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VIII 2000 IX 2000 X 2000
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I 2007 II 2007 III 2007
IV 2007 V 2007 VI 2007
VII 2007 VIII 2007 IX 2007
X 2007 XI 2007 XII 2007

I 2008 II 2008 III 2008
IV 2008 V 2008 VI 2008
VII 2008 VIII 2008 IX 2008
X 2008 XI 2008 XII 2008

I 2009 II 2009 III 2009
IV 2009 V 2009 VI 2009
VII 2009 IX 2009 X 2009
XI 2009 XII 2009

I 2010 II 2010 III 2010 IV 2010
V 2010 VI 201 VII 2010 VIII 2010
IX 2010 X 2010 XI 2010 XII 2010

I 2011 II 2011 III 2011 IV 2011 V 2011 VI 2011 VII 2011 VIII 2011 iX 2011 X 2011 XI 2011 XII 2011

I 2012 II 2012 III 2012 IV 2012 V 2012 VI 2012 VII 2012 VIII 2012 IX 2012 X 2012 XI 2012 XII 2012

I 2013 II 2013 III 2013 IV 2013 V 2013 VI 2013 VII 2013 VIII 2013 IX 2013 X 2013 XI 2013 XII 2013

I 2014 II 2014 III 2014 IV 2014 V 2014 VI 2014 VII 2014 VIII 2014 IX 2014 X 2014 XI 2014 XII 2014

I 2015 II 2015 III 2015 IV 2015 V 2015 VI 2015 VII 2015 VIII 2015 IX 2015 X 2015 XI 2015 XII 2015

I 2016 II 2016 III 2016 IV 2016 V 2016 VI 2016 VII 2016 VIII 2016 IX 2016 X 2016 XI 2016 XII 2016

I 2017 II 2017 III 2017 IV 2017 V 2017 VI 2017 VII 2017 VIII 2017 IX 2017 X 2017 XI 2017 XII 2017

I 2018 II 2018 III 2018 IV 2018 V 2018 VI 2018 VII 2018 VIII 2018 IX 2018 X 2018 XI 2018 XII 2018


Rare Birds in Spain 
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topoTaxa index (n= 1 + 14 = 154) + (0) Gibraltar
Bucephala clangula    


Ixobrychus sturmii Thalasaseus elegans Corvus cornix Ficedula albicollis
Egretta gularis Spilopelia senegalensis nPycnonotus barbatus nFicedula parva
nPluvialis dominica nAlaemon alaudipes Phylloscopus collybita tristis nMotacilla flava feldegg
Gallinago media Corvus ruficollis    

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Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1-2)
Navarra. There was a pair at Laguna de Pitillas, Navarra on 1.5 (Rajen Ayerra @eBird). Seen later too (David Santamaría @eBird; Nayib Hamdoun @eBird).


topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird found on 1.12.2017 at Rio Cabras gorge, SE of of Tesjuate, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (28°28'32.7"N 13°54'11.0"W) and relocated in 2018 was seen again on on 3.5 (Sergio Briones @eBird). nSeen again on 10.5 (Liïc Epelboin @eBird).

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis (1)
Huelva. On 2.5 a bird was seen at Marisma de Hinojos, Doñana, Huelva (Maria Sánchez). See two photos below.

Photo above: © María Sánchez, 2.5.2019

Photo above: © María Sánchez, 2.5.2019

nAmerican Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (1)
Cantabria. A bird was seen at EDAR Vuelta ostrera, Ría de San Martín, Canrabria on 16.5 (Chencho Fernández, Abel Ojugas @eBird, see a video below),17.5 (José Velasco and others @ebird), 18.5 (Chencho Fernández @eBird; Jon Iratzagorria @eBird; Álvaro Bustamante, Jesús García, Dani Castañeda, Gonzalo Pardo (photo below); 19.5 (Antonio Rodríguez @eBird).

