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topoTaxa index (n= 3 + 15 = 18) + (0) Gibraltar
Cygnus cygnus Anas carolinensis Aythya affinis  


Podiceps grisegena Vanellus gregarius Larus smithsonianus Phylloscopus humei
Ixobrychus sturmii Actitis macularius Lanius pallidirostris Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Buteo rufinus Chroicocephalus philadelphia Corvus ruficollis Ficedula parva
Fulica americana Larus glaucoides thayeri Corvus cornix  

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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus (1)
(1) Barcelona. The adult that landed exhausted in downtown Barcelona on 10.1 remained in recovery process on 3.3 (CRFS Torreferrussa). The swan was released into the wild once recovered and gained 3,4 kg, totalling 9,4 kg at Estany d’Ivars i Vila-Sana, Pla d’Urgell on 5.3 (Ricard Gutiérrez, Sergi Sales, Ponç Feliu, Gabri de Jesús, Eva Reñé, Enric Morera, Quim Minoves, Pau García Campderròs et al; Joan Estrada @ornitho. cat), see photos below. News were broadcasted in the media. Still there on 6.3 (Roger Guillem, Xesco Puigdomenech; Víctor Iglesias) and 7.3 (César Piñol, Quim Minoves; Sergi Sales). Not seen from 8.3 .

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez, 8.3.2019

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez, 8.3.2019

Photo above: © Sergi Sales, 8.3.2019

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2)
Pontevedra. The drake seen at O Grove marshes was still present on 9.3 at Fianteira lagoon, Pontevedra (Roi Cuba @eBird).

topon(2) Fuerteventura. The bird seen previously during the winter remained at Embalse de los Molinos, Fuerteventura, on 16.3 (John L. Muddeman) @eBird).

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis (1)
(1) Cantabria. The bird found on 30.12.2018 at Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel, Cantabria was still there on 2.3 (José Liarte, Mario Liarte @eBird) and 4.3 (José Liarte, Mario Liarte @eBird; Xavier Parra @eBird) to 5.3 (Maricruz Gutiérrez @eBird).



Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena (1,2)
Gipuzkoa. The bird found on 21.11.2018 at Txingudi marshes, Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa was seen again on 1.3 (Itziar Gutiérrez, José F. Esparcia, David Santamaria, 2.3 (José F. Esparcia, Paul Ortuzar and 3.3 (Paul Ortuzar; Gorka Gorospe, Vanessa Cadenas et al). See a photo below (Gorka Gorospe). Still there on 6.3 (José F. Esparcia, 7.3 (José F. Esparcia, Itziar Gutiérrez, 8.3 (David Santamaria, José Guerra, Juan Carlos Albero, Marc Gàlvez @eBird), 9-10.3 (José F. Esparcia nSeen almost again daily the following week, e.g.: 13.3 (Itziar Gutiérrez, 15.3 (Itziar Gutiérrez,16.3 (Iván Serrano; José F.Esparcia @eBird, Itziar Gutiérrez and 17.3 (Itziar Gutiérrez, José F. Esparcia,, see a photo below.

Photo above: © Gorka Gorospe 3.3.2019

Photo above: © Iván Serrano 15.3.2019

(2) Lugo. There was a bird at Ensenada de Covas, Viveiro, Lugo, on 2.3 (Manuel Rodríguez, David Calleja @eBird). This bird was seen at Xove, Lago, Lugo on 9.3 (Cristina Varela @eBird; Miguel Rodríguez Esteban, Javier Hernández, David Calleja @eBird).

topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1)
(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 relocated in 2018 was seen again on 3.3 at 18:30 hours (Xosé Manoel Carregal @eBird).n Still present on 12.3 (William Price

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
Cádiz. There was a presumed adult at Jérez de la Frontera, Cádiz on 3.3 (Javier Rengel

(2) Cádiz. There was a bird at Tarifa, Cñadz on 7.3 (A J Sepúlveda @eBird). Perhaps the same bird was that reported at Observatorio del Cabrito, PN Los Alcornocales, Cádiz on 8.8 (A J Sepúlveda @eBird).

AMERICAN COOT Fulica americana (1) 4th for SPAIN
(1) Lugo. The bird found at lagoa de Cospeito, Lugo, on 23.2 remained there on 1.3 (Xabier Vázquez Pumariño @eBird), 2.3 (Manuel Rodríguez, Jag Escariz, Gabriel Lijó; Xavier Parra@eBird). Seen again on 3.3 (Fernando Fernández @eBird) and 4.3 (Gorka Ocio, see thumbnails here, and Xan Vizoso @eBird). Still present on 10.3 (Miguel Rodríguez Esteban, Javier Hernández).n.Still present on 10.3 (Ramsés Pérez; Javier Hernández, Miguel Rodríguez Esteban @eBird) and 16.3 (Antón Fernández, Adrián Gonzalo Pinedo).

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius (1,2,3)
Cáceres. The wintering bird seen previously was spotted with Lapwings around the finca opposite the junction to Santa Marta del Magasca, Cáceres on 9.3 (Charles Wilkins ans Anna Hughes).

(2) Badajoz. The bird found at Cabeza del Buey, Badajoz on 29.12.2018 was still there on 2.3 (Keith Hamilton @eBird).

n(3) Girona. A bird was seen at El Cortalet lagoon, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Girona, on 17.3 (Joan David Tàbara, Fiona C. Thomas

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (1)
León. The adult at Santa Marina del Rey, León found on 2.12.2018 was still there on 2.3 (Xavier Parra @eBird).

