Birds Ringed at the Observatory

Here is a gallery of some of the rare and more unusual birds that have been trapped and ringed at the Observatory this autumn.

Among these are a Kingfisher, a species regularly found along freshwater courses, but that comes down to the coast in the autumn and winter.  What was it doing up at 180m above sea-level and in unfamiliar habitat is any ones guess.  But it has not been the first, and this is the third at the Observatory in the last 20 years.

The Siskin is a north European finch that reaches southern Iberia in some years, sometimes in good numbers, whereas the Brambling is rarer with only a handful of ringing records. Hawfinch can be found in the woodlands in the Almoriama, but rarely migrates south, and only then in small numbers.

Ring Ouzel is a thrush species of high mountain habitats that migrates to winter in the mountains in southern Spain and Morocco.  The Mistle Thrush, also inhabits woodlands in nearby Spain, but rarely moves south, and only in very small numbers.  It has, unusually, been recorded in Gibraltar in July.  Two caught at the Observatory this autumn are the first trapped and ringed in Gibraltar.

Red-rumped Swallow is another common migrant, that is rarely trapped in the habitat at the Observatory.  Playback of calls of Swallows helped in capturing this one.

Meadow Pipit is an open ground bird of fields, it is also rarely caught in the dense maquis habitat at the Observatory, but playback of the calls brought this one in.

 The ringing campaign at the Observatory ended with a total of 3783 new birds ringed and  119 retraps, for the period from 28th September until the 2nd November with 47 different species trapped and ringed.  This total number of new birds ringed this autumn, which includes the Middle Hill campaign, is 5129 new birds 144 retraps, for a total of 53 species.

These photographs were taken by Ian Lees and Matt Ashman.

Brambling

Brambling

Hawfinch

Hawfinch

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Red-rumped Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

Siskin

Siskin

 

Kestrel Flies Again

Kestrel Flies Again

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

On the 25 October 2019 a female Common Kestrel was brought ashore at the Port of Gibraltar from the visiting cruise ship P&O Arcadia. It had been seeking refuge on one of the ship’s decks after the vessel had sailed through bad weather in the Strait of Gibraltar.
 
The bird was found by one of the passengers on board and was seen to be suffering from starvation and in an extremely weak condition.
 
It was originally handed in to staff at the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, which in turn handed it over to the GONHS Raptor Unit, which continued with its care and rehabilitation.
 
The Kestrel spent a month at the rehabilitation centre and was released on the 25th November after recovering fully from its ordeal.

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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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GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS has released their wish list for the upcoming general election on 17th October.

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Invertebrate Safari Outing

Invertebrate Safari Outing

Our September outing, which took place on the 14th, was an Invertebrate Safari around the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, led by Invertebrates Section head Dr Rhian Guillem.

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International Bat Night 2019

International Bat Night 2019

The 12th International Bat Night was held on the 28th August at the John Mackintosh Hall, which proved to be a great sucess.

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