Recent Sightings September 2020

17 Sept:  Overcast in a very  low levanter cloud in light easterly winds.

 

16 Sept:  Low levanter cloud with slight rain at times in a moderate easterly wind. At least 20 Booted Eagles and single Short-toed Eagle and Sparrowhawk seen over the Rock in the morning.  Flocks of Bee-eaters and Swallows were also seen.

 

15 Sept:  Low levanter cloud over the Rock in overcast skies.  Winds moderate easterly.  Two Sparrowhawks and about 12 Booted Eagles flew in towrads the Rock in the morning.  Large numbers of Cory's Shearwaters feeding off Europa Point where a feeding frenzy of Tuna and Dolphins had gathered.  Also nine Shags heading towards Governor's Beach to roost.  A Grey Wagtail was heard at the Botanic Gardens.

 

14 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.    Two Whimbrels were seen at Camp bay, and a Nightingale was heard calling at Rosia Bay.  About 10 Booted Eagles were observed over the Rock.

 

13 Sept:  Fresh easterly winds with levanter cloud over the Rock, clearing in the afternoon to give some sunny spells.  A Whimbrel and two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Camp Bay, and the first Cormorant of the season was perched on a fence on the western end of the runway.  there were plenty of Booted Eagles with a few Short-toed Eagles flying over the town and Rock in the morning, but no counts were made.

 

12 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.   The Cattle Egret still remains at Europa Point seen feeding on grasshoppers, lizards and beetles.

 

11 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour in fresh easterly winds.  A Grey Wagtail was seen at Camp bay, and a Scops Owl flew into a house at Eliotts Battery residential area and was released soon after.  Two Ravens were present on the rubble mound on the east side of the Rock.

 

09 Sept:   Levanter cloud with fresh easterly winds.   A Pied Flycatcher was present at Commonwealth Park, and a Common Sandpiper was observed at Rosia Bay.  The Cattle Egret was still present at Europa Point, and a juvenile Shag was seen on the rocks at Seven Sisters.

 

08 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.  A flock of six Bee-eaters were seen over the Botanic Gardens.

 

07 Sept:  Fresh easterly winds with levanter cloud over the town and harbour.  A Grey Heron was seen in the harbour, and a Cattle Egret was observed feeding around the Europa Point area.

 

06 Sept:  Levanter cloud with fresh easterly winds.  A single Booted Eagle was seen over town.

 

04 S3ept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.  A Robin was observed at Montagu Gardens, and two Booted Eagles were seen over town.

 

03 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the Rock.  Winds fresh easterly.  A Robin landed on a terrace close to Loreto School.  Probably a migrant.

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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GONHS visits Notre Dame First School

GONHS visits Notre Dame First School

In the latest in a series of visits to local schools, GONHS Raptor Unit’s section head, Vincent Robba, visited Notre Dame First School.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2018  online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2018 online

Welcome to the 2018 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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Eurobirdwatch 2019 a success

Eurobirdwatch 2019 a success

Over 500 participants attended a successful Eurobirdwatch 2019.  With groups at Jews' Gate, Commonwealth Park and at Europa Point in the afternoon.

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