Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

On 24th March 2018, the Royal Gibraltar Police Marine Section was again on hand to rescue a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus below the lighthouse at Europa Point. It had suffered cuts to its head and upper body and was also severely malnourished, possibly because of not being able to hunt whilst waiting to cross the Strait during the recent stormy weather.  Following a period of rehabilitation with our Raptor Unit, this bird was released on 3rd April 2018.

 

Also on the 3rd April 2018, a Long-eared Owl Asio otus was found on the terrace at Gibraltar International Airport by duty staff. It was taken into care by our Raptor Unit, as it was suspected that it had collided with the terminal windows. Windows are a hazard for all birds and deterrents such as silhouettes should be adhered to the glass to alert birds to their presence.  Happily for this individual, it did not appear to have suffered any external or internal damage. It was kept under observation overnight and was determined to be fit for release on 4th April 2018. 

 

GONHS would again like to thank the RGP, the air terminal staff and of course our own Raptor Unit.  We are delighted that we are able to rely not only on our own members, but on the emergency services (marine units in particular), private and commercial mariners and members of the general public who contact us or channel their calls through the RGP Control Room, in order that the Raptor Unit may be called in.

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Rare Plants of Inglis Way

Rare Plants of Inglis Way

By this time of the year (June) many plant species on the Rock are already going to seed and everything seems to be drying up, but there are still some interesting plants which are fully in bloom. A number of these can be found along Inglis Way, and some only here and nowhere else in the Upper Rock.

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Sierra Crestellina Outing

Sierra Crestellina Outing

April's GONHS outing took place at the beautiful mountains of Sierra Crestellina, near the town of Casares, Spain.

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Brazo del Este Outing

Brazo del Este Outing

May's GONHS outing took place last weekend on a birding bonanza to Brazo del Este, Seville.  Those who attended were in for a treat!

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African Chaffinch recorded again in Gibraltar.

African Chaffinch recorded again in Gibraltar.

An African Chaffinch was present in the Nature Reserve at the end of last month.  The bird, an African subspecies of the nominate race of European Chaffinch, found in north Africa, has rarely been recorded in Europe.

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Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

A Barn Swallow, ringed at the Field Centre at Jews' Gate, was found in Chibia, Angola.  The Swallow, ringed on the 16th October 2017, flew into the window of a house in the town of Chibia in Angola on the 20th March 2018.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring is now well underway, and with it comes a spectacular display of flowering plants on the Rock.

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Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

It was a glorious day as we set off towards La Janda a convoy of 4 cars with 12 eager birders and hopeful photographers.

First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1  Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.

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