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topoTaxa index (n= 7 + 20 = 27) + (0) Gibraltar
Cygnus cygnus nBranta bernicla hrota Anas carolinensis Bucephala clangula
Anser fabalis nAnas americana nAnas discors  


Gavia pacifica Pluvialis fulva nLarus fuscus fuscus nSylvia deserticola
Ixobrychus sturmii nCharadrius semipalmatus nLarus smithsonianus Oenanthe deserti
Aquila clanga Numenius hudsonicus Corvus cornix nAnthus hodgsoni
Aquila pomarina nActitis macularius Alaemon alaudipes Acanthis cabaret
Vanellus gregarius Tringa flavipes Phylloscopus collybita tristis Emberiza pusilla

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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1-2)
Burgos. The two birds seen at Herbosa, Pantano del Ebro, Burgos on 29.12.2017 remained there on 1.1 (Daniel Saldaña @eBird) and 2.1 (César Diez, Nayib Hamdoun, Rafael Diez). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo: © César Díez 2.1.2018

Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis (1,2)
(1) Valladolid. The bird found on 25.12.2017 at balsa de Herrín de Campos-Boadilla de Rioseco, Valladolid-Palencia was seen on 2.1.2018 at Villalón de Campos, Valladolid (Adrián González @eBird; Antonio Leiva and on 3.1 (José Luis Gallego @eBird).

(2) Navarra. There was a bird at Pitillas lagoon,Navarra, on 10.1 (Jesús Mari Lekuona @eBird).

nPale-belllied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-2)
(1-2) Pontevedra. On 18-19.1 there were two birds at Complejo Intermareal Umia O Grove, at Esteiro de A Chanca, Pontevedra
(Xurxo Piñeiro @ eBird).

nAmerican Wigeon Anas americana (1)
A Coruña. The drake found on 24.12.2017 remained at Ria de Ortigueira, A Coruña on 19.1(Ricardo Hevia; Fernando Pereiras). See a thumbnail here.

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1)
(1) Pontevedra. The drake found on 12.12.2017 at Estuario del Miño, A Guarda, Pontevedra, continued there on 7.1 (Manuel Xestoso@ eBird).

nBlue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)

(1) A Coruña. A drake was seen at A Insua, Ponteceso, A Coruña (Alfonso Valeiro). See a thumbnail here.

Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1,2,3)
(1) Navarra. The bird found on 14.11 at Balsa de Zolina, Navarra remained there on Balsa de Zolina 1.1 (Oscar Guindano @eBird), 2.1 (Jesús Mari Lekuona -see a photo below and thumbnail here-), 3.1 (Haritz Sarasa, Juan Ignacio Deán, Gonzalo Deán), 4.1 (David Arranz, Ricardo Rodríguez, Jesus Miguel Remírez, Xabier Remírez @eBird).The bird continued there on 6.1 (José Guerra & Marc Gàlvez; Gorka Gorospe) and 8.1 (Haritz Sarasa). nIt was still there on 13.1 (Jesús Mari Lekuona), 16.1 (Aitor Mora @eBird), 17.1 (José Ardaiz @eBird) and 19.1 (Itziar Gutiérrez @ eBird).


Photo: © Jesús Maria Lekuona 2.1.2018

(2) Pontevedra. On 2.1 a ♀ bird was seen at A Fianteira lagoon, Pontevedra (Xurxo Piñeiro @ eBird).

(3) Cantabria. The bird at Marismas Blancas, Astillero, Santander bay, Cantabria was seen again on 1.1 (Jesús Menéndez) and 3.1 (Aitor Tincón @ aves cantábricas).n Still there on 6.1 (Jesús Menéndez @ eBird) and on 11.1 (Delfín González), see a photo below. The bird remained there on 20.1 (Benjamín Berdiales @eBird).


