September 2018 sightings

30 Sept:  Cloudy with heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, with westerly cloud over the whole area.  Winds a moderate easterly becoming light in the afternoon.  At least 300+ Booted Eagles were seen over the town together with 8 Short-toed Eagles.

A big Blackcap day at the Observatory with many other species ringed for a total of  122 new birds.  Blackcaps totalled 99 with 1 European Nightjar, 8 Robins, a western Olivaceous Warbler, 2 Sardinian Warblers, a Whitethroat, 4 Garden Warblers, 3 Iberian Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 2 Pied Flycatcher ringed.

 

29 Sept:  Cloudy with a heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, but giving sunny spells later in the afternoon away from the town.  Winds fresh to moderate easterly.  Around mid morning a flock of 19 Black Kites flew south and attempted to cross the Strait.  This was closely followed by hundreds of Booted Eagles crossing the Bay towards the Rock, where they soared on the levanter cloud upcurrents.  They were accompanied by at least 5 Short-toed Eagles, a juvenile Egyptian Vulture, and 8 Sparrowhawks

Plenty of Blackcaps again at the Observatory with 46 new birds ringed.  Also trapped were a Wryneck, a Wren, 4 Robins, a Nightingale, 2 Common Redstarts, a Northern Wheatear, 4 Sardinian Warblers, a Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher.

 

28 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour with some sunny spells in the late afternoon.  Winds moderate easterly.  Thirty-four new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included single Robin, Nightingale, Common Redstart, 5 Blackbirds, 3 Sardinian Warblers, a Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warblers, 16 Blackcaps, a Bonelli's Warbler, a Willow Warbler and a Blue Tit.

 

27 Sept:  Cloudy most of the day with a moderate easterly wind.  A total of 29 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a Tree Pipit, 2 Robin, a Common Redstart, 2 Blackbirds, 4 Sardinian Warblers, an Orphean Warbler, 16 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler and a Greenfinch.

 

26 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the town, harbour and Strait for most of the day.  Winds fresh easterly.  A total of 48 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a Robin, 3 Common Redstarts, a Blackbird, a Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warblers, 33 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, an Iberian Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher.

 

25 Sept:  Cloudy with levanter cloud over the town and harbour.  Sunny spells in the late afternoon.  Winds moderate easterly.  Blackcaps continue to arrive in good numbers with 57 new birds ringed at the Observatory this morning, for a total of 82 new birds.  Also ringed were 2 Robins, 2 Nightingales, a Common Redstart, 2 Blackbirds, a Spectacled Warbler, 4 Sardinian Warblers, 3 Garden Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Pied Flycatchers, a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch.

 

24 Sept:  Clear skies with a moderate easterly wind.  A Pied Flycatcher and several Robins were present in the Botanic Gardens, and a White Wagtail was heard overhead. Blackcaps are arriving and migrating through the site at the Observatory in good numbers with 36 new birds ringed today.  Also trapped were single Robin, Nightingale, Common Redstart, Blackbird, 9 Sardinian Warblers, 6 Garden Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Pied Flycatchers, a Blue Tit and a Greenfinch, for a total of 65 new birds.

A Magpie was seen at the small boats marina in the morning.

 

23 Sept:  The day began with clear skies, but soon levanter cloud developed over the Rock.  By mid morning over 70 Booted Eagles had drifted over the Rock where they soared on the upcurrents, before returning back north.  A total of 44 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a European Nightjar, 2 Robins, a Common Redstart, 3 Blackbirds, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sardinian Warblers, an Orphean Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, 24 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and 3 Blue Tits.

 

22 Sept:  Heavy cloud over the Rock and the Strait, with some sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds fresh easterly.  A total of 73 new birds were ringed and included single Robin, Nightingale, 2 Common Redstarts, a Blackbird, a Subalpine Warbler, 5 Sardinian Warblers, an Orphean Warbler, 4 Garden Warblers, 54 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher.

 

21 Sept:  Cloudy with levanter cloud over the town and harbour, with sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds fresh easterly, becoming moderate in the afternoon.  A total of 85 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included single Hoopoe, SwallowNightingale, Common Redstarts, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, 5 Sardinian Warblers, 10 Garden Warblers, 53 Blackcaps, 2 Iberian Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, and 2 Greenfinches.  A Grey Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail were heard over the Botanic Gardens.

 

20 Sept: Overcast skies with heavy levanter cloud over much of the town harbour and approaches to the Strait.  Winds fresh easterly.The first night bird, a Scops Owl was trapped and ringed at the Observatory as well as a control Blackcap from the UK.  Also ringed were single Robin, Nightingale, 2 Common Redstarts, 3 Blackbirds, a Subalpine Warbler, 10 Sardinian Warblers, 2 Orphean Warblers, a Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warblers, 30 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, an Iberian Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, and a Greenfinch.

