EuroBirdwatch 2017

The first leg of our EuroBirdwatch 2017 events took place on Sunday 1st October at Europa Point. 

Seawatching was very productive, with over 300 Cory’s Shearwaters seen feeding off the point.  These were chasing flying fish in association with Common Dolphins and Bluefin Tuna.  They were joined by a small number of Scopoli’s Shearwaters (3 or 4 identified positively), 4 Balearic Shearwaters and a Great Shearwater that gave good views, sitting on the sea close to the point before flying away.  There was a small passage of Sandwich Terns, with 10 birds flying west and 2 joining a flock of 20 Black-headed Gulls below the point, where a Great Cormorant was fishing.  A Common Tern and 3 Audouin’s Gulls (2 adults and a juvenile) also flew west.  Passage of Northern Gannets into the Mediterranean involved 11 adults and 2 2nd year birds.  4 Great Skuas were active in the area, often chasing Cory’s Shearwaters.  A dark-phase Arctic Skua chased a Sandwich Tern until the latter dropped its prey.  A Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers were seen below the point.  One of the resident Peregrines flew in from the Strait carrying a large prey item that could have been a wader.

Black-headed Gulls
                                                                                                                                                         Black-headed Gulls on the cliffs below Europa Point
Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

On Sat 13th April, we arrived at the Brazo del Este at around 7am, having left Gibraltar at 4:30.  It was still dark, but the growing sound of birds told us that the sun would rise soon. 

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Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

This outing, which took place on Saturday the 30th March was originally planned to cover Mediterranean Steps but, due to gale force levanter wind, we decided to avoid the east side and concentrate on the more sheltered west side of the Rock.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

The outing to La Janda on Saturday 16th February was productive despite the very strong winds.

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Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

 The following statement was read out by GONHS General Secretary, Dr Keith Bensusan at the meeting of the Development and Planning Commission on 1th February 2019:

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Purple Sandpiper rescued

Purple Sandpiper rescued

A Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) was rescued from Sandy Bay beach  after being found entangled in discarded fishing line. 

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Wintering Seabirds Outing

Wintering Seabirds Outing

Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.

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EuroBirdwatch 2018

EuroBirdwatch 2018

GONHS celebrated the 25th EuroBirdwatch last weekend, a Europe-wide event organised by BirdLife International to highlight bird migration and conservation.  The event has been celebrated in Gibraltar every year since 1993, when it began.  

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GONHS at BirdFair

GONHS at BirdFair

The Society was represented by our hard-working council member Jill Yeoman, at the Bird Fair held at Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, Oakham from the 17th - 19th August. 

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