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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= 3 +29 = 32 ) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Branta canadensis Branta bernicla hrota Anas rubripes


Podilymbus podiceps Buteo rufinus Sterna maxima
Thalassarche melanophrys Aquila clanga Sterna bengalensis
Pterodroma feae Falco biarmicus Sterna cf elegans - like
Puffinus (assimilis) baroli Falco cherrug Sterna dougallii
Oceanites oceanicus Tryngites subruficollis Apus affinis
Egretta gularis x garzetta Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Motacilla citreola
Leptoptilos crumeniferus Calidris melanotos Oenanthe isabellina
Phoenicopterus minor Phalaropus lobatus Sylvia curruca
Gyps ruepellii Stercorarius longicaudus Carpodacus erythrynus
Circus macrourus Larus glaucoides Emberiza sahari


* processing of these rarities dealt by CR/SEO, hence their inclusion here
topo See also last month news for late updates or long-stayers
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Canada Goose Branta canadensis (1)
(1) Lugo The bird of nominal ssp. at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo
remained there on 19.9 (Juan Sagardia). See a photo in his blog here.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-2)

(1-2) Cantabria. On 20.9 two birds were seen at
Santoña marshes, Cantabria, the 1st & 2nd for the region (Juanma Domínguez, Iván Sarabia). See thumbnails here. Later they were seen by other observers (Alejandro García Herrera, Máximo Sánchez Cobo,Juan G. Navedo, Oscar Llama, Fernando and others).They were seen again on 22.9 (Carlos Andrés y Javier Ortas)

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1)
(1) Lugo. Pepiño is back. The famous returning overwintering individual drake American Black Duck, locally named 'Pepiño' returned once more to its haunts at ría de Foz, Lugo, on 11-12.9 (Luis José Salaverri)


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 July 2009 was seen again at the lagoon
on 19.9 (Juan Sagardía).See a photo in his blog here.

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys (1)
(1) Bizkaia A presumed 2nd calendar-year Black-browed was seen the morning on 4.9 on board of Pride of Bilbao 2-3 hours before reaching Bilbao (Alan Lobb).

(Fea's) Petrel Pterodroma c.f. feae (1,2-3,4)
(1) A Coruña. An individual assigned to this species was seen migrating W from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, at 18:15 on 4.9 (Antonio Sandoval, Ricardo Hevia). Second this season at the same place after the August bird.
(2-3) A Coruña On 5.9, two birds were seen off Cariño during the 'Aula do Mar' seawatch at 13:15 and 14:15 (Diverse observers on board of Aula do Mar at Cariño, José Miguel Alonso Pumar two photos: first bird (against the sky) and second individual (against sea surface). The bird seems a feae (Gorka Ocio).First-ever available photos of a Pterodroma in Spain. More photos in new Gorka's blog here. See another thumbnail of the 2nd bird here (Gabriel Martín)



Photos above:© Gorka Ocio 5.9.2009

(4) A Coruña On 4.9, another Fea's was seen from Touriñán cape, A Coruña moving South at 8:45 minutes (SGHN)

Barolo's Shearwater Puffinus (assimilis) baroli (1,2)
(1) Bizkaia. An individual was seen 40 nautic miles off Santurtzi, Bizkaia on 10.9 on board of Pride of Bilbao (Gorka Ocio et al).
(2) Cádiz. One was seen entering the Mediterranean from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, on 21.9 (Carlos Noivo, Javier Elorriaga/Fundación Migres).

Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (1,2-5,6-7)
(1) Asturies On 4.9 one individual was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Asturies (Marco García, Elías García, Pedro J. Menendez, Nacho Vega, Manolo Pajuelo, Jorge Valella, Daniel López-Velasco).

(2-5) A Coruña On 5.9, four birds were seen off Cariño during the 'Aula do Mar' seawatch (Diverse observers on board of Aula do Mar at Cariño, José Miguel Alonso Pumar a photo below (Gorka Ocio)


Photo above:© Gorka Ocio 5.9.2009

(6-7) A Coruña On 20.9, at least two were seen 20 nautic miles off Cariño during the 'Aula do Mar' seawatch (Diverse observers on board of Aula do Mar at Cariño, José Miguel Alonso Pumar See stunning photos from Juan Sagardia's blog in his blog here or directy here,here, here or here) and a photo from Miguel Rouco taken 20 miles off Ortegal cape (44º04.914’ N – 7º51.108’ W) below (M.Rouco)


Photo above:© Miguel Rouco 20.9.2009

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2,3,4,5)
(1) Cádiz. The returning bird was at Salinas de Puerto real, Cádiz on 2.9 (Rafael García-Costales). See a photo below.


