August 2019 Sightings

30 Aug: Commonwealth Park held a family of Spotted Flycatchers and a Robin.  Another Robin was in the Alameda Gardens, where there was also a Common Whitethroat.

 

29 Aug: A Robin was at Alameda Gardens.  A family of Spotted Flycatchers was in the garden of The Convent.

 

28 Aug: A Spotted Flycatcher and Melodious Warbler were in a suburban wooded area of Rosia Road.  A female Common Redstart was at the Alameda Gardens.

 

25 Aug: A family of Spotted Flycatchers along St Bernard’s Road.

 

24 Aug: Two Robins at Trafalgar Cemetery.

 

23 Aug: A Bonelli’s Warbler was at Alameda Gardens following a night of levanter.  A family of Spotted Flycatchers was present too.

 

21 Aug: A Robin was present at the Alameda Gardens.

 

20 Aug:  Clear skies with a light south-westerly wind becoming light variable in the evening.  A Hoopoe was seen at Alameda Estate.  Another pair of Spotted Flycatchers seen feeding young near Loreto School.  This tally makes at least about 9 pairs in Gibraltar, including one at North Front. A Robin was at the Alameda Gardens.

 

19 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  Several flocks of Black Kites flew north in the early morning, with many more big flocks during the day numbering several thousand.  At least 950 Black Kites arriving at the North face in the evening.

A watch at Europa Point in the afternoon produced 2 adult Gannets and a juvenile. 136 Cory's Shearwaters, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Audouin's Gulls, a Sandwich Tern and a Common Sandpiper.

 

18 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate west to north-westerly wind.  An hours watch at Europa Point produced approximately 200 Cory's Shearwaters heading west, and 4 Audouin's Gulls, 2 juveniles, a second summer bird and an adult.

 

17 Aug:  Clear skies with some fog early in the morning.  Winds light to moderate easterly.  A Grey Heron was seen on rocks at Little bay.

 

12 Aug:  Some raptors were seen from the Europa Point area and consisted of 217 Black Kites and 3 Booted Eagles.  Also seen were 2 Ravens that then flew back across the Bay to Spain.

 

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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