October 2019 Sightings

17 Oct:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present in the same location, and a Mistle Thrush was observed flying towards the Dell in the Botanic Gardens.

 

16 Oct:  Clear skies with a cold light north-westerly wind.  Grey Herons are still present along the coastline to the east and west of the Rock.  The Yellow-browed Warbler was back in the carob tree and was joined by a second one in the afternoon!

Species Full Grown Retraps Totals
Crag Martin 1 0 1
Robin 4 0 4
Black Redstart 1 0 1
Blackbird 2 0 2
Song Thrush 1 0 1
Reed Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 5 0 5
Garden Warbler 2 0 2
Blackcap 95 3 98
Chiffchaff 1 0 1
Willow Warbler 2 0 2
Serin 3 0 3
Greenfinch 4 0 4
Totals 122 3 125

 

15 Oct:  Clear skies throughout the day. Winds moderate westerly.  A total of 61 new birds were ringed at the Observatory.

Species Full Grown Retraps Totals
Robin 3 0 3
Black Redstart 1 0 1
Redstart 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 2 1 3
Whitethroat 1 0 1
Garden Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 44 0 44
Chiffchaff 1 0 1
Willow warbler 1 0 1
Blue Tit 0 1 1
Serin 3 0 3
Greenfinch 3 2 3
Totals 167 3 63

 

The Yellow-browed Warbler* was relocated this morning,  in a Carob tree at the Botanic Gardens.

Yellow Browed Warbler

Yellow Browed Warbler

Yellow Browed Warbler

Yellow Browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

 

14 Oct:  The end of the easterly winds this morning, with two warm fronts approaching Gibraltar, with some rain showers on the way.  Mainly clear in the afternoon with some westerly cloud.  Winds fresh north-westerly to westerly.  A Yellow-browed Warbler* was heard calling twice at the Botanic Gardens.  It later reacted and replied to playback and was seen by two observers.  A male Common Redstart was seen at the North Front Cemetery, and a Song Thrush overflew the Botanic gardens.

 

13 Oct:  Overcast skies with a heavy levanter cloud.  An Eleonora's Falcon was seen with another Falcon sp. before flying across the Bay.  In the afternoon 5 Booted Eagles 2 Short-toed Eagles a Black Kite and an Osprey were observed from the Observatory.  Crag Martins and a Red-rumped Swallow were also seen in the morning from the Observatory.  A total of 174 new birds were ringed.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Totals
Red-rumped Swallow 1 0 1
Robin 3 0 3
Black Redstart 1 0 1
Redstart 2 0 2
Blackbird 2 0 2
Song Thrush 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 1 4
Garden Warbler 4 0 4
Blackcap 139 1 140
Chiffchaff 7 0 7
Blue Tit 3 1 4
Greenfinch 5 0 5
Goldfinch 3 0 3
Totals 174 3 177

 

An afternoon visit to Windmill proved productive with a 7 Barbary Partridges, a Stone Curlew, 2 Woodlark, a Calandra Lark*, (only the third record),  4 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, a Blue Rock Thrush, a Wren, 7 Stonechats, a Black Redstart, a Common Redstart,  12 Sardinian Warblers, 3 Dartford Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Greenfinches and 7 Corn Buntings.

 

Off Europa Point at least 2000 Cory's Shearwaters were feeding on flying fish which were chased by large numbers of Blue-fin Tuna that have been present in Gibraltar waters for several months now.  Also seen were 4 Great Skua, 5 Black-headed Gulls , a Common Sandpiper and 5 Sandwich Terns.  A Marsh Harrier flew south over the Europa foreshore and 2 Turnstones were present at Camp Bay.