Photo above:© Rafael García Costales

(2) Alicante. One was found on 12.9 at Santa Pola saltpans, Alicante (Alfonso Rodrigo; Miguel Angel Serrano). It is probably that the bird had been in the area for several months (communciation to A. Rodrigo). See a thumbnail here.
(3) Tarragona. The bird seen last August, which is the same bird seen the last years in the area buth with worn feathering in its mantle, looking a bit browner than usual, was again at Tancada saltpans, Ebro Delta, Tarragona on 24.9 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
(4) Cáceres. The individual seen on 7.8 at Portaje reservoir was seen again at the same place on 6.9 (Sergio Mayordomo, see a thumbnail here), and 13.9 (César Clemente y Javier Mahillo)

(5) Cádiz. There was a bird at Trebujena marshes on 25.9 (Kelle Moreau, Alberto Savijn, Javier Salcedo)

Marabou Leptoptilos crumeniferus (1)
A Coruña Th
e first for Galicia was seen at río Tambre, near Chaián, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña (Agustín Alcalde Lorenzo).

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1)
Tarragona There was an adult at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona, on 1.9 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See three photos below and two thumbnails here.




Photos above:© Ricard Gutiérrez 1.9.2009.Digiscoping Nikon Coolpix 5200 on Leica Apo-Televid 82mm at 50x

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1-3,4-5,6-8)
(1-3) Cádiz. Two birds were seen and photographed near Tarifa on 5.9 (Ricardo Fernández Nieto).According to Javier Elorriaga (in litt.) there might be up to three birds in the area: 'un joven sin mudas, otro un inmaduro con una muesca evidente y asimétrica en la secundarias centrales del ala izquierda y el otro muestra una muda activa evidente con muchas irregularidades en las plumas de vuelo' (an unmoulted juvenile, an immature with an asymetric broken feather in its left wing and a further bird in active moult with an irregular trailing edge).On 8.9 there were two at La Pena watchpoint seen and photographed at a carcass with Griffon Vultures. (Oliva Rama Tours/Jules Sykes, Richard & Jane Palmer, Michael & Wendy Ball, John Thorogood, John Tookey and Aileen Bishop; see photos below, © J. Tookey). On 12.9 there were two birds at Valle de Ojén, Sierra de los Alcornocales, Cádiz (Manolo Villaécija, Paco Chiclana). Two birds (or three) were seen the same day at Cazalla observatory (Javier Elorriaga/Fundación Migres) while one was at the same site on 13.9 (Cristian Jensen, Ray Moller and others /Audouin Birding Tours). Late news comment that on 4.9 'the juvenile' mentioned by Javier Elorriaga was seen at Cazalla observatory, Tarifa, Cadiz (Brigitte, Christian & Matthias Schoebinger).One bird was seen at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, on 22.9 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours). One was roosting on the cliffs at La Pena on 18-20.9 - broken/missing secondary wing feather (Martin Coates). Another at Santuario, Tarifa on 18.9 (Miguel Rouco, see a photo below). At the Cazalla observatory on 19-20.9 one immature present several times on both days and possibly two (i.e. a third bird) but we are still checking the photos (Martin Coates).
One was seen at Tarifa on 29.9 (Carlos J. Serrano) and one or two were seen from El Algarrobo observatory the same day (Paco Chiclana, Manolo Romero).




Photos above:© John Tookey 8.9.2009


Photos above:© Miguel Rouco 26.9.2009

(4-5) Cádiz. Two individuals were seen at Los Barrios, Cádiz. They were amongst Griffons and one was an unmoulted juvenile, a rarely seen age-class in the Straits (Javier Elorriaga/Fundación Migres).
(6) Cádiz. At least 4-6 individuals could be around Tarifa these days. Mike Buckland saw at least 4 altogether one day and has brought us photos of four different birds. His observations were 1 on 16.9, 2 on 19.9, 3-4 on 21.9, and 3-4 on 22.9 (Mike Buckland)

(7) Cádiz. A different bird was seen at 1300 hrs on 29.9 close to Huerta Grande, Pelayo, Cadiz (Stephen Daly,Ole Jørgen Hansen, Tøne Jørgen Hansen/ Andalucian Guides). This was a freshly fallen cow carcass with many Griffons and at least one Rüppell's Vulture present. There was a slope with a lot more Griffs and the other possible out of view. See a photo below (Stephen Daly).


