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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= 12 + 14= 26) + 4 Only Canary Islands + 0 Gibraltar
Cygnus cygnus Anas americana Melanitta perspicillata
Branta bernicla hrota Anas rubripes Mergus albellus
Anser brachyrhynchus Anas discors Mergus merganser
Anser albifrons flavirostris Aythya collaris Mergus cucullatus


Gavia pacifica Porphyrio porphyrio madagascarensis Larus glaucoides
Podilymbus podiceps Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Ceryle alcyon
Egretta gularis x garzetta Actitis macularius  
Aquila clanga Phalaropus lobatus Phylloscopus inornatus
Falco biarmicus Larus cachinnans Phylloscopus collybita tristis


Tadorna tadorna Larus melanocephalus Fringilla montifringilla
Phoenicopterus roseus    
* 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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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-2)

(1-2) Cantabria There were two 2nd winters at Santoña, Cantabria, on 7.12 (Luis Mario Arce, Elías García Sánchez y David Álvarez Fernández). See a photo below of the birds walking on the mud (L.M.Arce). Seen also on 8.12 (Ernesto Villodas). See more photos in his blog here.Seen again at Santoña on 25.12 (Delfín González). See a photo below. And a video from 25.12 below or here(Delfín González).


Photo above:© Luis Mario Arcel. 7.12.2009


Photo above:© Delfín González 25.12.2009

Cisne Cantor (Cygnus cygnus) from Delfin González on Vimeo.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1)

(1) A Coruña . The bird found on 6.11 at Baldaio, A Coruña, was still there on 13.12 (Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela). Seen again on 22.12 (Xabier Varela)

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (1,2,3)

(1) Cantabria . On 3-4.12 a bird was seen at Embalse del Ebro from Requejo, Cantabria (Anuario de Burgos; Mario Alonso).

(2) Zamora. There was one at R.N. Lagunas de Villafáfila, Zamora on 5.12 (Juan Antonio Casado)

(3) Ávila. A bird was found at Laguna del Oso, El Oso, Ávila on 24-25.12 (Juan Carlos Marín). The bird was photographed on 25.12 at long distance (see a thumbnail here) and other observers told the author that the goose remained in the lagoon on 27.12 (Unai Fuente).

Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris (1)

(1) Asturies . The bird found on 6.11 was seen again at Ría de la Villa, Villaviciosa, Asturies on 22.12 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui).

topoAmerican Wigeon Anas americana (1)

Gran Canaria On 26.12 a bird that turned up to be a male (photo below) reached Aldea blanca, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, at Gran Canaria, Canary lslands (Eugenio Hernandez; Miguel Avelino).See a photo below (Eugenio Hernández). This bird may have been in the area since November 2009 (José García Monzón)


Photo above:©Eugenio Hernández 26.12.2009

American Black Duck Anas rubripes (1,2)
(1) Lugo.The Pepiño American Black duck was at Ría de Foz on 3-4.12 (Luis José Salaverri). And 10-12.12 (L.J.Salaverri).
(2) León.There was a female or 1w of this species at Santa Cristina del Páramo irrigating pond, León from 11.10 to 8.12 (David Miguélez Carbajo).

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)

(1) Lugo. There was a drake at the sea off Lago beach, Xove, Lugo on 25.12 (Ricardo Hevia). See a photo below. Still there on 29.12 (Toño Salazar)


Photo above:© Ricardo Hevia 25.12.2009

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1)
(1) Lleida There w
as a drake at an irrigating pond at Alcarràs, Lleida, with more diving ducks on 15.12 (José Guerra, Marc Gàlvez).There is a youtube video here (José Guerra).Still there on 16.12 (Marc Bonjonch) and 18.12 (Sergi Sales). Seen again on 20.12 (Francesc Moncasí), see three thumbnails here.


Photo above:© José Guerra. 15.12.2009

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata (1)
(1) Pontevedra. An inmature was found on 12.12 at A Lanzada bay, O Grove/Ogrobe, with a Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis (Encarna González, Ricardo Ferreiro). Seen again at A Lanzada bay on 25.12 with a Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), a near-rarity (Cosme Damian Romay, Xurxo Pinheiro).

Smew Mergus albellus (1)
(1) Cantabria. On 28.12 there were 2 females/1w at La Riva, Pantano del Ebro, Cantabria (Manuel Estébanez Ruiz).See photos in the Miradas Cantabricas Blog here.Seen again on 9.12 (Mario Alonso et al, see more photos in his blog here).The birds were relocated on 30.12, when photographed again (Pablo Fernández García). See a photo below (P.Fernández)


Photo above:© Pablo Fernández García. 30.12.2009

Goosander Mergus merganser (1)
(1) A Coruña. One male was found at Ría do Burgo, A Coruña, on 25-26.12 (Antonio Sandoval). There are stunning photos in Antonio's blog here and here.

