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Recent Records
 

 

Birds

 

2017

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                                                                                                                      * pending rarities committee decision

 

February

 

18 Feb: Overcast skies in the morning becoming bright and sunny in the afternoon with some high cloud. Winds light easterly becoming light southerly in the afternoon and evening.  A Hoopoe was observed in the Botanic Gardens in the morning.

 

A Hoopoe at the Botanic Gardens.                                               Photo: Franz-Josef Odinius.©

 

An afternoon watch at Europa Point produced 80 Scopoli's Shearwaters in two flocks, heading into the Mediterranean. Also seen were 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, an adult Audouin's Gull, and 5 Gannets heading east. A Great Skua flew west and put up the 40 Black-headed Gulls that were feeding below the Point.

 

A total of 14 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 5 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Greenfinches, and single Sardinian Warbler, Blackbird, Swallow, Goldfinch and Serin.

 

At least 6 Swallows and 3 Serins flew north past the Observatory.

 

17 Feb: 14 Feb:  Overcast with a moderate easterly wind. During a brief period in the morning 2 Black Kites, an adult Egyptian Vulture, 5 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins flew north.A Cattle Egret was present at North front Cemetery, where it was seen hunting lizards.

 

The ringing programme at the Observatory got underway today, with the top nets rides erected and only two in the lower net rides, as vegetation management was required to clear some of the areas.  A total of 12 birds were ringed in the morning with 4 Robins, 4 Crag Martins, and single Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

 

13 Feb: Overcast with heavy rain showers most of the morning, with some breaks and showers in the afternoon, and some sunny spells towards the evening. Winds light westerly, becoming west-north-west. In the late afternoon 2 Marsh Harriers flew north over the Observatory.

 

12 Feb: Overcast with heavy rain overnight, but ceased during the morning, and resuming in the afternoon and evening. Winds Light southerly becoming light to moderate easterly. A quick visit to Europa Point in the morning produced 25 Black-headed Gulls feeding below the Point with an adult Mediterranean Gull, and 2 Cormorants. An adult Audouin's Gull flew east .

 

11 Feb:  Overcast with heavy rain early in the early morning, ceasing by mid morning and brightening a little. With some showers throughout the afternoon and evening.  Winds light westerly.  A late morning watch from Europa Point produced 9 Balearic Shearwaters west, small movment of Gannets out of the Mediterranean, 40 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Cormorants feeding below the Point, 12 Mediterranean Gulls east, with 8 first-winter and 4 adults, a Lesser-Black Backed Gull and 2 adult Audouin's Gulls east, and a Great Skua west.

 

09 Feb:  Mainly high cloud with hazy sunshine. Winds moderate easterly. The Hoopoe remained in the Botanic Gardens, and another was seen on Windmill Hill. Another 2 Hoopoes were observed at Middle Hill.

 

08 Feb: Clear skies with a light westerly wind becoming light variable in the evening. The Hoopoe remained in the Botanic Gardens.

 

07 Feb: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. The Hoopoe was again seen at the Botanic Gardens.

 

06 Feb: Clear skies with a light westerly wind. The first Hoopoe of the year was seen in the Botanic Gardens.

 

Six Swallows flew north in the afternoon over the Observatory.

 

04 Feb:  Cloudy with some sunny spells in the morning, and the occasional light drizzle. Winds fresh west turning to south-west in the afternoon.  A steady migration of Gannets out of the Mediterranean was observed from Europa Point , with over 180 birds in an hour, in the late morning. Also seen were 190 Black-headed Gulls, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls resting on the sea offshore, 3 Great Skuas west, 3 Shags heading east, 2 Cormorants in the area, 4 adult Lesser-black-backed Gulls and 2 third-winter and a second- winter Audouin's Gull heading west, a Sandwich Tern, three Serins arriving across the Strait with a Swallow, and a Greenfinch.

 

03 Feb: Mainly overcast with some rain showers and drizzle during the day, clearing in the late afternoon. Winds westerly.

