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Rare Birds in Spain 
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topoTaxa index (n= 1 + 10 = 11) + (0) Gibraltar

Systematics and taxonomy based on IOC World Bird List

Mareca falcata      


Spilopelia senegalensis Gallinago media Buteo rufinus Acrocephalus dumetorum
Podilymbus podiceps Thalasseus cf elegans Corvus cornix Oenanthe o. seebohmi
nPluvialis fulva   Corvus albus  

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Falcated Duck Mareca falcata (1) POSSIBLE ESCAPE
(1) Salamanca. There was a drake at Río Águeda, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca on 30.6. It was dealt as a probable escape. News known by mid July (David Santamaría @eBird).



Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-4)
(1-4) Sevilla . Four birds including two 'singing' males were seen on 4.7 at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla (Paco Chiclana). See a photo below. On 5.7 two were seen again (Sergio Briones @eBird).On 11.7 two were seen (Paco Chiclana @eBird) and on 12.7 there were three (Ángela Ruiz @eBird). One was seen at the same place on 19.7 (Sergio Mayordomo @eBird).


Photo above: © Paco Chiclana 4.7.2020


Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps (1)
Burgos. The bird found on 28.5 at Villasandino-Grijalba gravel pits, Burgos remained there into July: 1.7 (Félix  Arribas Del Álamo, Gabriel Lorenzo, Felix Arribas, José Luis Arroyo, José Luis Pérez y Joan Antonio Ximenis @eBird). On 6.7 it wa seen and heard again (José Vicente Navarro San Andrés @eBird) and on 9.6 too (Rafael Hermosilla @eBird).

toponPacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1,2)
(1) Gran Canaria. An adult Golden Plover was found on 25.7 at Maspalomas pond (Francisco Guerra, Miguel Avelino Suárez). The bird was identified days later by Daniel López Velasco when watching the same bird seen on 27.7 by other observers but also misidentified (Pepi Liberto). Twitched by more observers later (Luís Alberto Rodríguez, Alberto Aguilar @eBird; Xabier Remirez @eBird, Eduardo García del Rey @eBird)and on 28-30.7 (Xabier Vázquez Pumariño @eBird). See photos below.


Vidcap above: © Francisco Guerra 25.7.2020


(2) Alicante. An adult was seen at El Hondo, Elx, on 31.7 (Jacobo Ramos). See photos below


Photo above: © Jacobo Ramos 31.7.2020


Photo above: © Jacobo Ramos 31.7.2020


Photo above: © Jacobo Ramos 31.7.2020


Photo above: © Jacobo Ramos 31.7.2020

Great Snipe Gallinago media (1)
Tarragona. An exhausted bird was collected alive off Tarragona shore, over one mile out, by workers of a petrol facility on 28.6. The bird was collected by Agents Rurals who misidentified the species. However the photos were examined by early July by David Bigas who identified the bird. It probably was a male on its way back to Africa in unexpected early dates. See photos below and three thumbnails here.


Photo above: © Agents Rurals 28.6.2020


Photo above: © Agents Rurals 28.6.2020

Orange-billed Tern Thalasseus sp (showing elegans characters) (1,2)
Tarragona . Two orange-billed terns, showing Elegant tern features but perhaps hybrids of some kind, were seen within the Sandwich Tern colony at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, on 14.7 (Albert Bertolero). See photos below. According to David Bigas (in litt) it might be the same pair that bred in the area in 2017 and produced a chick then. There is a fact (J.L.Copete in litt) that supports the non pure hypothesis: the distance bteween the eye and culmen should be longer (elegans) than in these birds (after Shoch & Howell 2013 @ North American Birds), with a part of the eye after the beginning of the mouth (unlike this record birds). One of these birds phenotipically elegant like was seen on 25.7 at El Trabucador sandbar, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Esther Yera, Juan L. Muñoz Pérez), see a photo below and a thumbnail here. nThe bird was seen again on 27.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Carles Domingo; Ramón Ruiz Jarillo), 28.7 (Sergi Sales, Ricard Gutiérrez), 29.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez) and 30.7 (Ricard Gutiérrez). See photos below.


Photo above: © Albert Bertolero 14.7.2020


Photo above: © Albert Bertolero 14.7.2020


Photo above: © Albert Bertolero 14.7.2020


Photo above: © Albert Bertolero 14.7.2020


Photo above: © Esther Yera 25.7.2020


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 28.7.2020


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 28.7.2020


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 28.7.2020


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 28.7.2020

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz. A bird was seen at El Cabrito bird observatory, Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Cádiz on 23.7 (A.J.Sepúlveda, Julio Ortega @eBird).

n(2) Cádiz. A bird or an hybrid 'Gibraltar Buzzard' was seen at PN El Estrecho, at Punta Camorro, Cádiz, on 27.7 (Simon Tonkin @eBird) and 28.7 (Alberto L, Simon Tonkin @eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-6,7) BREDING CONFIRMED
(1-6) Barcelona. Sant Boi de Llobregat. The six birds seen at Can Dimoni on 30.6 probably remained into July in the area. Two-four birds were seen near the C-32 on 6.7 (Lluís Toldrà One was at Sant Boi in 17.7 (Jonathan Skipper On 25.7 one was at Sant Boi too (Pau Esteban


Photo above: © Mireia Martín 30.6.2020

(7) Girona. On 22.7 a bird was seen at Bassa del Frare Ramon, L'Estartit, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona (Enric Fontcuberta

topoPied Crow Corvus albus (1-5)
 (1-5) Gran Canaria. There were five birds at Puerto de la Luz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria on 13.7 (Jaime García de Rueda @eBird).

Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum (n=1)
(1) Girona. A bird was reported of this species after having been trapped and ringed at Feixes del Joncar, Sant Pere Pescador, Alt Empordà on 14.7 (Guillem Arrufat). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo above: © Guillem Arrufat 14.7.2020

Seebohm's Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe seebohmi (n=1) 1st for mainland Spain
(1) Ávila. The male found on 19.6 at Garganta de Bohoyo, El Belesar, PN Gredos, Ávila was seen again in July: 3.7 (Antonio Ceballos, Manuel Curiel @eBird, photos below), 4.7 (Miguel Martín Dego @eBird) and 7.7 (José María de la Peña), see a photo below.




Photo above: © José María de la Peña / Blue Nature 7.7.2020


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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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Latest highlights:

The Hooded Crows remained at Llobregat delta into July (Mireia Martín).
The Great Snipe found off Tarragona on 28.6 (Agents Rurals via David Bigas).
The reported Blyth's Reed Warbler at Sant Pere Pescador on 14.7 (Guillem Arrufat)
The Yellow-billed Tern now at El Trabucador sandbar on 25.7 (Esther Yera)
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The Pacific Golden Plover at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, the 1st for the Canary Islands (Vidcap: Francisco Guerra

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