Recent Sightings September 2020

30 Sept:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  There were six Turnstones and two Whimbrels at the foreshore, and two Stonechats and two Common Redstarts were present at North Front Cemetery

 

28 Sept:  Clear skies with a fresh northerly wind.  There were a Kingfishers at the western end of the runway and the Yacht Club, and a Spotted Flycatcher and a Northern Wheatear were present at North Front Cemetery.  Four Little Egrets flew south at Sandy Bay.  A visit to Europa foreshore in the afternoon produced a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, a Turnstone, 4 Black-headed Gulls and four Northern Wheatears.

 

27 Sept:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh north-westerly wind.  An interesting day with three unusual sightings of raptors that consisted of a juvenile Goshawk seen along the southern end of the Rock in the morning, a tired juvenile female Black Vulture that landed on the rocks at Sandy Bay and stayed in the area for over an hour before finding thermals and gaining height over the Rock, and a juvenile Bonelli's Eagle that was seen over Spur Battery.  A Honey Buzzard was also seen heading south.

 

Black Vulture at Sandy Bay.

An afternoon watch at Europa Point produced a feeding frenzy of flocks of Cory's Shearwaters, a Gannet, 26 Black-headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls, 17 Audouin's Gulls, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Whimbrels and three Turnstones.  Also seen were single Black Kite and Booted Eagle.  A Whitethroat was seen feeding on pomegranate fruit at Vinyards.

 

26 Sept:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  Two Cormorants were present at the western end of the runway.  A flock of approximately 50 Flamingoes were seen flying west across the Bay.  A Hoopoe was present at the Lathbury area in the evening.

 

25 Sept: Mainly clear skies with some high cloud.  Winds light westerly to light south-westerly in the afternoon.    At least 50 Cory's Shearwaters and seven Shags were seen from Europa point.

 

24 Sept: Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  The Ravens were active over the Rock in the morning, and four Sparrowhawks and a Black Kite flew south over the Rock.  Four phylloscopus warblers were observed at Montagu Gardens and a Willow Warbler was seen near the crematorium.  A Great Tit and a Redstart were present at the Botanic Gardens.

 

23 Sept:  Overcast skies with a light variable wind.  Two Common Redstarts were seen in the Botanic Gardens.  A Northern Wheatear was present at Europa Point.  Some raptors were seen during the afternoon and included two Black Kite, a Booted Eagle and two Ospreys.  Also south a single Black Stork.

 

22 Sept:  Clear skies with a light variable to light westerly wind.  A Sedge Warbler was photographed in the Dell of the Botanic Gardens.

Sedge Warbler in the Botanic Gardens.                                                                                 Franz-Josef Odinius

There were two Whimbrels and a Kingfisher at Sandy bay in the late afternoon, and a Grey Heron was present at the western end of the runway.

 

21 Sept:  High clouds clearing in the afternoon.  Winds moderate to light westerly.  Six Booted Eagles flew over the Rock and headed west across the Bay mid morning, and Grey Herons were reported from the western end of the runway and at the small boats marina in the late evening.

 

20 Sept:  High cloud with a light westerly wind.  A Kingfisher was observed at the Groyne opposite the Calpe Rowing Club.

 

19 Sept:  Clear skies with a light to moderate westerly to south-westerly wind. Honey Buzzards were observed along the east side of the Rock.  Approximately 30 birds were involved.  Two Pied Flycatchers were reported from the Botanic Gardens, and an Oystercatcher flew west past Europa Point.  A Wryneck was present at North Front Cemetery.

 

18 Sept:  Some levanter cloud in the morning, clearing by midday, but high cloud present.  Winds light easterly.  At least 15 Booted Eagles were seen over town in the morning.  

 

17 Sept:  Overcast in a very  low levanter cloud in light easterly winds.  Two Booted Eagles and Sparrowhawk were seen over town in the early afternoon.  A Raven was observed over the south District.

 

16 Sept:  Low levanter cloud with slight rain at times in a moderate easterly wind. At least 20 Booted Eagles and single Short-toed Eagle and Sparrowhawk seen over the Rock in the morning.  Flocks of Bee-eaters and Swallows were also seen.

 

15 Sept:  Low levanter cloud over the Rock in overcast skies.  Winds moderate easterly.  Two Sparrowhawks and about 12 Booted Eagles flew in towrads the Rock in the morning.  Large numbers of Cory's Shearwaters feeding off Europa Point where a feeding frenzy of Tuna and Dolphins had gathered.  Also nine Shags heading towards Governor's Beach to roost.  A Grey Wagtail was heard at the Botanic Gardens.

 

14 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.    Two Whimbrels were seen at Camp bay, and a Nightingale was heard calling at Rosia Bay.  About 10 Booted Eagles were observed over the Rock.

 

13 Sept:  Fresh easterly winds with levanter cloud over the Rock, clearing in the afternoon to give some sunny spells.  A Whimbrel and two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Camp Bay, and the first Cormorant of the season was perched on a fence on the western end of the runway.  there were plenty of Booted Eagles with a few Short-toed Eagles flying over the town and Rock in the morning, but no counts were made.

 

12 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.   The Cattle Egret still remains at Europa Point seen feeding on grasshoppers, lizards and beetles.  A visit to the Botanic Gardens produced  six Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, an Iberian Chiffchaff, three Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.

 

11 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour in fresh easterly winds.  A Grey Wagtail was seen at Camp bay, and a Scops Owl flew into a house at Eliotts Battery residential area and was released soon after.  Two Ravens were present on the rubble mound on the east side of the Rock.

 

09 Sept:   Levanter cloud with fresh easterly winds.   A Pied Flycatcher was present at Commonwealth Park, and a Common Sandpiper was observed at Rosia Bay.  The Cattle Egret was still present at Europa Point, and a juvenile Shag was seen on the rocks at Seven Sisters.

 

08 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.  A flock of six Bee-eaters were seen over the Botanic Gardens.

 

07 Sept:  Fresh easterly winds with levanter cloud over the town and harbour.  A Grey Heron was seen in the harbour, and a Cattle Egret was observed feeding around the Europa Point area.

 

06 Sept:  Levanter cloud with fresh easterly winds.  A total of 10 Booted Eagle were seen over town.

 

05 Sept:  Levanter cloud in moderate easterly winds.  Raptors headed into the wind towards the Rock in the morning and early afternoon for a total of 122 Booted Eagles, with single Black Kite and Short-toed Eagle.  A Bee-eater was also seen.

 

04 Sept:  Easterly winds with low levanter cloud continues.  A Robin was observed at Montagu Gardens, and six Booted Eagles and a Sparrowhawk were seen over town.

 

03 Sept:  Levanter cloud over the Rock.  Winds fresh easterly.  A Robin landed on a terrace close to Loreto School.  Probably a migrant.

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