 

An 3rd year Mediterranean Gull with a green colour ring on the left leg, and a metal ring above the tarsus of the right leg, was photographed on the cliff at Europa Point. The ring is not in the right orientation to determine the code, but it is believed to come from the French ringing scheme.

 

A 3rd year Mediterranean Gull at Europa Point cliffs with a french colour ring.      Photo: C. Horrocks.©

 

 

02 Feb:   Cloudy skies as a frontal system sweeps across the Iberian Peninsular, bringing some light drizzle in the late morning and afternoon. Winds fresh west to south-west.   There has been a significant decline in the number of Robins wintering in the Botanic Gardens in the last few days. As weather conditions improved, after the cold snap of last week, there seems to have been a exodus of this species.

 

Single Grey and White Wagtail were present at Commonwealth Park, and the Hooded Crow was back there this morning.

 

01 Feb: Mainly clear skies with a light easterly wind. The Hooded Crow was back at Europa Point.

 

January

 

 

31 Jan:  Cloudy skies with a moderate easterly wind with sunny spells in the late afternoon.

 

Details of the Mediterranean Gull 32A9 have been obtained and it is interesting to note that the bird spent late last year in Gijon, Asturias in Spain and then moved down to the Straits.

 

 


Colour Code of ring Leg Ringing scheme Metal ring Age of bird Ringing date Ringing location Ringer
White 32A9 left Arnhem 3693795 pullus 24/06/2010 De Kreupel Island, Ijsselmeer, Noord-Holland, NL 52,48N 5,14E Majoor, Frank


Sightings for individual: 31111


White 32A9 p 26/02/2013 Playa Benitez, Ceuta, Cádiz, SPAIN 35,53N 5,18W Guirado Moya, Andrea
White 32A9 p 17/12/2014 Playa Benitez, Ceuta, Cádiz, SPAIN 35,53N 5,18W Guirado Moya, Andrea
White 32A9 p 20/12/2014 Punta Bermeja, Ceuta, SPAIN 35,54N 5,21W Rodriguez, Joaquin
White 32A9 p 17/01/2015 Playa Benitez, Ceuta, Cádiz, SPAIN 35,53N 5,18W Rodriguez, Joaquin
White 32A9 v 29/06/2015 Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loir et Cher, France 47,28N 1,1E Rayer, Fabrice
White 32A9 p 07/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 p 07/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Julián Rufino Gómez
White 32A9 p 08/11/2016 Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,38W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 p 08/11/2016 Playa de El Rinconin, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,38W Julián Rufino Gómez
White 32A9 p 18/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 v 22/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 p 25/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 P 26/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Diaz Pallares, Ivan
White 32A9 P 26/11/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 p 04/12/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 v 05/12/2016 Bay of Gijón, Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN 43,32N 5,38W Barrueso Franco, José
White 32A9 p 06/12/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 v 09/12/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 v 09/12/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Julián Rufino Gómez
White 32A9 p 12/12/2016 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN 43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César
White 32A9 p 23/01/2017 Gibraltar, Europa point, GIBRALTAR 36,07N 5,21W Colorado, Alex
White 32A9 v 28/01/2017 Gibraltar, Europa point, GIBRALTAR 36,07N 5,21W Perez, Charles


Total number of sightings : 22

 

30 Jan:  Mainly sunny throughout with some wisps of levanter cloud in the morning over the Rock and town, but soon disappearing in the afternoon. Winds light easterly.  At Europa Point, a Dartford Warbler was present in scrub vegetation, whilst on the foreshore 7 Turnstones were present.

 

29 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. A Griffon Vulture flew south over the Rock, but later returned north and flew into Spain. A Razorbill was present in the Harbour waters.

 

28 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate north-westerly wind. At Europa Point at least 145 Black-headed Gulls were resting and feeding at the Point, and included the ringed Black-headed Gull T39J, and the ringed adult Mediterranean Gull 32A9. In the afternoon, a few Gannets were feeding offshore, but no Black-headed Gulls were present.   o present at Europa Point and Europa foreshore were single White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Common Kestrel and the Hooded Crow.

