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topoTaxa index (n= 1 + 19 = 20) + (0) Gibraltar
Branta bernicla hrota      


Pterodroma feae/madeira Ixobrychus sturmii Thalasseus elegans Pycnonotus barbatus
Fregetta tropica Buteo rufinus Stercorarius maccormickii Passer italiae
Oceanodroma castro Pluvialis dominica Spilopelia senegalensis Calcarius lapponicus
Sula leucogaster Calidris pusilla Falco biarmicus Emberiza sahari
Egretta gularis Thalasseus maximus Corvus cornix  

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Palle-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (1-24,25-30)
A Coruña. On 12.9 23 birds, including adults and juveniles, were seen at Estuario del Rio Anllóns, Ponteceso, Costa da Morte, A Coruña (José LUís Rabuñal Patiño). On 24.9 a new bird arrived, totalling 24 individuals: 11 adults (one ringed) and 13 juveniles (José Luís Rabuñal

(25-30) Pontevedra. On 23.9 six individuals, two adults and four juveniles, were found at playa da Xunqueira, Moaña, Pontevedra (Juán Tomés). Seen again on 24-25.9 (Óscar Santomé). See photos below. Still present on 28.9 (Víctor Xosé Cabaleiro). See another photo below.


Photo above: © Óscar Santomé 24.9.2019


Photo above: © Óscar Santomé 24.9.2019


Photo above: © Óscar Santomé 24.9.2019


Photo above: © Óscar Santomé 24.9.2019


Photo above: © Vítor Xosé Cabaleiro, 28.9.2019



Fea's/Madeira Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (1,2,3,4,5,6)
Asturias. On 25.9 a bird was seen from Punta de la Vaca, Gozón, Asturias (Manuel Antonio Fernández Pajuelo, Jorge Valella). See a field sketch of the bird below (Jorge Valella).


Sketch above: © Jorge Valella, 24.9.2019

(2) A Coruña. On 26.9 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia).

(3) A Coruña. On 27.9 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia, Antonio Martinez Pernas, Pablo Lado).

(4) A Coruña. On 28.9 one was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Antonio Martínez Pernas, Antonio Sandoval, Pablo Pita, Pablo Gutierrez , Antonio Gutierrez, Ricardo Hevia).

(5) A Coruña. On 25.9 a bird Pterodroma feae/desertas, probably Desertas', was seen off Sisargas Islands, A Coruña on board a research vessel (Marcel Gil). See a photo below.


Photo above: © Marcel Gil, 25.9.2019

(6) A Coruña. On 24.9 a bird was seen off Ferrol, A Coruña. Seen from a research vessel (Marcel Gil).

topoBLACK-BELLIED STORM PETREL Fregetta tropica (1) 7th FOR SPAIN, 8th FOR WP
(1) Lanzarote. On 3.9 a bird was seen at Banco de la Concepción, N Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Eduardo García del Rey and others/SOC) . See a photo below.


Photo above: © Eduardo García del Rey /SOC 3.9.2019

Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro (1,2-3,4-6,7-8,10-11,12)
A Coruña. On 21.9 one was seen off Fisterra, A Coruña (Marcel Gil)

(2-3) A Coruña. On 22.9 two birds were seen off Fisterra, A Coruña (Marcel Gil)

(4-6) A Coruña. On 25.9 there were three birds off A Coruña (Marcel Gil)

(7-9) A Coruña. On 26.9 there were three birds off Sisargas islands, A Coruña (Marcel Gil)

(10-11) A Coruña. On 27.9 two birds wre seen off A Coruña (Marcel Gil)


Photo above: © Marcel Gil, 9.2019

(12) A Coruña. On 25.9 a bird was found injured at Cariño harbour, A Coruña. It had been attacked by Magpies at the harbour (Ricardo Hevia).

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (1)
A Coruña. On 4.9 an adult was seen from Estaca de Bares, A Coruña (Ricardo Hevia). It's none of the UK birds, may be the same seen days ago, or another.

Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis
(1) Tarragona. On 7.9 an adult was photographed at Ebre delta, Tarragona (Vicent Moya). Exact location remains unknown so far. On 11.9 it was seen again, when photographed (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours), see two photos enclosed. The bird is within a private land and off-limits, hence not twitchtable. On 21.9 it was found again (Cristian Jensen) and later relocated (Ferran López). During the Delta Birding Festival, literally a few hundred observers saw the egret and were able to photograph it, becoming the ‘star’ of the fair. See three photos below (Ricard Gutiérrez). Still present on 23.9 (Poli Hernández; Jaume Albaigés; Jordi Jover; Cédric Mroczko The bird was seen until mid last week of September when it may had moved to other Delta areas due to rice cropping: 24.9 (Israel Estopa; Sergi Arís & Josep Crusafont, see a photo below) and on 25.9 too (José A. Fernández; Lluís Vilamajó .


