Published: Volume 46(1), June 1999. Pages 121-148.
Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, año 1997.
This is the 14th annual report of the Spanish Ornitological Society´s Rarities Committee. It presents 168 new records, of 77 species, accepting 142 (84,5 %). Highlights are the first records for Barrow´s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica, White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla (year 1944), Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus (year 1971) and Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes (in the Canary islands), as well as for the Marmora´s Warbler Sylvia sarda out of the Balearics, and the second ones for Swinhoe´s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monorhis (in the Balearics), Bufflehead Bucephala albeola, Killdeer Plover Charadrius vociferus, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii, Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva, Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis (origin unknown), Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus and Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps (origin unknown).
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