Recent Sightings October 2021

31 Oct:  Overcast skies with some light rain showers.  Winds fresh to strong south-westerly.

Very windy in the netting area and chance of rain, so no ringing was attempted.

A morning walk from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station road produced the following:-

Species Total
Barbary Partridge 1
Raven 2
Red-rumped Swallow 2
Chiffchaff 3
Blackcap 1
Sardinian Warbler 7
Wren 1
Song Thrush 7
Blackbird 5
Robin 9
Black Redstart 5
Firecrest  
Chaffinch 2
Greenfinch 23
Goldfinch 5
Serin 31
Siskin 4

 

Many more finch flocks were seen but not identified.

 

 

30 Oct:  Overcast skies with a strong and gusty south-westerly wind, turning to west north-west.

No ringing was attempted due to inclement weather.

A seawatch at Europa Point produced 20 Scopoli's Shearwaters, a Shag, 12 Gannets, 32 Black-headed Gulls two Audouin's Gulls.  Also seen a single Sparrowhawk.

A combination of Europa point and Signal Station road produced a Cory's Shearwater, four Gannets, five Black-headed Gulls, a Chiffchaff, three Sardinian Warbler, a Song Thrush, four Robins, four Black Redstarts, three Chaffinches, five Greenfinches and eight Goldfinches.

A Song Thrush was present in the Midtown Park.

 

29 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour clearing in the afternoon to give sunny spells.  Winds moderate easterly becoming light easterly in the afternoon.

Ringing Totals

Species New Retrap Total
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 3   3
Blackcap 39   39
Sardinian Warbler 3   3
Song Thrush 3   3
Robin 40 4 44
Black Redstart 45   45
Chaffinch 1   1
Greenfinch 6   6
Goldfinch 3   3
Serin 7   7
Siskin 2   2
Total 153 4 157

 

Five Booted Eagles and 40 Griffon Vultures were seen over the Rock in the early afternoon.

An evening walk to the northern end of the Rock produced a great interaction with the two Sparrowhawks, a Peregrine and the Ravens.  Also seen were a Marsh Harrier, six Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, five Sardinian Warblers, a Song Thrush, four Blackbirds, five Robins, nine Black Redstarts and four Chaffinches.

 

 

28 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, with some westerly cloud as well.  Winds moderate easterly.

A European Nightjar was seen in the early hours of the morning around the Observatory.

Ringing Totals

Species New Retrap Total
Nightjar 1   1
Red-rumped Swallow 2   2
Swallow 16   16
Chiffchaff 2   2
Blackcap 21   21
Song Thrush 2   2
Robin 32 3 35
Black Redstart 17 1 18
Greenfinch 17   17
Serin 2   2
Blue Rock Thrush 1   1
Total 113 4 117

 

The Iberian Magpie was seen in the Botanic Gardens. A Common Sandpiper was observed by the GSLA pontoon.  Six Barbary Partridges were seen on the slope above Little Bay.

At Europa Point there were 17 Chiffchaffs, two Sardinian Warblers, two Goldfinches and a Siskin.

A walk from the Governor's Lookout to Signal Station road, recorded the same two Sparrowhawks seen on previous occasions, two Kestrels, the two Ravens, a Blue Tit, 100+ Crag Martins, five Chiffchaffs, five Sardinian Warblers, two Song Thrushes, a Blackbird, five Robins, 11 Black Redstarts and two Greenfinches.

 

 

27 Oct:  Overcast skies with levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour.  Winds fresh easterly.

An adult female Ring Ouzel was trapped and ringed at the Observatory, and a Firecrest was observed at Signal Station road.  Two Tawny Owls were seen and heard above the Observatory in the evening.

Adult female Ring Ouzel trapped and ringed at the Observatory.

 

Ringing Totals

Species New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 2   2
Swallow 7   7
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 4   4
Blackcap 27 4 31
Sardinian Warbler 2 1 3
Song Thrush 11   11
Blackbird 1 1 2
Ring Ouzel 1   1
Robin 64 5 69
Black Redstart 38   38
Redstart 1   1
Greenfinch 11   11
Goldfinch 1   1
Serin 5   5
Siskin 1   1
Total 177 11 188

 

Another morning walk at the northern end of the Rock from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station Road produced the following:-

Species Total
Sparrowhawk 2
Raven 2
Blue Tit 1
Chiffchaff 6
Blackcap 19
Sardinian Warbler 4
Wren 2
Song Thrush 4
Blackbird 6
Redwing 1
Robin 31
Black Redstart 23
Firecrest 1
Chaffinch 13
Greenfinch 18
Goldfinch 1
Serin 1

 

26 Oct:  Overcast skies with levanter cloud over the Rock in a fresh and  blustery easterly wind.

A very fruitful morning walk at the northern end of the Rock from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station Road produced the following:-

Species Total
Sparrowhawk 2
Peregrine 2
Raven 1
Crag Martins 100+
Chiffchaff 7
Blackcap 17
Sardinian Warbler 10
Wren 4
Song Thrush 11
Redwing 23
Blackbird 5
Ring Ouzel 1
Robin 11
Black Redstart 21
Pied Flycatcher 1
Chaffinch 1
Greenfinch 43
Goldfinch 32
Serin 24
Siskin 29

 

Many more finches and thrushes flew overhead and into the cloud.