Photo: © Delfín González 11.1.2018


(1) Zaragoza. On 10.1 a bird was seen at Civan reservoir, Caspe, Zaragoza (Esther Yera). Identified from photos as pacifica later (Daniel López-Velasco, Ricardo Hevia). Seen again at the reservoir on 11.1.2018 (J.C.Albero, J.Train, A. Mora, E.Hernández, E.Yera, J. L.Muñoz; M.Gálvez, J.Guerra;S.Sales, R.Gutiérrez; Jesús, J.Bernal,J.Subirats). Also seen the following 12-13-14.1 days by many authors coming from as far as Navarra, Girona or Valencia. See three photos below. Read more in the Anuario Ornitológico de Aragón blog (in Spanish) and see more photos in the Ricardo Rodríguez blog here.n The bird was seen again during the following week: 16.1 (Héctor Bintanel @eBird; Ander Txokarro @eBird) and 20.1 (Nacho Castelao, Juan Sagardia). More about the record in Spanish in Anuario Ornitológico de Aragón blog (in Spanish).


Photo: © Gabri de Jesús 11.1.2018


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 12.1.2018


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 12.1.2018


topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1) 5th for Canaries & Spain, 6th for the WP
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird found on 1.12 at Rio Cabras gorge, SE of of Tesjuate, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (28°28'32.7"N 13°54'11.0"W) remained there on 3.1 (Gert Vonk @ and 4.1 (Nick Vanclooster @ Still there on 10.1 (Caspar Venhuis @, 11.1 (Manuel Quintana, Charo Fdez.Montaño, see a photo below), 12.1 (Thierry Jansen @ and 14.1 (Simon Hohl @ Seen again on 15.1 (Caspar Venhus; Jordi Faus, 16.1 (David Walker, Gill Hollamby, Stephen Message and Sean Clancy), 17.1 (Raphael Lebrun, 19.1 (Uca Díaz).


Photo: © Manuel Quintana 11.1.2018

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2)
Alicante.On 3.1 a juvenile was seen at El Hondo, Alicante (José Ramón Rodés @

n(2) Cádiz.On 20.1 one was at La Janda, at Arrozales De Benalup, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga @eBird).

Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
(1) Cádiz. The bird seen last month, a returning individual, was seen again on 3.1 (Javi Elorriaga @ eBird). And on 7.1 at La Janda too (Ricky Owen

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) Badajoz. The bird seen on 21.12.2017 at Embalse de Alqueva-cola Guadiana, Badajoz, then on 22.12.2017 at Villareal, Badajoz, remained there on 7.1 (J.C. Paniagua, Joaquín Mazón @ eBird) and 8.1 (Juan Pablo Prieto @ eBird).

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1)
(1) Tarragona. The Pacific Golden Plover seen during the previous months was relocated during the January winter count on 9-10.1.2018 at Mas de la Comandanta ricefields, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Montsià (David Bigas / PNDE), see a photo below. On 12.1 however, it was seen in the other part of the Delta, at Deltebre, SW of Canal Vell lagoon (Gunnar Gundersen). It is the first time that this individual has been reported in the Baix Ebre comarca, N of the river.


Photo: © David Bigas 10.1.2018

toponSemipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus (1)
(1) Tenerife. A bird reported previously was seen again on 18.1 at a creek at Tejita, Tenerife, Canary Islands (28.0323645,-16.5605593), (Stefan Sturup @eBird).

Cantabria. The bird found on 29.1.2017 was seen again on 4.1.2018 from Cicero, Santoña, Cantabria (Juan I.Deán@ eBird, Gonzálo Deán @ aves cantábricas). Still there on 7.1 (Francisco Javier Quesada, Jesús Menéndez @eBird) nand on 12.1 (Delfín González), see two photos below, and 14.1 (Gabriel Lorenzo Martínez y Álvaro Bustamante @ Aves Cantábricas web). On 20.1 it was seen again (Benjamín Berdiales @eBird) and on 21.1 too (Óscar Llama, Ernesto Villodas, J.A. López Constanteme, Alfonso Rodrigo et al).


Photo: © Delfín González 12.1.2018


Photo: © Delfín González 12.1.2018

toponSpotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The bird found on 15.12.2017 at El Confital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, was seen again on 19.1 (Xabier Remirez).

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) Girona. The bird found on 22.11 at La Pletera, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona was seen again on 7.1 (Carles Oliver) and 8.1 at Pals ricefields, near Basses d'en Coll, Pals, Girona (Josep Bosch @ It was seen again on 12.1 (Bob McMillan), see two photos below. nOn 15.1 it was still there (Joan Goy @ but it was not seen on 18.1.


