July 2018 Sightings
31 Jul: Clear skies with a light easterly wind. The Song Thrush was seen again at the Botanic Gardens.
30 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind. Hundreds of Black Kites flew south over the Rock.
28 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind. A visit to Europa Point in the afternoon produced a good migration of seabirds heading out of the Mediterranean and included 5 Cory's Shearwaters, an adult Gannet, a Black-headed Gull, 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls, a third-summer Lesser black-backed Gull, 28 adult, a first-summer and 23 juvenile Audouin's Gulls and an Oystercatcher. Also seen were 5 Black Kites heading south.
25 Jul: Clear skies with a westerly wind. The three pairs of Spotted Flycatchers continued in the Alameda Gardens and Trafalgar Cemetery, with three fledgings at the latter site. 56 Black Kites seen flying south at 16:00.
13 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind. Another pair of Spotted Flycatchers were seen to be feeding a recently fledged bird at the Trafalgar Cemetery, with the possibility of another pair there. A Robin was also present there. This constitutes three successful pairs this year with a bird also seen in the Convent Gardens.
12 Jul: Clear skies with a light westerly wind. The pair of Spotted Flycatchers from the Dragon Tree fledged one young and were seen feeding the chick.
11 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. The Song Thrush was present in the Botanic Gardens. A pair of Spotted Flycatchers were seen feeding one fledging in the vicinity of the Open Air Theatre at the Botanic Gardens. The nest of the other pair waslocated in the stump of a Dragon Tree.
10 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind. The Griffon Vulture that was rescued in June was released in the afternoon by the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit.
Vincent Robba, Gilbert Gonzalez and Denis Federico about to release the Griffon Vulture. Photo: S Shacaluga.
The Griffon Vulture with Satellite tag on its back just visible. Photo: S. Shacaluga.
06 Jul: Clear skies with a light easterly wind. The Song Thrush was still present in the gardens and was taking a bath in the pond at the Dell of the Botanic Gardens.
05 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. A Booted Eagle was seen over the Rock in the afternoon.
03 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate westerly to south-westerly wind. A Short-toed Eagle arrived across the Strait and was chased by the Yellow-legged Gulls and a Peregrine as it flew north.