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.

Barn Swallows are rarely caught in the nets at the Field Centre, the habitat is unsuitable, although with tape lure, some will come in to investigate and are trapped.  They are passage migrants that do not breed in Gibraltar, but are heading to their winter quarters in Africa from nesting sites in Europe.  Only 188 Swallows have been ringed at the Observatory since 1992, with 2017 a good year with 62 Swallows ringed in October 2017.  No recoveries or controls of this species had been recorded, until details of this bird was received from the British Trust for Ornithology, which maintains a database of all birds ringed in the UK and Gibraltar. 

 

This is an exceptional recovery, with the Swallow covering a distance of 6040km, and possibly heading further south to a roost in Mount Moreland, in South Africa, where an estimated 3 million birds are present during our winter months.  See  http://barnswallow.co.za/ .

Swallow.         Photo Ernest Garcia.

 

 

 

GONHS Supports Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition

GONHS Supports Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition

GONHS is supporting the Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition.

This Petition urges the Government of Gibraltar to urgently address Gibraltar’s Carbon responsibilities in order to meet its declared Climate Emergency Pledge. We call for a totally independent Climate Body, funded and tasked to roll out a cross-party supported agenda, set in a time frame that legally binds all future administrations.

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Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

On Sat 13th April, we arrived at the Brazo del Este at around 7am, having left Gibraltar at 4:30.  It was still dark, but the growing sound of birds told us that the sun would rise soon. 

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Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

This outing, which took place on Saturday the 30th March was originally planned to cover Mediterranean Steps but, due to gale force levanter wind, we decided to avoid the east side and concentrate on the more sheltered west side of the Rock.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

The outing to La Janda on Saturday 16th February was productive despite the very strong winds.

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Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

 The following statement was read out by GONHS General Secretary, Dr Keith Bensusan at the meeting of the Development and Planning Commission on 1th February 2019:

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Purple Sandpiper rescued

Purple Sandpiper rescued

A Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) was rescued from Sandy Bay beach  after being found entangled in discarded fishing line. 

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Wintering Seabirds Outing

Wintering Seabirds Outing

Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.

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EuroBirdwatch 2018

EuroBirdwatch 2018

GONHS celebrated the 25th EuroBirdwatch last weekend, a Europe-wide event organised by BirdLife International to highlight bird migration and conservation.  The event has been celebrated in Gibraltar every year since 1993, when it began.  

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