EuroBirdwatch 2017

The first leg of our EuroBirdwatch 2017 events took place on Sunday 1st October at Europa Point. 

Seawatching was very productive, with over 300 Cory’s Shearwaters seen feeding off the point.  These were chasing flying fish in association with Common Dolphins and Bluefin Tuna.  They were joined by a small number of Scopoli’s Shearwaters (3 or 4 identified positively), 4 Balearic Shearwaters and a Great Shearwater that gave good views, sitting on the sea close to the point before flying away.  There was a small passage of Sandwich Terns, with 10 birds flying west and 2 joining a flock of 20 Black-headed Gulls below the point, where a Great Cormorant was fishing.  A Common Tern and 3 Audouin’s Gulls (2 adults and a juvenile) also flew west.  Passage of Northern Gannets into the Mediterranean involved 11 adults and 2 2nd year birds.  4 Great Skuas were active in the area, often chasing Cory’s Shearwaters.  A dark-phase Arctic Skua chased a Sandwich Tern until the latter dropped its prey.  A Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers were seen below the point.  One of the resident Peregrines flew in from the Strait carrying a large prey item that could have been a wader.

Black-headed Gulls
                                                                                                                                                         Black-headed Gulls on the cliffs below Europa Point
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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Seabird Outing success

Seabird Outing success

The Seabird Outing  to Europa Point was very enjoyable, with over 20 people in attendance throughout the afternoon, including some avid photographers, among which were John Sanchez and Albert Yome who led the outing, and Tommy Finlayson, Jason Mesilio, Shane Shacaluga and Trevor Hammond; all kitted out with their telephoto lenses at the ready. 

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Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

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