Recent Sightings January 2021

19 Jan: Clear skies with a moderate to light easterly wind.  The Osprey that has been seen at the western end of the runway since the 24th October, was again seen today eating a freshly caught fish.  The Short-toed Eagle was seen again above the east side Sand Slopes.  The Eagle Owl has been heard in the vicinity of St. Bernard's Church for the past week. heard in the 

 

15 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh north-westerly turning to WNW.  Three Griffon Vultures flew north over the Rock.  A Little Owl was herd calling above Lower Burma Road.  The Osprey was back at the western end of the runway perched on the railings in the company with Cormorants.  Also seen there were two Ringed Plovers.  The two Ravens were back on the Rock prospecting for food.

 

14 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh westerly wind.  A Black Kite flew north over the Rock just after midday.

 

13 Jan:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  A Black Kite was observed heading north over the Rock.  A watch from Europa Point produced a raft of 25 Gannets together, 60 Black-headed Gulls and 30 Mediterranean Gulls.

 

12 Jan:  Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds fresh westerly.  Three European Storm-petrels were seen feeding offshore at Europa Point.

 

11 Jan:  Clear skies with a cold and moderate westerly wind.  At least 16 Cormorants perched on railings on the western end of the runway.  The first migration of raptors this year, two Black Kites,  were seen arriving from the Strait and heading north.  An Eagle Owl was seen in the vicinity of the Lathbury sport complex.

 

10 Jan:  Cloudy skies with some light showers.  Winds moderate westerly.  The Osprey was back at the western end of the runway.  The Short-toed Eagle was still present on the east side Sand Slopes.

A visit to Europa Point produced Gannets feeding offshore, 19 Balearic Shearwaters, a Cormorant, 10 European Storm-petrels, three Leach's Storm-petrels, a Great Skua, 35 Mediterranean Gulls, 40 Black-headed Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

 

09 Jan:  Clear skies in the morning, but overcast with rain showers in the afternoon.  A Short-toed Eagle was seen over the Rock at midday.  It was later seen landed above Catalan Bay mobbed by gulls.

 

06 Jan:  Cloudy skies with a fresh westerly wind.  Grey Herons and Sandwich Terns present in the harbour.

 

05 Jan:  Cloudy skies with sunny spells.  Winds moderate north-westerly.  A Firecrest was reported from Trafalgar Cemetery and a Razorbill was found dead at the Marina.

 

04 Jan:  Clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds fresh westerly.  The Osprey returned to the wstern end of the runway where it was seen eating a fish.

 

03 Jan:  Clear skies with a fresh westerly wind.  A Kingfisher was present at Westview Promenade.

 

01 Jan:  Clear skies with a fresh northerly wind.  The Osprey was eating a fish on the western end of the airport runway.

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