (1) and a third bird carrying a red ring with white letters (Maria José Valencia). This might be an escaped bird which is lingering around S Spain for some time (read more in this post from Rarebirdspain blog). One of them (the unringed) seen again on 24.7 at the same area (Carmen Rivero y Javier Gómez). See a photo below (J.Gómez).

Phoenicopterus minor

Photos above:© Javier Gómez. 24.7.2009

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2,3)
(1) Gibraltar On 9.7 an adult arrived at Gibraltar (Mario Mosquera).

(2) Cádiz. On 16.7 there was an adult around Tarifa, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga).See a photo below and a thumbnail here (J.Elorriaga)

Buteo rufinus

Photo above:© Javier Elorriaga. 16.7.2009

(3) Gibraltar On 30.7 a 1st year bird was seen over Gibraltar (Mario Mosquera/GONHS).

newSaker Falco cherrug (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN (and first for Cat.A)
(1) Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Zaragoza, Navarra A juvenile from an Hungarian LIFE project with a satellite transmitter made its way from Hungary across S Europe to NE Spain, entering Spain on 30.7. That day the bird crossed the border around midday to be radio located at Vall de Camprodón, Ripollés, Girona at 13h. It flew SW to the San Ramón – Calaf area at Segarra county, Lleida, an area of extensive plains and cereal agriculture where it remained that night. During its second day in Spain, it left Lleida province to head S for the Montblanc area, Conca de Barberà, Tarragona where it was located at 10 AM but it continued flying this time SW, through the coastal sierras to the Ebro river basin around Flix and Ascó villages, Ribera d’Ebre, Tarragona (13 hours). It continued this time Eastwards, entering the core of Ebro basin steppes at Aragón region, and was recorded at Belchite steppes, S Zaragoza at 19h. It presumably remained that night there. On the 1st of August the bird was located at 10 AM a bit NE of the steppe area, around Cariñena. Again on the move it was heading NE to the limit of Navarra and La Rioja communities and around 13h it was near Alfaro and Peralta. Again an open near-steppic cerealist area. The last up-to-date record was from 19h when Piros was heading NW within Navarra and it was in a wide area around Olite and Tafalla, which is also a credited area for Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni) within Navarra region. Read the full story with links, maps and photos at Rare Birds in Spain Blog here.

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (1)
(1) Asturies There was one at ría de Avilés from 1-3.7 (César A. Laó) to 6.7 (Ángeles Pastur Torres). See a photo below (César Álvarez Laó). The bird was seen again on 11.7 (Gabriel Martín).

Pluvialis dominica

Photo above:© César Álvarez Laó. 1.7.2009

Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN (Cat.A)
(1) A Coruña The bird found on 20.1 and seen again on 20-26.3 at Baldaio, Carballo, A Coruña was relocated at the same area on 5.7 (Xabier Varela). The bird was relocated on 12.7 (Xabier Varela)and it was still there on 17 and 18.7 ( Antonio Ceballos, Ana Narciso, Xabier Varela). See some videos on Xabi's blog here. Up to late July the bird was last seen on 18.7 (X.Varela).


Photo above:© Xabier Varela. 12.7.2009

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca (1)
(1) Cádiz On 10.7 an individual was seen at playa de Montijo, Chipiona, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana, Fabio di Pietro). See a thumbnail here and more photos in the Paco's blog here.See another photo below with the bird side by side of a Greenshank (P.Chiclana)

Tringa melanoleuca

Photo above:© Paco Chiclana. 10.7.2009

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1,2)
(1) Asturies On 27.7 one was seen at charcas del Cierrón, Ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies (Adolfo Villaverde).

(2) Ciudad Real. On 31.7 a bird was seen at Laguna de la Veguilla, Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real (Xurxo Piñeiro, María José Valencia)

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1)
Murcia An adult summer plumaged bird was at Salinas of San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, on 20.7 (Richard Howard).See a photo below and three thumbnails here. The bird remained there on 27.7 and it was last seen on 30.7 (Richard Howard, Conrado Requena). See another photo below.

Phalaropus lobatus

Photo above:© Richard Howard. 20.7.2009

Phalaropus lobatus

Photo above:© Richard Howard. 21.7.2009

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1)
(1) A Coruña On 27.7 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval, Ricardo Hevia)

Orange-billed Tern Sterna sp (elegans like) (1)
(1) Murcia There was one of these 'orange-billed terns' looking similar to an Elegant Tern at Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, on 30.7 (Conrado Requena). See a thumbnail here.

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1,2,3)
(1) Cádiz There was an adult at Playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cádiz on 20.7 (Blanca Pérez /Fundación Migres; Javier Elorriaga /Fundación Migres).

(2) Huelva There was an adult at Doñana National Park, Huelva on 16.7 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito). See a photo below.

Sterna bengalensis

Photo above:© Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito. 16.7.2009

(3) Huelva On 29.7 an adult was found at a Salinas Aragoneas roost, Huelva (Xurxo Piñeiro).

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1-3,4,5)
(1-3) Cádiz. On 12.7 three individuals were recorded at La Jara beach, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cádiz (Paco Chiclana, Fabio di Pietro). See a photo below. See another photo below.

Sterna dougallii

Sterna dougallii

Photos above:© Paco Chiclana. 12.7.2009

(4) Cádiz On 31.7 an adult was found at Salinas de la Tapa, Cádiz (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below.

Sterna dougallii

Photos above:© Rafael García Costales. 31.7.2009

(5) Huelva On 28.7 an adult was found at Salinas Aragoneas roost, Huelva (Xurxo Piñeiro).

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-6,7-18)
Cádiz There were five or six at Bolonia cave, Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz on 1.7
(Javier Gómez Aoiz). At least three were present on 14.7 at the same area (Pablo Fernández García).
(7-18) Cádiz. There were 12 at Chipiona beach, Cádiz on 13.7 (Paco Chiclana, Fabio di Pietro)


* 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
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The Hudsonian Whimbrel at Baldaio, A Coruña, relocated after several months in the same area! now photographed on 12.7 (Xabier Varela)
One of the birds at Chipiona coasts (Paco Chiclana)
The Greater Yellowlegs at Cádiz (Paco Chiclana)
The adult Long-legged Buzzard at Tarifa on 16.7 (Javier Elorriaga)

The Tancada Egret, still at Ebro Delta on 24.7. Compare it with the very similar from Doñana! (Ricard Gutiérrez)

One Red-necked Phalarope was found at San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia (Richard Howard)
One of the Lesser Flamingos at Alcazar de San Juan, the unringed bird (Javier Gómez)
The Lesser-Crested Tern at Playa de los Lances, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga/Fundación Migres)
The Orange-billed Tern, Elegant-like, seen at Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia (Conrado Requena)

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