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topoSpecies index (n= 4 + 22 = 25) + 0 Only Canary Islands + 1 Gibraltar
Anas discors Aythya collaris Aythya collaris x fuligula Aythya affinis


nThalassarche melanoprhis nCalidris melanotos Larus glaucoides kumlieni nSylvia sarda
Egretta gularis x garzetta Chroicocephalus philadelphia Sterna c,f, elegans Phylloscopus inornatus
Phoenicopterus minor Larus atricilla Merops persicus Lanius nubicus
Gyps rueppellii nLarus cachinnans Pycnonotus barbatus Corvus albus
Circus macrourus Larus smithsonianus nMotacilla flava feldegg  
nTringa flavipes Larus glaucoides glaucoides Motacilla citreola x flava  


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Blue-winged Teal Anas discors (1)
(1) A Coruña There was a drake on 9.4 at Muro lagoon, Porto do Son, A Coruña (Ramsés Pérez). See a thumbnail here.

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris (1,2)
(1) Almería. On 8.4 a drake was found at Rambla Morales, Almería (Raimundo Martín). See a thumbnail here.

(2) A Coruña There was a female on 8.4 at Caque lagoon, Castro de Rei, Lugo (José Miguel Alonso Pumar)

Presumed hybrid Ring-necked x Tufted Duck Aythya collaris x fuligula (1)
(1) Navarra. There was a drake at Las Cañas reservoir, Viana, Navarra, on 2.4 (Óscar Carazo). On 3.4 it was photographed and videotaped (Gorka Gorospe), see a photo and video below plus a thumbnail here.


Photo: © Gorka Gorospe, 3.4.2014


Video: © Gorka Gorospe, 3.4.2014

(1-2) Bizkaia. On 13.4 there was a pair, along a Greater Scaup, Campo de golf de Laukariz, Mungia, Bizkaia (Iván Sarabia). Read more in Miradas Cantábricas blog here and a photo below. These bird which looked wild were later known to be feral!.


Photo: © Iván Sarabia, 13.4.2014


nBlack-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris (1)
(1) A Coruña . On 18.4 an apparently adult was seen on the water c. 400 m off Praia de Traba, Laxe, A Coruña (José Luís Rabuñal Patiño).

Presumed hybrid Western Reef x Little Egret Egretta gularis x garzetta (1,2)
(1)Barcelona. The bird reported repeatedly from Can Dimoni, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona was seen again on 1.4 (Raúl Bastida). It was seen and photographed again on 14.4 (Eio Ramón). See two photos below.


Photo: © Eio Ramón, 14.4.2014


Photo: © Eio Ramón, 14.4.2014

(2) Barcelona. There was a bird showing white head and grey body migrating N with 26 E.garzetta over Ocata, Barcelona, on 12.4 (Albert Petit @

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (1,2,3)
(1) Toledo. On 12.4 an adult was found at Miguel Esteban lagoon, Toledo (Quique Carballal). See a thumbnail here.

n(2) Albacete. From 17-20.4 there was an adult at Aljibarro lagoon, Albacete (Rafa Torralba).

(3) Tarragona. Coinciding with Albacete bird arrival, a bird reached Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona on 17.4 (Carles Domingo). On 21.4 it was still there (Carles Domingo, Jordi Martí-Aledo).

nLesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) Girona. There was a bird at El Matà. PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 17.4 (Jordi Marti-Aledo), see photos below and a thumbnail here. This individual remained on 18.4 (Pere Baucells


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 17.4.2014


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo, 17.4.2014

nPectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1)
(1) Girona. There was a bird at El Matà. PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà on 19.4 (Àlex Ollé). Later seen by more authors.

Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 16.4 an immature was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz (Javier Elorriaga,
Alan Llewellyn, Kenneth james, Colin Norman, Debra Coleman and Dorte Fjalland). See two photos below (Javier Elorriaga).


