Recent Sightings December 2019

30 Dec:  Overcast skies with a strong easterly wind.  A Storm Petrel was picked up by the Tarik Shipping boat in the harbour.  It was found to be in good condition and when released by the small boats marina, flew away strongly.

 

28 Dec:  Overcast skies with a fresh to strong easterly wind.  A Sparrowhawk was seen hunting on the Nature Reserve by Signal Station Road and Levant Battery.

 

27 Dec:  Cloudy skies with a fresh to strong easterly wind.  The Tawny Owl was heard calling from the Botanic Gardens in the evening.

 

26  Dec:  Clear skies with a light variable wind.  There was a Cattle Egret on the Gib side of the border.

 

23 Dec:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind.  Information has been received about the  Black-headed Gull that was seen with the ring RKSF.  It was ringed in Central France on the 13th June 2019 at precisely 45°34'27.19"N   4°13'28.06"E.

Also the ringed Black-headed Gull E6PT with all the data so far.

 

Ringing data

Arnhem            .2502151    W-E6PT   Kokmeeuw                         Larus ridibundus

                                 Leeftijd & geslacht  :         3 kj / 3 cy          vrouw/female

                                Ring date                 :      7-7-2014

                                 Ringing Site                                                      :         eemshaven  5326.00 N          651.00  E

                                 Ringer                       :      Frank Majoor

Opmerkingen                 :          Ringer: Rob Voesten

Recoveries

Date

Site

 

 

 

 

Observer

29-11-2014

Puerto de Algeciras, Cadiz, SPAiN

3.607,26

N

526,26

W

Jose Luis Goes

5-3-2016

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Alex Colorado

25-11-2017

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Charles Perez

21-1-2018

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Charles Perez

16-12-2018

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Charles Perez

23-12-2018

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Charles Perez

15-12-2019

Europa Point, GIBRALTAR

3.609,00

N

520,00

W

Charles Perez

 

18 Dec:  Cloudy skies with a moderate westerly wind.  Approximately 50 Black-headed Gulls were feeding and resting on the cliff below Europa Point.  Among them was E6PT, and the return of T39J, another Black-headed Gull that has been wintering at this site for a few years now.  Also present was a Black-headed Gull bearing a blue colour ring with the letters RKSF.  It has been ringed in France and we will post details of this gull in due course.

 

A new ringed Black-headed Gull RKSF wintering at Europa Point.

 

 15 Dec:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind.  There were over 50 Black-headed Gulls  at Europa Point with some Gannets feeding offshore.  A close look at the flock resting on the cliff saw the return of Black-headed Gull E6PT.   It is interesting that some birds have a site fidelity, coming back to the wintering site year after year.  It has been recorded on subsequent years at Europa Point, wintering from 2016 until now.

Details:- Black-headed Gull   Larus ridibundus 3rd calendar year

                 Metal ring No:  2502151    Colour ring: White Black letters E6PT

                 Ringed on 07/07/2014 at Eemshaven 53 26N 06 51E Netherlands

                 Ringer:- Rob Voesten

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