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.