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nPterodroma madeira/feae Buteo x rufinus Calidris subruficollis Falco biarmicus
Egretta gularis nPluvialis fulva Calidris melanotos Pycnonotus barbatus
Podylimbus podiceps Charadrius leschenaultii Phalaropus lobatus Corvus cornix
Sula sula Calidris falcinellus Tringa flavipes nAcrocephalus agricola
Gyps rueppellii Calidris fuscicollis Sterna elegans nMotacilla citreola

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nFea's/Madeira's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1,2-3)
(1) A Coruña. First bird of the season spotted from Estaca de Bares, Mañón, A Coruña headland was seen on 20.8 (Antonio Sandoval Rey, Ricardo Hevia, Enrique Carballal, Pierre Crouzier, Pablo Pita, Isabel García-Rodeja, Pablo Lado, David Martínez Lago, Antonio Gutiérrez, Pablo Gutiérrez, Carla Soaje, Daniel Monteagudo and others).

(2-3) A Coruña. Second and third birds for the season were seen on 21.8 at Estaca de Bares, Mañón, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval Rey, Ricardo Hevia, Enrique Carballal, Pierre Crouzier, Pablo Pita, Isabel García-Rodeja, Pablo Lado, David Martínez Lago, Antonio Gutiérrez, Pablo Gutiérrez, Carla Soaje, Daniel Monteagudo and others).

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis gularis (1)
(1) Tarragona. The same adult seen on 15.5 at Canal Vell ricefields, Deltebre, Tarragona has apparently bred at Buda Island, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (David Bigas), where it has been seen intermitently the first ten days of August. It is not clear if this same individual was the bird seen at Tancada saltpans, Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 11.8 (MónNatura Delta See a photo below (Maider Gurrea / MónNatura Delta).


Photo: © Maider Gurrea 11.8.2016

topoPied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The remaining bird at Estanque del Matorral, Gran Canaria, Canary islands seen last month, was seen again, this time on the edge of the pond and apparently moulting, on 6.8.2016 (Miguel Avelino Suarez, Francisco Guerra). See a photo below and thumbnail here (Miguel Avelino Suárez).


Photo: © Miguel Avelino Suárez 6.8.2016

(1) Tenerife. On 4.8 a nearly adult was seen c. 2 nautic miles SW of Tenerife, off Puerto Colón (Chloé Yzoard). See a photo below. Special photopage here!


Photo: © Chloé Yzoard 4.8.2016

nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1-2)
(1) Cádiz. On 13 and 14.8 there were two birds at Algarrobo, Algeciras, Cádiz (Andrés de la Cruz / Fundación MIGRES).

Long-legged/Gibraltar Buzzard Buteo x rufinus
(1) Cádiz. On 13 and 14.8 a bird (Gibraltar buzzard) was seen from Algarrobo, Algeciras, Cádiz (Andrés de la Cruz / Fundación MIGRES). Perhaps the same bird was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz, on 17.8 (Eduardo José Rodríguez Rodríguez @

nPacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1)
(1) Tarragona. On 24.8 an adult, presumably the returning bird, was seen again at Migjorn, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). See a thumbnail here. Last year it had been seen on 13.8.2015.

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii (1)
(1) Cantabria. The bird seen on 31.7 at La Arenilla hide, Santoña, Cantabria remained on 1.8 (Ricardo Rodríguez, Javi Elorriaga, José Portillo, Juan Sagardía, Xurxo Piñeiro Alvarez y Jesús Menéndez). See photos i below and at Ricardo Rodríguez blog . Interestingly, there had been a bird in Ireland few days before and comparing photos it appears that the Cantabria and the Irish bird are the same (read the full story with more photos in the Jesús Menéndez blog here). There are not confirmed records later in the month.


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 1.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 1.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 1.8.2016

Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus (1,2)
(1) Illes Balears. The first for Mallorca was found on 15.8 at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca (Matiues Rebassa, M.Montier, Biel Sevilla, Miguel McMinn). See two thumbnails here (Miguel McMinn).

(2) Valencia. On 16.8 a bird was at Reserva Natural de Milia, Sollana, Parc Natural de l'Albufera, València (Bosco Dies). See a photo below (Bosco Dies). See more at nFrom 18-20.8 it was seen again at RN Milia, Sollana, Albufera de València (Pedro Marín, Saúl Vara). See two more photos below (Pedro Marín).


Photo: © Bosco Dies 16.8.2016


Photo: © Pedro Marín 18.8.2016


Photo: © Pedro Marín 18.8.2016

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis (1,2)
(1) Navarra. On 1.8 an adult was found at Zolina pond, Navarra (Haritz Sarasa; Mikel García). The first for Navarra. Read about the finding at Haritz blog here and see one of this photos below. The bird was still there on 2.8 (Ricardo Rodríguez, Jesus Mari Lekuona & Ander Lekuona) and 3.8 (Haritz Sarasa, Miguel Grande, Mikel Garcia y Ricardo Rodríguez). See more photos in Haritz blog here. It was also present on 4.8 (Ricardo Rodríguez, Mikel Garcia, Jose Miguel Grande Gutierrez & Haritz Sarasa Zabala; José Albertyo Fernández Ugarte, Iker Fernández). A full account of stunning photos in Ricardo Rodríguez blog too and below.


Photo: © Haritz Sarasa 1.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 3.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 3.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 3.8.2016


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 3.8.2016


Photo: © José Miguel Grande 3.8.2016

(2) Tarragona. On 10.8 an adult was seen at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo). See three photos below. A different bird from the above one found in Navarra. Not relocated on 11.8.


