January 2019 sightings

29 Jan:  A visit in the afternoon to Europa Point produced 73 Black-headed Gulls 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 7 Ruddy Turnstones feeding at the foreshore.

Adult Mediterranean Gull with black feathering beginning to appear on the head.                                       Photo:  J. Sanchez


28 Jan:  Cloudy with some sunny periods.  "Winds fresh north-westerly.  The Magpie was spotted in trees outside Queensway Quay.


26 Jan:  Clear skies with light north-westerly winds.  At Europa Point there were around 160 Black-headed Gulls feeding and resting on the cliffs below the Point.  Among them was a Black-headed Gull with the colour ring T39J, and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.

Also a single Raven over the southern end of the Rock.


24 Jan:  Clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds fresh westerly.  Two Ravens were seen over the top of the Rock. Five White Storks were seen heading north in the morning.


23 Jan:  Cloudy skies with a few sunny intervals.  Winds strong north-westerly.  Five Black Kites were observed arriving across the Strait and heading north.


19 Jan:  Cloudy skies with a fresh north-westerly wind.  Some rain showers in the area.  The outing held at Europa Point in the afternoon recorded several Gannets offshore feeding and heading out of the Mediterranean.  Also small numbers of Balearic Shearwaters heading into the Med, with about 200 Black-headed Gulls feeding below the Point and resting on the cliff.  A Mediterranean Gull was also present, and the occasional Shags, Cormorant and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also observed.  Of interest was a flock of 10 House Martins arriving across the Strait and heading north.

9 Jan:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind.  A Grey Heron was seen on rocks below the 100 ton Gun, and at dusk two more were seen flying south past the detached Mole.


6 Jan:  Clear skies with a warm and light easterly breeze.  A Grey Heron was spotted flying along the Foreshore.


5 Jan:  Mainly clear skies with a light easterly wind.  The Magpie was seen on a Cypress tree at the Bishop Fitzgerald School, and was later spotted in the garden of the Calpe Rowing Club.

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