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Rare Birds in Spain 
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topoTaxa index (n= 4 + 13 = 17) + (0) Gibraltar
Anser fabalis Branta bernicla hrota Anas americana Aythya collaris


Podylimbus podiceps Pluvialis dominica Sterna forsteri Phylloscopus inornatus
Aquila clanga Vanellus gregarius Lanius (excubitor) pallidirostris Phylloscopus humei
Aquila pomarina Larus cachinnans Corvus cornix Phylloscopus collybita tristis
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nBean Goose Anser fabalis (1)
(1) Palencia. There was a bird at La Nava lagoon, Palencia, on 3.12 (José Alberto Fernández Ugarte).

nPale-belllied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-7)
(1-7) Pontevedra. The group of ringed birds seen last month at Combarro, Poio, Pontevedra remained there on 4.12 (Victor Cabaleiro).

nAmerican Wigeon Anas americana (1)
(1) A Coruña. There was a male on 3.12 at Louro, Muros, A Coruña (David Martínez Lago).

toponnRing-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. On 3.12 a female was seen in southern Gran Canaria island (Miguel Avelino Suarez, Francisco Guerra, Pepi Simba y Liberto, Javier del Campo, Francisco del Campo y Jose sp). See a photo below (Miguel Avelino Suárez).


Photo: © Miguel Avelino Suárez 3.12.2016


toponPied-billed Grebe Podylimbus podiceps (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The bird at Estanque del Matorral, Gran Canaria, Canary islands seen in August was seen again on 3.12, a year after its arrival to the island (Miguel Avelino Suarez, Francisco Guerra, Pepi Simba y Liberto, Javier del Campo, Francisco del Campo y Jose sp).

nGreater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (1,2)
(1) Alicante. The
3cy seen last month at El Hondo, Alicante, was seen again on 3.12 (Jana Marco, Álex Alamán; Barry Chambers, Paul Garrett and George).

(2) Alicante. The Estonian eagle 'Tonn' was seen over El Hondo, Alicante, on 3.12 (Barry Chambers, Paul Garrett and George).

nLesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina (1)
(1) Alicante. A 1w was seen at El Hondo, Alicante, on 3.12 (Jana Marco,Álex Alamán, Roque Belenguer).

nAmerican Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (1)
(1) Alicante. The bird found on 27.11 at Elche, Alicante remained near El Hondo on 1.12 (Malcolm Palmer, Barry Chambers, Stephan Cramer, Els Feuth et al) and on 3.12 (Jana Marco, Irene Arnaldos, Álex Alamán).

nSociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) Alicante. The bird at Vistabella, El Hondo, Alicante found on 25.10 remained there on 1.12 (Malcolm Palmer, Barry Chambers, Stephan Cramer, Els Feuth et al) and 3.12 (Jana Marco, Irene Arnaldos, Álex Alamán).

nForster's Tern Sterna forsteri (1) 7TH FOR SPAIN
(1) A Coruña. The bird found on 23.11 at Playa de Santa Cruz, Oleiros, A Coruña remained there on 1.12 (Pere Josa Anguera), see a photo below, and 2.12 (Marcos Suárez; Tucho Lopez Porto) to 3.12 (David Calleja Marcos, Tito Salvadores Ramos, Cosme Damián Romai Cousido) and 4.12 (Álvaro Rodríguez Pomares). NEW PHOTOPAGE COMING THIS WEEK.


Photo: © Pere Josa Anguera 1.12.2016

nIsabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus (1)
Tarragona. On 3.12 a bird was found at Tancada marshes, Ebre delta, Tarragona (Óscar Pérez). Not relocated on 4.12. See a thumbnail here. Found again on 5.12 at the same place (Manolo Sánchez-Blanch).

nSteppe Grey Shrike Lanius (meridionalis) pallidirostris (1) FIRST FOR SPAIN
Almería. The bird found at Andarax river mouth, Almería on 29.11 remained there on 1.12 (Jesús Nieto, E. García, Raimundo Martín). It was still there on 2.12 (Raimundo Martín, Garry sp; Jesús Nieto, M.R.Nieto), 3.12 (Jesús Nieto, M.Lao, E.García; Guy Kesselaers, Michel Viskens et al and 4.12 (Jesús Nieto). See two phots below (Jesús Nieto). NEW PHOTOPAGE SOON.


Photo: © Jesús Nieto 30.11.2016


Photo: © Jesús Nieto 30.11.2016

nHooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-2)
Barcelona. The two birds seen previously at El Prat de Llobregat were seen by the river at this same village on 2.12 (Raúl Bastida @

nYellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus LARGEST AUTUMN INFLUX EVER RECORDED IN SPAIN (9 this month)

(1-2) Valladolid. On 1.12 there were two birds at Parque Ribera, Valladolid (Juan Sagardía).

(3) Cádiz. On 1.12 a bird was found at Costa Ballena, Cádiz (J.A.Sarry). See location at

(4) Cantabria. On 2.12 a bird was seen at Parque urbano de Las Llamas, Santander (Antonio Sanz, Álvaro Bustamante @ Aves de Cantabria).

(5) Zaragoza. A bird coming from last month was still at at Calatayud, Zaragoza on 3.12 (Alfredo Sánchez Galán).

(6) Valencia. A new bird was trapped and ringed on 3.12 at Tancat de Milia, Sollana, l’Albufera de Valencia. Ringed (Pedro Marin, Julian Martinez, Domingo Martinez, Saul Vara, Miguel Piera). See a photo below (Pedro Marín).


Photo: © Pedro Marín 3.12.2016

(7-8) Tarragona. The two birds at Reus garden, Reus, seen last month, remained there in December. 1.12 (one individual, Màrius Domingo) and 3.12 (two birds, Lluc Sernis, see two photos below; Víctor Iglesias


Photo: © Lluc Sernis 3.12.2016


Photo: © Lluc Sernis 3.12.2016

(9) Lleida. Another bird from last month, seen on 22-23.11, remained at Vallfogona de Balaguer, Lleida, on 2.12 (Quim Minoves

nHume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei (1) 4TH FOR CATALONIA, 8TH FOR SPAIN
(1) Barcelona. The 4th for Catalonia (after two previous at Montjuïc on 2015 and one last month at Girona) was found on 4.12 at Botanical Gardens, Montjuïc, Barcelona. Heard, taped, and seen and poorly photographed (Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés). Twitched the same afternoon (Oriol Baena).
See a photo below (Ricard Gutiérrez).


Photo: © Ricard Gutiérrez 4.12.2016

nSiberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2)
(1) Girona. On 2.12 a bird was seen at Maçanet de la Selva, Girona (Arnau Tolrà @

(2) Zaragoza. On 2.12 a tristis-like bird was seen at Calatayud, Zaragoza (Pablo Moya).

nLittle Bunting Emberiza pusilla (1,2)
(1) Barcelona. On 2.12 a bird was seen and photographed at Besós river, Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona (Xavier Larruy). See a photo below.


Photo: © Xavier Larruy 2.12.2016

(2) Bizkaia. On 1.12 a bired was seen at dunes near Estuario del río Barbadún, Muskiz, Bizkaia (Iván Sarabia @


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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 Spanish 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 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 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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