Photos above:© Stephen Daly 29.9.2009

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1)
(1) València On 17.9 a juvenile/1w was seen at La Ratlla Nature Reserve, PN Albufera de València, València (Bosco Dies)

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz On 12.9 one was seen heading inland from Los Lances beach, Cádiz, with Black Kites (
Oliva Rama Tours/Jules Sykes, Richard & Jane Palmer, Michael & Wendy Ball, John Thorogood, John Tookey and Aileen Bishop).

(2) Cádiz On 10h of 16.9 one cirtensis was seen and photographed at Trafico observatory, Tarifa (Stephen Daly). See two photos below and two thumbnails here (Stephen Daly)



Photos above:© Stephen Daly 16.9.2009


Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2)
(1) Alicante On 16.9 an immature Spotted Eagle was seen at the North side of Hondo NP. Alicante (Graham Critchell). This bird is not the overwinterning satellite-tracked Estonian eagle 'Tonn' seen last year which seems to be on its way to Spain now (see a post on this topic in the Rarebirdspain blog here -opens in another browser window-,
and it is now between Switzerland and France).

(2) Albacete The Estonian eagle Tõnn entered Spain through Coll d'Ares, Girona, Catalonia,on 26.9 (Urmas Sellis). It crossed Catalonia and moved S across Valencia region to Albacete, avoiding strong showers in the Mediterranean coast to remain inland at Albacete on 29.9. There are more news in the Rarebirdspain blog here.

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cádiz There was a bird at the Tarifa area, Cádiz, on 18.9. It was photographed in flight (see below) (Pako Zufiaur).This or another was seen at the same place on 19.9 (Martin Coates) and 21.9 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours)


Photo above:© Pako Zufiaur 18.9.2009

Saker Falco cherrug (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN (and first for Cat.A)
(1) Palencia The juvenile from an Hungarian LIFE project with a satellite transmitter that is visiting Spain (read the full story with links, maps and photos at Rare Birds in Spain Blog here) was relocated again with the aid of the LIFE team on 2.9 at Palencia (Juan Sagardía, Antonio Ceballos). New photos in Juan Sagardias blog here.The bird remained around Valladolid-Palencia until mid month at least but it may have moved to Andalusia (J.Sagardia). Follow its movements here (opens in another browser window). The bird had reached the Straits of Gibraltar area at Barbate after visiting the Doñana National Park on 19.9 (see the complete story in the Rarebirdspain blog here). The bird crossed the straits on 19-20.9 and even went S to Morocco and the Sahara! (Matyas Prommer in litt.). See a couple of maps of the whole Iberian journey and data until 24.9 of the bird, courtesy of LIFE project managers). The bird has already left the Western Palearctic at Mauritania.



Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1,2)
(1) Tarragona An adult bird was found at some ricefields between Sant Jaume d'Enveja and Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 5.9 (Roser Solé, Josep Tantull). See a thumbnail here
(2) Cantabria A bird was found at Alday marshes, Camargo, Cantabria on 7.9, close to the place where the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (see below) was still around (Angel R. Elizalde; Yves Borremans). Still there on 10.9 (Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana).It was seen again on 12.9 (Javier Gómez, Carmen Rivero). See two thumbnails here and a photo below.

Calidris melanotos

Photos above:© Javier Gómez Aoiz 14.9.2009

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis (1,2,3)
(1) Cantabria The bird discovered on 29.8 at Alday marshes, Cantabria continued there on 3.9 (Cesar Bermejo. Jose Antonio Maroña, Carlos Sánchez y Yyves Borremans)and 4.9 (Máximo Sánchez Cobo, María José Valencia Sánchez-Arevalo,Xurxo Piñeiro Alvárez, Ignacio Olaso, María Bengoechea y Óscar Llama Palacios).Seen again on 5.9 (Juanjo Aja, Isidoro Fombellida)
.The bird was seen again on 6.9 (Jesús Ucha & Grupo Ornitológico de la Rioja) and 7.9 (Yves Borremans).Still there on 10.9 (Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana).It was seen again on 12.9 (Javier Gómez, Carmen Rivero). See two thumbnails here.

(2) A Coruña On 12.9 a juvenile bird was observed at Ensenada da Insua, A Coruña (José Luís Rabuñal)
(3) A Coruña On 14.9 a bird was photographed at playa de Arteixo, A Coruña (David Díaz Seoane). See a photo below.


