July 2017 Sightings


31 Jul: A family group of 5 Shags was filmed by a swimmer one the southern groyne at Sandy Bay. Two of the birds were juveniles. 

 Later, a couple of Common Sandpiper were seen when swimmers came close to the revetment at Westview Promenade.


25 Jul:  A Little Grebe was picked up at Ocean Village and taken into care.  The bird, a juvenile, had not been recorded in Gibraltar since the 1950's when one struck the lighthouse and was also taken into care.  The bird was subsequent released at the pond at Commonwealth Park the following day, and by the following morning it had gone.


19 Jul:  Clear skies with a light to moderate westerly wind.  A pair of Spotted Flycatchers that had probably nested near the Theatre area of the Botanic Gardens were seen there this morning.

             At Commonwealth Park, an early juvenile Woodchat Shrike was seen with prey.  A Black Kite was over town mid-afternoon, and in the evening four more flew over Moorish Castle.


17 Jul:  The Razorbill was observed in the harbour in the morning.


12 Jul:  A Hoopoe was observed at Windmill Hill.  The Razorbill was still present in the harbour


11 Jul:  A Robin was seen in the evening, on the road by Bruce's Farm, in the Nature Reserve.


10 Jul: A juvenile Lanner flew north over Windmill Hill.


9 Jul:  An exhausted Griffon Vulture was picked up in the Dockyard area and taken to the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre


8 Jul:  Just after midday 4 Griffon Vultures and a light phase Booted Eagle flew north over the Rock.


7 Jul:  A Robin was seen on the fence at the Piccadilly gardens cafe.  Eleven Flamingoes were seen flying west off Europa Point.


6 Jul:  A Chaffinch was present at the northern end of the Nature Reserve where it has been heard singing around Bruce's farm for several days now.  It may indicate a breeding pair in the area.


5 Jul:  The pair of Spotted Flycatchers at the Trafalgar Cemetery were successful and a young bird bird was photographed.  The other pair is located in the vicinity of the Theatre at the Botanic Gardens.


4 Jul:  The Razorbill was still present inside the harbour.

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