July 2019 Sightings
28 Jul: Cloudy skies with a light to moderate westerly wind. At least 150 Black Kites headed south in the morning. A Grey Heron was seen flying around Little Bay chased by gulls. An Oystercatcher was present at the South Mole and a Flamingo rounded Europa Point and flew into the Bay.
A Spotted Flycatcher chick was heard and seen in the Convent Garden where they were suspected of nesting. This makes it the sixth successful pair, the others at Commonwealth Park, Trafalgar Cemetery and three in the Botanic Gardens.
27 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate north-westerly turning to fresh westerly wind. At least 3000 Black Kites flew over the Rock in the late evening, but decided not to cross and returned to Spain. A Common Sandpiper and a Grey Heron were present at the western end of the runway. A short watch at Europa Point produced 4 Cory's Shearwaters, 3 Gannets, 2 Oystercatchers, and 4 Audouin's Gulls which included the first two juveniles of the season. Over the Rock there were 2 Black Kites and 2 Ravens.
26 Jul: Clear skies becoming cloudy, with a light to moderate westerly wind. At least 200 Black Kites headed south in the late afternoon.
24 Jul: Some wisps of levanter cloud in the morning in moderate easterly winds. Two Booted Eagles were soaring over the Rock by mid morning.
23 Jul: Overcast with heavy levanter cloud all day. Winds fresh easterly. At least 50 Black Kites were seen heading south over the southern end of the Rock. The two Ravens were seen again heading north over the Rock. We believe that this pair is nesting in the Alcaidesa area in Spain, and forage on the Rock for gull eggs and chicks.
22 Jul: Overcast skies with a heavy levanter cloud. Winds fresh easterly. At least three pairs of Spotted Flycatchers have had a successful breeding season with young seen at Trafalgar Cemetery, the Botanic Gardens and Commonwealth Park. Robins are still about at these sites, but breeding success has not been confirmed. A Melodious Warbler was seen in the Botanic Gardens.
Spotted Flycatcher feeding young in the Botanic Gardens. Photo: F.J. Odinius
Robin still present at Trafalgar Cemetery. Photo: F.J. Odinius.
21 Jul: Clear skies with light variable winds becoming light easterly. A dark phase Booted Eagle was see over the Rock.
20 Jul: Light westerly winds becoming light variable. A Garden Warbler was photographed in the Botanic Gardens.
Garden Warbler in the Botanic Gardens. Photo: F.J. Odinius.
14 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind. There was small passage of Audouin's Gulls past Europa Point throughout the day, with a few birds every half hour. A watch was carried out in the late afternoon and 30 Audouin's Gulls of different ages flew west past the Point. Also seen were 13 Mediterranean Gulls, a Black-headed Gull, 10 Cory's Shearwaters, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, a Gannet, and a Shag flying east.
A couple of Black Kites were seen over the Rock in the morning, with another in the afternoon.
8 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind. Two Black Kites were seen over the Rock, most probably early migrants on southward passage.
04 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind. A Green Woodpecker was seen on the northern firebreak of the Nature Reserve. The photographer managed to get a record shot of it.
Green Woodpecker. Photo: N. Ferrary.
03 Jul: Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly wind. A dead Kingfisher was found by the lift at Commonwealth Park. Also a Mediterranean Gull was seen off the western end of the runway.
01 Jul: Clear skies with a fresh south-westerly wind becoming fresh westerly. At least 6 Griffon Vultures flew north over the Rock, having crossed the Strait from Morocco. A watch in the late afternoon at Europa Point produced 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 second-summer Audouin's Gulls.