• Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society

    Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society

  • Founded in 1976

    Founded in 1976

  • Membership Applications Available

    Membership Applications Available

  • Committed to Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

    Committed to Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

Seabird Migration underway at Europa Point

Seabird Migration underway at Europa Point

In the last few weeks seabird migration has got underway at Europa Point, with birds migrating west out of the Mediterranean close inshore.  The best weather conditions are usually westerly winds, although even during easterlies birds will be seen.  The afternoon is the best time to watch from this site as the light is favourable, and the birds pass close providing suitable conditions for good photography opportunities.

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Resident Birds fare well in the heatwave

Resident Birds fare well in the heatwave

Over the last few weeks Europe has experienced a severe heatwave named 'Lucifer'.  Gibraltar did not escape the ravages of the high temperatures, but fared better than inland areas in Spain.  Temperatures increased daily with the highest recorded so far 35oC on the 7th August.  

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Aloe Die-back in Gibraltar

Aloe Die-back in Gibraltar

A few years ago a disease was proliferating among the Tree Aloes, Aloe arborescens around Gibraltar.  Large stands of the plant around Europa Point and the east side of Gibraltar were badly affected, and several stands were unable to survive, and perished.  Those that did weather the storm, recovered slowly during the winter months and managed to put on the display of their colourful and characteristic flowers; the red pokers.

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Spotted Flycatchers breed successfully

Spotted Flycatchers breed successfully

Two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers bred successfully in Gibraltar.  One was located at the Trafalgar Cemetery, where they raised two young, while the other pair bred near the Theatre area of the Botanic Gardens and were seen throughout the last few weeks feeding just one chick, but a few days ago two were seen together.

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Lepidoptera in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

Lepidoptera in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

It is a good time of the year to see a range of butterflies and day flying moths around the gardens.  A good population of Monarch Butterflies can be seen along the Main Walk and other species include the Crimson-Speckled Moth, Andalusian Blue, Small White and the Speckled Wood butterfly; all depicted in the video.

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Little Grebe

Little Grebe

A Little Grebe was found in Ocean Village.  The bird, a juvenile, had not been recorded in Gibraltar since the 1950, when one struck the Lighthouse and was also rescued.

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GONHS YouTube Channel

GONHS YouTube Channel

We have recently launched our new YouTube channel GONHS You Tube Channel, where we have already uploaded a dozen videos of local wildlife. 

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Griffon Vulture Released

Griffon Vulture Released

Yesterday we also released another Griffon Vulture tagged KY that was rescued last week which as can be seen wasted no time in taking off to continue its migration north.

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