Hooded Merganser Mergus cucullatus (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) León.There was an adult male of this species at Santa Cristina del Páramo irrigating pond, León on 8.12 (David Miguélez Carbajo). This is a regular area for overwintering Lesser Scaups and Ring-necked Ducks.


Pacific Diver Gavia pacifica (1-2)
(1-2) Cantabria There was a first juvenile, initially identified as Black-throated, at Santoña, Cantabria, on 7.12. A 2nd bird also seen and photographed the same day was also a Pacific and has been considered different by the authors. Both were heard calling one to the other. (Luis Mario Arce, Elías García Sánchez y David Álvarez Fernández). See a photopage here and a sample photo below (D.Álvarez). More news in David Álvarez blog here. On 12.12 one of those was seen again (Leandro Meléndez, Mario Quevedo, Maria Jose Bañuelos, Beatriz Blanco y Jordi Moya)


Photo above:© David Álvarez. 7.12.2009

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1,2)
(1) A Coruña on 4.12 a bird was seen at ría de Ortigueira, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). It is not the bird still being seen at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo.Seen again on 5.12 (Jesús Menéndez y Olga Mijón)

(2) Lugo. The bird at Riocaldo lagoons, Begonte, Lugo was still there on 5.12 (José Otero)

Presumed Hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1) Valencia. A bird not seen with any of the featured this year at Albufera de Valencia was reported from marjal d'Albalat de la Ribera, València, on 3.12 with a party of normal Egretta garzetta (Miguel Piera).See a photo here (opens in another window).

(2) Valencia. A bird was seen at marjal de Sollana, near El Romaní, Albufera de Valencia, on 4.12, and it is very probably the bird seen there by late November (Miguel Piera). See a photo here (opens in another window).

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2,3)
(1) Alicante The Estonian eagle Tõnn was seen again at El Hondo on 1.12, see a photo below (Graham Critchell).Seen again at the same place on 5.12 (Graham Critchell) and 9.12
(Graham Critchell). It was seen again on 19.12 (Graham Critchell et al) and on 26.12 (Graham Critchell). See a thumbnail here. Relocated on 29.12 (Graham Critchell).


Photo above:© Graham Critchell. 1.12.2009

(2) Girona On 12.12 a bird was seen flying over Pedret pond, Pedret i Marzà, Alt Empordà, Girona towards Mornau, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park (Àlex Ollé).

(3) Alicante The other Great Spotted Eagle (a subadult9 at seen intermitently at El Hondo these weeks, was seen again on 16.12(Graham Critchell).

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Tarragona On 5.12 (but not on 7 or 8.12) an individual was seen and videotaped at Tancada saltpans, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Begoña Rodríguez). Report already submitted to CR-SEO/BirdLife.See the two videos below and some vidcaps here. The bird was seen again on 7.12 at El Clot, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Delta de l'Ebre (Mikel Garcia, Javier Aizcorbe, José Gómez).

topoAfrican Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) madagascarensis (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
(1) Lanzarote The individual of this subspecies of the Purple Swamphen sometimes regarded as different species found exhausted at at Gran Canaria on 2.10.2009 and released into the wild at Charca de Maspalomas, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria on 25.10
was seen in the island of Lanzarote (!) at campo de golf de Tías on 31.12, at 230 km distance and 54,56º NE direction. (Juan Sagardía; F.José García Vargas). See two photos below (F.J.García Vargas)



Photo above:© F.Javier García Vargas. 31.12.2009

Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN (Cat.A)
(1) A Coruña The bird found on 20.1 and seen again in March and until November was relocated on 13.12 (Carmen Mouzo, Xabier Varela).See a photo below (X.Varela). Seen again on 22.12 (Xabier Varela)


Photo above:© Xabier Varela. 13.12.2009

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Asturies One was heard and seen at Bañugues beach, Gozón, Asturies on 27.12 (Daniel López Velasco).It was seen again on 28.12 (Nacho Castelao, Marco García y César A. Laó).See three thumbnails here (D.López Velasco).

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1,2)
(1) Gipuzkoa One was reported from Plaiaundi, next to French frontier, on 3.12 (Aurélien André).See a photo here (opens in another window).

(2) Alicante. On 29.12 one was seen at El Hondo reservoir, Alicante (Graham Critchell)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1,2)
(1) Asturies The same bird seen last year from March to November at ría de Avilés was seen again on 17.12 (César Álvarez Laó). See a photo below (C.Álvarez Laó). The bird, a 3rd winter, was seen again, photographed (see a photo below) and videotaped (see video here and embedded below) on 27.12 (Daniel López Velasco)


Photo above:© César Álvarez Laó. 17.12.2009


Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco. 27.12.2009


Video above:© Daniel López Velasco. 27.12.2009. Embedded from Surfbirds link above

(2) Asturies There was a 1w at Bañugues beach, Asturies, on 15.12 (Marco García, Daniel López Velasco).


