December 2018 Sightings
31 Dec: A Grey Heron was seen on the rocks below Parson's Lodge Battery.
28 Dec: The Magpie was spotted at the Garrison Library gardens.
26 Dec: The Common Sandpiper was still present at Westview Promenade.
25 Dec: A Common Sandpiper and a Sandwich Tern were observed at the Westview Promenade. Also 3 Common Scoters flying north just off the North Mole and then wheeling around and flying past the Detached Mole.
23 Dec: Light easterly with some slight levanter cloud. A Sparrowhawk was observed at Camp Bay. At Europa Point there were at least 80 Black-headed Gulls. Amongst those landed on the cliff below the Point, were two birds with white colour rings; E6PT seen on the 21st January 2018 and again on the 16th December 2018.
Details:- Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus 3rd calendar year
Metal ring No: 2502151 Colour ring: White Black letters E6PT
Ringed on 07/07/2014 at Eemshaven 53 26N 06 51E Netherlands
Ringer:- Rob Voesten
and T39J last seen on the 17th Feb 2018.
Details:- Ringed at Gydnia in Poland on the 1st April 2011
20 Dec: A Storm Petrel was picked up exhausted and taken into care, and was released the following day.
19 Dec: Approximately 12 Cormorants were observed at the western end of the runway.
17 Dec: Mainly clear skies with some high cloud. Winds light westerly. The Grey Wagtail was again seen at Commonwealth Park.
16 Dec: A Black-headed Gull with a white colour ring with the code E6PT was seen sitting on the cliffs at Europa Point. This bird is a returning winter visitor and was last recorded on the 21st January of 2018.
14 Dec: A Grey Wagtail was observed at Commonwealth Park. A Common Sandpiper was seen on the groyne at Eastern Beach.
13 Dec: Two Cormorants were present at the pond in Commonwealth Park
04 Dec: Foggy morning but clearing mid morning to give a sunny and warm day. Light easterly winds. The wintering roost of Crag Martins at the Gorham's Cave Complex, was targeted and a total of 50 new birds were ringed, and included a local retrap and a control with a Spanish ring.
02 Dec: Cloudy in the morning but soon clearing to give a bright and sunny day with some high cloud. Winds light variable. The Magpie was spotted on a rooftop close to where the Theatre Royal was located.