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topoTaxa index (n= 6 + 16 = 22) + (0) Gibraltar
Branta bernicla hrota Cygnus cygnus Bucephala clangula Lophodytes cucullatus
Anser fabalis Bucephala albeola    


Ixobrychus sturmii nCrex crex Phylloscopus collybita tristis Tarsiger cyanurus
nSula leucogaster Vanellus gregarius Phylloscopus humei Passer luteus
Clanga pomarina Larus smithsonianus Sylvia curruca blythi/halimodendri Carpodacus erythrynus
Clanga clanga Spilopelia senegalensis nSylvia nisoria Calcarius lapponicus

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Palle-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-2,3-6)
(1-2) Pontevedra. There was a 1w at Enseada de O Vao, O Grove, Pontevedra on 4.11 (Xurxo Piñeiro @eBird; Gustavo Ferreiro @eBird). nOn 13.11 there were two at the same place (Roi Cuba @eBird).

(3-6) Pontevedra. A group of four were seen at Ensenada de San Simón, seen from Pedra dos Caralletes and Arcade harbour on 11.11. One was ringed (left leg blue 'T', right, red 'N' (Gustavo Ferreiro, Xurxo Piñeiro, Marián Pujol @eBird).

Bean Goose Anser fabalis (1)
(1) Palencia. The bird seen at Laguna de Boada, Boada de Campos, Palencia on 21.10 continued there on 3.11 (Rafael Hermosilla).

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1,2,3,4-9) INFLUX

(1) A Coruña. The 1w bird found at Ria do Burgo, A Coruña on 29.10 was still there on 1.11 (Xosé Manoel Carregal @eBird).

(2) A Coruña. On 30.10 there were 7 birds at Laguna de Traba, Laxe, A Coruña but on 1.11 only one 1w remained (Ramsés Pérez @eBird).n On 12.11 it was still there (Xabier Vázquez @eBird) and on 16.11 too (Roberto Bao

(3) Asturies. On 2.11 a bird was seen at Ensenada de la Linera, Salías, Ria del Eo, Asturias (Gilberto S. Jardón). See two photos below and a thumbnail here. On 6.11 it was near Aldea el Esquilo, Ria del Eo (Luís Javier Rodríguez @eBird) and on 10.10 again at la Linera (Óscar Chao @eBird).

Photo: © Gilberto S. Jardón 2.11.2018

Photo: © Gilberto S. Jardón 2.11.2018

(4-9) Asturies. Six were seen in flight over Bañugues, Asturias, on 4.11 (Rubén Fernández @eBird).

Bufflehead Bucephala albeola (1)
(1) A Coruña. A male was found in a rainy day at laguna de Muro, Porto do Son, A Coruña on 1.11 (Ana Pérez, José Ramón Gómez). See thumbnails here. The bird behaved wild and showed no rings. On 2.11 it was seen again and photographed too (José Alberto Fernández Ugarte; José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón). See photos below. On 3.11 it was still there (Miguel MG @eBird). Still there on 5.11 (Óscar Santomé, Víctor Cabaleiro).n The bird was seen again on 13.11 (Manuel Xestoso @eBird), 14.11 (Luis Javier Rodríguez @eBird) and 16.11 (David Calleja @eBird).

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Photo: © José Luís Lorenzo 'Colón' 2.11.2018

Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (1)
(1) A Coruña. The bird 1y/female found at Traba lagoon, Laxe, A Coruña on 30.10 was still there on 1.11 (José Luís Rabuñal; Ramsés Pérez @eBird) and 2.11 (José Alberto Fernández Ugarte).n On 12.11 it was still there (Xabier Vázquez @eBird).

Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus (1) ESCAPE
(1) A Coruña. A bird that had been seen at Fervenza reservoir, A Coruña on 28.11 (Manolo Carregal @ was was ringed as seen when photographed on 8.11 (Fernando Pereiras), see a thumbnail here, and coming from Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña. See another thumbnail here where it shows the plàstic Orange ring (Carlos Luciarte). Distance from Encoro Da Fervenza, A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela is c.44 km.


topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1) 5th for Canaries & Spain, 6th for the WP
(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 not reported since August 2018, then relocated at the same barranco on 24.10 was seen again on 2.11 (Uca Díaz). See a photo below. Still there on 5.11 (Rab Shand, Uca Díaz).

Photo above: © Uca Díaz 2.11.2018

toponBrown Booby Sula leucogaster (1)
(1) Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura. On 11.11 an immature landed at sea on a yatch Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, closer to the former (Jesús Losada). See a video at his facebook page here and a vidcap below.

Vidcap above: © Jesús Losada 11.11.2018

Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina (1)
(1) Cádiz. A bird was seen at La Janda, Cádiz, on 4.11, a potential intergrade with clanga genes (Javi Elorriaga @eBird). nOn 16.11 it was seen again (Víctor Manuel Porras @eBird).

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga (1)
(1) Alicante. The Estonian satellite-tagged eagle was at Santa Águeda, El Fondo, Elx, Alacant on 2.11 (Ian Hayes). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Ian Hayes 2.11.2018

toponCorncrake Crex crex (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. On 17.11 an injured bird was seen and photographed in N Fuerteventura (Noelia Garcia, Eliseo Reyes/ SOC), see a photo below (Eliseo Reyes). On 18.11 it could be captured and brought to an official recovery center, but it did not survived due to its injuries (Uca Díaz).