Photo: © Bob McMillan 12.1.2018


Photo: © Bob McMillan 12.1.2018

nBaltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (1-2)
(1-2) Málaga. The ringed subadult CK0L found at Málaga harbour on 15.10.2017 was seen again there on 20.1. The C.AC0 adult was also present (Salvador García). See photos below.


Photo: © Salvador García 20.1.2018


Photo: © Salvador García 20.1.2018


Photo: © Salvador García 20.1.2018

nAmerican Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
(1) Bizkaia. On 20.1 the returning bird Ondarru returned to Ondarroa harbour, Bizkaia (Juan Carlos Andrés). See a photo below.


Photo: © Juan Carlos Andrés 20.1.2018

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-5)
(1-3) Barcelona. There were three birds lingering between Zona Franca, near Mercabarna (2.1, Víctor Cañadas @ and El Prat de Llobregat (4.1, Feliu López, two birds) but not always fixed to a concrete place but rather mobile.On 9.1 there were 3 ind at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Xavier Parra @ ), two were seen on 10.1 at 11 de Setembre street, El Prat de Llobregat (Mondejar Manuel and two more were seen for a while at Llobregat river, by Nelson Mandela bridge on 13.1 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Carolina García, Belén Pérez, Emma Sans et al). See a photo below (Ricard Gutiérrez). On 14.1 one was at Constitució square of El Prat de Llobregat (Sergi Sales). nOn 18.1 there were 5 individuals at El Prat de Llobregat between c/ Tarragona and Ctra la Bunyola, Barcelona. They were feeding near the cars, see photos below (Darío Fernández). On 19.1 one was seen near the river mouth (Ferran López) and on 20.1 one was at Nelson Mandela bridge (Robert Manzano @ and two were seen flying towards the river (Javier Valladares @ The birds are mobile but prefer to remain close to El Prat town. On 20.1 one was near Can Dimoni, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona (Daniel Jiménez @eBird)..

Corvus cornix

Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 13.1.2018


Photo: © Darío Fernández 18.1.2018


Photo: © Darío Fernández 18.1.2018


Photo: © Darío Fernández 18.1.2018

topoHoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes (1-2)
Fuerteventura. The two birds found on 14.12.2017 near Punta Pesebre lighthouse, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, were seen again on 7.1 (Nick Vanclooster The birds were seen again on 19.1 (Uca Díaz).

Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1)
Barcelona. The bird found in November at Bassa dels Pollancres, Maresma de les Filipines, Delta del Llobregat, Viladecans, Baix Llobregat remained in the area on 3.1 (Àlex Sastre, Pau Ortega @ The bird at Bassa dels Pollancres was seen intermitently during the 2nd week of January: 9.1.2018 (Xavier Parra @ ), 11.1 (Jaume Campderròs @; Ferran López). nThe bird was reported again on 18.1 (Néstor Carmona@

topoTRISTAM'S WARBLER Sylvia deserticola (1) SECOND FOR SPAIN
(1) Fuerteventura. On 15.1 a bird was seen at Barranco de la Torre, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Harry Hussey). 2nd for the Canaries and Spain. See a photo below.


Photo: © Harry Hussey 15.1.2018

topoDesert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird found on 18.12.2017was seen again near Punta Pesebre, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands on 7.1 (Nick Vanclooster and 14.1 (Simon Hohl @
n The bird was seen again on 19.1 (Uca Díaz).

toponOlive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. At least one bird remained on 16.1 from those seen from November 2017 at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Simon Hohl

Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret (1-15)
Navarra. At least 15 birds were seen and photographed at Ciudadela de Pamplona, Ciudadela, Navarra on 5.1 (Gorka Gorospe). See a photo below (Gorka Gorospe).n The birds returned to the area on 19.1 -3 birds - (Javi Sola @ eBird),then 15 on 20-21.1 (Itziar Gutiérrez, J.Ignacio Deán, Gonzalo Deán, Jesús Mari Lekuona, Ricardo Rodríguez, Gorka Gorospe). See two photos below (Ricardo Rodríguez). One of the birds was pale and seems a flammea.


