Recent Sightings January 2021

31 Jan:  Cloudy skies with some sunny spells.  Winds fresh westerly.  Small numbers of wintering birds at the North Front Cemetery included two Stonechats, six White Wagtails, eight Black Redstarts and two Linnets.

A smart male Linnet; one of two at the North Front Cemetery.  R. Perez.

 

29 Jan:  Clear skies with some westerly cloud in the evening.  Winds light westerly.  A Swallow was seen heading north over Vinyards.

 

28 Jan:  Cloudy skies with some sunny spells in the afternoon, in a moderate easterly wind.  A visit to Europa Point produced 10 Gannets, three Cormorants, a Great Skua, 41 Black-headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls and six Swallows heading north.

 

25 Jan:  Overcast skies with some rain showers.  Winds moderate westerly.  A Sparrowhawk was seen heading north over Windmill Hill.

 

24 Jan:  After a night of strong westerly winds, the morning begun with rain showers but ceased after midday with moderate to fresh westerly winds turning to north-westerly by mid afternoon. A seabird watch at Europa Point produced 30 Gannets, two Shags, a Cormorant,  five Great Skuas, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Audouin's Gulls, 40 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Mediterranean Gulls and three Sandwich Terns.

 

23 Jan:  Cloudy with rain showers most of the day.  Winds fresh westerly.  A Sparrowhawk was seen in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.

 

22 Jan:  Overcast skies with rain throughout most of the day.  Winds moderate to fresh westerly.  The Short-toed Eagle was again seen on the east side of the Rock.  Three Grey Herons flew north in the early morning over the harbour, and a Whimbrel was observed at the Europa foreshore.  At least 20 Cormorants were observed perched on the railings by the western end of the runway.

 

The flock of Cormorants at the western end of the runway.                                                                                                     J. Sanchez

 

21 Jan:  The Short-toed Eagle was observed hunting over the Sand Slopes on the east side of the Rock, where it caught a lizard.

 

20 Jan:  Clear skies with some high cloud.  Winds light easterly. The Eagle Owl has been heard in the vicinity of St. Bernard's Church, beside Jacob's Ladder (Gibraltar Nature Reserve area), for the past week. 

 

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.  

 

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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