Spotted Flycatchers breed successfully

Two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers bred successfully in Gibraltar.  One was located at the Trafalgar Cemetery, where they raised two young, while the other pair bred near the Theatre area of the Botanic Gardens and were seen throughout the last few weeks feeding just one chick, but a few days ago two were seen together.

The chick at the Botanic Gardens was photographed by our keen GONHS member and photographer Franz Josef Odinius, who captured a good still of the chick perched on the monument of Molly Bloom.

 

 

 

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher

 Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher on the Molly Bloom statue at the Botanic Gardens.                                                                                     Photo: F.J. Odinius
 An photo earlier in the week. Note the pale feathering which turned buff by this week.                                                             Photo: F.J. Odinius.

 Another keen member, Yvonne Henwood saw the two chicks being fed in the Trafalgar Cemetery where they are now flying successfully and are nearly ready to depart south to their wintering quarters in Africa.

Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

This summer the Botanic Gardens have installed a number of butterfly feeding tables, which have been a great success.  

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Membership payment now available online

Membership payment now available online

We are pleased to annnounce that online payments for new membership and renewals are available on our Members page.

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Egyptian Vulture Rescued

Egyptian Vulture Rescued

A juvenile Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) was handed in to vet Mark Pizarro, having been found in a weakened state around Laguna Estate.

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Kentish Plover recorded again after decades

Kentish Plover recorded again after decades

A juvenile Kentish Plover was seen and photographed on the rocks at the western end of the runway by Trevor Hammond.  This is the first time the species has been recorded again in Gibraltar after several decades.  

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Ravens Return to Gibraltar

Ravens Return to Gibraltar

Various reports were received over the long weekend concerning sightings of Ravens Corvus corax over the Upper Rock.

There had been a pair of this species in Gibraltar until relatively recently (we need to check our records, although breeding was never recorded).

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Dumping at the Europa Foreshore

Dumping at the Europa Foreshore

The Europa Foreshore is a designated part of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.  Bart Van Thienen has been working in this area in collaboration with GONHS for the last five years clearing the area of rubble and waste, and clearing invasive species of plants such as the Prickly Pear Opuntia ficus-indica, the Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis and the Century plant Agave americana.  He has done a great job in restoring the area to a natural surrounding, and has begun to restore the Gibraltar Sea Lavender Limonium emarginatum, by planting seedlings in various areas within the site.

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Seabird Migration underway at Europa Point

Seabird Migration underway at Europa Point

In the last few weeks seabird migration has got underway at Europa Point, with birds migrating west out of the Mediterranean close inshore.  The best weather conditions are usually westerly winds, although even during easterlies birds will be seen.  The afternoon is the best time to watch from this site as the light is favourable, and the birds pass close providing suitable conditions for good photography opportunities.

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Resident Birds fare well in the heatwave

Resident Birds fare well in the heatwave

Over the last few weeks Europe has experienced a severe heatwave named 'Lucifer'.  Gibraltar did not escape the ravages of the high temperatures, but fared better than inland areas in Spain.  Temperatures increased daily with the highest recorded so far 35oC on the 7th August.  

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