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
EuroBirdwatch 2017 (part 2)

EuroBirdwatch 2017 (part 2)

 The second part of EuroBirdwatch took place on place on Saturday 7th October during the morning.  Ringer in residence, Ray Marsh, was at the event ringing birds caught at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens to show to members of the public.

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Why is the Wryneck so called?

Why is the Wryneck so called?

The Wryneck gets its name from the ability to turn its head from side to side and back and forth in the manner of a snake.  This ability is thought to imitate a snake, to deter predators from their nest.  They will also assume this habit when held in the hand.  See our video

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International Bat Night 2017

International Bat Night 2017

The 10th edition of the International Bat Night under the auspices of Eurobats / BatLife Europe was held on Friday 6th October 2017 at the Open Air Theatre at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.

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EuroBirdwatch 2017

EuroBirdwatch 2017

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

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Iberian Chiffchaffs on passage

Iberian Chiffchaffs on passage

Iberian Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus ibericus are now passing through the area of the Straits on their way to their winter quarters in Africa.

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Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

This summer the Botanic Gardens have installed a number of butterfly feeding tables, which have been a great success.  

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Membership payment now available online

Membership payment now available online

 

We are pleased to annnounce that online payments for new membership and renewals are available on our Members page.

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Egyptian Vulture Rescued

Egyptian Vulture Rescued

A juvenile Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) was handed in to vet Mark Pizarro, having been found in a weakened state around Laguna Estate.

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