12 Oct:  Heavy levanter over the town and harbour clearing in the afternoon to give sunny and warm spells.  At midday 7 Booted Eagles and 8 Short-toed Eagles flew over the Rock.  A good catch at the Observatory with 123 new birds ringed.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 3 0 3
Redstart 1 0 1
Stonechat 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 5 1 6
Garden Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 105 0 105
Chiffchaff 4 0 4
Willow Warbler 1 0 1
House Sparrow 1 0 1
Greenfinch 1 0 1
Total 123 1 124

Two Grey Herons were present in Rosia Bay, and a Night Heron flew over Waterport in the early hours of the morning. A very late Bonelli's Warbler was photographed at the Botanic Gardens.

 

11 Oct:  Heavy levanter cloud over the area with moderate easterly winds.  Blackcaps dominated the catch at the Observatory, but Robins had yet to arrive in numbers.  A flock of 11 Black Storks flew into the cloud in the Nature reserve before returning north.  A Spotted Flycatcher was observed at the North Front Cemetery.

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
European Nightjar 1 0 1
Robin 4 0 4
Black Redstart 1 0 1
Redstart 3 0 3
Blackbird 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 0 3
Garden Warbler 3 0 3
Blackcap 102 1 103
Chiffchaff 2 0 2
Willow Warbler 3 0 3
Blue Tit 1 1 2
Total 124 2 164

 

10 Oct:  Overcast skies with a heavy levanter cloud.  Winds moderate to fresh easterly.  Four Cormorants and 2 Grey Herons were present at the western end of the runway.

An evening count at the  Gorham's Cave World Heritage observation site produced a few Crag Martins, 2 Ravens, a Grey Heron, an Osprey setteling to roost on the stairway down to Gorham's Cave, and an exceptional count of 26 Shags; a Gibraltar record.

A total of 117 new birds were ringed at the Observatory.

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 8 0 8
Blackbird 2 0 2
Song Thrush 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 0 3
Garden Warbler 3 0 3
Blackcap 94 2 96
Chiffchaff 5 0 5
Blue Tit 1 0 1
Greenfinch 0 1 1
Total 117 3 120

 

9 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour in fresh easterly winds.  A total of 83 new birds were ringed at the Observatory.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 6 0 6
Blackbird 1 1 2
Song Thrush 2 0 2
Dartford Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 0 3
Garden Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 60 1 61
Chiffchaff 2 0 2
Willow Warbler 1 0 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 0 1
Blue Tit 2 0 2
Greenfinch 3 0 3
Total 83 2 85

 

8 Oct:  Cloudy skies with a levanter cloud over the town and harbour.  Fresh easterly winds.  A Northern Wheatear was observed at North Front Cemetery.  At the Observatory a total of 52 new birds were ringed.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 2 0 2
Redstart 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 1 4 5
Garden Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 32 3 35
Chiffchaff 3 0 3
Willow Warbler 3 0 3
Blue Tit 2 0 2
Serin 1 0 1
Greenfinch 6 0 6
Total 52 7 59

 

 

7 Oct:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly to south westerly.  Most trans-Saharan migrants have now left, and wintering birds begin to arrive.  Most will have overflown the site with clear skies and only 32 new birds were ringed.

Species Full Grown Retrap Total
Robin 2 0 2
Nightingale 0 1 1
Sardinian Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 20 1 21
Chiffchaff 4 0 4
Willow Warbler 3 0 3
Blue Tit 1 0 1
Greenfinch 1 0 1
Totals 32 3 34

A Spotted Flycatcher was still present at North Front Cemetery.

6 Oct:    Clear skies with a north-westerly wind turning to south-westerly in the Strait.  An afternoon watch from Europa Point turned up 15 Gannets, 1000 Cory's Shearwaters feeding, 5 Scopoli's Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, a Cormorant, 2 Shags, 6 Great Skuas,  17 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Black-headed Gulls, a Sandwich Tern and a Turnstone.  A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at the North Front Cemetery.

Only 27 new birds were ringed at the Observatory.

