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.  

The events started off at sunrise with a bird walk up to Jew's Gate led by Keith Bensusan, who highlighted migratory birds that were present along the way including Blackcaps and Robins. Participants were then able to see the ringing that takes place at our field station, which at this time of the year is headed by Ray Marsh.  Members of the public were shown the process involved in measuring and ringing a bird, including how the birds are extracted from the mist nets. Some of the children present were even able to release the birds after they had been ringed and processed.

A small group of Barbary Partridges were also present around the field station, which afforded some really close up views of these stunning birds.  Some ringing highlights included a large migratory movement of Blackcaps, including a Blackcap that had been ringed in Belgium earlier in the year, highlighting effectively how migratory birds travel between countries and do not know borders.  It was stressed to those attending that, unlike throughout most of the Mediterranean, all hunting of birds is illegal in Gibraltar and no illegal hunting or trapping takes place on the Rock.

A Robinson moth trap was also run at Jews' Gate where we recorded around 50 species of moths, including two Death's-head Hawkmoths Acherontia atrops. This feature of the event, which we hold every year, proved to be very popular with the children.

The event continued in the afternoon at Europa Point with a seabird watch. Some 400 Cory’s Shearwaters that vied for flying fish with Common Dolphins and Bluefin Tuna could be seen off Europa Point.  This impressive spectacle has become an annual event during EuroBirdwatch, but this year the feeding frenzy was further from the shore than usual.

 

The day's events were attended by some fifty people in total, with 837 birds recorded. The same events are planned for 2019, with the addition of a bird of prey display at Commonwealth Park, where the hazards of migration for raptors will be highlighted.

 

Jews' Gate Field Station ready to welcome members of the public

Jews' Gate Field Station ready to welcome members of the public

Bird ringing station at Jews' Gate

Bird ringing station at Jews' Gate

European Nightjar

European Nightjar

European Nightjar

European Nightjar

Releasing a Robin

Releasing a Robin

Blackcap perched on one of the ringers!

Blackcap perched on one of the ringers!

Barbary Partridge at Jews' Gate

Barbary Partridge at Jews' Gate

Male Blackcap in the hand

Male Blackcap in the hand

Wren in the hand

Wren in the hand

Moth trapping at Jews' Gate

Moth trapping at Jews' Gate

Death's-head Hawkmoth

Death's-head Hawkmoth

Selection of GONHS material

Selection of GONHS material

Seabird watch at Europa Point

Seabird watch at Europa Point

Eurobirdwatch 2020

Eurobirdwatch 2020

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Welcome to the 2019 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

The prime objective of our first marine bioblitz was to engage the public in a citizen science initiative which also served to raise understanding of the dynamic coastline we have in Gibraltar.

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Griffon Release

Griffon Release

Last week, the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit released a wild Griffon Vulture that had been brought down by Yellow-legged Gulls on the 5th June.  The bird had landed on a cliff in the South District and was being mobbed by gulls. 

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GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed

GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed until further notice

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Wintering Seabird Outing

Wintering Seabird Outing

An enjoyable Wintering Seabird Outing held at Europa Point on the afternoon of the 19th January 2020 was well attended with about eighteen keen birders and photographers at the site.

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Kestrel Flies Again

Kestrel Flies Again

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS)
 
Press Release
4 December 2019

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Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

The Bryophytes and lichens outing took place on Saturday 16th November, with a cold 9˚C start to the morning.  This however did not stop the eager few who attended.

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