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topoTaxa index (n= 3 + 18 + 10= 31) + (0) Gibraltar
Spatula discors Mareca americana Anas carolinensis  


Buteo rufinus Chroicocephalus philadelphia Spilopelia senegalensis Sylvia curruca
Clanga clanga Larus smithsonianus Lanius isabellinus Passer italiae
Vanellus gregarius Larus dominicanus Corvus cornix Motacilla flava tschutschensis
Limnodromus scolopaceus Larus glaucoides thayeri Phylloscopus humei Anthus hodgsoni
Tringa flavipes Coracias abyssinicus    

Influx of African Saharan rarities to Canary islands after a Calima storm in February - March 2020
Oenanthe deserti Alaemon alaudipes Ammomanes cinctura Lanius excubitor elegans
Sylvia deserti Ptyonoprogne Oenanthe leucopyga Riparia paludicola
  Oenanthe isabellina Sylvia deserticola  

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Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors (1)
Cantabria. The bird seen at Canteras de Cuchía, Cantabria in December 2019 - February 2020 was still at EDAR Vuelta Ostrera, Cantabria on 5.3 (Jesús Menéndez @eBird), 6.3 (José Velasco @eBird) and 8.3 (Chencho Fernández @eBird).

American Wigeon Mareca americana (1)
topo(1) Tenerife. A drake remained at Tejina, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 2.3 (Samuel Viles @eBird).

Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (1,2)
Asturias. The drake seen at Embalse de San Andrés, Asturias in January -February was still there in early March: 3.3 (Miguel Puente @eBird) and 5.3 (Miguel Puente @eBird). Still around on 11.3 (Miguel Puente @eBird; Xurde Acebrás @eBird) and on 13.3 (Miguel Puente @eBird).


Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus (1,2)
(1) Sevilla. A bird was reported on 5.3 from Laguna de Ojuelos, Sevilla (Pablo Reina @eBird). There is a record shot here.

(2) Cádiz. On 7.3 a 2cy was seen at Tarifa, Cádiz (Àlex Ollé, Joan Goy, Miquel Arxer i Joaquim Martínez). See a thumbnail here (Àlex Ollé).

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga (1)
(1) Alicante. The adult ringed bird 'Tonn' departed El Fondo, Elx, Alacant, on 15.3 and moved across central Pyrenees to France according to its satellite map. See a photo below and more information of its staying in Aragón at Anuario Rocín blog.



Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius (1)
(1) Zaragoza. An adult summer plumaged bird was fpound at Tauste ricefields, Zaragoza on 8.3 (Alfredo Sánchez Galán). See a photo below. Later seen by more observers (Alejandro Sánchez, Javier Ruiz -photo below- , Esther Charles, Luis Gracia @eBird; Angel Castro @eBird; Rocío Sus @eBird).


Photo above: © Alfredo Sánchez Galán, 8.3.2020


Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus (1-2)
-2) Tarragona. The two birds found at Migjorn canal, just N of the Violí area, Sant Jaume d’Enveja, Delta de l’Ebre, Tarragona on 25.1 were relocated at Buda island on 29.3 (David Bigas). They remained into April 2020. See photos below.


Photo above: © David Bigas, 29.3.2020


Photo above: © David Bigas, 29.3.2020


Photo above: © David Bigas, 29.3.2020

topoLesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes (1)
(1) Gran Canaria. The bird found on 6.11.2019 at Campo de Golf El Cortijo, Telde, Gran Canaria was still there on 8.3 (Miguel Avelino Suárez-photos below-) and 9.2 (Xabier Remirez, NIck Brickle @eBird) to 11.3 (Pablo Santonja @eBird).


Photo above: © Miguel Avelino Suárez, 8.3.2020


Photo above: © Miguel Avelino Suárez, 8.3.2020

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (1,2,3)
Madrid. The 1w found at Parque de las Cruces, Madrid on 29.2 remained there in early March: 1.3 (Eduardo Blanco , Toni Ferrer, Daniel eBirds, Francisco Vizcaino -photo below- @eBird; Ismael Romero @eBird); 2.3 (Javier García Gómez, Miguel Arribas, Gustavo Fernández, Maria González, Félix Aguado, Víctor Alonso, Cristian Pérez-Granados @eBird); 3.3 (José Zamorano, Esther Werto, Bernardo G., Gabriel Martín, Alberto Remacha@eBird) and 5.3 (Enrique Villaespesa @eBird) to 11.3 (Javier García Gómez @eBird; Marce Martín Pajares @eBird).


(2) A Coruña. The bird seen previously at Ría de Ferrol, A Coruña, was still there on 8.3 (Juan Pita-Romero).

(3) Málaga. On 19.3 an adult was found at Guadalorce river mouth, Málaga (Antonio Tamayo). Last year there was a 1w at the same place so it might be the same according to the author. See a photo below and more in his eBird list. There is a video of the bird in the Rarebirdspain group Facebook page. nThis bird remained there on 27.3 (Antonio Tamayo). Photos below and a thumbnail here.


Photo above: © Antonio Tamayo, 19.3.2020




topoKelp Gull Larus dominicanus vetula (1) FOURTH FOR SPAIN
(1) Fuerteventura. An adult was seen at Punta de Jandía, Fuerteventura on 15.3 (J.A. Sarry, Toni Mulet & Javier Notario See photos below (Toni Mulet The 4th for Spain. Read an account on the four records at Gaviotas y Anillas blog here.


