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Pterodroma madeira/feae Pluvialis fulva Xenus cinereus Sterna dougallii
Gyps rueppellii Charadrius mongolus Phalaropus lobatus Sterna cf elegans
nAquila pomarina Calidris falcinellus nPhalaropus tricolor Motacilla citreola
Falco biarmicus Calidris melanotos nChroicocephalus philadelphia nCorvus cornix

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Fea's/Madeira's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1)
(1) A Coruña. First of the season was seen on 8.8 (last year on 16.8) from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña, Galicia (Antonio Sandoval).

Ruppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii (1,2,3-4,5,6)
(1) Badajoz. On 2.8 an immature was seen at Sierra de San Pedro, San Vicente de Alcántara, Badajoz (José Gordillo). See photos below.


Photo: © José Gordillo 2.8.2015


Photo: © José Gordillo 2.8.2015


Photo: © José Gordillo 2.8.2015

(2) Badajoz. On 4.8 there was a new individual at La Codosera, Badajoz (Joaquín Mazón)

(3-4) Cádiz. On 14.8 there were two individuals at Cazalla, Tarifa, Cádiz (José Luís Garzón, Jose Juan Díaz, Carlos Torralvo, Álex Colorado). See two photos below and a thumbnail here of one of them (Álex Colorado).


Photo: © Álex Colorado 14.8.2015


Photo: © Álex Colorado 14.8.2015

(5) Cáceres. On 6.8 an immature was present at Ecoparque (dump) of Mirabel, Cáceres (Hugo Sánchez y Raquel Lozano)

n(6) Cádiz. On 24.8 a bird was seen over Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Joan Estrada, Víctor Estrada, Montse Jofra, Paloma Fraguio, José Luís López, Rafael Almena). See four photos below.


Photo: © Víctor & Joan Estrada 24.8.2015


Photo: © Víctor & Joan Estrada 24.8.2015


Photo: © Víctor & Joan Estrada 24.8.2015


Photo: © Víctor & Joan Estrada 24.8.2015

n(7) Cádiz. On 28.8 another bird was seen over Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (Joan Estrada, Víctor Estrada, Montse Jofra, Paloma Fraguio, José Luís López, Rafael Almena). See a photo below and thumbnail here.


Photo: © Víctor & Joan Estrada 28.8.2015

nLesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina (1)
(1) Cádiz. On 25.8 a bird was seen from Cazalla, Tarifa, Cádiz (Joan Estrada Jofra, Víctor Estrada). See two thumbnails here.

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Gibraltar. On 14.8 a juvenile was seen flying over Gibraltar (Keith Bensusan/GONHS)

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (1)
(1) Tarragona. On 13.8 an adult, almost for sure the returning individual for another consecutive year, was seen and photographed at the same site as in previous years: Migjorn grassfields, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé, César Clemente, José Guerra). See a photo below (Josep Tantull) and two thumbnails here (José Guerra). It remained in the area on 15.8 (Guillermo Mayor) and 16.8 (Harold Wijts). Seen again on 19.8 (Lluís Gustamante). And on 21.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo) to 23.8 and 30.8 (Manolo Sánchez Blanch).


Photo: © Josep Tantull & Roser Solé 13.8.2015

(1) Lanzarote. On 7.8 an adult female was found at Salinas de Janubio, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (F.Javier García Vargas, David Pérez). See a SPECIAL PHOTOPAGE HERE and two photos below.


Photo: © Francisco Javier García Vargas 7.8.2015


Photo: © David Pérez 7.8.2015

Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus (1,2)
(1) Alicante. There was one on 14.8 at El Hondo, Alicante (Óscar Aldeguer, Jorge Vázquez, Jana Marco)

(2) Tarragona. There was one on 18.8 at Punta de la Banya, delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Jordi Martí-Aledo). See two photos below and one thumbnail here.


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo 18.8.2015


Photo: © Jordi Martí-Aledo 18.8.2015

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (1,2,3,4,5)
(1) Valencia. The bird found on 30.7 at Tancat de Milia, Sollana, L'Albufera de València was still there on 1.8 (Pedro Marín @birdingalbufera).
Presumably the same bird was seen again on 12.8 (Pedro Marín). See two photos below. This bird remained there on 17.8 (Pedro Marín) nand 18.8 (D.Mons @


Photo: © Pedro Marín 12.8.2015


Photo: © Pedro Marín 12.8.2015

(2) Barcelona. There was one bird at Reguerons, Viladecans, Barcelona on 4.8 (Joan Castelló)

n(3) Barcelona. A juvenile was found on 24.8 at Cal Tet marshes, Delta del Llobregat, Barcelona (Ferran López). Seea photo below and thumbnail here. It remained there on 25.8 (Ferran López), 26.8 (Ferran López; Ricard Gutiérrez), and 28.8 (Ferran López).