Photo above:© David Díaz Seoane 14.9.2009

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 then relocated at the same area on 5-18.7 and August was relocated on 3.9 (Amadeo Pombo)
.The bird was seen again on 25.9 (Xabier Varela), see his original post in his blog here.The bird was seen again on 26.9 (Luis José Salaverri, Jordi Martí-Aledo). See two photos below (L.J.Salaverri)



Photos above:© Luis José Salaverri 26.9.2009

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1,2,3,4-6)
Tarragona A juvenile was seen and photographed on 1.9 at
Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Ricard Gutiérrez). See a thumbnail here.
(2) Valencia. A juvenile was seen on 1.9 at Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de Valencia, Valencia (J. I. Dies, M. Chardí, A. Alcocer).See a thumbnail here.
(3) Almería A juvenile was found at Cerrillos saltpans, Roquetas /El Ejido, Almería on 17.9 (Raimundo  Martín, Dani Bosch).
(4-6) Cádiz. On 10.9 three were altogether at La Dehesilla, Parque Natural de Doñana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda. One was a bird moulting from juvenile to 1w and the rest possibly adults (José Luis Arroyo). See a photo below and a thumbnail here.

Phalaropus lobatus

Photo above:© José Luis Arroyo 10.9.2009

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus (1-21,22-51,52-203,203-263, 264-278,279,280,281-316, 317-319,320) UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS, HIGHEST EVER RECORDED

(1-21) A Coruña On 1.9 21 adults were counted from Estaca de Bares cape in 1,5 hours (Ricardo Hevia).
(22-51) Asturies On 4.9 29 individuals, almost all adults, were counted from Punta de la Vaca, Asturies (Marco García, Nacho Vega, Pedro J Menendez y Daniel López-Velasco).
(52-203) A Coruña On 4.9, a record count of 151 (80% adults) individuals were counted from Estaca de Bares cape in 3:45 hours (Ricardo Hevia).
(203-263) A Coruña On 5.9, 30 individuals were seen migrating in a single group in the morning and another 30 individuals were counted in 2h20m from Estaca de Bares cape in the afternoon (Ricardo Hevia, Antonio Sandoval).
(264-278) Asturies On 5.9 14 individuals more were counted from Punta de la Vaca, Asturies (Marco García, Elías García, Pedro J. Menendez, Nacho Vega, Manolo Pajuelo, Jorge Valella, Daniel López-Velasco).
(279) A Coruña On 5.9, a single individual was seen migrating from Estaca de Bares cape in the afternoon (Ricardo Hevia et al).
(280) A Coruña On 5.9, an adult was seen off Cariño during the 'Aula do Mar' seawatch (Diverse observers on board of Aula do Mar at Cariño, José Miguel Alonso Pumar a photo below (Gorka Ocio)


Photo above:© Gorka Ocio 5.9.2009

(281-316) Pontevedra On 6.9 35 birds were seen from Cabo Silleiro, A Coruña in 3 hours, in five groups of 5,8,10,6 & six birds. At least there were 17 adults and all birds were... heading North!. (Xulio Valeiras).
(317-319) A Coruña On 20.9, three were seen off Cariño during the 'Aula do Mar' seawatch (Diverse observers on board of Aula do Mar at Cariño, José Miguel Alonso Pumar stunning photos from Juan Sagardia's blog in his blog here or directy here)
(320) A Coruña On 20.9, one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Daniel López-Velasco, Marco García, Ricardo Hevia)

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1)
(1) Pontevedra The same individual reported during august and coming from June 2009 at the ría de Vigo was seen again on 11.9 at Canido area (Xulio Valeiras).

Royal Tern Sterna maxima (1-2)
(1) Cádiz There were two individuals at Playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Cadiz on 7.9. (Tery Fenton). They were (1 adult, 1 first winter) sheltering from wind with 68 Audouin's gulls Larus audouinii.

Sterna maxima

Photo above:© Terry Fenton 7.9.2009

Lesser-Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis (1)
(1) Cádiz There was one bird at Los Lances beach, Tarifa, Cádiz on 18.9 (Miguel Rouco). See a thumbnail here.