A Ring Ouzel, a Mistle Thrush and several Siskins were also trapped and ringed at the Observatory today

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 2   2
Swallow 4   4
Crag Martin 2   2
Chiffchaff 5   5
Blackcap 68   68
Garden Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 5   5
Mistle Thrush 1   1
Song Thrush 9   9
Blackbird 1  1 2
Ring Ouzel 1   1
Robin 90 5 93
Black Redstart 38   38
Redstart 1   1
Chaffinch 1   1
Greenfinch 18   18
Goldfinch 2   2
Serin 1   1
Siskin 18   18
Grand Total 266 6 272

 

 

25 Oct:  Overcast skies in the region clearing over the Strait and Spain by midday but with heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour.  High cloud from the west as well.

Good passage of finches over the Rock with many Song Thrushes heard and one Redwing.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Reed Warbler 1   1
Red-rumped Swallow 2   2
Barn Swallow 16   16
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 4   4
Blackcap 77 5 82
Sardinian Warbler 8 1 9
Song Thrush 16   16
Blackbird 2 2 4
Robin 190 6 195
Black Redstart 42   42
Chaffinch 2   2
Greenfinch 6   6
Goldfinch 3   3
Linnet 1   1
Grand Total 370 14 384

 

24 Oct: Levanter cloud over the Strait Rock, town and harbour in a moderate easterly wind.

Passage of finches over the Rock included flocks of Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnets and the first Siskins of the season .  Many Song Thrushes and Black Redstarts were seen around the Observatory, and a distinct fall of Robins were evident from trapping at the Observatory.  Also seen was an early Redwing.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit   1 1
Reed Warbler 1   1
Red-rumped Swallow 8   8
Barn Swallow 8   8
Crag Martin 13   13
Chiffchaff 7   7
Blackcap 64   64
Garden Warbler   1 1
Sardinian Warbler 5   5
Song Thrush 8   8
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 194   195
Black Redstart 44   44
Chaffinch 4   4
Greenfinch 10   10
Goldfinch 2   2
Grand Total 368 3 372

Song Thrushes and Black Redstarts were also observed in the town area.

 

23 Oct:  Levanter cloud back again over the Rock, town and harbour, with a moderate easterly wind. Cloud also arriving from the east may bring a rain shower in the afternoon.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 1   1
Barn Swallow 1   1
Chiffchaff 27   27
Blackcap 40 2 42
Sardinian Warbler 4 2 6
Dartford Warbler 1   1
Song Thrush 11   11
Robin 72 2 74
Black Redstart 24   24
Common Redstart 2   2
Greenfinch 3   3
Goldfinch 3   3
Serin 1   1
Siskin 2   2
Grand Total 192 6 198

 

 

22 Oct:  Clear skies with a moderate northerly wind becoming fresh westerly in the afternoon.

Unfortunately windy conditions prevented any ringing taking place.  We did however receive the result of our Danish ringed Blackcap.

 

A count of hirundines produced over 1800 Crag Martins, 17 Red-rumped Swallows, four Swallows and a House Martin.  Also seen were several flocks of Meadow Pipits and a Hobby.

 

 

21 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock town and harbour in a moderate easterly wind.  Sunny later in the afternoon.

 

Ringing Totals

Species New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 13   13
Barn Swallow 11   11
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 9   9
Blackcap 85 5,1C 91
Garden Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 3   3
Song Thrush 5 2 7
Robin 31 6 37
Black Redstart 42 1 43
Common Redstart 1   1
Greenfinch 16   16
Serin 1   1
Total 219 15 234

 

An early afternoon watch from Europa Point produced 50 Cory's Shearwaters, 15 Gannets, two high flocks of Cormorants numbering 11 in total, nine Black-headed Gulls, a Black Kite, two Sparrowhawks, three Kestrels, a White Wagtail and two Goldfinches.

Chiffchaffs have now arrived in good numbers with many seen in the Botanic Gardens, and over 10 counted from Vineyards to Europa.  A Hobby was seen from Windmill Hill.