Photo: © Javier Elorriaga, 16.4.2014


Photo: © Javier Elorriaga, 16.4.2014

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11) INFLUX
(1) Girona. On 2.4 there was a 1w at Mas Avinyó, PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Dani Diaz-Diethelm, Alfons Alier

(2) Illes Balears. On 2.4 there was a ♂ at Salobrar de Campos, Mallorca (Michael Montier)
(3) Girona. On 1.4 a ♂ was at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona (Colin Retter
(4) Tarragona. On 4.4 there was a migrant ♂ over La Secuita, Tarragona (Albert Cama)
(5) Lleida. On 5.4 there was a migrant ♂ at Alfés, Lleida (Thomas Kuppel @
(6) Girona. On 5.4 a ♂ was seen moving N over Garriguella, Girona (Joan Budó@
(7) Girona. On 5.4 perhaps the same or a different male from that seen six days ago was seen at Cinclaus, L'Escala, Girona (Jaume Prat
(8) Girona. On 5.4.2014 a 3cy male was at Palau-Saverdera, Girona (Eric Durand @ )

(9) Zamora. On 13.4 an adult male was seen at Vezdemarbán, Zamora (Svend K.Petersen). The bird was seen the following and subsequent days associated to a Montagu's Harrier roost and group of females: on 14.4, when photographed, see below and thumbnails (S. Petersen, Cristian Osorio, Alfonso Rodrigo, J.Alfredo Hernández, Maribel Martín, Mario Alonso y Juan Sagardía) and 15.4 (Toni Alcocer, Miguel Rouco et al) and it remained on 16.4 (Ángel González Mendoza).n And present the following days too: 17.4 (Manuel Quintana, Conchi Ovín), 18.4 (Atocha Ramos, Cosme Damián Romay) to 21.4 (J.M. San Román, J.J.Orduña).


Photo: © Alfonso Rodrigo, 14.4.2014

n(10) Girona. On 19.4 there was a 2cy at Garriguella, Girona (Àlex Ollé).

(11) Illes Balears. On 17.4 there was a ♀ at Albercutx, Pollença, Mallorca, Illes Balears (Pep Manchado, D.Hinkley, J.Bazán,C.López-Jurado, J.M.González).

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1,2)
(1) A Coruña . There was a bird at Ensenada da Insua, A Coruña on 11.4 (José Luís Rabuñal)

(2) Asturias . There was one 1w on 14.4 at Zeluan, Avilés, Asturias (Daniel López-Velasco). See a thumbnail here.

Laughing Gull Larus atricilla (1)
(1) A Coruña . There was a 2cy bird at Ensenada da Insua, A Coruña on 11.4 (José Luís Rabuñal)

nCaspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1)
(1) Girona . There was a 2cy at Solius dump, Girona on 20.4 (Carlos Álvarez-Cros

American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
(1) Bizkaia . The 2w at Ondarroa, Bizkaia, found on 11.1 was seen again on 2.4 (Asier Aldaur). See photos and more information in his blog here.

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides glaucoides (1)
(1) A Coruña . There was one 2cy on 9.4 at Matadoiro, Arteixo, A Coruña (Xabier Varela). See a photo below. It was still present on 10.4 (José Ramón Sánchez Bugallo). nStill present on 18.4 (Tucho López)


Photo: © Xabier Varela, 9.4.2014

Kumlien's Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni (1,2)
(1) Lugo . The bird seen in February around Lago that later was seen on 2.3 at San Cibrao, Lugo remained there on 4.4 (Ricardo Hevia)

(2) Huelva . The bird seen during the winter at Isla Cristina, Huelva, was spotted again on 11.4, when photographed (Francis Rodríguez, José Luis Anguita). See two thumbnails here.

Elegant-like Tern Sterna cf elegans (1)
(1) Valencia . On 2.4 an adult was seen at PN Albufera de València (Miguel Chardí, J.Ignacio Dies, Guillermo García See a photo at Birding Albufera site here. See a different photo below (Guillermo García)


Photo: © Guillermo García, 2.4.2014


topoBlue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus (1)
(1) Fuerteventura On 4.4 one was reported from the shore of Antigua, Fuertentura, Canary Islands (Juan Ramirez Román). Read the story in birdingcanarias blog here (in Spanish).

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1-5)
(1-5) Cádiz On 7.4 the three birds seen previously were relocated at Tarifa, Cádiz (Álex Colorado). Later on the day, the three birds were assumed to be 2 adults and a 2cy. The surprise was finding 3 chicks being fed by the adults at the same place! (Álex Colorado), representing the 2nd -ever mainland Europe breeding case. See photos below.