Photo above: © Eliseo Reyes 17.11.2018

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1,2)
Cádiz. The 1w bird found on 20.10 at La Janda, Cádiz was seen again on 1.11 (Javier Elorriaga, Yeray Seminario/ Birding the Strait @eBird) and 3.11 (Rafael García @eBird; Juan Miguel González, Juan Ramírez, Andrés de la Cruz @eBird). nThe Plover was seen again on 13.11 (Julio Ortega, Javi Elorriaga, Sergio Briones @eBird) and 15.11 (Yeray Seminario, Alexandre Justo @eBird) to 16.11 (J.A. Sarry

n(2) Cádiz. Another 1w bird was found on 13.11 at La Janda, Cádiz (Javi Elorriaga @eBird). The observer states: "Two individuals seen within 30 minutes 5km appart from each other, both birds show different individual marking on head pattern and breast. Both are first winter birds. One of them is present for some weeks and I got lenghty views in 4 different ocasions. Both within Northern Lapwing groups. The one is the picture is the "new bird"."

American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1) RETURNING INDIVIDUAL
A Coruña. The adult American Herring Gull locally named 'Barrilete' returned for another winter to Nemiña beach, Muxia, A Coruña on 5.11 (Fernando Pereiras). See a thumbnail here.

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-4)
(1-4) Sevilla . There were four birds at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla on 4.11 (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Paco Chiclana 4.11.2018

Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2,3)
(1) Gipuzkoa.
On 3.11 a bird was seen at Txingudi, Plaiaundi, Gipuzkoa (Enrique Rossignol @eBird).

(2) Valencia. On 4.11 a bird was seen and heard at Barranco del Poyo, Albufera de València, València (Gregorio Chaguaceda @eBird).

(3) Menorca. On 7.11 a bird showing characters of tristis was seen at Maó, Menorca (Gala Lligoña, Roman Piris).

Hume's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei (1)
(1) Barcelona.
On 4.11 a bird showing characters of humei was seen,not heard, at Barcelona botanical gardens, just 10 m from the place where another (this one heard too) was seen in 2016 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés). See a record photo below. In the area there was a ringed Yellow-browed Warbler too.On 5.11 a 'pale two barred' Phylloscopus was seen in the area but proper views were not obtained (Sergi Sales).


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 4.11.2018

NBarred Warbler Sylvia nisoria (1) 8TH FOR SPAIN
(1) Asturias.
There was a 1w at Cabo Peñas, Gozón, Asturias on 12.11 (Daniel López Velasco, Roberto Menéndez). The 8th for Spain. See two photos below.


Photo above: © Roberto Menéndez 12.11.2018

Photo above: © Daniel López Velasco 12.11.2018

Oriental Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca blythi/halimodendri (1,2)
(1) Gipuzkoa.
The showing features of oriental forms seen at Txingudi--Plaiaundi, Gipuzkoa from 23.10 was seen again on 1.11 (David Santamaria, Itziar Gutiérrez, José F. Esparcia @eBird

(2) Cádiz. A possible oriental bird was seen on 1.11 at Jardín Celestino Mutis, Cádiz (Rafael García, Javier Salcedo @eBird). See thumbnails here.

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus (1,2)
(1) Illes Balears. Mallorca.
On 6.11 a bird was found at Port de Pollença, Mallorca, Illes Balears (Cristina Fiol). Seen later by more authors (Maties Rebassa). Still present on 7.11 (Steve Nicoll, Javier Quintana, Xesca Riera i Carles López-Jurado). 2nd record for the Balearic Islands.

Photo above: © Maties Rebassa, 6.11.2018

Photo above: © Maties Rebassa, 6.11.2018

(2) Segovia. A bird was found at Valdevacas de Montejo, Segovia on 10.11 (Xavier Parra, Montse Gutiérrez). It was still present on 11.11 (José Portillo), see two thumbnails here.n Seen again on 12.11 (Manuel Segura), see a photo below and more authors (Chemi Ibañez @eBird).

Photo above: © Manuel Segura , 12.11.2018

Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus (1) ORIGIN UNKNOWN
(1) Cádiz.
On 6.11 a bird was found at Parque Princesa Sofía. La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz (David Cuenca). See two thumbnails here. On 7.11 it was still there (Álex Colorado). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Álex Colorado 6.11.2018

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrynus (1)
(1) Barcelona.
On 4.11 a 1w was photographed at riera de Vallgorguina, Vallgorguina, Barcelona (Jaume López). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Jaume López 4.11.2018

Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus (1-2, 3-5)
(1-2) Cantabria.
There were two birds at Langre, Cantabria on 1.11 (Guillermo Rodríguez @ Anuario Ornitológico de Cantabria).

n(3-5) Asturias. There were three coming from sea at Cabo Peñas, Asturias on 13.11 (Daniel López Velasco), see a thumbnail here. On 14.11 two remained there (Daniel López Velasco @eBird).


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  • 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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Latest highlights:

The Lesser Whitethroat at Cádiz on 1.11 (Rafa Garcia)
The Whooper Swan at ria del Eo, Asturias on 2.11 (Gilberto S Jardón)
The Bufflehead at Galicia, the day it was found (José Ramón Gómez)
The Hooded Merganser at Embalse de A Fervenza (above, Fernando Pereiras) and below at Santiago de Compostela urban park (Carlos Luciartes). The sighting of the Bufflehead raised some hopes that the bird could be a genuine vagrant but the ring, and the fact that the Santiago bird had left the area the previous days put it into the E list.
The Sudan Golden Sparrow at La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz when it was found on 6.11 (David Cuenca)
The adult American Herring Gull 'Barrilete' at Nemiña beach on 5.11 (Fernando Pereiras)
The Red-flanked Bluetail at Segovia on 11.11 (José Portillo)
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One of the Lapland Buntings at Cabo Peñas, Asturias in early November (Daniel López Velasco).

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