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Recent Sightings January 2023

31 Jan:  Some easterly cloud in the morning clearing by midday.  Winds moderate easterly.

There was a gathering of 27 Cormorants on the western end of the runway.

The 27 Cormorants resting at the western end of the runway.                                                                J. Sanchez


A watch from Juan Carlos promenade produced five Gannets, two Cormorants, a Shag, a Peregrine, three Chiffchaffs and two Sardinian Warblers.

At Europa Point, in the afternoon, there were eight Gannets, two Cormorants, 50 Black-headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls, two Black Redstarts and a Meadow Pipit.  An evening watch saw 10 Gannets, 10 Cormorants, a Shag, 12 Black-headed Gulls, three Mediterranean Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and a Black Redstart.



30 Jan:  Cloud from the east in a fresh easterly wind.

An evening watch at Rosia Bay produced eight Gannets, two Cormorants, four Sandwich Terns, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Peregrine and four Razorbills. A Puffin was attacked and killed by Yellow-legged Gulls at Europa Point.


29 Jan: Overcast skies with cloud form the east and some levanter cloud over the Rock.  An isolated shower in the morning.  Winds moderate easterly.

 There were seven Cormorants and three Shags at the rocks at Little Bay. A Whimbrel and a Razorbill were seen at Camp Bay and nine Turnstones were present on the rocks at Europa foreshore.

A Great Tit was present at Trafalgar Cemetery.


28 Jan:  Clear skies in a moderate northerly wind. 

A morning visit to Europa Point produced eight Gannets, a Shag, two Cormorants, 162 Black-headed Gulls, three Mediterranean Gulls, an adult Kittiwake and a Sandwich Tern.

There were four Cormorants and a Shag on the rocks at Little Bay.

Rosia bay held a Sandwich Tern and two Collared Doves, and Camp & Little Bays held two Gannets, two Shags, an Audouin's Gull, three Sandwich Terns, a Common Sandpiper, nine Chiffchaffs, five Sardinian Warblers and two Blue Rock Thrushes.



27 Jan:  Clear skies with a light northerly wind.

A Common Sandpiper was present at Camp bay and a Siskin was observed near the Botanic gardens entrance.

 Again northerlies prevented a good catch.

Species New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blackcap 8 2 10
Sardinian Warbler   1 1
Song Thrush 1   1
Greenfinch 1   1
Total 11 3 14



26 Jan:  Cloudy in the morning with some light showers but sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds north-westerly.

Three Long-tailed Tits were observed on Engineer Road near the entrance to the Nature Reserve.

Managed a while before rains and windy conditions ended the session.

Species New Retrap Total
Blackcap 5 1 6
Sardinian Warbler   3 3
Robin   1 1
Black Redstart 2   2
Total 7 5 12


25 Jan:  Overcast skies with showers from the east.  Winds moderate easterly.

Some shorebirds were observed around the coastline including the Little Egret at the GSLA Pavilion, a Whimbrel at Little Bay, and Sanderling and Common Sandpiper at Western Beach.

A Firecrest was seen along Queen's Road close to Jews' Gate.

Some more nets opened in a gusty northerly produced the following:-

Species New Retrap Total
Blackcap 10 1 11
Sardinian Warbler 1 1 2
Robin 4 2 6
Black Redstart 1   1
Greenfinch 3   3
Total 19 4 23



22 Jan:  Clear skies with a northerly wind.

A visit to Witham's Cemetery turned up two Blue Tits, four Sardinian Warblers, four Blackbirds, nine Collared Doves and five Chaffinches.

Two Gannets, and single Shag and Sandwich Tern were seen off Little Bay.



21 Jan:  Clear skies with a light north-westerly.

An afternoon watch at the first outing of the year proved fruitful with 262 Balearic Shearwaters, a constant flow of Gannets out of the Mediterranean, four Cormorants, five Shags, five Mediterranean Gulls, 80 Black-headed Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, two Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.

Highlights of the Winter Bird Count included a Shelduck at Western Beach, a Little Egret at Camp Bay, Grey Herons at Rosia and Little Bays two Long-tailed Tits along Engineer Road and two Firecrests along Queen's Road in the Nature Reserve and  Dartford Warblers on Windmill Hill and the Europa Point area, among other common wintering species.

Immature Shelduck at Western Beach.                                                                              T. Finlayson. 



20 Jan:  Cloudy with some sunny spells and some light showers with drizzle form the west.  Winds moderate westerly becoming north-westerly mid afternoon as skies began to clear.

A flock of 30 Flamingoes flew north along the east of the Rock.