Photo: © Álex Colorado, 7.4.2014


Photo: © Álex Colorado, 7.4.2014

nBlack-headed Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (1)
(1) Barcelona . On 19.4 one was reported from Gallecs, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona (Pedro Peñalver

Presumed hybrid Citrine x Yellow Wagtail Motacilla citreola x flava (1)
(1) Girona . On 1.4 a male was seen and photographed at Torroella de Montgrí ricefields, Girona (Fran Trabalón, Ruth Garcia). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo: © Fran Trabalón, 1.4.2014

nMarmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda (1)
(1) Illes Balears . On 5.4 a bird was trapped and ringed at Illa de l'Aire, Menorca, Illes Balears within the ringing campaing held there (Marina Pons, Emili Garriga, Raül Escandell, Xavier Gruwier,Frantz Veille & Olivier Tournaillon/SOM). See a couple of photos in their blog here.

topoYellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (1-2)
(1-2) Lanzarote Costa Teguise Golf, Lanzarote. There were still two birds at this area on 4.4 (Francisco Javier García Vargas).

nSiberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis (1)
(1) Girona . On 18.4 a singing individual was seen at El Matà, PN Aiguamolls, Girona (Jordi Martí-Aledo, Marc Bertran).

MASKED SHRIKE Lanius nubicus (1) 3RD FOR SPAIN
(1) Navarra . On 12.4 a bird was found near Santaclara, at Mélida, Navarra (Miguel Angel Lopez de Armentia). The bird was relocated on 13.4 morning,when photographed (Ricardo Rodríguez, Miguel Grande y Juan Carlos Lorenzo). See photos below. Once relocated, news were broadcasted and at least 19 observers could see the bird (José Portillo, Javier Train, Juan Carlos Albero, José Ardaiz, Grabi De Jesus, Anna Mallol. Haritz Sarasa, Clemente Álvarez, Jesús Ucha, Emilio Salvatierra, Gorka Gorospe et al). See another photo and video below. And a 2nd video too.


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez, 13.4.2014


Photo: © Ricardo Rodríguez, 13.4.2014


Photo: © Javier Train, 13.4.2014


Video: © Gorka Gorospe, 13.4.2014


Video: © Clemente Álvarez Usategui, 13.4.2014

Pied Crow Corvus albus (1) E CATEGORY SO FAR
(1) Gibraltar . On 6.4 one adult was seen at Gibraltar. Seen by the rock (Stanley Olivero/GONHS). Not relocated on 7.4.2014. Presumably same bird seen in Cádiz last year but it's not clear if the same reported at Ceuta the same week. nPresumably this bird wsa seen on 12.4 at Torre de Guadalmesí. Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (José María Fernández Zapata).

topoRARITIES ONLY FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS** Those species which are rarities only within the islands and are dealt with by CR/SEO are included here. Such records should be submitted to Juan Antonio Lorenzo at canarias @** Canarian records of species which are rarities nationwide are included in the main text in violet type.


*** Ringed birds in Spain have to be submitted and accepted by CR/SEO-BirdLife, according to Environment Ministery of Spain and the authonomous communities agreements, to be accepted as valid ringings in the national database. Otherwise, non submitted or rejected records will be deleted and ringings will not be included in national or international databases. Ringers not submitting rare bird ringings will be listed. Submitting ringing records is hence specially encouraged as a contribution to global bird knowledge..

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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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From March 2005 this webpage only includes records of birds needing homologation by CR/SEO. For other local rarities contact local bird reports or records committees. See here those rarities only for the Canary Islands also dealt by CR/SEO. Changes in application to the rarity list from January 2006. New rarities include Sylvia curruca, Crex crex, Sterna bengalensis and others. Larus delawarensis and Anthus richardi have been withdrawn from the rarity list and are not be included from 2006.

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 will be forwarded to the Spanish RC for their knowledge if enough substantiated but inclusion in this page does not imply acceptance or homologation of any kind which needs a form to be sent.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. 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 sera reenviada al CR/SEO para su conocimiento, pero su inclusión aquí no implica su aceptación u homologación de ningún tipo y son responsabilidad de sus autores y del envío de la ficha correspondiente. 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. 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
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The presumed hybrid at Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, on 1.4 (Fran Trabalón)
The presumed hybrid Aythya at Navarra as on 3.4 (Gorka Gorospe)
The drake Ring-necked duck at Rambla Morales, Almería (Raimundo Martín)
The Blue-winged Teal at A Coruña (Ramsés Pérez)
The Kumlien's Iceland Gull, still present at Isla Cristina, Huelva on 11.4 (Francis Rodríguez).
The Lesser Flamingo at Miguel Esteban lagoon, Toledo (Quique Carballal)
The Zamora Pallid Harrier that was trying to interact with female Montagus' of the area (Alfonso Rodrigo)
The 1w Bonaparte's Gull at Zeluán, Asturias (Daniel López-Velasco)
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The Lesser Yellowlegs at PN Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, Girona on 17.4 (Jordi Martí-Aledo).

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