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Soaring Birds Table 2017
26 Mar: Clear skies with a light variable wind turning to light to moderate easterly in the afternoon, but changing to westerly in the evening and becoming overcast with constant rain.
At the Observatory only two birds ringed; a Robin and a Chiffchaff. Still very poor.
A Cormorant was resting on the rocks at Little Bay, and offshore at Europa Point, 2 Gannets, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.
25 Mar: Clear skies with a fresh south wind, becoming light and turning to light south easterly. During the outing to the Europa foreshore, very few birds were seen. Among these were a Chiffchaff, a Meadow Pipit and a Hoopoe at the foreshore, 4 Gannets and several Sandwich Terns offshore, and 10 Black-headed Gulls, and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull below the Point. Later a flock of 8 Mediterranean Gulls flew west.
Finially one bird ringed; a Chiffchaff.
Four Grey Herons were seen flying south past Westview park at dusk, Two together and then singles.
24 Mar: Mainly clear skies with some rain showers approaching during the afternoon. Winds a cold moderate northerly. Only 2 Black Kites and an Osprey were seen all day.
Nets open for 5 hours and not a single bird. This spring is turning out to be the worst on record!
23 Mar: Cloudy with sunny intervals and some rain showers in the area. Winds, a cold and fresh north-westerly. A flock of 30 Flamingoes were observed flying west past Europa Point.
Only three birds ringed; a Blackcap, a Willow Warbler and a Greenfinch.
At the Observatory, a steady passage of raptors throughout the day produced 500 Black Kites, 7 Short-toed Eagles, 14 Marsh Harriers, 58 Booted Eagles, 25 Sparrowhawks, and 3 Kestrels. Also seen were 21 Black Storks, 22 Swallows, 27 Red-rumped Swallows, and 5 Common Swifts; the first of the year.
Three Woodchat Shrikes were present at the North Front Cemetery, and a Common Redstart was observed in the Nature Reserve.
22 Mar: Mainly clear skies with some cloud from the west in the afternoon. Winds moderate westerly becoming north-westerly. Slow raptor migration due to the northerly air flow resulting in birds having difficulty flying into a headwind. Even so the total for the day was 109 Black Kites, 23 Short-toed Eagles, 2 Marsh Harriers, 11 Booted Eagles and 29 Sparrowhawks. Also seen were 90 White Storks, 8 Black Storks, 30 Swallows, 5 Red-rumped Swallows, a Tawny Pipit, 66 Serins, 6 Goldfinches and a Linnet.
No ringing; too windy.
21 Mar: Clear skies with a fresh north-westerly wind. Very windy at the Observatory so no ringing was carried out. Raptor passage was steady throughout the day with 310 Black Kites, 29 Short-toed Eagles, 11 Marsh Harriers, 8 Montagu's Harriers, 60 Booted Eagles, 56 Sparrowhawks, 3 Ospreys, a female Merlin, 3 Kestrels, 5 Lesser Kestrels and 5 Kestrel sp. Also seen were 2 Swallows, 14 Pallid Swifts, 55 Serins and 33 Goldfinches.
A Grey Heron was seen over town.
20 Mar: Clear skies with a moderate south-westerly wind. Windy at the netting site and only five birds were ringed that included 2 Blackcaps, and single Sardinian Warbler, Willow Warbler and Goldfinch.
A good raptor day with birds constantly crossing the Strait from early morning till sundown. Totals were 1012 Black Kites, 2 Egyptian Vultures, 61 Short-toed Eagles, 10 Marsh Harriers, 3 Montagu's Harriers, 117 Booted Eagles, a Common Buzzard, a Long-legged Buzzard, 47 Sparrowhawks, 5 Ospreys and 3 Kestrels. Also seen were 2 Black Storks, 11 Red-rumped Swallows and 8 Goldfinches.
The Hooded Crow was present at Commonwealth Park in the afternoon.
19 Mar: Moderate to light easterly winds. Clear skies. Only 2 Swallows, 4 Red-rumped Swallows and 2 Serins were observed at the Observatory.