A mid afternoon seawatch at Europa Point produced 24 Gannets, a Cormorant, three Shags, 60 Black-headed Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, three Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel heading east.

A Dartford Warbler was observed along the cliff at Europa Advance Road.

A mornings ringing with a few nets produced the following:-

Species New Retrap Total
Blackcap 6 1 7
Song Thrush 1   1
Robin 1 1 2
Black Redstart 1   1
Greenfinch 1   1
Total 10 2 12



19 Jan: Clear skies in a very cold and moderate to fresh westerly wind.  

An evening watch at Europa point produced 11 Gannets, three Cormorants, 28 Black-headed Gulls, three Audouin's Gulls, three Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.

Two Robins were ringed at the Observatory.



18 Jan:  Clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds moderate northerlies.

An afternoon visit to Europa point produced 32 Balearic Shearwaters, 16 Gannets, five Cormorants, three Shags, 14 Black-headed Gulls, two Audouin's Gulls, two Sandwich terns, four House Martins and a Black Redstart.

A slow start to the ringing campaign using only pond nets due to northerly winds.

Species New Retrap Total
Blackcap 7   7
Robin   1 1
Black Redstart 1   1
Total 8 1 9


17 Jan:  Overcast skies with a few sunny spells and light showers.  Winds moderate westerly.

A flock of 20 White Storks flew north in the early afternoon.


15 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.

Little Bay rocks held a Cormorant, seven Shags, and offshore a Gannet and four Sandwich Tern.

There were 65 Black-headed Gulls at Europa Point, and at the western end of the runway there were some Gannets and Sandwich Terns offshore, the Osprey was there as were six Meadow Pipits and a Blue Rock Thrush.


14 Jan:  Levanter cloud over the Rock in a light easterly wind.  Clear skies in the afternoon.

A Razorbill was picked up at Sandy Bay.

A beached Razorbill which unfortunately did no survive.                                                      J. Mesilio.



13 Jan: Mainly clear skies with high cloud and a light northerly wind.

An early morning visit to Europa Point produced eight Gannets heading out of the Mediterranean, a Cormorant, two Shags, 12 Black-headed Gulls, two immature Mediterranean Gulls heading into the Bay, a Sandwich Tern and a Razorbill.  Also in the area, a Sardinian Warbler, a Black Redstart, a Stonechat, two Meadow Pipits and two Greenfinches.

An afternoon visit to Camp & Little Bays held three Gannets, a Cormorant, seven Shags heading east, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, two Sandwich Terns and three Razorbills.



12 Jan: Cloudy with levanter  over the Rock, town and harbour but with sunny spells away from the Rock.  Winds moderate to fresh easterly.

A morning visit to Western beach found 30 Black-headed Gulls and a Sandwich Tern on the western end of the runway, and a Sanderling on the beach.

There were 20 Crag Martins roosting at Harbour Views and they left by 10:30.  The GSLA Pavilion held a Cormorant, a Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, and single Blackcap, Chiffchaff and two Black Redstarts.



11 Jan:  Clear skies in a moderate westerly wind.

An afternoon visit to Europa Point produced 10 Gannets, a Shag, four Cormorants, seven Black-headed Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Audouin's Gulls and two Sandwich Terns.  Also seen a Kestrel.


08 Jan:  A Sparrowhawk was observed over Tovey Cottage.

An morning watch at Europa Point produced the following:-

Gannet 12
Shag 3
Cormorant 2
Black-headed Gull 34
Audouin’s Gull 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Sandwich Tern 4
Razorbill 1
Chiffchaff 1
Black Redstart 2


There was an adult Kittiwake at the Small Boats Marina.




07 Jan:  Some cloud with the remnants of levanter cloud in the morning dissipating as winds turned light and variable and to westerly in the afternoon. 

A Dartford Warbler was seen at Little Bay among other wintering birds.

An afternoon watch at Europa Point produced the following:-

Balearic Shearwater 6
Gannet 11
Shag 2
Cormorant 4
Turnstone 1
Black-headed Gull 61
Audouin’s Gull 1
Sandwich Tern 4
Razorbill 1
Black Redstart 2




06 Jan:  A Razorbill was seen off Small Boats Marina, and two more were observed off Camp bay.



01 Jan: Clear skies in the morning with westerly cloud covering the skies as from midday with some slight drizzle.

A morning visit to Europa Point produced two Balearic Shearwaters, six Gannets, a Little Egret, 75 Black-headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls, six Razorbills and a Sandwich Tern.

The Sparrowhawk was seen again over Windmill Hill.