Recent Sightings August 2020

30 Aug:  Levanter cloud over the Rock clearing in the afternoon.  A Whimbrel and three Turnstones were seen in Rosia Bay.

 

29 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate to light westerly wind.  A trickle of raptors over the Rock which then flew west across the Bay.  An estimated 100 Honey Buzzards and 10 Black Kites were seen.  An hours watch at Europa Point produced 15 Cory's Shearwaters, a Gannet, a Shag, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and two Black-headed Gulls.  Also seen were four Honey Buzzards, two Black Kites and a Booted Eagle.

 

28 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly turning to south-westerly in the afternoon.  A good passage of raptors heading south in the morning but as the winds veered to south-west, passage stopped.  The total for the morning was 50 Honey Buzzards, 300 Black Kites, and nine Montagu's Harriers.  A Sparrowhawk was also seen in the south District, and some Bee-eaters were also observed.  A Hoopoe was seen at Westview Promenade..

 

27 Aug:  Clear skies with a  light easterly turning to light westerly.  Two Robins were present at the Trafalgar Cemetery and a Pied Flycatcher was seen in the Botanic Gardens.

 

26 Aug:  Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock with moderate easterly winds.  two Grey Herons were seen flying south past Rosia Bay.

 

23 Aug:  Clear skies becoming cloudy with levanter cloud.  Winds moderate easterly.  A visit to North Front Cemetery produced single Hoopoe, Spotted Flycatcher and a juvenile Woodchat ShrikeHoopoes were also seen at Westview Promenade and at Windmill Hill.

 

19 Aug:  Clear skies with a light variable wind.  An adult and two juvenile Spotted Flycatchers were present along Green Lane.

 

18 Aug:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind, becoming light variable.  Two adult Robins were observed in the Trafalgar Cemetery, and a Serin and Iberian Chiffchaff were seen in the Botanic Gardens.  In the afternoon a sporadic watch at Europa Point produced two Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers, 45 Audouin's Gulls and large numbers of Cory's Shearwaters feeding offshore.

Whimbrel at Europa Point.   H. Van Gils

Whimbrel at Europa Point. H. Van Gils

Whimbrel resting at Europa foreshore. R. Perez

Whimbrel resting at Europa foreshore. R. Perez

 

17 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly turning to fresh south westerly in the Strait.  Some passage of Black Kites heading south in the morning, with a few flocks in the afternoon for a total of 850 Black Kites and a Booted Eagle.

A visit to Europa Point saw many hundreds of Cory's Shearwaters feeding well offshore.  Also seen were two Whimbrels, six Turnstones, an Oystercatcher, three Mediterranean Gulls and 54 Audouin's Gulls.

 

16 Aug:  Clear skies with a fresh north-westerly becoming moderate to light by mid morning, and turning to fresh south westerly in the afternoon.  Heavy passage of Black Kites in the morning with several thousand birds involved.  Passage again picked up in the afternoon with several hundred birds for a total of 4585 Black Kites and two Booted Eagles.

 

15 Aug:  Clear skies with a light to moderate westerly wind becoming fresh west in the afternoon.  Flocks of several hundred Black Kites flew in towards the north face of the rock in the morning, with passage slowing down mid morning but picking up by mid afternoon for a total of 3500 Black Kites.

 

14 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind freshening in the afternoon.  Heavy passage of Black Kites from mid afternoon till sundown accounted for a total of 6800 Black Kites and also two Honey Buzzards.

 

13 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly to south-westerly in the afternoon.   Small numbers of Black Kites in the morning, but most drifted along the other side of the Bay.  In the late afternoon, as winds increased, a number of Black Kites flew south low over town.  Approximately some 200 Black Kites were involved.

 

12 Aug:  Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds moderate westerly. Black Kites were reported in mid afternoon heading south.  a count was made and  2500 Black Kites were recorded, together with a male Montagu's Harrier and a light phase Booted Eagle that was seen hunting over the Rock and chased by the two Ravens.

 

11 Aug: Cloudy in the morning clearing by midday with light variable to light westerly winds.  A flock of 30 Black Kites were seen over the harbour area in the morning.  At Europa Point 16 Audouin's Gulls and a lone Black-headed Gull were seen heading west out of the Mediterranean.  A few Cory's Shearwaters entered the Strait to feed.

 

09 Aug: Levanter cloud over the Rock giving way to some sunny spells in the afternoon.   There were four juvenile Shags at Governor's Beach and two Turnstones at the Europa foreshore.

 

06 Aug:  Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in fresh easterly winds.  Some sunshine in the late afternoon .  A flock of  40 Black Kites were seen over the harbour area, but these birds did not cross the Strait.

 

05 Aug:  Thick fog in the morning from the east, with heavy levanter over the Rock, remaining cloudy until evening with sunny spells.  Winds fresh easterly.  A Booted Eagle was seen over the Rosia area, and an Iberian Chiffchaff was heard in the Botanic Gardens.

 

03 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh west to south-westerly wind.  Black Kites started early in the morning but continued up the Bay by mid morning, returning over the Rock after 17:00 hrs with heavy passage until the evening.  Overall there were approximately over 1000 birds involved.

 

02 Aug:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly wind, but south-westerly in the Strait.  Black Kites started early in the morning with over 300 birds heading south, but by late morning, some 13 birds returned north.  In the afternoon, Black Kite passage started as from 16:00hrs and were seen low over town and over eastern beach, where they circled and joined other flocks.  Several hundred birds were involved for a total of 1535 Black Kites, a Montagu's Harrier, three Booted Eagles and a Short-toed Eagle.  A watch at Europa Point produced four Cory's Shearwaters, four Shags, a Gannet, a Black-headed Gull, 10 Audouin's Gulls, four Kestrels and a light phase Eleonora's Falcon.

 

01 Aug:  Mainly clear skies but hazy with Saharan dust in the atmospere.  Winds moderate south-westerly.  An afternoon watch at Europa Point produced a Swallow, six Cory's Shearwaters, 3 Gannets and 120 Audouin's Gulls.

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