Species Full Grown Retraps Totals
Robin 2 0 2
Subalpine Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 0 3
Garden Warbler 3 0 3
Blackcap 16 3 19
Iberian Chiffchaff 1 0 1
Willow Warbler 1 0 1
Totals 27 3 30

A flock of 6 Grey Herons were seen heading north along Rosia Bay.

 

5 Oct:  Clear skies but becoming overcast over in the afternoon with high cloud.  Winds north-westerly in the morning with a south-westerly bearing down the Strait in the afternoon.Today was Eurobirdwatch day, and a walk along Engineer Road to Jews' Gate produced 2 Song Thrushes and 7 Barbary Partridges.  There was some soaring bird migration too, with a Marsh Harrier, a Short-toed Eagle, three Honey Buzzards and six Black Kites.  Two Ravens and a Grey Heron also flew by and there was a trickle of Barn Swallows.   A total of 52 birds were processed at the Observatory.  A Whinchat was present at North Front Cemetery.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 1 0 1
Blackbird 0 1 1
Reed Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 2 0 2
Whitethroat 1 0 1
Garden Warbler 3 0 3
Blackcap 39 1 40
Willow Warbler 2 0 2
Blue Tit 1 0 1
Total 50 2 52

 

Europa Point was very productive in the afternoon with good views of many birds and a good attendance of birders and photographers.  A seawatch produced five Audouin’s Gulls, four Black-headed Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns, a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, three Ruddy Turnstones, 20 Northern Gannets, ten Great Skuas, at least 600 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Scopoli’s Shearwater, four Balearic Shearwaters and a Great Shearwater that flew close to the point, providing magnificent views.  Photos were taken from the watch point on land by Robert Perez.

Great Shearwater                             Photo:  R. Perez

Great Shearwater Photo: R. Perez

Great Shearwater                             Photo:  R. Perez

Great Shearwater Photo: R. Perez

 

4 Oct:  Clear skies with a light and variable to light westerly.  An evening watch from above Gorham's Cave World Heritage Site produced 20 Shags, 2 Cormorants, a Grey Heron and a Little Owl calling from the cliffs above.

 

 

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Robin 1 0 1
Blackbird 1 0 1
Reed Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 3 0 3
Garden Warbler 1 0 1
Blackcap 14 2 16
Willow Warbler 1 0 1
Total 22 2 24

 

3 Oct:  Clear skies with a fresh west to north-westerly wind.  Winds were to strong to open nets at the Observatory.  In the evening 10 Honey Buzzards a Sparrowhawk and a Booted Eagle were seen heading south over Europa Point.

At Europa Point over 800 Cory's Shearwaters were present offshore feeding on flying fish with Blue-fin Tuna chasing the shoals.  Also seen were a 3 Gannets, and adult heading east and a juvenile and a second year west, a Great Skua, a Cormorant,  single Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Black-headed Gulls feeding below the Point, 2 Common Sandpipers and over 100 Swallows flying off the sea and heading north, following the coastline.  At North Front Cemetery single Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler were seen.  At the Botanic Gardens single Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher were observed.

 

2 Oct:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh north-west wind.  Two Grey Wagtails and a Pied Flycatcher were present at Commonwealth Park.  Windy at the Observatory and only 13 birds ringed.  

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
Blackbird 1 0 1
Garden Warbler 2 0 2
Blackcap 7 0 7
Willow Warbler 3 0 3
Total 13 0 13

 

 

1 Oct:  Sunny spells with lots of high cloud.  Winds light to moderate westerly.  A Pied Flycatcher and a Robin were present at Commonwealth Park.  At the Observatory 64 birds were ringed, with the main species, Blackcaps again.

 

Species Full Grown Retraps Total
European Nightjar 1 0 1
Robin 1 0 1
Redstart 3 0 3
Blackbird 1 0 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1 0 1
Reed Warbler 1 0 1
Sardinian Warbler 1 0 1
Garden Warbler 8 0 8
Blackcap 45 1 46
Willow Warbler 2 0 2
Total 64 1 65

 

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