Orange-billed Tern Sterna sp (elegans like) (1-2)
(1) Cádiz There were two orange.billed birds on 2.9: the adult well known for having been breeding at Ebro delta and Albufera de Valencia, PVC ringed (see below) plus a juvenile yellow-billed of unknown origin, perhaps an offspring of this (Rafael García- Costales). Seen again on 5.9 afternoon, the juvenile asking for food to the adult (Rafael García-Costales).
These birds might come from Ebro Delta since the yellow-billed tern pair recorded there in May 2009 did indeed produce a chick that eventually flight with them (Carles Domingo com.pers.). See a video of the marked adult here (Rafael García Costales) and another from the juvenile here (Rafael García costales). Also in the Rarebirdspain blog here. Both birds returned to the roost the evening of 16.9, when a thumbnail was obtained (see it here, Rafael García Costales)


Photo above:© Rafael García-Costales 2.9.2009


Photo above:© Rafael García-Costales 2.9.2009


Photo above:© Rafael García-Costales. 5.9.2009

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1,2,3)

Cádiz. The sixth this season was seen on 2.9 at Cadiz bay saltpans (Rafael García Costales). See a photo below.This bird was still in the area on 3.9 with a juvenile (2) (Rafael García Costales).


Photo above:© Rafael García-Costales

(2) Cádiz. The seventh this season was a juvenile seen with bird (1) on 3.9 (Rafael García Costales).

(3) Cádiz.*** One British Museum ringed individual was trapped and controlled at La Trapa saltpans, Cádiz on 23.9 (Rafael García Costales).The eight this season there. See a photo below (Rafael García Costales).


Photo above:© Rafael García-Costales. 23.9.2009

Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle (1)

Asturies. The bird found o
n 31.8 at El Puntal, Ría de Villaviciosa, Asturies remained there until 2.9 morning (Adolfo Villaverde ). See a full gallery here. The bird (underwing not checked) remained in the area on 5.9 (Adolfo Villaverde) and 6.9 (Gorka Ocio et al).The bird was still at the ría but far from El Puntal, and in good condition, on 10.9 (Pablo Galiano)

Little Swift Apus affinis (1-4,5)
Cádiz There were four birds at Sierra de la Plata, Cádiz on 13.9
(Cristian Jensen, Ray Moller and others /Audouin Birding Tours).Two were still recorded there on 22.9 (Cristian Jensen and others/Audouin Birding Tours)

(5) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Fuerteventura. On 27.9 one was seen off Tarajalejo (José Luís Anguita)

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1,2,3,4-5,6,7,8)

Valencia. O
ne adult female was found on 1.9. at Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, P.N de l'Albufera de València (Bosco Díes). Photographed later the same day (Toni Alcocer), see photos below.

Motacilla citreola


Photo above:© Toni Alcocer

(2) Valencia. One juvenile was found on 5.9. at the same spot than bird (1): Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, P.N de l'Albufera de València (Toni Alcocer).
(3) Cantabria A bird was found at Alday marshes, Camargo, Cantabria on 9.9 (Javier Portillo, Jesús Menendez, Ángel Ruiz Elizalde, Cesar Bermejo, José Antonio Moreña, Yves Borremans) and 10.9 (Cesar bermejo, José Antonio Maroñas). Later on 11.9 other observers attempted the twitch and a wagtail was photographed (Clemente Álvarez Usategui, Javier Portillo) but this last one was a White Wagtail (C.A.Usategui in litt.).However this does not mean that it was the same initial bird (Yves Borremans; Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana).
(4-5) Valencia. One adult female and a juvenile, different both from birds (1) and (2) according to plumage traits, were found on 12.9. at Tancat de la Ratlla, Silla, P.N de l'Albufera de València (Bosco Dies, Gabriel Llorens i Toni Alcocer).The female was seen again on 13.9 (Toni Alcocer, Gabi Llorens i Carlos Pérez). See a photo of the new female below (Toni Alcocer). This bird was seen there on 19.9 (Toni Alcocer; Josep Puentes, Gabi Llorens i Carles Pérez) and on 20.9 (Bosco Dies y Goyo Chaguaceda).See a photo below (Bosco Dies)

Photo above:© Toni Alcocer 12.9.2009


Photo above:© Bosco Dies 20.9.2009

(6) Barcelona. One juvenile, a the 3rd this season, was seen at the same place where two individuals were photographed last month at cal Tet, Llobregat delta, Barcelona (Ferran López).
(7) Valencia. A bird was seen and photographed at Pego marshes, Oliva, Valencia on 21.9 (Julian Sykes, Pepe Greno). See a thumbnail here.

