EuroBirdwatch 2017 (part 2)

The second part of EuroBirdwatch took place on Saturday 7th October during the morning.  Ringer in residence, Ray Marsh, was at the event ringing birds caught at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens to show to members of the public.

EuroBirdwatch is BirdLife International’s biggest birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia and works to raise awareness of issues relating to bird migration and promotes efforts to save threatened bird species and their habitats. It is an opportunity for the public to explore birds and see bird migration in action. 

On display was a Red-necked Nightjar which has been ringed up at Jew's Gate the night before and brought to the Gardens to show to members of the public. The ringing session was affected by blustery conditions with 13 birds ringed including two Eurasian Reed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, two Blackcaps, two Blackbirds, a Sardinian Warbler and 5 House Sparrows. During the morning we saw an impressive flock of hirundines over the Rock with an estimate count of at least over 1000 birds that included Barn Swallows, Red-rumped Swallows, House Martins and Crag Martins.

Also present was the team from the GONHS Raptor Rehabilitation Unit with various birds of prey on display.

 

Members of GONHS had also set up a moth trap with live moths that had been captured during the night.  Some lovely moths were present including the Pine Processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) and a stunning Discrete Chaperon (Cymbalophora pudica), a member of the family Erebidae. The moth display proved popular with the children who also got to hold some of the moths before they flew off.      

The Minister for Education, Heritage, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and GONHS member Dr John Cortes was also there to lend his support to the event.  The event was well attended with many families with young children turning up to watch the bird ringing and raptors.

 

Pied Flycatcher in the hand (photo Franz Josef Odinius)
Pied Flycatcher in the hand (photo Franz Josef Odinius)
Reed Warbler in the hand (Photo Franz Josef Odinius)
Reed Warbler in the hand (Photo Franz Josef Odinius)
Red-necked Nightjar
Red-necked Nightjar
Ray Marsh with Red-necked Nightjar
Ray Marsh with Red-necked Nightjar
Vincent Robba with the Eagle Owl
The Raptor Unit's Vincent Robba with the Eagle Owl
Cymbalophora pudica
The Discrete Chaperon Cymbalophora pudica
Thaumetopoea pityocampa
The Pine Processionary Thaumetopoea pityocampa
Charlie Perez showing moths to the children
Charlie Perez showing moths to the children

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

A Barn Swallow, ringed at the Bird Observatory at Jews' Gate, was found in Chibia, Angola.  The Swallow, ringed on the 16th October 2017, flew into the window of a house in the town of Chibia in Angola on the 20th March 2018.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring is now well underway, and with it comes a spectacular display of flowering plants on the Rock.

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Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

It was a glorious day as we set off towards La Janda a convoy of 4 cars with 12 eager birders and hopeful photographers.

First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1  Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.

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Seabird Outing success

Seabird Outing success

The Seabird Outing  to Europa Point was very enjoyable, with over 20 people in attendance throughout the afternoon, including some avid photographers, among which were John Sanchez and Albert Yome who led the outing, and Tommy Finlayson, Jason Mesilio, Shane Shacaluga and Trevor Hammond; all kitted out with their telephoto lenses at the ready. 

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Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

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Flora of Gibraltar website

Flora of Gibraltar website

The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens together with GONHS launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project yesterday.

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Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

'Harry', one of the Griffon Vultures that was rescued from the sea in May and was tagged and fitted with a GPS tracker as part of VULTURE TRACK, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday.

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