 

19 Sept: Very low cloud over the Rock first thing in the morning, dispersing to give some levanter cloud later in the morning with sunny spells throughout the day.  Winds moderate easterly.  Only two Booted Eagles were seen in the early afternoon. A total of 84 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and a Wren, 2 Robins, a Nightingale, a Common Redstart, a Blackbird, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Reed Warblers, single Ortolan Bunting, Western Olivaceous Warbler,Bonelli's Warbler, 4 Sardinian Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 15 Garden Warblers, 38 Blackcaps, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Blue Tits, 4 Greenfinches and a control Garden Warbler from Spain.  Totals will be published shortly.  A Kingfisher was seen off the Westview Promenade around midday.

 

18 Sept: Levanter cloud over the Rock for much of the day.  Winds light to moderate easterly.  Another good day at the Observatory with 87 new birds ringed, with 2 Robins, 2 Nightingales, 3 Common Redstarts, a Blackbird, 4 Reed Warblers, 14 Sardinian Warblers, 2 Orphean Warblers, 7 Garden Warblers, 41 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Iberian Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatchers, a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinches.

 

17 Sept: Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock with a moderate easterly wind.  Conditions for trapping improved with 84 new birds ringed that included 2 Wrens, 3 Common Redstarts, a Blue Rock Thrush, 6 Blackbirds, 3 Reed Warblers, 23 Sardinian Warblers, an Orphean Warbler, 6 Garden Warblers, 25 Blackcaps, an Iberian Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 8 Blue Tits.

 

16 Sept: Cloudy in the morning with levanter cloud over the Rock, but becoming bright and sunny and hot.  Winds light to moderate easterly.  Only 21 new birds were ringed and included a Robin, 11 Sardinian Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, 5 Blackcaps and a Greenfinch.

 

15 Sept: High westerly cloud with some light levanter cloud over the Rock.  Some sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds light easterly.  A total of 46 new birds were ringed at the Observatory that included a Common Redstart, a Blackbird, a Reed Warbler, 18 Sardinian Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Blue Tit and a Greenfinch.

 

14 Sept:  High cloud with overcast skies, with levanter cloud developing mid morning.  Winds light easterly becoming light variable with some light rain showers.  A dead Hoopoe was found at Chilton Court.  two Northern Wheatears and a Ringed Plover were seen on the western end of the runway.  Approximately 200 Booted Eagles came over the Rock but most returned north or crossed west across the Bay.

The Observatory at Jews' Gate was again manned by Ray Marsh for the autumn period and nets were erected on site with 12 birds caught throughout the morning.  These included a Blackbird, a Reed Warbler, 5 Sardinian Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and a Greenfinch.

 

13 Sept:  Clear skies with some high cloud.  Winds light westerly becoming moderate after midday.  Some flocks of Honey Buzzards crossed over the harbour and across the Bay in the morning.  Also some Booted Eagles over the Rock by midday, with a flock of 13 Black Storks, all heading south.   Present at the Botanic Gardens were a Common Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler.  A Raven was seen over the Rock.

 

12 Sept:  Overcast with a fresh easterly wind, becoming light after midday when Booted Eagles started to fly in towards the Rock during the late morning and late afternoon.  Numbers were not registered but involved several hundred individuals.  A Black Stork was also seen.  The Spotted Flycatchers were still present at the Botanic Gardens.

 

09 Sept:  Cloudy and overcast with some drizzle.  Winds light westerly in the morning, becoming light variable with some light easterly later in the day.  At least 800 Honey Buzzards passed low over town and crossed the Strait in the morning, with passage shifting over the Bay by midday.  A Nightingale was heard in Little Bay, and a Whimbrel was seen at Camp Bay at midday.

 

08 Sept:  Cloudy and overcast with some light rain in the morning.  Winds light and variable to light easterly.  A Glossy Ibis was seen heading north over Windmill Hill.

 

07 Sept:  Clear skies with a light westerly in the morning, becoming light variable to light easterly.  Honey Buzzards continued to pass in the morning until midday when winds became light and passage shifted over the Bay, and stopped once the easterlies set in.

 

06 Sept:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly wind.  Heavy passage with several thousands of Honey Buzzards throughout the day.  Also seen were several hundred Black Kites, an Egyptian Vulture and 2 Ospreys.  A watch was not kept.

 

  05 Sept:  Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud in the morning.  Winds moderate to fresh west to north-west.  Before sunrise a Montagu's Harrier flew south, followed shortly by hundreds of Honey Buzzards as they picked up some uplift on the Rock.  By mid morning passage had shifted to the east side of the Rock where hundreds of Honey Buzzards continued to cross south.  They continued till the evening when several thousands must have crossed.  A Hoopoe was seen around Vinyards.

 

04 Sept:  Clear skies with a light to moderate westerly wind.  Good passage of Honey Buzzards throughout the day with some Black Kites and a Booted Eagle.  No counts were made.

 

03 Sept:  Clear skies with a light south-westerly wind.wind.  The Magpie was relocated at Coaling Island.  A Common Redstart was seen at the Botanic gardens.

 

01 Sept:  Heavy levanter cloud with fresh easterly winds.  A flock of 50 Bee-eaters were observed around Naval Hospital Hill.

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