Recent Sightings June 2021

27 Jun:  Clear skies with a light south-westerly wind, freshening in the afternoon.  An immature Short-toed Eagle was seen at midday, and two Griffon Vultures flew north over the Rock.

A Hoopoe was observed by the Apes Den.

 

24 Jun:  Clear skies with a light easterly wind.  Three Ravens were seen over Tovey Cottage on the Upper Rock.

 

23 Jun:  Clear skies with a light variable to light easterly wind.  A Short-toed Eagle flew north over town.

At Europa Point several Cory's Shearwaters were seen offshore, also seen were two Gannets and five Black-headed Gulls.

 

21 Jun:  Clear skies with a fresh south westerly in the Strait, but north-westerly in the bay picking up in the afternoon.  An hours visit to Europa Point produced a two Cory's Shearwaters, two Audouin's Gulls, eight Black Kites and six Honey Buzzards.  Some of the raptors heading along the east side of the Rock due to strong winds.

 

20 Jun:  Clear skies with a moderate to fresh north-westerly wind.  A Cattle Egret was at eastern beach in the morning, and a Honey Buzzard was seen heading north over Camp Bay.  A Spotted Flycatcher was seen in the Convent gardens.

 

17 Jun:  Cloudy skies in the morning with sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds moderate west to north west.  Three Ravens were observed over Middle Hill in the Nature Reserve.  A male Chaffinch was photographed in the Botanic Gardens.

 

Male Chaffinch at the Botanic Gardens.                                               Franz Josef Odinius

 

 

16 Jun:  Some westerly cloud clearing by mid morning, in a moderate westerly wind. A Booted Eagle and at least six Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait.

 

10 Jun:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.  At dusk, two Robins calling at Commonwealth Park.

 

06 Jun:  Mainly clear skies with some levanter cloud over the Strait and Rock.  At Europa Point there were 50 Cory's Shearwaters, with some settled on the sea, six Audouin's Gulls, three Shags, a Sandwich Tern and a Swallow.

A Black Kite was seen over the Rock.

 

05 Jun:  Overcast most of the day with a moderate easterly wind.  An afternoon visit to Europa Point produced 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 30 Cory's Shearwaters, an Audouin's Gull and a Shag.

A Griffon Vulture was observed heading north below Devil's Gap and then returned chased by Yellow-legged Gulls and Peregrines.

 

04 Jun:  Clear skies with a light variable to light easterly.  A Griffon Vulture was located in the upper Castle Street area.

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Trafalgar Cemetery.

 

03 Jun:  Clear skies with a light easterly wind.  At Europa Point an adult Gannet heading east, 35 Balearic Shearwaters  west, 12 Cory's Shearwaters feeding, an Audouin's Gull and three Shags east, with a Serin flying about.

A Tawny Owl was spotted perched in trees on the Upper roads of the Nature reserve.

 

01 June:  Cloudy in the morning with a light rain shower at dawn, but clearing by mid morning with a moderate to fresh south-westerly wind.  After midday raptors begun to pass north with 38 Griffon Vultures, several Black Kites, Booted Eagles and Honey Buzzards,  but no counts of these were made.

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