 

A Common Sandpiper was seen feeding at Western Beach.

 

An Alpine Accentor was seen at the Apes Den.

 

A Barbary Partridge with four chicks was photographed by Richard Harman, on the road leading up from Lathbury towards Jews' Gate. This extraordinary record of such early breeding is unprecedented. The chicks, which appear to be at least four weeks old, must have hatched in late December, and the clutch laid well before that in late November or early December.

 

An extraordinary record of Barbary Partridge with four chicks in winter.      Photo: R. Harman.©

 

 

27 Jan: Cloudy skies with occasional rain showers in the morning clearing by late afternoon and evening. The were single Cormorant, Hooded Crow and a White Wagtail at Commonwealth Park.

 

A Black Kite flew north in the early afternoon as the weather improved.

 

24 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate to fresh west to north-west wind. A Firecrest was observed at the Botanic Gardens, and a Cattle Egret was present at the North Front Cemetery.

 

Cattle Egret at the North Front Cemetery.                     Photo: L. Torres.©

 

 

23 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate west to north-west wind. There were 150 Black-headed Gulls at Europa Point together with an adult and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull. The former was sporting a white colour ring with the letters 32A9 on the left leg and a metal ring on the right leg.

 

Adult Mediterranean Gull with a white colour ring 32A9 on the left leg and a metal ring on the right.     Photos:A. Colorado.©

 

 

22 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly wind turning to north-westerly in the afternoon. The first Black Kite of the season was seen heading north.

 

At least 2 possibly 3 Alpine Accentors were were relocated at St. Michael's Road in the afternoon.

 

Two possibly three Alpine Accentors at St. Michael's at Road.                 Photos: D. Sciacaluga.©

 

The Cormorant was back at the pond in Commonwealth Park feeding on the smaller Koi Carp.

 

The Cormorant, back again at Commonwealth Park, feeding on the Koi Carp.            Photos: J. Sanchez.©

 

20 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate north-westerly wind. A Griffon Vulture was seen heading north over Rock Gun at midday.

 

17 Jan: Clear skies with a light easterly becoming northerly in the afternoon. Two Griffon Vultures flew north over Rock Gun at midday.

 

16 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate and cold easterly wind.  The Hooded Crow was again present at Commonwealth Park, and a Grey Heron and Cormorant were seen over the Harbour.

 

A flock of 8 Greater Flamingoes were seen off Eastern beach at midday heading north-west.

 

A flock of 9 Glossy Ibises flew north over Euopa Point in the afternoon.

 

 

Part of the flock of 9 Glossy Ibises and a crop of the photo.                            Photos: C. Finlayson.©

 

15 Jan: Clear skies with a light easterly.  Only 2 Alpine Accentors remained at the site, where three had been seen the previous day.  Photographers took the opportunity to snap a few pictures, although the birds stayed in the shade by the Charles V Wall.

 

 

One of the three Alpine Accentors seen at the Ape's Den firebreak                        Photo: C. Perez.©

 

The Alpine Accentor at Ape's Den firebreak                                               Photo: J. Sanchez .©

 

The Black-headed Gull T39J was again photographed resting with other gulls at Europa Point.

 

 

Black-headed Gull T39J left of centre.                                                             Photo: C. Perez.©

 

 

White colour ring with black letters T39J on right leg, and Polish metal ring on left leg.       Photo: C. Perez.©

 

 

14 Jan: Clear skies with a light westerly wind becoming light variable and light easterly by the evening. The annual winter bird count took place this morning, in different areas of Gibraltar and results are still being collated. Among the more interesting observations were 5 Firecrests on the Upper Rock, with 3 near the entrance to the Nature Reserve at Mt. Alvernia, and singles at Devil's Gap and Bruce's Farm. Also 3 tame Alpine Accentors were found feeding along the firebreak at the top of the Ape's Den. This species is sometimes encountered in the winter along the upper reaches and ridge of the Rock, but had not been recorded for a few years, so this was a most welcome sight. The Hooded Crow was also present at Commonwealth Park early in the morning, but by mid morning, had flown to its frequent haunts at Europa Point, where it was seen and heard as it called vociferously. Two Thekla Larks were observed at the Europa foreshore in the morning.