Eleven birds were ringed and included 5 Robins, 4 Blackcaps and single Black Redstart and an Iberian Chiffchaff.
18 Mar: A single Osprey, 2 Sparrowhawks and 9 Swallows were the only birds observed heading north from the Observatory.
Eleven new birds were ringed in the morning and included a Song Thrush, a Robin, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and 2 Iberian Chiffchaffs.
17 Mar: Some raptors crossed in adverse weather conditions and included 25 Black Kites, 4 Egyptian Vultures, and 4 Marsh Harriers. Also seen were 4 Pallid Swifts, 3 Swallows and a White Wagtail.
The Observatory was busy in the morning with 36 new birds ringed. These included a Robin, 2 Song Thrushes, a Blackbird, 2 Common Redstarts, 3 Black Redstarts, a Tree Pipit, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Subalpine Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, an Iberian Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warblers, 2 Chaffinches and a Goldfinch.
16 Mar: Levanter cloud over the Rock and the Strait area. Winds strong easterly. Fifteen Cormorants were seen entering the Bay.
At the Observatory, there was a slight improvement with 16 birds ringed which included 4 Subalpine Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Iberian Chiffchaffs, and single Robin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Bonelli's Warbler.
A Subalpine Warbler was observed at Commonwealth Park.
15 Mar: Very windy with easterly gales. Only 2 Blackcaps and a Blue Rock Thrush were trapped and ringed in the morning.
A Common Redstart and a Hoopoe were seen in the Botanic Gardens.
14 Mar: Rain and easterly gales. Nothing to report.
13 Mar: Winds dying down so fewer raptors. Totals were 97 Black Kites, 6 Marsh Harriers, 10Sparrowhawks and an Osprey. Also seen were 22 Swallows, 7 Red-rumped Swallow, 3 Pallid Swifts, 2 Serins and 24 Goldfinches.
12 Mar: Fresh westerly winds concentrated raptor passage over the Rock, with 1232 Black Kites, 4 Egyptian Vultures, 111 Short-toed Eagles, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Long-legged Buzzard, 37 Sparrowhawks, 3 Ospreys, a Kestrel, 2 Lesser Kestrel, and a Kestrel sp. Also seen were a single Black Stork, 28 Swallows, a Red-rumped Swallow, 20 House Martins, 2 Pallid Swifts, 8 Greenfinches and 4 Goldfinches.
Only six birds were ringed and included 3 Blackcaps, and single Robin, Chiffchaff and Iberian Chiffchaff.
11 Mar: A good raptor day with 1092 Black Kites, 2 Egyptian Vultures, 429 Short-toed Eagles, one with a radio tag!, 8 Marsh Harriers, 6 Booted Eagles, 34 Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, 5 Lesser Kestrels. Also seen were 3 Black Storks, 6 Swallows, 4 Red-rumped Swallows, 5 Pallid Swifts, a Chaffinch, 9 Serins, 20 Greenfinches and 4 Goldfinches. Only three birds were ringed; a Greenfinch and 2 Chaffinches.
10 Mar: Clear skies with a light easterly wind. Only six birds ringed and included 2 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, an Iberian Chiffchaff and a Greenfinch. AnIberian Chiffchaff was also heard calling outside the Observatory.
09 Mar: Clear skies with a fresh easterly wind. rather warm for the time of the year, with temperatures reaching 22C. Only 8 birds were trapped and ringed at the Observatory with 4 Robins, and single Crag Martin, Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and a Subalpine Warbler.
A late afternoon visit to Europa Point produced 14 Gannets heading west, 16 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls below the Point, together with 2 Cormorants, and an Audouin's Gull heading east. Around the Point 3 Black Redstarts and a Meadow Pipit were present.
08 Mar: Clear skies first thing in the morning, but by mid morning a heavy levanter set in with fog over the airfield. This cleared by midday to give clear skies and a very warm day. Winds moderate easterly. A female Subalpine Warbler was photographed at the Botanic Gardens.
Female Subalpine Warbler at the Botanic Gardens.