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Rare Birds in Spain 
20 years in a row informing on recent news on rare birds and near-rarities in Spain.
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topoTaxa index (n= 0 + 15 = 15) + (0) Gibraltar

Systematics and taxonomy based on IOC World Bird List



Podilymbus podiceps Oceanodroma monorhis Thalassarche chlororhynchos Falco biarmicus
Spilopelia senegalensis Pterodroma feae/deserta/madeira Sula leucogaster Corvus cornix
Pluvialis fulva Pterodroma macroptera Stercorarius maccormickii Corvus albus
Thalasseus cf elegans Puffinus baroli Buteo rufinus  

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topoPied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
 (1) Gran Canaria. One was reported on 21.8 at La Florida, Gran Canaria (Alberto Aguiar @eBird). However the bird was not relocated aftewards (Xabier Remirez).

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-3)
(1-3) Sevilla . Three birds were seen on 8.8 at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla (Andrés Rodríguez, Julen Santa Cristina, Laura Marín @eBird; Mariano Sevilla @eBird). See a enclosed shot (Andrés Rodríguez). Seen two on 12.8 too (Paco Chiclana @eBird).


Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1,2)
(1) Alicante. The adult found at El Hondo, Elx, on 31.7 was seen again on 11.8 (Daniel Ferrández i Castelló @eBird, see an embedded photo), 12.8 (Gregorio Chaguaceda @eBird) and 13.8 (Pedro Bustamante @eBird).


(2) Tarragona. An adult, probably the same returning individual of the last years, was found at Migjorn grassfields, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 25.8.2020 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See photos below (hand-held mobilescoping). Seen again the following days at the same site: 26.8 (Carles Durà, Javier Subirats, Xavier Parra; Joan Gimestells, Xavi Escobar; Juanan Novales @eBird), 27.8 (Marcel Gil @eBird; Sergi Sales; J.M.Grande), 29.8 (Mireia Martín, Josep Bujons; Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; Ricard Gutiérrez) and 30.8 (Manolo Sánchez Blanch, Mariska Huub de Graaf) to 31.8 (Alba López et al) and into September.


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.8.2020


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.8.2020

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.8.2020

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.8.2020

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 25.8.2020


Orange-billed Tern Thalasseus sp (showing elegans characters) (1)
Tarragona . One of the adults showing Elegant tern features remained at El Trabucador, Delta de l’Ebre, on 2.8 (Ramón Ruiz Jarillo).

SWINHOE'S STORM PETREL Oceanodroma monorhis (1)
(1) Huelva . On 22.8 a bird was seen off Isla Cristina, Huelva (Estela Gil, Begoña Sainz, Elena Vs, Luis Montero, Rafael Rodríguez, Rocío Astasio, J.Antonio Sencianes, Rubén Rodríguez, Rafa R Porrino, Pablo Galiano, Javi Salcedo, José Manuel Méndez).


Photo above: © José Manuel Méndez 22.8.2020


Photo above: © José Manuel Méndez 22.8.2020


Photo above: © José Manuel Méndez 22.8.2020

Barolo Shearwater Puffinus baroli (1)
(1) A Coruña . A bird was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 21.8 (Antonio Sandoval, Alfonso Valderas, Amaia Alzaga, F.Javier Quesada, María Berna, Ricado Hevia).

Pterodroma petrel Pterodroma deserta/feae/madeira (1,2,3-4)
(1) A Coruña . A bird was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 22.8 (Antonio Sandoval, , Ricardo Hevia, Alfonso Valderas, Toñito Martínez, Amaia Alzaga, Ramón Ruíz).

(2) A Coruña . Another bird was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 23.8 (Antonio Sandoval, Amaia Alzaga, Ramón Ruiz, Ricardo Hevia et al).

(3-4) A Coruña . Two birds were seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 29.8 (Rinse van der Vliet, G.R.Lázaro, R.Hevia, D.L. Velasco, T.Martínez, X.Piñeiro, M.R.Esteban, J.A.Fernández, I. Fernández, P.Manchado, P.Cabrera, M.Rey, R.Berkelder, A.Sandoval).

GREAT-WINGED PETREL Pterodroma macroptera (1) 1ST FOR THE WP
(1) A Coruña . A bird was seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 29.8 (Rinse van der Vliet, G.R.Lázaro, R.Hevia, D.L. Velasco, T.Martínez, X.Piñeiro, M.R.Esteban, J.A.Fernández, I. Fernández, P.Manchado, P.Cabrera, M.Rey, R.Berkelder, A.Sandoval).

A Coruña. On 30.8 a bird was seen (and photographed) from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Guillermo R. Lázaro, Ricardo Hevia, Daniel López Velasco, Toñito Martínez, Xurxo Piñeiro, Juan Carlos e Iker Ugarte, Pep Manchado, Paco Cabrera, Rinde van der Vilet et al, Antonio Sandoval). On 29.8 an unidentified Albatross had been seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturies (Manolo Pajuelo).

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (1,2)
Lugo. A bird was seen on 29.8 from Burela, Lugo (Javier Cantil). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Javier Cantil 29.8.2020

(2) A Coruña Perhaps the bird above, or another, was seen on 31.8 11 nautic Miles W of Corrubedo cape, Ribeira, A Coruña (Chásula seawatch, 12 observers on board).

South-polar Skua Stercorarius maccormickii (1-2)
(1-2) A Coruña . Two birds were seen off Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, on 29.8 (Rinse van der Vliet, G.R.Lázaro, R.Hevia, D.L. Velasco, T.Martínez, X.Piñeiro, M.R.Esteban, J.A.Fernández, I. Fernández, P.Manchado, P.Cabrera, M.Rey, R.Berkelder, A.Sandoval).

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1)
(1) Zaragoza. A bird was at Agón, Zaragoza from 21-22.8 (Jesús Capdevila). See a photo below. Seen again on 23.8 (Javier Train, Alfredo Sánchez), see photos below and a thumbnail here. Seen again in late August and into Speptember 2020: 24.8 (Ricardo Rodríguez; Silvia Roy, Aitor Mora, Rajem Ayerra, Jorge Franco, Luis Gracia, Jesús Mari Lekuona @eBird),25.8 (José Mª Canudo @eBird), 26.8 (Jon Iratzagorria @eBird), 27.8 (Oriol Palau, Jana Marco), 29.8 (David Ardanuy, Juanan Novales, Alberto Gasquet, Jesús Lavedán @eBird; Itziar Gutiérrez)


Photo above: © Jesús Capdevila 21.8.2020


Photo above: © Javier Train 23.8.2020


Photo above: © Javier Train 23.8.2020

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1,2)
Cádiz . On 16.8 a bird was seen at Tahivilla, Cádiz (Carlos Lozano). Apparently this bird had been in the area for a while.

(2) Zamora . On 23.8 a bird was seen at Villafáfila, Zamora (J.Miguel San Román y Alfonso Rodrigo). See photos below and a thumnbnail here (J.M.San Román). Seen again on 24.8 (Clemente Álvarez Usategui, Juanjo González & José Barrueso) and 25.8 (Miguel Rodríguez Esteban, Ángel González Mendoza, Miguel Ángel García Matellanes y Alfonso Rodrigo).


Photo above: © José Miguel San Román 23.8.2020


Photo above: © Alfonso Rodrigo 23.8.2020

topoPied Crow Corvus albus (1-2)
 (1-2) Gran Canaria. There were two birds at Castillo de la Luz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria on 5.8 (Alberto Aguilar Álamo @eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1)
(1) Girona. On 13.8 a bird was seen at Torroella de Montgrí, Girona (Jordi Vives

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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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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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