August 2019 Sightings

11 Aug:  Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind.  Several thousand Black Kites flew south over the Rock.


10 Aug:  Black Kites were passing south early in the morning, and continued all day with approximately several thousand through, and included some Booted Eagles and an Eleonora's Falcon.  A couple of hours at Europa Point proved interesting with 150 Cory's Shearwaters, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 19 Audouin's Gulls, a LesserBlack-backed Gull and 5 Avocets recorded.


09 Aug:  Heavy passage of Black Kites in the afternoon, when several hundreds were seen.   A watch was carried out in the afternoon at Europa Point and a total of 300 Cory's Shearwaters, 11 Audouin's Gulls, and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull were seen.


08 Aug:  a mid afternoon watch at Europa Point provided passage of seabirds heading west with 96 Cory's Shearwaters, 21 Audouin's Gulls, a Common Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher and 2 Sandwich Terns.


07 Aug:  Black Kites on the move south.  No counts were made but several hundred involved.  A three hour watch at Europa Point recorded several hundred Cory's Shearwaters, an adult and a juvenile Gannet, 4 Shags, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Audouin's Gulls, and several waders seen on the rocks at the foreshore consisting of 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Turnstone.


05 Aug:  Three Oystercatchers were seen off Europa Point.


04 Aug:  Seabird passage continued past Europa Point in westerly winds with a second summer Gannet, 60 Cory's Shearwaters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 40 Audouin's Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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