June 2017 Sightings



30 Jun:  Another Spotted Flycatcher was heard from Rock Cottage.  This may indicate several pairs nesting in the south District.  Two Honey Buzzards and 2 Short-toed Eagles arrived across the Strait and flew north over the Rock.


29 Jun:  A Little Egret was seen flying north alongside the North Mole.  Single Spotted Flycatchers were present at the Botanic Gardens and in the Trafalgar Cemetery.


26 Jun:  A Razorbill, a very unseasonal sighting, was observed swimming inside the harbour waters.


25 Jun:  An Alpine Swift was observed in flight over Windmill Hill.


24 Jun:  Two Hoopoes were seen on the road at the top of the Rock.


06 Jun: Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind. A Griffon Vulture flew north low over the Botanic Gardens chased by Yellow-legged Gulls.


05 Jun: Clear skies with a light westerly wind. A Robin was heard from the Trafalgar cemetery.


04 Jun: Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind. Around midday several raptors flew across the Strait and over the Rock and included 25 Honey Buzzards, a Black Kite, 5 Griffon Vultures, 4 Egyptian Vultures, 2 Short-toed Eagles and 2 Booted Eagles.


Two Griffon Vultures, one that was recovered from the sea on the 30 April, and the other on the 29th May, were fitted with wing tags, KX and KY, the former with a gps transmitter, and were released this afternoon. Details of KX's movements will be reported on this page.


 Griffon Vulture KX

                                Griffon Vulture KX ready for take-off.                                 Photo: J. Sanchez.                                                                    


02 Jun: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. The Barbary Partridge reintroduction programme carried out two years ago has been a great success, with numerous sightings of family parties seen within the Nature Reserve.





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