Photo: © Ferran López 24.8.2015

(4) Albacete. A juvenile bird was seen at Pétrola lagoon, Albacete, on 28.8 (Rafa Torralba)

(5) Alicante. On 18.8 a juvenile was seen at El Hondo, Elche, Alicante (Jacobo Ramos). It was still there on 29.8 (Pau Lucio; Malcolm Palmer, Jane Palmer). See a thumbnail here.

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (1)
(1) Tarragona. Presumably the same bird found on 23.7 distance at 'Los cavalls', Illa de Buda, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona was relocated again on 2.8 (Marc Gàlvez, José Guerra). See a thumbnail here. Seen again later in the day (Bernat Iglesias).

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus (1-3)
(1) Tarragona . There was a bird at Punta de la Banya, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona from 4 to 8.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo). See a thumbnail from 7.8 here. On 9.8 two more gathered the first one totalling three (Jordi Martí-Aledo).A bird remained there from 17-19.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo). nAn adult plus a juvenile were at Punta de la Banya on 21.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo)

nWilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor (1)
(1) Alicante . There was one at Salinas de la Mata, Torrevieja, Alicante on 21.8 (Rolf Karlsson)

nBonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1)
(1) A Coruña . On 22.8 an adult was seen and photographed at Cariño, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). See two photos below. It was seen again on 28.8 (Ricardo Hevia).


Photo: © Ricardo Hevia 22.8.2015


Photo: © Ricardo Hevia 22.8.2015

Orange-billed Tern Sterna cf elegans (1)
(1) Huelva. One, reported as Lesser Crested Tern but being larger than Sandwich tern and of the same mantle colour plus very long drooping bill was seen on 12.8 at Odiel river mouth , Huelva (M. Broos @

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (1-4)
(1-4) A Coruña . On 13.8 four were seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Sandoval, Ricardo Hevia, Pablo Gutiérrez, Alfonso Valderas @ seawatching estaca).

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1,2,3-4,5)
(1) Valencia. On 18.8 a 1w was trapped and ringed at Tancat de la Pipa, Albufera de València (Pablo Vera). The 1st of the season. See a photo below and a thumbnail here.


Photo: © Pablo Vera 18.8.2015

n(2) Tarragona. On 23.8 a juvenile was at Migjorn grassfields, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Salvador Solé, Juan González). See a thumbnail here.

(3-4) Barcelona. On 28.8 two juveniles were seen at Cal Tet marshes, Llobregat Delta, Barcelona (Ferran López, Ferran Pujol, Jaume Bartra). See two photos below (Ferran López).


Photo: © Ferran López 28.8.2015


Photo: © Ferran López 28.8.2015

(5) Tarragona. On 30.8 another juvenile was at Migjorn grassfields, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Manolo Sánchez Blanch)

nHooded Crow Corvus cornix (1)
(1) Tarragona. On 26.8 a bird was seen at L'Ampolla, Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona (Manolo Sánchez Blanch)


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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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Latest highlights:

The Terek Sandpiper continued at Buda island on 2.8 but remained far away from the viewing tower (José Guerra)
One of the Red-necked Phalaropes that were at Ebre delta until 9.8 at least, this one remaining all week (Jordi Martí-Aledo)
Check the special photopage on the 2nd for the Canaries Lesser Sand Plover at Lanzarote HERE (David Pérez)
The Pacific Golden Plover at Migjorn grassfields on 13.8 (José Guerra)
One of the Ruppell's at Tarifa on 14.8 (Álex Colorado)
The Broad-billed Sandpiper at Ebre delta on 18.8 (Jordi Martí-Aledo)
The 1st Citrine Wagtail of the season, ringed at Albufera de Valencia on 18.8 (Pablo Vera)
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The 2nd Pectoral Sandpiper this season at Llobregat delta and Catalonia. One from 24.8 on (Ferran López)
The juvenile at Migjorn grassfields on 23.8 (Salvador Solé, Juan González)
The Lesser Spotted Eagle from Cazalla, Tarifa, Cádiz, on 25.8 (Víctor & Joan Estrada)
The Ruppell's Vulture with a Griffon over Cazalla, Cádiz on 28.8 (Víctor & Joan Estrada)
The Pectoral Sandpiper at El Hondo, Alicante on 29.8 (Malcolm Palmer)

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