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Soaring Birds Table 2017
26 Apr: Cloudy skies with sunny spells becoming overcast in the late afternoon. Winds fresh westerly becoming moderate in the afternoon. Only seven new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included single Blackbird, Subalpine Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers.
Small number of raptors headed north and totalled 45 Honey Buzzards, 190 Black Kites, 2 Griffon Vultures, 3 Egyptian Vultures, 8 Short-toed Eagles, a Montagu's Harrier, 38 Booted Eagles and 16 Sparrowhawks. Also seen were 5 Black Storks, 10 Swallows and 2 Serins.
25 Apr: Cloudy skies with some sunny spells in the morning becoming clear. Winds light variable to a light westerly, turning to a moderate to fresh south-westerly in the afternoon. By mid- morning there was a steady passage of raptors over the Rock, that continued till the evening. In total there were 69 Honey Buzzards, 1572 Black Kites, 19 Griffon Vultures, 2 Egyptian Vultures, 10 Short-toed Eagles, 6 Marsh Harriers, 21 Booted Eagles, 46 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and 5 Hobbies. Also seen were 12 Swallows, 14 Red-rumped Swallows, 3 Serins and a Cormorant.
A total of 16 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a Blackbird, a Sardinian Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Garden Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Bonelli's Warbler and 4 Willow Warblers.
24 Apr: Overcast skies with a moderate easterly becoming lighter in the afternoon. Normally raptors are not recorded from the Rock, during spells of easterly winds. But after several days of gale force easterlies, the number of raptors accumulating on the African side of the Strait, unable to cross in these strong winds, must have been incredible. Around midday Black Kites were seen approaching Gibraltar and heading along the east side of the Rock, in a steady stream. In total 1850 Black Kites, 28 Egyptian Vultures, 4 Sparrowhawks and a single Montagu's Harrier were recorded in a short space of time. Also seen were a single Swallow and 2 House Martins.
The clear skies overnight resulted in few birds trapped at the Observatory, with 2 Blackbirds, and single Robin Whitethroat, a House Sparrow and 3 Willow Warblers ringed.
Some migrant passerines were present at the Botanic Gardens and included single Common Redstart, Whitethroat, Melodious Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Woodchat Shrike.
23 Apr: Overcast during the morning, with some sunny spells in the afternoon. Levanter cloud persisting ovrt the town and harbour. Winds strong easterly. Thirty birds were ringed in the morning and included a Whinchat, 2 Whitethroats, a Subalpine Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Melodious Warblers, a Wood Warbler, a Bonelli's Warbler, an Iberian Chiffchaff and 16 Willow Warblers.
Overhead 8 White Storks and 28 Black Kites crossed the Strait as winds became lighter.
22 Apr: Overcast with the strong gale persisting throughout the day with very strong gusts in excess of 90km/hr in the Strait. Another 38 birds were ringed at the Observatory, with only the top net rides in operation, due to a feral cat taking the birds in the lower net rides. Totals would have been impressive; nevertheless the total included a Blackbird 3 Nightingales, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Melodious Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, 5 Bonelli's Warblers, a Wood Warbler, 19 Willow Warblers and a Greenfinch.
A Whitethroat was found dead on a window sill in town, and a Robin was heard in vegetation around Scud Hill
21 Apr: Overcast with a strong gale force easterly with winds in excess of 90km/hr. There was a small fall of migrants in Commonwealth Park, with 2 Whinchats, and single Common Redstart, Subalpine Warbler, Robin and a Willow Warbler. The Observatory trapped 38 new birds that included 2 Nightingales, 2 Common Redstarts, 2 Melodious Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, a Subalpine Warbler, 3 Bonelli's Warblers, a Wood Warbler, 21 Willow Warblers and a Greenfinch. Unfortunatly a feral cat took a Common Redstart and an Olivaceous Warbler.
20 Apr: Heavy levanter cloud with a strong gale easterly wind. A good total of 35 birds were ringed at the Observatory. These included a Black-eared Wheatear, a Blackbird, a Nightingale, 2 Common Redstarts, a Melodious Warbler, 5 Bonelli's Warblers, an Iberian Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warblers and a Goldfinch.
19 Apr: Levanter cloud over the town and harbour, with winds fresh easterly becoming gusty. A total of 19 birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 2 Common Redstarts, a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Melodious Warbler, 3 Bonelli's Warblers and 10 Willow Warblers.