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1)
Lugo. The adult found previously at Xove, Lago, Lugo, was seen again on 1.3 (Toñito Martínez Pernas et al). See two photos below and a thumbnail here. On 3.3 it was still there (Xavier Parra @eBird) and on 4.3 it was seen and photographed again (Gorka Ocio), see a photo below.

Photo above: © Toñito Martínez Pernas 1.3.2019

Photo above: © Toñito Martínez Pernas 1.3.2019

Photo above: © Gorka Ocio 4.3.2019

Thayer's Gull Larus (glaucoides) thayeri* (1)
Lugo. The returning adult, named ‘Ciprana’ relocated this year again at Lago, Xove, Lugo on 19.2 was seen again on 3.3 (Xavier Parra @eBird) and 5.3 (Gorka Ocio) to 6.3 (Fernando Pereiras). See photos below. nSeen again on 9.3 (Miguel Rodríguez Esteban, Javier Hernández, David Calleja @eBird) and 11.3 (Guy Mirgain @eBird).

Photo above: © Fernando Pereiras 6.3.2019

Photo above: © Fernando Pereiras 6.3.2019

Photo above: © Gorka Ocio 5.3.2019

Photo above: © Gorka Ocio 5.3.2019

American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
A Coruña. The returning adult, locally named 'barrilete' was seen again at Lires beach, A Coruña, on 2.3 (Xurxo Piñeiro @eBird).

Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris (1) 2ND FOR CATALUNYA, 4TH FOR SPAIN
(1) Tarragona . The 2nd for Catalunya, a 1w presumed female found on 22.11.2018 at Tancada marshes, Amposta, Delta de l’Ebre, Tarragona remained there on 1.3 (Pat Harrison; Quique Carballal), 2.3 (Santi Hernández and 3.3 (Manolo Sánchez Blanch; Harold Wijts). Seen again on 4.3 (Pere Soler, 6.3 (Lluís Vilamajó, 7.3 (Vicente Francisco Tamarit, 8.3 (Sergi Sales) and 10.3 (Quique Carballal, Javier Valladares; Manolo Sánchez-Blanch)n.The bird was still there on 9.3 (Quique Carballal, Javier Valladares) and 10.3 (Manolo Sánchez-Blanch; Quique Carballal, Javier Valladares; Harold Wijts to 14-15.3 (Eulàlia Maspons and 16.3 (Diego Callau

Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis (1)
(1) Murcia. The bird found at Cabo de Palos, Cartagena on 31.12.2018 was still there on 2.3 (Susana Noguera @eBird). nSeen again on 10.3 (Antonio Varona @eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-4,5-6,7,8) BREEDING EPISODE
(1-4) Barcelona. At least a pair was breeding at the last part of the Llobregat river at El Prat de Llobregat on 8.3 (Ferran López). Third in-a-row breeding year.n Four birds were seen in the area on 12.3 (Raúl Bastida). Third in-a-row breeding year.

n(5-6) Barcelona . A bird was seen at Sant Boi de Llobregat villae, at Osca street (Susana Esteller Two birds were seen over Parc de la Montanyeta, Sant Boi de Llobregat on 11.3 (Carlos M.V. @ raising doubts about the possibility of a 2nd pair established somewhere in or near Sant Boi (ed.comment). A single bird was also seen at Sant Boi on 14.3 (Nat Argullós

(7) Murcia. There was one at Escombreras, Murcia, on 9.3 (Antonio Fernández-Caro @eBird).

topo(8) Gran Canaria. A bird was seen at Telde, Gran Canaria on 8.4 (Josefina Lustau). See a thumbnail here. nRelocated on 11.3 at Muelle de Taliarte, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Xabier Remirez @eBird).

Hume's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei (1)
(1) Barcelona. The bird found calling at Barris garden center, Gavà last month remained there on 1.3 (Santi Hernández

Siberian Chiffchaff cf Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1,2)
A Coruña. A bird showing characters of tristis was ringed on 9.3 at Ponteceso, A Coruña (Francisco Rosende @ Grupo Anillamiento Hércules).n. This bird was retrapped aain on 16.3 at the same place (Francisco Rosende,Miguel Maestro, Ramón Tenreiro, Cosme Damián Romay/Grupo de Anillamiento Hércules).

(2) A Coruña. A singing bird was heard and seen at Parque de Santa Margarita, A Coruña on 16.3 (Cosme Damián Romay).

topoRed-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird found at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura on 19.12.2018 was seen again on 1.3 (Marc Kolkman Still there on 5.3 (Paul Coombes) and 8.3 (Mathijs van Overveld; J.A.Sarry Seen again on 15.3 (Tanina Maggiotto, Jus Pérez, Jana Marco), see a thubmnail here (Jana Marco), and 16.3 (John L. Muddeman @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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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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The Bonaparte's Gull remained at Xove, Lago, Lugo but neither the Thayer's nor the American Herring were seen on 1.3 (Toñito Martínez Pernas).
The American Coot at Lugo on 4.3 (Gorka Ocio)
The unknown origin Hooded Crow at Telde, Gran Canaria, on 8.3 (Josefina Lustau)
The Thayer's Gull returning to its annual visit to Lago, Lugo as on 6.3 (Fernando Pereiras)
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The Red-breasted Flycatcher continued at Fuerteventura on 15.6 (Jana Marco)

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