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topoTaxa index (n= 2 + 13 = 15) + 0 Gibraltar
Cygnus cygnus Anser caerulescens    


Egretta gularis x garzetta Vanellus gregarius Chroicocephalus philadelphia Oenanthe deserti
Podylimbus podiceps Limnodromus scolopaceus Larus cachinnans Phylloscopus fuscatus
Podiceps grisegena Tringa solitaria Larus hyperboreus Phylloscopus collybita tristis
  Actitis macularius    

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nWhooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1)
(1) Asturias. The bird coming from late November 2015 at Embalse de San Andrés, Gijón, Asturies continued there in february 2016 when it was seen on 7.2 (Manuel Quintana Becerra).

nSnow Goose Anser caerulescens (1-2) CATEGORY D SPECIES
(1-2) Asturias. The two seen in December 2015 at Embalse de San Andrés, Gijón, Asturies continued in February 2016 and were recorded on 7.2 (Manuel Quintana Becerra). See a photo below. Ed.Comment. Coincidence with influx in E N America and records elsewhere in Europe grant these birds for reconsidering them as wild American individuals.


Photo: © Manuel Quintana 7.2.2016


nnPresumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1)
(1) Valencia. On 3.2 there was a grey white-headed bird at Tancat de La Rambla, Alfafar, Albufera de Valencia (A. Signoli

toponPied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
) Gran Canaria. The 1w found on 2.11 at Estanques de Aldea Blanca, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria continued there on 1,2 (Mark Beevers).

nRed-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena (1)
(1) Cantabria. The bird found on 7.1 at Escalante canal, Santoña, Cantabria remained there on 6.2 (Juan Carlos Dieguez).

nSociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) Alicante. The bird seen on 5.1 at El Hondo, Alicante remained there on 2.2 (Óscar Aldeguer, Jana Marco)


Photo: © Jana Marco 2.2.2016

nLong-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus (1)
(1) Valencia . The bird found on 26.1 at R.N. Racó de l'Olla, l'Albufera de València remained there on 1.2 (J.I. Dies, M. Chardí @BirdingAlbufera) and on 4.2 (M. Chardí, J.I. Dies

nSOLITARY SANDPIPER Tringa solitaria (1) 4TH FOR SPAIN (only one accepted so far)
(1) Almería. There was a bird at Almanzora river, Cuevas de Almanzora, Almería on 4.2 (Andrew Allport). See photos below. The author states: The location was at the second road crossing from the river mouth (not including the highway) at GPS coordinates 37°15'46.7"N 1°47'50.7"W. Ed. comment: Might this be the Málaga bird from late 2015?


Photo: © Andrew M.Allport 4.2.2016


Photo: © Andrew M.Allport 4.2.2016


Photo: © Andrew M.Allport 4.2.2016


Photo: © Andrew M.Allport 4.2.2016


Photo: © Andrew M.Allport 4.2.2016

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
(1) Pontevedra. There was a bird at ria de Pontevedra from 24.1 (Juan Carlos Epifanio) which was relocated and properly identified from 1-3.2 (José Ramón Gómez). On 4.2 it was seen again (Vitor Xosé Cabaleiro) and on 5.2 too (Pablo Sanmartín, Manuel Xestoso, Gustavo Ferreiro, Cosme Damián Romay). See three photos below (Vitor Xosé Cabaleiro).


Photo: © Vitor Xosé Cabaleiro 4.2.2016


Photo: © Vitor Xosé Cabaleiro 4.2.2016


Photo: © Vitor Xosé Cabaleiro 4.2.2016

nBonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1)
(1) A Coruña . The overwintering adult remained at Cariño, A Coruña, on 3.2 (Ricardo Hevia).

nnCaspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1,2,3,4-6)
(1) Madrid. On 6.2 there was a 1w at Colmenar Viejo, Madrid (Delfín González, Juan M. Ruiz). See a photo below (Delfín González).


Photo: © Delfín González 6.1.2016

(2) Valencia. On 3.2 there was a 3w at El Malvinar ricefields, Sueca, Albufera de Valencia (J.L. Terrasa

(3) Araba. On 4.2 a 1w was seen at Salburúa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba (Ricard Gutiérrez, Gorka Belamendia, Helena Arbonés). See a photo below (Ricard Gutiérrez).


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 4.1.2016

(4-6) A Coruña. On 3.2 there were three birds at Cariño, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia).

nnGlaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus (1,2)
Gipuzkoa On 6.2 there was a 1w at Urumea, Donostia, Gipuzkoa (Xabier Saralegi

(2) Cantabria. The bird found on 13.1 at Santoña, Cantabria remained there on 6.2 (Juan Carlos Dieguez). See a photo below.


Photo: © Juan Carlos Diéguez 6.2.2016

nDesert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (1)
(1) Toledo . The bird found at Sonseca, Toledo last month, coming from late December, was seen again on 5.2 (Alfonso López López, Juan Carlos Marín Santos). Seen again on 7,2 (José V. Oropesa), see a photo below.


Photo: © José V. Oropesa 7.2.2016

nDusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus (1)
(1) Girona. The bird found on 8.1 at Closa de les Molleroses, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona remained there on 1.2 (Raúl Bastida and 6.2 (Miquel Arxer, Joan Goy

nSiberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2)
(1) Girona. Perhaps the same bird seen on 24.1 at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona or another was relocated at Aguait de les Gantes, PN Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Castelló d'Empúries, Girona (Jozef Leestmans).

(2) Girona. On 7.2 the bird seen and heard previously at Ter Vell, L'Estartit, Girona, was seen again (Gerard Dalmau).


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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 Rarities Committee except:

Anser brachyrhynchus, Anas carolinensis, Aythya collaris, Egretta gularis × garzetta, Gyps rueppellii, Circus macrourus, Calidris melanotos, Calidris subruficollis, Gallinago media, 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

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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 connew 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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