 

13 Jan: Mainly clear skies with a fresh westerly wind.  Some of the bird recorders were treated to a visit to the western end of the runway by Trevor Hammond, the airfield supervisor, and a frequent contributor to bird photographs of this area.  We were fortunate to encounter some of the interesting birds found there along the rocky shoreline, as well as the scant vegetation around the perimeter. We saw 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 9 Cormorants, 7 Sandwich Terns, 33 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Crested Larks, 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Meadow Pipits and 2 Linnets.

 

 

 

Another of four Ringed Plovers wintering at the runway.                                      Photo: C. Perez.©

 

One of four Ringed Plovers wintering at the runway.                                      Photo: C. Perez.©

 

 

 

One of three Crested Larks wintering at the runway.                                      Photo: C. Perez.©

 

12 Jan: Mainly clear skies with a moderate easterly.  A picture of the Black-headed Gulls resting on the cliff at Europa Point, revealed a ringed bird, with a white colour ring with the code T39J.

 

Black-headed Gull T39J at Europa Point, back after two years.                       Photo: John Michael Fa.©

 

 

 

 

This bird had been photographed at this site two years ago, on the 24th February 2015 by Yvonne Benting, and had been ringed in in Bulwar, Nadmorski in Poland as a second calander year bird, on the 1st April 2011.Since then it has been seen in Schleswig-Holstein and Valencia, details at http://www.gonhs.org/news.htm#Colour

 

 

 

11 Jan: Mainly clear skies with a light south-westerly wind turning to easterly mid afternoon. An afternoon visit to Windmill Hill to survey wintering birds produced a covey of 8 Barbary Partridges, 8 Feral Pigeons, 2 Blue Rock Thrush, 6 Blackbirds, 8 Stonechats, 24 Black Redstarts, 17 Robins, a Wren, 22 Meadow Pipits, a Zitting Cisticola, 23 Sardinian Warblers, a Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Serin, 2 Chaffinches, 3 Goldfinches, 80 Spotless Starlings and 2 Common Starlings.

 

8 Jan:  Two White Wagtails were present feeding at the tideline at Western Beach. There was another at the Air Terminal, and a further one at Commonwealth Park. The Hooded Crow was perched on a lampost at Wellington Font.

 

The rocks at Little Bay held 8 Cormorants and 2 Shags.

 

At Europa Point 10 Gannets were fishing offshore and 40 Black-headed Gulls were seen below the Point.

A Grey Heron was observed at the western end of the runway.

 

7 Jan: The community of birds at Commonwealth Park included the Hooded Crow, a Grey Wagtail, a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackbirds.

 

6 Jan:  The Hooded Crow and a White Wagtail were present at Commonwealth Park.

 

5 Jan: Eight Cormorants were present at the western end of the runway.

 

3 Jan:  A visit to the western end of the runway produced a good number of wintering birds that included 12 Cormorants, a Black-headed Gull, 6 Sandwich Terns, and single Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit and a Black Redstart.

2016

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Soaring Birds Spring Table 2016

 

December

 

30 Dec: A Razorbill was present inside the harbour waters.

 

The Razorbill inside the Harbour waters.                                                         Photo: A. Yome.©

 

 

 

11 Dec: A Cormorant found rich pickings at the Commonwealth Park pond, where it proceed to hunt the Koi Carp.

 

The Cormorant at the pond at Commonwealth Park.                                         Photo: J. Sanchez .©

 

 

 

 

 

The Cormorant with a recently caught Koi Carp.