June 2019 Sightings

30 Jun:  Clear skies with a westerly wind.  A Honey Buzzard flew north over the Rock.

 

28 Jun:  A White Wagtail was present at Commonwealth park.

 

23 Jun:  A Puffin was seen two miles out from Europa Point. 

Puffin in summer plumage.                                                                                                                  Photo:  I. Bensusan, EPRU

 

22 Jun:  Clear skies with westerly winds.  Six Mediterranean Gulls, 3 adults and 3 sub-adults flew below Europa Point on their way out of the Mediterranean.

 

21 Jun:  Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind.  At least 15 Griffon Vultures and a juvenile  Rüppell's Vulture headed north over the Rock.  This bird was photographed by Gonhs member David Parody.

 

 

Ruppells Vulture
Ruppells Vulture
Ruppells Vulture

 Rüppell's Vulture over Gibraltar:                       Photo:  D.M. Parody.  

 

 

 

19 Jun:  Clear skies with a westerly wind.  A dark morph Booted Eagle was seen over Gibraltar.     The Spotted Flycatchers at the Trafalgar Cemetery are already feeding young.

 

 

Spotted Flycatcher feeding young.                                                      Photo:  F.J. Odinius.

 

18 June:  Clear skies with a moderate southwesterly wind.  At least 5 Griffon Vultures headed north over town.

 

16 Jun:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  Two Black-winged Stilts flew low over the mound at Europa Point, and headed west.

 

15 June:  Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind.  A Griffon Vulture and 2 Black Kites were seen heading north over the Rock.

At Europa Point in the late afternoon 16 Shags were counted heading east.  Also seen were 100 Cory's Shearwaters, 10 Balearic Shearwaters and 3 Gull-billed Terns.

 

14 Jun:  The pair of Ravens were flying around Devil's Gap today.

 

07 June:  Cloudy skies early in the morning, clearing altogether.  Winds westerly.  A light phase Booted Eagle disturbed the Gulls on the Rock, and 34 Griffon Vultures passed low over the Rock after midday.

 

6 June:  Clear skies with a moderate north-west wind.  Robins are now present at Commonwealth Park, The Botanic Gardens, Trafalgar Cemetery and behind the Rock Hotel.

 

4 June:  After several days of strong easterly winds, the winds finally turned to a moderate south-westerly this morning, with clear skies and fresh westerly winds in the Strait.  During the morning and early afternoon, 6 Honey Buzzard, 70 Black Kites an Egyptian Vulture, 10 Griffon Vultures, 6 Short-toed Eagles and 4 Booted Eagles, flew north.

A flock of 40 Flamingoes were seen past Europa Point.

 

 

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