Recent Sightings January 2022

31 Jan:  At the levanter cloud left us to a clear skies with a light westerly wind.

A Sparrowhawk was seen at Windmill Hill.  The Grey Heron was sitting on the rocks below Europa Point.

There were 13 Cormorants seen from Western beach. A further six Cormorants were observed at Eastern beach. In the afternoon there were six Gannets, two Cormorants, a Shag, 160 Black-headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls, two Audouin's Gulls and a Sandwich Tern.  Later on a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Kittiwake together with five Sandwich Terns were seen at this site.


30 Jan:  Mainly clear skies with some high cloud.  Winds moderate to light easterly.


29 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds moderate easterly.

A count between Camp bay and Rosia bay produced 18 Gannets, two Cormorants, five Shags, two Common Sandpipers, five Black-headed Gulls, three Mediterranean Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, and three Sandwich Terns.


Common Sandpiper by waterfall at Camp bay.                                                        R. Perez



28 Jan:  Heavy levanter cloud over the Strait, Rock, town and harbour in a fresh easterly wind.

An adult Little Gull was seen off Little bay, and a Common Sandpiper was seen feeding by the waterfall by the Nuffield Pool.



27 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, and cloudy to the north over Spain, but sunny in the south District and the Strait this morning.  Winds strong easterly with very strong gusts at Europa Point.

A visit to Europa point in the morning produced 8 Gannets, 22 Balearic Shearwaters, a Great Skua, two Cormorants, a Shag, 130 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Mediterranean Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, three Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.  At least 11 Cormorants resting on rocks at Little bay.

In the afternoon about 20 Gannets and plenty of Yellow-legged Gulls following a pod of dolphins feeding off Europa Point.  Still plenty of Black-headed Gulls below the Point with some Mediterranean Gulls, but the most interesting observation was a steady passage of Balearic Shearwaters heading east with 110 counted in 5 minutes.

The Wryneck was seen again at the Botanic Gardens.



25 Jan:  Overcast skies with light drizzle in the morning with a weather warning for strong to gale force winds in the afternoon.

A visit to Camp bay produced 14 Gannets, single Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel and Kingfisher and four Sandwich Terns.



24 Jan:  Overcast skies with a fresh to strong easterly wind.  Some light drizzle throughout the morning.

A Wryneck was seen and photographed at the Botanic Gardens.  At Camp Bay there were nine Gannets, seven Cormorants, two Shags, and a Sandwich Tern.

Wryneck at the Botanic Gardens.                                                          J Mesilio.


Among resident birds at Commonwealth Park, there were four Blue Tits, five Robins, two Black Redstarts, a Chiffchaff, nine Blackbirds, three Blackcaps and three Chaffinches.


23 Jan:  Overcast skies with a fresh easterly wind.

A visit to Rosia bay produced four Gannets, three Shags, two Cormorants, two Sandwich Terns and two Kingfishers.


One of two Sandwich Terns at Camp bay.                                                       R. Perez.


22 Jan:   Overcast skies with a  fresh to strong easterly wind.

The Iberian Magpie was observed again in the Vineyards area, and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen at a roost of Yellow Legged Gulls on the Sand Slopes.

There was a Grey Heron at Little Bay and three Sandwich Terns feeding there.


21 Jan:  Heavy levanter cloud with some sunny periods early in the morning but winds increasing from moderate to a fresh easterly wind.

The Jackdaw was seen at Moorish Castle estate.


19 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in fresh easterly winds.

A Razorbill was seen by the GSLA pool.


16 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with further cloud over the Strait.  Winds fresh easterly.

There was a Firecrest at Commonwealth Park among other wintering and resident birds.


15 Jan: Overcast skies with a moderate easterly wind.

A visit to Europa point in the afternoon produced 22 Gannets, 18 Balearic Shearwaters, two Cormorants, 130 Black-headed Gulls, three Mediterranean Gulls and a Grey Heron.  Among the Black-headed Gulls was the one with the white colour ring with the letters T39J that has been wintering at Europa Point for the last 12 years.


Black-headed Gull with white colour ring T39J first seen at Europa Point as a 1st/w 12 years ago.


12 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in fresh easterly winds. 

Two Turnstones and  a Grey Heron were observed along the South Mole in the evening.  Also a Common Sandpiper on the rocks by the runway.


11 Jan:  Clear skies early in the morning, but fresh easterlies bring in levanter cloud and some light drizzle by midday.  Remaining cloudy throughout the afternoon.  Winds fresh easterly.

A total of 51 Balearic Shearwaters were counted in five minutes from Europa Advance Road.



10 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind in the morning becoming strong westerly in the afternoon.  An hours watch at Europa point saw 18 Gannets and 11 Balearic Shearwaters west, two Shags east, 50 Black-headed Gulls, five Mediterranean Gulls (one ad, four st/w) and an Audouin's Gull 2nd/w.  Later on in the afternoon there were  16 Gannets, 49 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, an Audouin's Gull,  four Sandwich Terns and three Lesser Crested Terns


One of three Lesser Crested Terns seen at Europa Point.                 R. Perez


09 Jan:  Clear skies with a light northerly wind in the Bay but light south-westerly at Europa Point becoming moderate to fresh in the Strait.

A morning watch at Europa Point produced 35 Balearic Shearwaters heading west, 25 Gannets in the area, a Shag, a Cormorant, a Common Sandpiper, 180 Black-headed Gulls, five Mediterranean Gulls, an Audouin's Gull,  and six Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Also one Meadow Pipit on the mound.


08 Jan:  Cloudy skies in a moderate to light easterly, becoming light and variable in clear skies in the afternoon.

The Iberian Magpie was observed again in the Vineyards area.

An afternoon watch at Europa point produced 22 Balearic Shearwaters, 60 Razorbills and a few Puffins, together with some Gannets and Black-headed Gulls feeding off the Point.


07 Jan:  A Sparrowhawk was seen over Windmill Hill.  Another record total of 26,945 Crag Martins were counted from Europa Advance Road


06 Jan: An Osprey was seen over the airfield.


05 Jan:  An Osprey was observed along the east side of the Rock.


02 Jan:  Overcast skies with a moderate to light levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, but some sunny spells in the afternoon when winds dropped to light variable.

Another count at the Crag Martin roost from Europa Advance Road produced another spectacular record count of 24,312 birds and a Swallow.

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