Photo above: © Toni Mulet, 15.3.2020


Photo above: © Toni Mulet, 15.3.2020


Photo above: © Toni Mulet, 15.3.2020


Thayer's Gull Larus (glaucoides) thayeri* (1)
Lugo. The returning adult 'Ciprana' was seen at Lago, Xove, Lugo on 9.3 (Xan Vizoso @eBird). Photo below and 10.3 (Daniel López Velasco @eBird, photos below).




American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus (1)
(1) A Coruña. The adult present in the area for the last years,named locally 'Barrilete', was seen again at Ría de Lires, A Coruña, on 12.3 (Cosme Damián-Romay @

topoABYSSINIAN ROLLER Coracias abyssinicus (1) 2ND FOR SPAIN
(1) Gran Canaria. The bird seen on 14.1 at La Minilla, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria at (28.1295574, -15.4358242) was still there on 1.3 (Dominic Mitchell @eBird), 2.3 (Mauricio del Pozo @eBird, photo below), 3.3 (Javier M Fernández Hdez @eBird), 5.3 (Samuel Viles @eBird), 6.3 (Eloy Ordóñez, Daniel Ordóñez @eBird); 7.3 (Miguel Rouco @eBird) and 8.3 (J. Marcos Benito, Daniel Pettersson @eBird; NIck Brickle @eBird). Seen and photographed again on 9.3 (Pablo Santonja @eBird; (Luis López Areal, Gorka Ocio). Photos below and on 14.3 (Miguel Avelino Suárez -photo below- and Francisco Guerra).



Photo above: © Gorka Ocio, 9.3.2020


Photo above: © Gorka Ocio, 9.3.2020


Photo above: © Miguel Avelino Suárez, 14.3.2020

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis (1-6)
(1-6) Sevilla . There were six birds including 3 males singing at Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevilla on 7.3 (Paco Chiclana). See two photos below. On 10.3 at least there were four (Raúl Granados, Fátima Romero @eBird). Two were seen on 14.3 (Ricky Owen @eBird).


Photo above: © Paco Chiclana, 7.3.2020


Photo above: © Paco Chiclana, 7.3.2020

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus (1)
(1) Huelva . The bird found on 24.1 at El Rocío, Doñana, Huelva remained there on 10.3 (Raúl Granados, Fátima Romero @eBird).

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix (1-3,4)
(1-3) Barcelona. At least one bird was seen again at Sant Boi de Llobregat, near the Alcampo mall and nearby. Seen on 4.3 (Gemma Soriano, 5-8.3 (Carlos M.v. @ On 13.3 this bird was seen again near Decathlon shop (Rafa Armada @eBird). nThe last week of the month there were two at Polígon Industrial Pratenc, El Prat de Llobregat, on 26.3 (Jordi Sánchez; photos here and here): they had bred in the area in previous years so perhaps it’s the returning breeding pair. On 28-29.3 a bird was seen at downtown Sant Boi de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat from home of the observer (Carlos M.V. meaning that another pair or group may be lingering around that city where it has been seen also foraging near comercial sites.

(4) Murcia. On 7.3 a bird was seen at Industrial area t Escombreras valley, Cartagena, Murcia (Francisco Gómez, Susana Noguera @eBird, photo below).


Hume's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei (1)
(1) Ávila. A bird found on 31.1 at Blascoéles, Ávila, was seen again on 13.3 (José Liarte, Mario Liarte @eBird).

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (1,2,3)
(1) Cádiz. The blythi / halimodendri bird seen on 25.12.2019 at Parque Celestino Mutis, Cádiz continued there on 11.3.2020 (Raúl Granados, Fátima Romero @eBird).

topo(2) Tenerife. The bird seen at Igueste de San Andrés, Tenerife on 24.2 was still there on 10.3 (Luis López Areal, Gorka Ocio, Antonio Acedo).

(3) Gipuzkoa. A bird was reported from Inurritza biotopo, Inurritza, Gipuzkoa on 10.3 (Eneko Azkue @eBird).

Italian Sparrow Passer italiae (1) ORIGIN UNKNOWN
(1) Illes Balears. Mallorca . The bird seen last month at Far del Cap de Ses Salines, Mallorca, Illes Balears remained there on 14.3 (Josep Manchado @eBird).

topoEASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla [flava] tschutschensis (1) 2nd for SPAIN
(1) Fuerteventura. The bird seen and heard at Jandia Golf Course, Fuerteventura on 26.11.2019 was seen again at the same place on 8.3 (Gonzalo Deán, Juan I. Deán @eBird). On 15.3 it was seen again (J.A. Sarry See a thumbnail here.

topoOlive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (1-4)
(1-4) Fuerteventura. Two birds were seen on 2.3 at Costa Calma, Fuerteventura (Thomas W. Johansen @eBird), see photos below. According to the author: 'The two pictures at aproximately the same angle are two different birds. They were feeding together, but not close enough to be on the same photo'. These birds have overwinterd in the area. On 10.4 four birds were reported at the same place (Daniel Pettersson @eBird). On 13.3 a bird was seen at the same Costa Calma park (Otto Samwald @eBird).




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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
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The Long-legged Buzzard from Tarifa, Cádiz, on 7.3 (Àlex Ollé)
The Eastern Yellow Wagtail at Fuerteventura (J.A. Sarry
The Bonaparte's Gull remained at Guadalhorce river mouth, Málaga at least until 27.3 (Antonio Tamayo)

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