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Rare Birds in Spain 
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nEgretta gularis Buteo rufinus Streptopelia senegalensis Phylloscopus inornatus
Egretta gularis x garzetta Crex crex Corvus cornix Sylvia sarda
Phoenicopterus minor nCursorius cursor Corvus albus Emberiza melanocephala
Gyps rueppellii nSterna elegans Pycnonotus barbatus  

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nWestern Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
Illes Balears. Mallorca. On 20.6 thew bird at PN S'Albufera de Mallorca was seen again (Gabriel Leite @eBird).

nWestern Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) Murcia. A preseumed hybrid was seen at Isla Perdiguera, Murcia within the heronry and presumably breeding on 3.6 (Ángel Sallent et al/ANSE ). See two photos below and two thumbnails here (Ángel Sallent/ANSE).


Photo: © Ángel Sallent / ANSE 3.6.2017


Photo: © Ángel Sallent / ANSE 3.6.2017

nLesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1-5)
Málaga. The four adults and the ringed subadult (born in Fuente de Piedra a few years ago) were still present at Fuente de Piedra lagoon, Málaga in early June (Diego Valera). See a special photopage here and a photo below.

Photo: © Diego Valera 2.6.2017

nRuppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1,2,3)
(1) Cáceres. On 2.6 a bird was seen at Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres (Máximo Sánchez Cobo @ CREX website).

(2) Illes Balears. Mallorca. On 2.6 a 2cy was reported from Cúber resevoir, Mallorca. With Griffon Vultures (Dave Foster)..

(3) Badajoz. On 13.6 a bird was seen at Oliva de la Frontera, Badajoz (Alfonso Godino @ CREX website).

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Tarragona. A bird showing characters of cirtensis, probably a 2cy, was seen at El Serrallo ricefields, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 4.6 evening (Ricard Gutiérrez).

(2) Cádiz. A 1w bird was seen at La Hoya, PN del Estrecho, Cádiz, on 14.6 (Juan Ramírez @eBird).

Corncrake Crex crex (1)
(1) Navarra. A bird was reported as heard calling within suitable habitat at Barásoain, Navarra on 14.6 (Jesús Mari Lekuona).

nCream-coloured Courser Cursrius cursor (1-3) SMALL INFLUX
(1-3) Granada . On 23.6 three birds, the firsts for the Granada province, were found (Francisco Contreras, Juan Francisco Jiménez, Juan Pérez Contreras, Mick Richardson). See a photo below, a thumbnail here (Juan Pérez Contreras) and read the original post at Cuaderno de Campo blog here.


Photo: © Juan Pérez Contreras 23.6.2017

nElegant Tern Sterna elegans (1,2)
(1) Valencia . There was one at Estany de Pujol, l'Albufera de València, on 21.6 (Virgilio Beltrán @eBird). It was later seen at Racó de l'Olla, also at l'Albufera de Valencia (Gorka Gorospe). See a photo below and thumbnails here (Gorka Gorospe).


Photo: © Gorka Gorospe 21.6.2017

(2) A Coruña. A bird showing a dark mark in the lower mandible (this perhaps with some sandvicensis genes) was found on 19.6 at Santa Cruz de Oleiros, A Coruña (Antonio López Porto). On 21.6 it was still there (Cosme Damian Romay, A. López Porto, Atocha Ramos, Cholo F. Ramón, Graciela Fdez. Arrojo, Bibiana Lorenzo, Roi Cuba, Sofia Carregal, Fausto Roura, Ramsés Pérez y Manuel Freire @ Seen alson on 22.6 (Xosé Manoel Carregal). See a photo below


Photo: © Xosé Manoel Carregal 22.6.2017

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis (1)
(1) Murcia. On 11.6 a bird was seen at Sucina, Sierra de Escalona, Murcia (Francisco Picón @eBird). nSee two photos below.


Photo: © Francisco Picón 11.6.2017


Photo: © Francisco Picón 11.6.2017

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-6,7)
(1-6) Barcelona. Confirmed breeding. The birds at El Prat de Llobregat may presumably still be present in the area despite visit to the breeding location is only guaranteed at dusk (Ed. comment). On 8.6 the six birds were seen resting on top of Nelson Mandela bridge, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Raúl Bastida There were 4 individuals on 13.6 (Pau Esteban, one on 16.6 (J.Bartra, F.López @Llobregat Delta Bird News) and six on 18.6, the family group, near Mercabarna bridge, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Ricard Gutiérrez). See two photos of four below (Ricard Gutiérrez).n The six birds were seen at El Prat fields from 21-22.6 (Ferran López @Llobregat Delta Bird News).


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 18.6.2017


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 18.6.2017

(7) Almeria. On 5.6 a bird was seen at Cala Media Luna, Cabo de Gata, Almería (Raimundo Martín). According to the author, it may be the bird seen last winter in the area, which is not very frequented by birdwatchers by the way.

Pied Crow Corvus albus (1) UNKNOWN ORIGIN
(1) Asturias. On 7.6 a bird was seen at Sardalla, Ribadesella, Asturias (Tomás Colino).

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1-3)
(1-2) Cádiz . Three birds continued at Tarifa, Cádiz, on 4.6 (J.A.Sarry

nYellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1)
(1) Burgos. An unseasonal bird was reported from Hoces del Alto Ebro y Rudrón NP, Molino del Canto, Burgos on 18.6 (Javier Morala). It was seen at close distance.

Marmora's Warbler
Sylvia sarda (1)
(1) Barcelona. On 6.6 a bird was trapped and ringed at Pla d'en Xixa, El Brull, Barcelona. ICO monitoring station (Guillem Arrufat. Carles Tobella. Roger Sanmartí). See two photos below (Guillem Arrufat). On 8.6 it was seen again (Carles Oliver, Derek Campbell et al).


Photo: © Guillem Arrufat 6.6.2017


Photo: © Guillem Arrufat 6.6.2017

Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala (1)
(1) València. A female was seen on 3.6 at Barranco del Poyo, Catarroja, València (Gregorio Chaguaceda). See a photo below.


Photo: © Gregorio Chaguaceda 3.6.2017


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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 Spanish Rarities Committee except:

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

newFrom 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 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 the Spanish 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 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 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 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.Desd'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). 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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Latest highlights:

One of the Lesser Flamingos at Fuente de Piedra lagoon, Málaga in early June (Diego Valera).
The presumed hybrid egret visiting the Mar Menor heronry as on 3.6 (Ángel Sallent /ANSE).
Two more images of the Montseny Marmora's Warbler from 6.6 (Guillem Arrufat).
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Two of the three Coursers seen at Granada on 23.6 (Juan Pérez Contreras).
The Elegant Tern seen at l'Albufera de Valencia on 21.6 (Gorka Gorospe).

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