Photo: © Gorka Gorospe 5.1.2018


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 20.1.2018


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez 20.1.2018

topoLittle Bunting Emberiza pusilla (1-5)
Fuerteventura. There were at least four birds at at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands on 3.1 (Gert Vonk @ and 4 on 4.1 (Nick Vanclooster On 5.1 there were 4 (Nick Vanclooster, on 12.1 there were three (Manuel Quintana, Charo Fernández), see a photo below and thumbnail here; on 13.1 there were two (Thierry Jansen and on 14.1 there were five birds in the area (Caspar Venhuis; Simon Hohl nOn 18.1 there were 5 birds (Jordi Faus @ eBird).


Photo: © Charo Fernández Montaño 12.1.2018


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    • 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 
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Anser brachyrhynchus, Aythya collaris, Egretta gularis × garzetta, Gyps rueppellii, Circus macrourus, Calidris melanotos, Calidris subruficollis, Phalaropus lobatus, Larus cachinnans, Larus glaucoides glaucoides, Larus hyperboreus, Sterna bengalensis, Sterna dougallii, Motacilla citreola and Phylloscopus inornatus not considered national Spanish rarities since 1.1.2016 but included here for reference as near-rarities and featured in grey colour and marked with a n

From 1.1.2017 no records of Larus cachinnans will be included in the website. The species has proven to be regular and it is no longer consider a national rarity. Indeed, there are more cachinanns that L.delawarensis records. Sightings of the rest of species 'ex-rarities' are variable from one year to another, offer some id challenges or are of overall interest, and hence they will be featured in the website as in 2016 for the sake of completeness. Phylloscopus inornatus is still included to better understand the apparent changes in its pattern of occurrence including wintering records, despite the tremendous amount of birds recorded in 2016.

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Recent reports includes the latest sightings from the whole of Spain, as known from year 2000 boundaries, 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 can be used by SEO/BirdLife RC or other rarities committees for their knowledge if enough substantiated. Inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind. Photos could be cropped for editorial reasons.Gibraltar news are included thanks to Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society, as well as Andorra or other areas offshore, 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, but note above change of policy from January 2016. 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, sensu lato, de acuerdo con las fronteras conocidas en el año 2000, fecha de inicio de la web, 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 podrá ser usada por comités de rarezas estatales o de otros ámbitos, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores. Los nombres de las localidades se incluyen como son enviadas por los colaboradores, que deben ser citados como autores de las citas. Las fotos que se envíen podrán ser recortadas por criterios editoriales.Las noticias más recientes se marcan con new Desde Abril de 2005 se incluyen únicamente citas de  rarezas que necesitan homologación por el Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife si bien véase el cambio de política acaecido a partir de enero de 2016. 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, sensu lato, i d'acord amb les fronteres conegudes l'any 2000, moment d'inici d'aquesta web, 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 podrà ser emprada per comitès de rareeses estatals o d'altres àmbits si bé la seva publicació aquí no implica la seva aceptació o homologació de cap mena i és responsabilitat dels seus autors. 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 fotos que s'envïin podran ser retallades per criteris editiorals.Les notícies més recents són les marcades ambnew.Des d'Abril de 2005 únicament s'inclouen cites de rareses que necessiten homologació pel Comité de Rarezas de SEO/Birdlife per bé que també d'altres espècies a partir de gener de 2016 (vegeu més amunt). Des de setembre de 2017 les rareses catalanes també són incloses amb un tractament en base comarcal i de forma complementària a la plana 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 two Whooper Swans at Ebro Reservoir, Valladolid (César Díez).
The Goldeneye at Zolina pond, Navarra on 2.1 (Jesús Mari Lekuona)
The Ebre delta Pacific Golden Plover at Sant Jaume d'Enveja on 10.1 (David Bigas)
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The drake Blue-winged Teal at Ponteceso on 21.1 (Alfonso Valeiro).
The American Wigeon at Ortigueira on 19.1 (Fernando Pereiras)
One of the Little Buntings that overwinter in Fuerteventura (Manuel Quintana).

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