Recent Sightings November 2020

16 Nov:  Clear skies and very warm for the time of the year with temperatures reaching 23C.  Winds light westerly to light variable.  A Short-toed Eagle was seen soaring over the Botanic Gardens.


14 Nov:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind.  A visit to the Europa foreshore in the morning proved fruitful with a Whimbrel,  six Turnstones, 10 Black Redstart,  two Grey Wagtails, a Blue Rock Thrush, and offshore 10 Gannets, and a single Black-headed Gull.

Two Red-rumped Swallows were observed at Governor's beach in the evening.


13 Nov:  Clear skies with a light westerly wind.  Two Swallows flew north past Jews' Gate in the evening.


11 Nov:  Overcast skies with high cloud.  Winds moderate easterly.  A Swallow was present at Governor's Beach.  


09 Nov:  Clear skies but by mid morning a front with light drizzle passed and then cleared again.  Sunny spells in the afternoon in light variable to light westerly winds. Twelve Cormorants, six Black-headed Gulls, two Sandwich Terns and a Grey Heron were present at the western end of the runway.  A further four Sandwich Terns and a Grey Heron were in the vicinity of Europort. A Hen Harrier was seen over O'Hara's in the afternoon.


08 Nov:  Clear skies in a light easterly wind.  Nine Cormorants, and single Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron and Kingfisher were at the western end of the runway.  A Common Starling was seen at the North Front Cemetery.  A flock of 20 Scopoli's Shearwaters headed west out of the Mediterranean.  Also seen were five Gannets, four Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel down on the foreshore.


05 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the Rock.  Winds moderate to fresh easterly.  A count of Crag Martins from Europa Advance road hit a record 5764 birds going to the roost in the sea caves.


04 Nov:  Cloudy skies with levanter cloud, with high cloud increasing from the west.  Birds ringed at the Observatory totalled 84 new birds and 5 retraps and consisted of 11 Robins, eight Black Redstarts, two Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, three Sardinian Warblers, a Dartford Warbler, 48 Blackcaps, three Blue Tits, a Chiffchaff, two Serins, three Greenfinches and a Goldfinch. and two Serins.  A Yellow-browed Warbler was present with four Chiffchaffs at the Commonwealth park.

An hours watch at Europa Point produced a Cormorant, four Shags, eight Gannets offshore, three Balearic Shearwaters heading east, 300 Scopoli's Shearwaters in two flocks heading west and 30 Black-headed Gulls resting on the cliff.

A Nightjar was seen flying around the Mount in the evening. 


 03 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour clearing after midday.  Winds fresh easterly.   Birds ringed at the Observatory totalled 35 new and 2 retraps. These consisted of four Black Redstarts, three Robins, a Song Thrush, 17 Blackcaps, three Sardinian Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, a Blue Tit and three Serins


02 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, with sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds moderate easterly.  A morning visit to Windmill Hill produced eight Barbary Partridges, 10 Meadow Pipits, a White Wagtail, a Woodlark, five Stonechats, 15 Black Redstarts, five Robins,  four Song Thrushes, two Blackbirds, a Zitting Cisticola, a Dartford Warbler, 10 Sardinian Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, two Spotless Starlings, three Starlings, six Chaffinches, 20 Serins, four Greenfinches, 10 Goldfinches, 3 Linnets and a Siskin.

Steady passage of Scopoli's Shearwaters off Europa Point all day with several flocks numbering about 200 birds.  In the afternoon over 1000 birds were counted, and passage continued well after sunset.

The ringing session at the Observatory produced 76 new birds and 4 retraps. These consisted of a Wryneck, six Crag Martins, a Swallow, a Wren, nine Robins, seven Black Redstarts, 10 Sardinian Warblers, 30 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, four Chiffchaffs, a Serin, four Greenfinches, two Goldfinches, and a House Sparrow.


01 Nov:  Clear skies with heavy fog over the Mediterranean and Strait in the morning in a a light easterly wind.  Seventy-nine new birds were ringed and 3 retraps were recorded at the Jews' Gate Observatory.  These consisted of 39 Blackcaps, 14 Black Redstarts, nine Serins, eight Chiffchaffs, four Sardinian Warblers, two Robins, two Chaffinches and a Garden Warbler.  A very late Pied Flycatcher was seen around the Mount area.  A Swallow was seen flying with Crag Martins in the morning.

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