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 10.8.2016


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 10.8.2016


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 10.8.2016

nBuff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis (1-2)
(1) Tarragona. On 8.8 two adults were found at Migjorn grassfields, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Tarragona (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé). One was photographed (see below). Later in the evening one was relocated again (Roser Solé, Josep Tantull, Helena Arbonés, Ricard Gutiérrez). On 9.8 one remained but on 10.8 the two were seen again (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; Carles Tobella; Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés) and the 2nd bird was photographed (Ricard Gutiérrez, see below). On 11.8 the two birds were seen again (Lluís Gustamante et al).n The birds were relocated on 19.8 (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé) and seen again on 20.8 (Jordi Alcoi, Roser Solé, Josep Tantull; Xavier Riera et al) to 21.8 (Manolo Sánchez-Blanch).


Photo: © Josep Tantull 8.8.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 10.8.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 10.8.2016

Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 10.8.2016

nPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1,2)
(1) Girona. On 7.8 an adult was seen at Closes del Barraquer, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Girona (Guillem Saguer @ &

(2) Girona. On 8.8 an adult was at Estany d'en Pericus, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Àlex Ollé). Apparently a new individual.

nRed-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1-2,3,4)
(1) Girona. On 2.8 an adult was at Mas Carles ricefields, Pals, Girona (Joan Estrada Jofra, Montse Jofra).

(2) Murcia. On 3.8 a bird was at Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia (Helen Commandeur @ nThe bird remained there on 19.8 (Helen Commandeur @

(3) Tarragona. On 8.8 one was found at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo). Seen again on 9.8, see a photo below (Jordi Martí-Aledo). On 11.8 it was seen again in company of a new bird (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Ricard Gutiérrez). Both birds still there on 13.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo).


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 10.8.2016

(4) Tarragona. On 11.8 a 2nd bird was seen in company of bird (3) at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Ricard Gutiérrez). See photos below and thumbnails here of both birds (number 4 with darker neck) (Ricard Gutiérrez).Both birds still there on 13.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo).


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 11.8.2016


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 11.8.2016

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) Bizkaia. The bird found on 24.7 at Orueta lagoon, Urdaibai, Bizkaia was reported again on 1.8 (Urdaibai Bird Center @

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans (1-4)
(1-4) Cádiz. One adult and the juvenile that have bred in Valencia, were seen in Cádiz bay on 2.8 (Rafael García Costales @ Birding the Strait blog). nSee a photo below (Rafa García Costales). They remained there on 16.8 and on 17.7 there were four individuals at Cádiz bay (Rafael García Costales).


Photo: © Rafael García Costales 2.8.2016

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cádiz. There was one at Tarifa on 16.8 (Pablo Barrena). See a thumbnail here.

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1-2)
(1) Cádiz . Two were reported singing at Tarifa, Cádiz, on 17.8 (Eduardo José Rodríguez Rodríguez @

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-2,3,4)
(1-2) Barcelona. One of the two seen last month at El Prat de Llobregat and coming from mid May 2016 was still there on 1.8 (Ferran López @ deltallobregat twitter). See a picture here. On 10.8 two were seen again at El Prat de Llobregat town (Ricard Gutiérrez).n The birds were seen again on 18.8 (Ferran López).

(3) Madrid. The adult found on 28.7 at Parque Isaac Albéniz, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid was seen in August too: 1.8 (Nick Brickle) and 6.8 (Javier Paricio), see a thumbnail here (Javier Paricio). nThe Pozuelo bird was seen again on 21.8 (Hugo Sánchez Mateos y Sergio Mayordomo).

(4) Barcelona. On 8.8 a bird was still at Viladecans beach, Barcelona (Jordi Erra @

nPaddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola (1)
(1) Madrid On 21.8 a 1w was trapped and ringed at Los Albardales, San Martín de la Vega, Madrid (Hugo Sánchez Mateos y Sergio Mayordomo). See two photos below and a thumbnail here.


Photo: © Hugo Sánchez 21.8.2016


Photo: © Sergio Mayordomo 21.8.2016

nnCitrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1,2,3)
(1) Illes Balears. On 20.8 a 1w was seen at Maristany, Alcúdia, Mallorca (Nick Addey). On 21.8 it was still there. See a chrocnicle at Rareses de les Illes Balears blog.

(2) Barcelona. On 24.8 a 1w was found at Cal Nani marshes, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Ferran López). See two photos below (Ferran López). Still there on 25.8 with a 2nd bird (Ferran López).


Photo: © Ferran López 24.8.2016


Photo: © Ferran López 24.8.2016

(3) Barcelona. On 25.8 a 2nd bird shared grounds with bird (2) (Ferran López). Seen also later around midday (Ferran López, Ricard Gutiérrez).

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Latest highlights:

The Hooded Crow remained at Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, on 6.8 (Javier Paricio)
The Santoña Greater Sand Plover on 1.8 (Jesús Mari Lekuona)
The two Buff-breasted Sandpipers of Ebre delta as on 10.8: the 2nd bird above (two images) and the 1st seen below (three images) (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The 2nd Red-necked Phalarope at Ebre delta as on 11.8 (Ricard Gutiérrez)
The Broad-billed Sandpíper from Mallorca, the 1st for the islands (Miguel McMinn)
The Lanner seen at Tarifa on 16.8 (Pablo Barrena).
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The Paddyfield Warbler ringed at Madrid (Sergio Mayordomo)
The returning Pacific Golden Plover reached the Ebre Delta on 24.8 (Josep Tantull).

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