Recent Sightings June 2023
30 June: Clear skies with a moderate south westerly wind but fresh in the Strait. Winds changed to west-north-west in the Strait and then westerly later on.
A 20min watch at Europa point produced three Audouin's Gulls and five Mediterranean Gulls, four adults and a juvenile).
In the afternoon there were three Cory's Shearwaters, seven Balearic Shearwaters, a Honey Buzzard, five Audouin's Gull, five Black-headed Gulls and five Mediterranean Gulls.
Adult Mediterranean Gull at Europa Point. C. Perez
29 June: Mainly clear skies with Saharan dust. Winds light northerly with south-westerly in the Strait.
The five Ravens were seen over Middle Hill, and an early Hoopoe was seen close to the Crematorium along Europa Advance road.
28 June: Mainly clear skies with some Saharan dust in the atmosphere. Winds negligible with a light southerly breeze in the afternoon. Sea very calm in the Strait.
A Spotted Flycatcher was heard from the upper Mount gardens and a Nightingale was heard further up along Engineer Road.
27 June: Clear skies with a light easterly wind.
A Robin was seen at Trafalgar cemetery, and a Puffin was observed offshore on the east side of the Rock.
26 June: Clear skies with a moderate easterly wind.
Five Ravens were seen over Catalan bay, and Spotted Flycatchers were present at the Convent garden and the Trafalgar Cemetery.
24 June: Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour clearing somewhat by midday to give sunny spells. Winds moderate easterly.
A flock of five Glossy Ibises flew west past Europa Point and headed into the Bay.
23 June: Clear skies in the morning becoming cloudy with levanter cloud over the Rock, town and Harbour. Winds moderate to fresh easterly.
Two Jackdaws were observed in the vicinity of the Moorish castle.
21 June: Cloudy skies in the morning with a light drizzle at 09:00hrs, clearing by midday to give clear skies and sunny spells. Winds west-northwest, becoming westerly by the afternoon.
A four hour watch at Europa Point produced 15 Cory's Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, three Shags, 44 Gannets (42 first summer and two second /summer), five Audouin's Gulls, a Swallow, a Griffon Vulture, four Booted Eagles, and a Swallow.
In the afternoon a further 30 Cory's Shearwaters were feeding offshore, a first summer Gannet, eight Audouin,s Gulls an adult Black-headed Gull, three Gull-billed Terns and two Booted Eagles.
Most Audouin's Gulls passing through are non breeding second year birds in active primary moult. C. Perez
20 June: Mainly clear skies with a moderate westerly but fresh in the Strait.
A report of a Griffon Vulture downed by gulls on the rubble mound on the east side of the Rock.
Robin present at Commonwealth park.
19 June: Westerly cloud with some sunny spells in the morning brightening in the afternoon. Winds moderate westerly but fresh in the Strait.
A morning watch from Europa Point produced a Cattle Egret, 30 Cory's Shearwaters, eight Balearic Shearwaters, three Gannets, two Audouin,s Gulls, a Honey Buzzard, four Booted Eagles, 10 Black Kites, two Swallows and a Serin.
Cattle Egret past Europa Point. C. Perez.
Around midday a flurry of raptors included a first summer plumage Egyptian Vulture, a Short-toed Eagle, five Booted Eagles and 31 Black Kites.
In the afternoon a Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen at Europa Point.
18 June: Overcast skies with light showers in the morning, and heavy around midday with some hail. Winds moderate westerly.
Just a single Audouin's Gull seen at Europa Point.
17 June: Clear skies with a moderate easterly wind.
An hours watch at Europa point in the morning produced 11 Gannets, all first summer birds, 12 Cory's Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, five Audouin's Gulls all adults with four east and one west, three Swallows, a Serin and a Greenfinch.
A Spotted Flycatcher was heard around Couvreport Battery area.
An hours watch from Europa point mid afternoon produced three Cory's Shearwaters, three Gannets, five Audouin's Gulls, and single Mediterranean Gull and Black-headed Gull.
16 June: Mainly clear skies with some high cloud in the evening. Winds moderate easterly.
A Spotted Flycatcher was heard singing at Commonwealth Park.
14 June: Clear skies with a fresh west to south-westerly in the Strait.
A morning watch at Europa Point was not productive with only four Gannets and 13 Cory's Shearwaters. Five Ravens were seen together over the Rock.
13 June: Clear skies in a moderate west to north-westerly wind.
A Black Kite was observed over Europa point, and two Booted Eagles were seen in the evening; one around Rosia and the other the northern end of the Rock. A Griffon Vulture landed on the cliffs around Europa Point and was harrassed by gulls.
Five Ravens were seen over the Rock in the afternoon.
12 June: High cloud in the morning with hazy sunshine clearing in the afternoon. Winds moderate to fresh westerly in the Strait.
A two hour watch in the morning at Europa point produced five Cory's Shearwaters, eight Balearic Shearwaters, 10 Slender-billed Gulls, an adult Black-headed Gull, two Gull-billed Terns, 5 Swallows, a Serin, a Booted Eagle and a Black Kite. in the early afternoon only one Cory's Shearwater and seven Audouin's Gull, all second year birds, were observed. Also seen was one Black Kite and a Hobby. Three Honey Buzzards were observed heading north over the Rock in the late evening.
A late afternoon watch at Europa Point produced another 10 Audouin's Gulls and a Black-headed Gull.
11 June: Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud. Winds westerly but moderate westerly in the Strait.
A morning watch at Europa Point produced two Gannets, 10 Cory's Shearwaters, 36 Balearic Shearwaters, four Shags, 15 Glossy Ibises, 10 Audouin's Gulls, three Slender-billed Gulls, a Sandwich Tern, two Booted Eagles, 12 Black Kites, seven Swallows and three Serins.
Part of the flock of Glossy ibises at Europa Point. C. Perez
Distant shot of the three Slender-billed Gulls. C. Perez
In the afternoon a Griffon Vulture was rescued from the sea, and is now in the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre. Another made it north. Also seen were two Short-toed Eagles and two Booted Eagles.
One of the Griffon Vultures on migration this afternoon. C. Perez
10 June Clear skies with some high cloud. Winds moderate to fresh westerly to south-westerly in the Strait.
Around midday a flock of 15 Griffon Vultures flew north over the Rock. One drowned and another was taken to the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre.
09 June: Levanter cloud over the Rock in the morning clearing in the afternoon. Winds light easterly.
The local breeding Ravens reared two young birds which took flight today.
06 June: Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour thickning during the afternoon and becoming totally overcast in the evening with light drizzle. Winds moderate easterly.
A Booted Eagle was seen over the southern end of the Rock. A Robin and two Spotted Flycatchers were observed at Commonwealth park.
04 June: Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour but clear elsewhere. Winds moderate easterly.
Robins are present at the Botanic Gardens and Commonwealth park. Spotted Flycatchers back in residence at the Botanic gardens.
03 June: Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with cloud over the surrounding district but clearing in the afternoon to give sunny spells.
A female Golden Oriole was observed around Jews' Gate. A White Wagtail was seen at Europa point. Four Great Tits were observed at the Convent Gardens.
02 June: Levanter cloud over the Rock dissipating mid morning to give sunny intervals. Winds moderate easterly.
A Spotted Flycatcher was present at Commonwealth Park.
01 June: Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with increasing high cloud during the afternoon and evening. Winds moderate easterly.
Single Robins were reported from Commonwealth Park and Campion Park.
There was a Booted Eagle over Rock Gun.