February 2019 Sightings

28 Feb:  Clear skies with a light south-westerly wind.  The first Short-toed Eagle headed north over the Rock in the afternoon.  The lack of westerly winds has been detrimental to raptor passage.  A Cormorant was seen flying south and  low over Europa Road at sundown.

 

27 Feb:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  A visit to Europa Point in the morning saw 4 Gannets, 3 Cormorants, 2 Shags, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 17 Audouin's Gulls, 2 Goldfinches and a Chiffchaff.

 

19 Feb:  Overcast skies with levanter cloud.  Winds fresh easterly.  A short ringing spell in the morning produced only 4 new birds, only 4 Blackcaps.

 

18 Feb:  Overcast skies with a moderate easterly wind.  A total of 14 new birds were ringed that included 5 Robins, a Blackbird, 2 Song Thrushes, a Sardinian Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, an Iberian Chiffchaff and a Chiffchaff.

 

17 Feb:  Overcast skies with a strong easterly wind.  Only a few nets opened for a total of 5 new birds that included a Crag Martin, a Black Redstart and a Robin.  A Sanderling was observed at Western Beach.

 

15 Feb:  Strong levanter with gusty and strong easterly winds.  A total of 32 birds were processed at the Observatory with 9 Robins and 15 retrap Blackcaps.  Obviously birds are staying to fatten up before leaving.  Eighteen new birds were ringed and included 4 Robins, 12 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and a Chaffinch.  the first Hoopoe of the season was seen in the Botanic Gardens today.

 

14 Feb:  Very cloudy and overcast with some drizzle in the morning.  Winds fresh easterly.  An Iberian Chiffchaff was heard in the Botanic Gardens.

 

13 Feb: Overcast skies with a fresh easterly wind and heavy levanter cloud.  A total of 33 birds were processed at the Observatory, with 19 new birds ringed and included 2  Blackbird , 9 Blackcaps , 4 Robins, 2 Chiffchaff,  a Sardinian Warbler and a Greenfinch.  There were two controls of Blackcaps; one each from Spain and from the Czech republic.

 

12 Feb:  Overcast skies with heavy levanter cloud and some drizzle.  Clearing in the evening.  Winds fresh easterly.  Conditions improved for ringing at them Observatory with a total of 30 birds with eighteen new birds ringed that included 3 Robins, a Black Redstart, a Blackbird, 10 Blackcaps, and 3 Sardinian Warblers.

 

11 Feb:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  very warm.  Fourteen new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included a Song Thrush, 2 Robins, 9 Blackcaps, a Black Redstart and a Greenfinch.   Diurnal passage from the Observatory recorded 24 House Martins, 6 Swallows, single White Stork and Black Stork, 2 Black Kites, 2 Sparrowhawks, and 2 Greenfinches.

 

10 Feb:  Clear skies with a fresh north-westerly wind.  Only one Black Redstart was ringed due to strong winds.  Visual migration of diurnal birds recorded 4 Serins, 7 House Martins, a Swallow and 17 Black Kites in the late afternoon.

 

9 Feb:  Clear skies with a light to moderate north westerly.  Sixteen new birds were ringed and included 4 Robins, a Sardinian Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, and a Greenfinch.

 

8 Feb:  Clear skies with a light variable wind.  A total of 23 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 7 Robins, a Sardinian Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, 3 Chaffinches and 2 Greenfinches.   The Magpie was present at Commonwealth Park where a Firecrest was also seen.

 

7 Feb:  Clear skies with a northerly wind turning to south-westerly.  A total of 15 birds with 7 new birds ringed with 5 Robins, a Black Redstart and a Blackcap.  A retrap Black Redstart was originally ringed at the Observatory on the 2nd November 2015.  A Booted Eagle was seen briefly in the early afternoon.

 

6 Feb:  Levanter cloud in the morning clearing mid morning to give a sunny day Winds moderate to light easterly.  A total of 9 new birds were ringed at the Observatory and included 2 Robins, a Black Redstart, a Song Thrush and 5 Blackcaps .

 

5 Feb:  Clear skies with a light variable wind.  Twenty-seven new birds were ringed today and included 10 Robins, a Black Redstart, a Sardinian Warbler, 13 Blackcaps including a Belgian control, and 2 Greenfinches.  A total of 16 Cormorants were observed resting on the railings at the western end of the runway.  A light-phase Booted Eagle flew up the Bay and headed north.

 

4 Feb:  Clear skies with a very cold northerly wind.  The ringing season opened today with the Jews' Gate Bird Observatory active once again.  A total of 15 new birds were ringed and included 6 Robins, 4 Black Redstarts, a Sardinian Warbler and 4 Blackcaps.

 

3 Feb:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  A Black Kite was seen heading north.

  • BTO Logo
  • UKOTCF
  • IUCN Member Logo
  • University Of Gibraltar Logo
  • Bird Life International Logo
  • Bat Life Europe Logo