Photo above: © Gonzalo Pardo, 18.5.2019


Video above: © Chencho Fernández , 16.5.2019


Great Snipe Gallinago media (1)
Girona. A bird was seen A bird was seen at El Matà area, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Girona on 8.5 (Miquel Casas

nElegant Tern Thalasseus elegans (1-2)
(1-2) Valencia. There have been a number of observations of Elegant Terns at Valencia coast in May 2019. From 1-19.5 a least two pure adults have been seen lingering around different sites of the coast and within a seabird breeding colony. Given this situation and the possibility of disturbance of the breeding colony, this website is not not giving more details on the situation or number of birds involved until the presumed breeding episode ends.

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-3)
(1-3) Sevilla . A bird was seen on 4.5 at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla (Antonio Leiva nOne was seen on 5.5 (Alejandro Aparicio @eBird) and two were at Arroyo del Conejo, Los Palacios y Villafrancas, Sevilla on 9.5 (Andrés Rodríguez @eBird).On 10.5 there were two birds (Paco Chiclana, photo below), while there were two also on 12.5 (Rafael García, José Mª Lubián de Agredano and 3 ind on 14.5 (Mathis Pfreundt but one the day before on 13.5 (Francisco Mora

Photo above: © Paco Chiclana, 10.5.2019

nHoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes (1)
(1) Illes Balears. Menorca. A bird was found at Menorca airport, Menorca, on 19.5 (Gala Lligoña, Román Piris). See photos below. The 1st for the Balearic Islands.

Photo above: © Gala Lligoña, 19.5.2019

Photo above: © Gala Lligoña, 19.5.2019

Photo above: © Gala Lligoña, 19.5.2019

Photo above: © Gala Lligoña, 19.5.2019

Photo above: © Gala Lligoña, 19.5.2019

Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis (1)
(1) Murcia. The bird found at Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, on 31.12.2018 was still there on 1.5 (Pedro A Sánchez @eBird, Michael Brewer @eBird) and 4.5 (Francisco Gómez, Susana Noguera @eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1,2,3-4,5-6,7) BREEDING EPISODE
(1) Barcelona. There was a bird wat Polinyà, Barcelona, on 2.5 (Cristian Bonsoms

(2) Girona. Another bird diferent than (1) but probably the same lingering individual was seen at Gallecs, Mollet del Vallès, Vallès Oriental on 11.5 (Bernat Iglesias and on 12.5 too (Josep Bel

(3-4) Barcelona. Two adults were irregularly attending the tree where a nest was built at Decathlon car park, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat during the morning and afternoon of 11.5 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Duncan McDonald et al).

(5-6) Barcelona. At least two birds were seen near a nest at Polígon Industrial Pratenc, El Prat de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat on 14.5 (Pau Esteban On 17.5 chick presence was reported (Ferran López).

(7) Girona. On 19.5 a bird was seen at l'Estartit, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona (Gerard Dalmau). See a thumbnail here. Perhaps this bird is a new one coming from the N and not from the birds established near Barcelona (ed. comment).

nGarden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1)
(1) Cádiz . A bird was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz on 16.5 (Mathis Pfreundt

Siberian Chiffchaff cf Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2)
(1) Tarragona
. A tristis-like bird, was reported from El Trabucador sandbar, Delta de l’Ebre, Tarragona on 2.5 (Dani Valverde

(2) Tarragona. A tristis-like bird, was reported from Camarles, Baix Ebre, on 6.5 (Harold Wijts

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis (n = 2)

(1) Girona. A male was seen at Roses, Alt Empordà, Girona, on 6.5 (Àlex Omedes

(2) Barcelona. A male was seen at Begues, Baix Llobregat, on 6.5 (Rafael González de Lucas). Apparently it may be a bird showing traces of hybridisation. Seen again on 7.5 (Cesc Herrero

nRed-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva (1)
(1) Illes Balears. Menorca. A bird was trapped and ringed at Illa de l'Aire, Menorca on 9.5 (SOM). Read more at Rareses Ornitològiques Balears blog here.

nBlack-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1)
(1) Barcelona. On 15.5 a male was reported at Cal Nani marshes, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona (Oriol Miralles

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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

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newFrom 1.1.2018 no records of near rarities will be included in this website. However, you can tag #rarebirdspain in any of those sightings using your twitter account and they will be shown in the website's homepage twitter applet. You can also send them to the rarebirdspain group in the facebook. White gulls are not included since 1.12.2017 nor 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.

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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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