A Bonelli's Warbler was heard singing in the Botanic Gardens, and a tired Storm Petrel was picked up in the town area.
18 Apr: Cloudy skies with a levanter cloud over the town and harbour. Winds moderate to fresh easterly. Finally bpasserine migrants seem to be migrating through the site with 45 birds ringed only using the top six nets, as the bottom site has had to be abandoned for the time being as a feral cat has been taking birds. The list includes 2 Common Redstarts, 6 Pied Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroats, an Iberian Chiffchaff, a Bonelli's Warbler, 29 Willow Warblers and a Corn Bunting. A male Common Redstart was present at the Botanic Gardens.
17 Apr: Low levanter cloud over the Rock dispersing and clearing after midday to give a bright, warm and clear day. Winds moderate easterly, becoming light in the evening. A morning visit to the North Front Cemetery produced a Tawny Pipit and a male Common Redstart. At Windmill Hill, few migrants were also present with 2 Woodchat Shrikes, a Nightingale, a Willow Warbler and a Spectacled Warbler present.
Despite optimal cloudy conditions, only 8 birds were ringed, and included a Nightingale, a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warblers and a Wood Warbler.
16 Apr: Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock with low cloud and overcast skies throughout the day. Winds fresh to strong easterly, becoming moderate to light in the afternoon. Only a single Sparrowhawk and 6 Bee-eaters were recorded.
Ringing at the Observatory resumed after several days of strong winds which prevented the operation. Only four birds were ringed and included a Robin, a Pied Flycatcher, a Blackcap and a Greenfinch.
A Robin was present at Commonwealth park.
15 Apr: Clear skies with a moderate south-westerly wind. raptors continued to cross with the south-westerly winds, although visibility was poor. In total 733 Black Kites 3 Egyptian Vultures, 35 Short-toed Eagles, 3 Marsh Harriers, 4 Montagu's Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards, 32 Sparrowhawks, 70 Booted Eagles, an Osprey, 4 Kestrels, a Lesser Kestrel and 5 Hobbies were recorded. Also seen were a Black Stork, 57 Bee-eaters, 12 Swallows, 2 Red-rumped Swallows, a House Martin, a Tawny Pipit 200 Common Swifts, 75 Goldfinches and 10 Greenfinches.
14 Apr: Clear skies with a moderate north westerly, and a fresh south-westerly in the Strait. House Martins were present at the Four Corners site, with at least one artifical nest occupied. A good raptor day with steady movement of migrants across the Strait for a total of 1358 Black Kites, 2 Griffon Vultures, anEgyptian Vulture, 117 Short-toed Eagles, 3 Marsh Harriers, 3 Montagu's Harriers, 206 Booted Eagles, 14 Sparrowhawks, a Hobby and a Lesser Kestrel. Also seen were 6 Black Storks, 4 Swallows, a House Martin and a Meadow Pipit.
13 Apr: Clear skies with a light to moderate south-west wind. Visibility very poor with haevy mist obscuring the African side of the Strait. A trickle of raptors throughout the day with a total of 184 Black Kites, the first Honey Buzzard of the season, 32 Short-toed Eagles, an Egyptian Vulture, a Griffon Vulture, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Montagu's Harrier, 8 Sparrowhawks, 88 Booted Eagles, an Osprey and a Hobby. Also seen were 8 Black Storks, 2 Swallows and 2 House Martins.
Another poor day at the Observatory with only 8 birds ringed that included 2 Blackcaps, a Common Redstart, a Bonelli's Warbler, and 4 Willow Warblers.
12 Apr: Fog to the east of the Rock, and a misty morning to start with, becoming clear and very warm, with a light easterly to light variable wind. A Tree Pipit, a Tawny Pipit and 2 Serins were seen at Europa Point. At the Botanic Gardens, 2 Willow Warblers, an Iberian Chiffchaff and a Turtle Dove were recorded there.
Thirteen birds were ringed at the Observatory, and included 2 Blackbirds, a Nightingale, a Robin, a Sardinian Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Willow Warblers and a Wood Warbler.
11 Apr: Levanter cloud in the morning dissipating as winds became finally lighter. Clear skies and rather warm in the afternoon with a moderate to light easterly wind. A flock of 190 Black Kites drifted towards the Rock, as winds became light, with most heading past the east side. A Raven was seen over Windmill Hill, and during the morning flocks of Bee-eaters continiously headed north.