Photo above: © Cristian Jensen / Audouin Birding Tours 11.9.2019


Photo above: © Cristian Jensen / Audouin Birding Tours 11.9.2019


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 21.9.2019


Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 21.9.2019

Photo above: © Ricard Gutiérrez 21.9.2019


Photo above: © Sergi Arís 24.9.2019

(2) Huelva. On 27.9 a bird was found at Punta del Caimán, Isla Cristina, Huelva (Terry Fenton). See a thumbnail here and two photos below (Terry Fenton).

Photo above: © Terry Fenton 27.9.2019

Photo above: © Terry Fenton 27.9.2019

Video above: © Terry Fenton 27.9.2019


topoAFRICAN DWARF BITTERN Ixobrychus sturmii (1)
(1) Fuerteventura. Much to the surprise of many, 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) was relocated at the same place on 26-27.9.2019 (Juanma Domínguez, Cristina Negueruela, José Luís Pacheco). See a photo in their eBird list here and another below.


Photo above: © José Luís Pacheco 27.9.2019

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
(1) Cádiz. A bird was seen from Mirador del Estrecho, Algeciras, Cádiz 11.9 (Alexis Bukowski@eBird).

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
(1) Palencia. A bird was seen at Laguna de la Nava, Palencia, on 16.9 (Rafael Hermosilla @eBird). On 18.9 it was still there (Angela Bascones, Rafael Hermosilla @eBird).

(2) Pontevedra. A bird was seen at O Grove, Pontevedra, on 16-20.9 (Emilio Martínez Sabarís 22.9 it was seen at Sanxenxo, Pontevedra (Susan Talburt, Xabier Vázquez Pumariño @eBird). Photos in her eBird list here. On 24.9 it was at Punta Arnosa, O Grove, Pontevedra, only at half a kilometer distance from the previous site(Xurxo Piñeiro @eBird).

(3-4) Cáceres. On 23.9 two birds were found at Galisteo, Cáceres together with a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (Sergio Mayordomo), see two photos and a thumbnail here. On 24.9 they remained there (Sergio Mayordomo, Javier Prieta, Raúl Granados, Antonio Ceballos, Ismael Romero @eBird). On 25.9 they were seen again (Martin Kelsey, César Quijada, Antonio Méndez, Ángel Luis Méndez de la Torre, Juan José Ramos Encalado @eBird) and on 26.9 too (Sergio Mayordomo, Carlos Villaverde @Bird).


Photo above: © Sergio Mayordomo 23.9.2019


Photo above: © Sergio Mayordomo 23.9.2019

topoSemipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. On 13.9 a 1w was found at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, near the Palm beach hotel (@dennisballyc via twitter).

Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus (1)
(1) Cádiz . A bird was seen a few nautical miles off Tarifa, Cádiz, on 29.9 (Ferran López, José Luís Copete et al)

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans (1-2)
(1-2) Cádiz . Two birds were seen on 29.9 at Montijo beach, Chipiona, Cádiz (Manuel Bárcena). See a BOC photo below.


Photo above: © Manuel Bárcena 29.9.2019

South-Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormickii (1,2,3)
(1) Pontevedra . There was a bird of +2nd cycle off Miño river mouth, Pontevedra, on 15.9 (Marcel Gil)

(2) A Coruña . A bird of +2nd cycle off was seen off Fisterra, A Coruña on 22.9 (Marcel Gil).

(2) A Coruña . There was a bird of +2nd cycle NW of Ferrol, A Coruña, on 25.9 (Marcel Gil). See two photos below.


Photo above: © Marcel Gil 25.9.2019


Photo above: © Marcel Gil 25.9.2019

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-3,4) PROBABLE MAINLAND BREEDING
(1-3) Sevilla . There was a bird at El Pantano, Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla on 3.9 (Juan José Ramos Encalado @eBird)On 13.9 there were three adult birds in the area (Fernando del Valle @eBird). One was seen again on 21.9 (Paco Chiclana), see a thumbnail here.

