Why is the Wryneck so called?

The Wryneck gets its name from the ability to turn its head from side to side and back and forth in the manner of a snake.  This ability is thought to imitate a snake, to deter predators from their nest.  They will also assume this habit when held in the hand.  See our video

The Wryneck Jynx torquilla is a member of the Woodpecker family of birds.  It has a large head, compared to its body, and a very long tongue, used to extract insect prey from crevices.  Like all Woodpeckers, it has the curiosity of having two front forward-pointing toes and two backward pointing ones; unlike all birds with three forward and one back.

 

This one was trapped at the Gibraltar Bird Observatory where it was measured, ringed and released; not before exhibiting its characteristic head-twisting feature.

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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