At the Observatory, only a few birds were trapped and ringed, and included a Blackbird, 2 Nightingales, a Robin, a Sardinian Warbler, a Whitethroat, 4 Blackcaps and 5 Willow Warblers.
A Bonelli's Warbler and a Robin were present in the Botanic Gardens. There were single Bonelli's Warbler and Willow Warbler at the top of the Rock around the top Cable Car Station.
10 Apr: Levanter cloud over the Rock and the harbour. Winds fresh easterly. No diurnal passage. Sixteen new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 2 Nightingales, a Common Wheatear, a Sardinian Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, and Orphean Warbler, 6 Willow Warblers, a Bonelli's Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a Wood Warbler.
09 Apr: Heavy levanter cloud with overcast skies in the Strait. Winds fresh easterly with strong gusts. Another thirteen birds were trapped and ringed at the Observatory, and included a Sparrowhawk, a Nightingale, 2 Subalpine Warblers, an Orphean Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Willow Warblers, a Bonelli's Warbler, and a Greenfinch. Only 6 Bee-eaters were recorded heading north.
A flock of 26 Flamingoes were seen heading north along the Bay.
08 Apr: Levanter cloud over the town and harbour. Winds fresh easterly. Only 20 Bee-eaters and 4 Swallows, recorded heading north. Thirteen birds were ringed and included a Robin, a Nightingale, a Woodchat Shrike, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Subalpine Warblers, 2 Sardinian Warblers, a Bonelli's Warbler, a Greenfinch and a Serin.
A Robin and a Woodchat Shrike were observed along Signal Station Road.
07 Apr: Cloudy throughout most of the day with some sunny spells in the late afternoon. Winds fresh easterly with some strong gusts in the Strait. Only 50 Bee-eaters and 5 Swallows, recorded heading north. Twelve birds were ringed and included a Kestrel, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird, a Nightingale, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, an Iberian Chiffchaff and a Greenfinch.
06 Apr: Levanter cloud over the town and harbour. Winds fresh easterly. Very few birds flying in from the Strait, with only 83 Bee-eaters, a Yellow Wagtail, a Meadow Pipit 10 Swallows and 5 Serins. A marked improvement in the catching rate at the Observatory, due to cloudy conditions, with 24 new birds ringed. These included a Yellow-legged Gull, a Tree Pipit, 4 Common Redstarts, 2 Nightingales, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Sardinian Warblers, 6 Willow Warblers, 3 Bonelli's Warblers, a Subalpine Warbler and a Greenfinch.
05 Apr: Clear skies with a moderate easterly wind. No raptors seen from the Observatory due to unfavourable winds,, but some diurnal passage was recorded and consisted of a Grey Heron, 190 Bee-eaters five flocks, 2 Meadow Pipits, a White Wagtail, 9 Swallows, 26 Red-rumped Swallows, 2 House Martins, a Serin, and 6 Goldfinches. Only two birds ringed at the Observatory; a Willow Warbler and a Greenfinch.
A Long-eared Owl was heard calling at midnight from Bruce's Farm.
04 Apr: Clear skies with a moderate to fresh easterly wind. Diurnal passage from the Observatory was very quiet with only a single raptor; a Marsh Harrier seen. Heading north were a Cormorant, 4 Bee-eaters, 25 Swallows, 9 Red-rumped Swallows, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Serins, 3 Goldfinches and a Linnet.
The ringing operation was again very slow due to clear weather. Only 15 birds were ringed and included 5 Robins, 2 Subalpine Warblers, a Sardinian Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 2 Bonelli's Warblers and an Iberian Chiffchaff. A Hoopoe was killed by a cat in the Botanic Gardens.
03 Apr: Cloudy skies with a levanter cloud over the town and harbour, partly clearing to give some sunny spells in the afternoon. Winds fresh easterly. Twenty-one new birds were ringed in the morning and included a Robin, a Woodchat Shrike, a Nightingale, a Black Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, and Iberian Chiffchaff and 7 Bonelli's Warblers. Overhead 26 Bee-eaters in four flocks, 25 Swallows, 4 Red-rumped Swallows, 11 House Martins, 2 Greenfinches, 4 Goldfinches a Hoopoe and a single Sparrowhawk were recorded.
02 Apr: Clear skies with a light variable to light easterly wind. A calm, sunny and warm day but not good for birds with only single Black Kite and a female Marsh Harrier, 2 Swallows, 6 Bee-eaters a Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinches and 15 Linnets seen. Ringing not much better with single Robin and Subalpine Warbler ringed.