(4) Huelva . A bird was reported again at Diseminado Gamonosas, Valverde del Camino, Huelva on 6.9 (Irene Martínez Briones @eBird). It remained there on 13.9 (Irene Martinez Briones @eBird).

Lanner Falco biarmicus (1)
(1) Cádiz . There was a bird on 18.9 at Cazalla bird observatory, Tarifa, Cádiz (John Hermans, Peter van de Braak, Isidro Rendón

topoHooded Crow Corvus cornix (1,2-5,6)
(1) Gran Canaria. The bird seen in previous months was still at Tailarte dock, Gran Canaria, Canary islands on 14.9 (Miguel Avelino Suarez, Francisco Guerra). See a thumbnail here.

(2-3) Barcelona. Two birds were seen at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona on 7.9 (Pere Baucells One was still at El Prat de Llobregat on 14.9 (Carina Domènech 23.9 there were four at Camí de Ferran Pugi, at Sant Boi de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat (Iván Vega On 26.9 perhaps these same four birds were inside El Prat de Llobregat city (Jaume Bartra @ Delta del Llobregat bird news).

(6) Barcelona. A bird was seen on 14.9 flying over Hostal del Fum, Palau Solità i Plegamans, Barcelona and going towards Gallecs (Abel Julien

Garden Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (1,2)
(1) Cádiz . An individual was seen and heard singing at Tarifa, Cádiz, on 2.9 (Sam Dewanckele and on 10.9 (Eduardo José Rodríguez Rodríguez A bird, perhaps the same or another, was seen at Cazalla, Tarifa, on 22.9 (Jaap Vink The same day one was seen at Tarifa, despite not clear where of the city (Peter van de Braak

(2) Cádiz . A bird was seen on 22.9 at the same time the Tarifa birds were being watched at downtown Algeciras, Cádiz (Isidro Rendón

Italian Sparrow Passer italiae (1)
(1) Illes Balears. Mallorca . On 26.9 a bird was seen at Cap de Ses Salines, Santanyí, Mallorca (Susana Quintanilla i Lalo Ventoso). See photos and read more at Rareses Ornitològiques Balears blog here.

Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus (1,2)
(1) Lugo . A bird was seenm at Rinlo, Ribadeo, Lugo on 19.9 (David Calleja @eBird). Seen also on 21.9 (David Calleja @eBird). Still around on 21.9 (Lois Santos @eBird).

(2) Pontevedra . A bird was seen on 22.9 at Alto da Groba, Serra da Groba, Pontevedra (Eileen Walters, Encarna González, Gustavo Ferreiro, Adrian Estevez @eBird). On 23.9 it was still present (Manuel Xestoso @eBird). See a photo in his eBird list here.

House Bunting Emberiza sahari (1)
(1) Cádiz . A bird was found at Tarifa, Cádiz, on 7.9 (Juan Miguel González Perea). Later seen by more authors (Javier Elorriaga, Yeray Seminario/ Birding the Strait; 7.9 (Juan Miguel González Perea, Chris Mills, Juan Miguel González Perea, Catalina Castillo, Alexandre Justo @eBird), see a photo below. On 8.9 it was seen again (Ricky Owen; José Mª Lubián R. de Agredano; David Ratcliffe @eBird; José Mª de la Peña @eBird; Carlos A. Torralvo, Julio Ortega, AJ Sepúlveda, Diegui  Herrera, Carlos Alberto Ramírez @eBird), see another photo below.Seen again the following days: 9.9 (Eduardo José Rodríguez Rodríguez, José Márquez, Rafa Garcia; José Maria de la Peña @eBird); 10.9 (Victor Manuel Porras @eBird; Alexis Bukowski @eBird, Javi Elorriaga, Fernando Alonso @eBird).Sadly (for him and this putative early mainland Europe colonizer), the bird ended hunted and eaten by a Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus on 22.9 (Alejandro Onrubia).


Photo above: © Yeray Seminario / Birding the Strait 7.9.2019


Photo above: © Ricky Owen 8.9.2019


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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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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 Hooded Crow at Gran Canaria continued there on 14.9 (Miguel Avelino Suárez).
One of the Laughing Doves at El Pantano, Sevilla, as on 21.9 (Paco Chiclana).
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The Western Reef Egret at Punta del Caimán, Isla Cristina, Huelva on 27.9 (Terry Fenton).
One of the two American Golden Plovers at Galisteo Cáceres from 23.9 (Sergio Mayordomo).

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