(8) Tarragona. An adult female was trapped at Buda island,, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 26.9 (Raül Aymí & Xavier Tomás; later seen by Josep Tantull & Roser Solé)


Photo above:© Raül Aymí 26.9.2009

Isabelline Weathear Oenanthe isabellina (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
Málaga. An adult bird was seen at Llanos de Libar, Serrania de Ronda, Malaga on 5.9 (Peter Jones). Report already submitted to CR/SEO-BirdLife. The author states the following: 'The bird was seen among a large number of migrant Oenanthe oenanthe and Oenanthe hispanica. It was easily separated and noticeable among these other Oenanthe. The bird showed all the major characteristics that so readily define it i.e. running whilst on the ground, tail frequently cocked and fanned whilst bobbing the tail at every stop, but most obvious the long legs (tarsi) and lack of any black markings (spotting) to the feathering of the tibia. The very upright stance and large size of the bird together with the aforementioned characteristics and markings made identification easy'. First for Spain if acepted.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (1)

Girona.*** A 1w was ringed at Estanys de Jordà, Santa Pau, Girona (Oriol Clarabuch/ See a photo and report here.

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1)

Barcelona*** A 1w bird was ringed at Remolar-Filipines Nature Reserve, Viladecans, LLobregat delta, Barcelona on 28.9 (Joan Castelló). See a thumbnail here (J.Castelló).

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva (1-2)

A Coruña Two different Euring 3 individuals were seen on 30.9 at Ponta Nariga, Malpica, A Coruña (L.J.Salaverri, Jordi Martí-Aledo, Pablo Fernández, Pablo Pita). See a photo below and a thumbnail here (L.J.Salaverri).

Ficedula parva

Photo above:© Luis José Salaverri 30.9.2009

Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrynus (1)

Tarragona.*** A 1w was ringed at Canal Vell, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Feliu; Martí Rodríguez; Oriol Clarabuch/ See a photo and report here.

House Bunting Emberiza sahari (1)

Cádiz. The
adult of this species seen at Tarifa, Cádiz last month was seen again feeding as usual on 21.9 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours).
See a photo below (C.Jensen). Still there on 27.9 (Kelle Moreau, Alberto Savijn)

Emberiza sahari

Photo above:©Cristian Jensen 21.9.2009


* 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.

*** Ringed birds in Spain have to be submitted and accepted by CR/SEO-BirdLife, according to Environment Ministery of Spain and the authonomous communities agreements, to be accepted as valid ringings in the national database. Otherwise, non submitted or rejected records will be deleted and ringings will not be included in national or international databases. Ringers not submitting rare bird ringings will be listed. Submitting ringing records is hence specially encouraged as a contribution to global bird knowledge..


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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

See the information page for how to submit records to CR/SEO by e-mail

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.

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


Only Canary Islands rarities
Gibraltar rarities
37 photos
25 thumbnails

Rarity distribution
(only national rarities)
mapa sp
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Previous years

Rarity forecast
according to amount of data received per udpate

Number of rarities individuals per month in this website in 2005 and 2006

Latest highlights:

The Lesser Flamingo from Ebro Delta (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Red-necked Phalarope from Ebro Delta (Ricard Gutiérrez)
And the Red-necked Phalarope from Albufera de Valencia (J.I.Dies)
The 'Elegant-tern like' bird from Salinas de Cadiz as on 5.9 (Rafael García Costales)
The adult Pectoral Sandpiper at Ebro Delta on 5.9 (Josep Tantull & Roser Solé).
The 2nd Fea's Petrel seen on 5.9 off Cariño (Gabriel Martín)
The just found presumed hybrid gularis x garzetta present at Santa Pola saltpans, Alicante, on 12.9 (Alfonso Rodrigo)
Two shots of the Cantabrian Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Javier Gómez Aoiz)
Further paoir of shots of the Cantabrian Pectoral Sandpiper at the same place than the above Buff-breasted (Javier Gómez Aoiz)
A testimonial proof of the return of the both Yellow-billed Terns to the roost of Cadiz bay on 16.9 (Rafael García-Costales).
Three thumbnails of the two Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Santoña (Iván Sarabia, three above, Máximo Sánchez Cobo, below).
One of the three Red-necked Phalaropes at Doñana on 10.9 (José Luis Arroyo).
The 1st w Citrine Wagtail at Pego marshes, Valencia on 21.9 (Jules Sykes).
The hybrid Egret at Cáceres (Sergio Mayordomo).
The 1st Long-legged Buzzard at Tarifa (Stephen Daly)
The Lesser-Crested Tern seen at Los Lances beach on 18.9 (Miguel Rouco)
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One of the Red-breasted Flycatchers at Malpica, A Coruña on 30.9 (Luis José Salaverri).
The Yellow-browed Warbler ringed at Remolar-Filipines reserve (Joan Castelló).

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