Mid morning a flock of 4 Cormorants flew north over town. There were another two feeding at Europa Point, and one resting on rocks at Little Bay.
01 Apr: Clear skies with some high cloud. Winds north-westerly, becoming west in the afternoon. Steady though slow passage of raptors throughout the day, but numbers picked up in the afternoon for a total of 1460 Black Kites, 3 Egyptian Vultures, 2 Griffon Vultures, 19 Short-toed Eagles, 25 Marsh Harriers, 4 Montagu's Harriers, 70 Sparrowhawks, 206 Booted Eagles, a Lesser Spotted Eagle, 6 Ospreys 3 Kestrels and 2 Lesser Kestrels. Also seen were 22 Black Storks, 12 Purple Herons, 30 Cormorants, 2 Ravens, 10 Swallows, 50 Red-rumped Swallows, 10 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 65 Bee-eaters, 3 Alpine Swifts, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chaffinches, 6 Serins, 15 Greenfinches, 66 Goldfinches and 40 Linnets.
Conditions again poor for ringing with only three birds ringed; a Robin, a Sardinian Warbler and a Willow Warbler.
A flock of 20 Flamingoes flew north along the east side of the Rock. A Woodchat Shrike was seen at Commonwealth Park and a Hoopoe flew into a tree at the Calpe Rowing Club.
31 Mar: Clear skies with a light easterly wind, becoming light variable, becoming moderate south-westely in the afternoon. At 14:00 raptors begun to approach the Rock from the Strait, with a steady passage of birds till the late evening, when most of the Marsh Harriers made an appearence. In total there were 590 Black Kites, 3 Short-toed Eagles, 30 Marsh Harriers, 4 Montagu's Harriers, 26 Sparrowhawks, 69 Booted Eagles and 6 Ospreys. Also seen were 24 Black Storks, 40 Bee-eaters, 6 Swallows and 20 Goldfinches.
The ringing operation was again slow, due mainly to clear skies, but 14 birds were ringed that included a Song Thrush, 5 Robins, single Woodchat Shrike, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, and Bonelli's Warbler, and 5 Chiffchaffs.
There were 2 Bonelli's Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Woodchat Shrike in the Botanic Gardens.
At dawn two Scops Owl and a Red-necked Nightjar were heard calling, in the vicinity of Parson's Lodge Battery.
30 Mar: Clear skies with a moderate to fresh easterly. The first Bee-eaters, a flock of 18, were seen heading north. Also recorded were 36 Linnets and 4 Serins.
Fourteen birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 2 Robins, single Blue Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Nightingale, Blackcap, Bonelli's Warblers, Chiffchaff, Subalpine Warbler, 3 Linnets and 2 Greenfinches.
29 Mar: Cloudy with levanter cloud over the town and harbour, clearing by mid afternoon to give some sunny spells. with a moderate easterly wind. Only three raptors were seen in unfavourable wind conditions. These were single Booted Eagle and Sparrowhawk, and 2 Marsh Harriers. Also seen were 94 Swallows, 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 27 Linnets and an Alpine Swift.
Ringing at the Observatory improved, with levanter conditions, and 20 new birds were ringed. included a very early Red-necked Nightjar, a Blackbird, 3 Robins, a Nightingale, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Bonelli's Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, an Iberian Chiffchaff, a Sardinian Warbler, a Subalpine Warbler, a Goldfinch and a Linnet.
28 Mar: Clear skies with a light easterly wind. Sixteen birds were ringed at the Observatory, and improvement since the last weeks tally. These included a Blackbird, 2 Robins, the first Nightingale of the season, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Iberian Chiffchaffs and 2 Bonelli's Warblers.
Two Woodchat Shrikes were present at North Front Cemetery.
27 Mar: Clear skies with a light southerly to south west turning to light variable. raptors migrated up the centre of the Strait, with only a trickle over the Rock that included 9 Black Kites, a Short-toed Eagle, 9 Booted Eagles, 4 Marsh Harriers, 2 Ospreys, a Kestrel, and the first Hobby of the season. Also seen were 2 Swallows, 4 Chaffinches and a Meadow Pipit.
Another Scops Owl was found dead at New Harbours, having presumably hit a reflective glass window. This follows from another one found dead at the same location on the 7th March.
Seven birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a Robin, a Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Collared Dove. A control Blackcap ringed in Holland was also recorded.
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.