Photo above:© Daniel López Velasco. 15.12.2009

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides (1,2,3)
(1) Pontevedra The same individual reported during august and coming from June 2009 and probably 24.1.2009 at the ría de Vigo and seen again on 28.11 at Canido - Samil beach area, wasspotted again on 2.12 (Xulio Valeiras).This same individual was seen at playa de A Calzoa, Vigo, on 20.12 (Xulio Valeiras).
(2) Cádiz. On 12.12 a bird was seen at Chipiona beach, Cádiz (Pablo Barrena, Rafael García Costales).See a photo below. More photos in Pablo Barrena's blog here. Download a pdf document with more photos from this link or see a youtube video here (also available at Facebook Rarebirdspain group). Apparently, this same bird had been seen already from 30.11 until 2.12 at Chipiona harbour (Jorma Vickholm). The bird was still there on 15 and 19.12 (Rafael García Costales). According to local fishermen (pers.comm. to Rafael García Costales) the bird had arrived by mid November.See another photo below (R.García Costales).


Photos above:© Rafael García Costales. 12.12.2009 (above) and 19.12.2009 (below)


(3) Huelva. On 24.12 one bird was found at Juan Carlos I pier at Huelva (Paco Chiclana)

Murcia.The bird at Murcia was not seen from 28.11 to 4.12 by local observers despite search but it was seen again on 5.12 (Antonio Fernández-Caro Gomez; Javier Noguera) and 6.12 (Richard Howard; Graham Critchell).On 6.12 it was fishing in the middle of the Mar Menor and it was seen around the mouth of Rambla de Albujones and around Club Nautico de Los Urrutias, c. 4-5 km S of the Rambla. See a thumbnail here. See a map of the area where it is being seen below (A.Jesús Hernández).Report already submitted to CR-SEO/BirdLife.


© Antonio Jesús Hernández. 8.12.2009

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1,2)
Málaga. A bird was found at Málaga city on 3.12 at Parque de Málaga,Cortina del muelle street (Samuel Peregrina)

(2) Lanzarote A bird seen last month at Uga, Lanzarote, was still there on 8.12 (Juan Sagardía). See two photos below and more in his blog here.



Photos above: © Juan Sagardía. 8.12.2009

Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1)
Gipuzkoa. A bird was seen at Plaiaundi, Irún on 14.12 (Marc Gàlvez, José Guerra).See a photo below and two thumbnails here (Marc Gàlvez). Seen again and photographed on 30.12 (Ricardo Rodríguez), see a photo below and three thumbnails here. See larger versions at Ricardo's blog here (R.Rodríguez)


Photo above: © Marc Gàlvez. 14.12.2009


Photo above: © Ricardo Rodríguez 30.12.2009



topoShelduck Tadorna tadorna (1)
(1) Gran Canaria The bird at Maspalomas pond, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria found on 21.11 was still there on 5.12 (Miguel Avelino).The bird was still there on 12.12 (Miguel Avelino, Eugenio Hernandes Ramires).


Photo above: © Miguel Avelino. 12.12.2009

topoGreater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus (1)
(1) Lanzarote There was a 1w at Salinas de Janubio, Lanzarote, on 7.12 (Juan Sagardía).See photos in his blog here.

topoMediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus (1-9,10-13)
(1-9) Gran Canaria On 12.12 there were nine birds at Playa de Las Alcaravaneras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: (8 1st winter and a 2nd winter). One of the 1w had been ringed in France (Xabier Remirez).
(10-13) Gran Canaria There were four birds at Bocabarranco, Telde on 12.12: (2 1st w, a 2nd winter and an adult (Xabier Remirez). Two were seen also independently the same day at the same site (Miguel Avelino)

topoBrambling Fringilla montifringilla (1)
(1) Lanzarote There was a male at Campo de golf de Teguise, Teguise, Lanzarote, on 7.12 (Juan Sagardía). See photos in his blog 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.

*** 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.

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The Belted Kingfisher, again visible at Mar Menor, Murcia (Richard Howard)
The Lanner from Ebro delta on 5.12 (Begoña Rodríguez)
The Siberian Chiffchaff at Irun as on 14.12 (Marc Gàlvez).
The 1st-ever Ring-necked Duck for Lleida as on 20.12 (Francesc Moncasí)
The Estonian Greater Spotted Eagle that overwinters at El Hondo lagoon as on 26.12 (Graham Critchell)
The Bean Goose at El Oso laggon on 25.12, with a Greylag (left) (J.Carlos Marín).
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Three images of the Spotted Sandpiper from Bañugues beach, Asturies, on 27-28.12 (Daniel López Velasco)
The Siberian Chiffchaff at Plaiaundi as on 30.12 (Ricardo Rodríguez)

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