 

 

20 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock with a fresh easterly wind.  Some sunny spells in the afternoon to the south of the Rock.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 13   13
Swallow 11   11
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 9   9
Blackcap 86 6 92
Garden Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 3   3
Robin 31 6 37
Song Thrush 4 2 6
Black Redstart 41 1 42
Redstart 1   1
Greenfinch 16   16
Serin 1   1
Grand Total 218 15 233

A Sparrowhawk and a light phase Booted Eagle were seen from the Observatory in the morning.

At Europa Point over 200 Cory's Shearwaters, eight Shags, 70 Gannets, 19 Black-headed Gulls and two Great Skuas.

Recently had the info from the Robin controlled at the Observatory. 

 

 

Crossbills were heard from trees at Naval Hospital Road.

 

19 Oct:   Overcast skies with a heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in a fresh and at times strong easterly wind.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit 1 2 3
Barn Swallow 3   3
Crag Martin 21   21
Chiffchaff 11   11
Blackcap 51 8, 1C 60
Garden Warbler   1 1
Sardinian Warbler 5   5
Song Thrush 4   4
Blackbird 1   1
Robin 25 3 28
Black Redstart 30   30
Stonechat 1   1
Chaffinch 2   2
Greenfinch 6   6
Grand Total 161 15 176

 An hours watch at Europa Point produced 100+ Cory's Shearwaters, a single Balearic Shearwater, 19 Gannets, 17 Shags heading east including four juveniles, two Cormorants, 26 Black-headed Gulls, and three Great Skuas.

The North Front Cemetery held 5 Stonechats and seven Black Redstarts.

 

18 Oct:  Overcast skies with a heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in the morning, clearing by mid afternoon to give sunny spells.  Winds moderate to fresh easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Crag Martin 2   2
Song Thrush 11   11
Blackbird   1 1
Wren   1 1
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 18 1 19
Black Redstart 17   17
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 52 4 56
Garden Warbler 2   2
Willow Warbler 1   1
Chiffchaff 5   5
Pied Flycatcher 1   1
Blue Tit 1   1
Greenfinch 5   5
Goldfinch 1   1
Grand Total 118 7 125

 

An afternoon walk from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station Road revealed six Barbary Partridges, a Peregrine, two Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, 80+ Crag Martins,  three Blackbirds, a SongThrush, two Robins, six Black Redstarts, a Subalpine Warbler male, five Sardinian Warblers, eight Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, two Ravens, seven Greenfinches and a Goldfinch.  

At the North Front Cemetery there were two Whinchats, a Stonechat, two Black Redstarts and a Sardinian Warbler.

 

 

17 Oct:  Mainly clear skies with high cloud.  Winds light north-west to light variable to light west in the afternoon.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Sparrowhawk 1   1
Blackbird 1 2 3
Song Thrush 1   1
Robin 18 7 25
Black Redstart 2 1 3
Sardinian Warbler 4   4
Blackcap 39 2 41
Garden Warbler   1 1
Chiffchaff 2   2
Pied Flycatcher 1   1
House Sparrow 1   1
Serin 1   1
Greenfinch 2 1 3
Goldfinch 1   1
Grand Total 74 14 88

A Jackdaw was heard calling below Jews' Gate in the morning, and an Osprey flew north over Europort in the early afternoon.

A Sparrowhawk was seen in the morning flying past the Observatory.  Possibly the same individual was trapped and ringed in the afternoon.

Sparrowhawk at Jews' Gate                                            I. Beggs

 

 

16 Oct:  Clear skies with some high cloud in the afternoon.  Winds light variable to light westerly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Swallow 1   1
Song Thrush 6   6
Robin 26 6 32
Redstart   1 1
Black Redstart 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 3 1 4
Blackcap 62 5 67
Garden Warbler 1   1
Willow Warbler 1   1
Chiffchaff 7   7
Pied Flycatcher 3   3
Chaffinch 1   1
Grand Total 111 13 124

A Firecrest was seen near St. Michael's Cave.

 

15 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour in a moderate easterly wind.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird 1   1
Song Thrush 8   8
Robin 27 2 29
Redstart 2   2
Black Redstart 4   4
Sardinian Warbler 1 1 2
Blackcap 42 2 44
Pied Flycatcher 1   1
Blue Tit 2   2
Greenfinch 2   2
Grand Total 90 5 95

A new House Bunting* was seen and photographed at Europa Point this morning.  This is the second record of this species for Gibraltar.  It is different from the one ringed on 19th September 2021, as it is a male and has no ring on its right leg. 

House Bunting              R. Perez

House Bunting R. Perez

House Bunting                   R. Perez

House Bunting R. Perez

At least 2000 Crag Martins were seen around Levant Battery in the company with 110 Barn Swallows, a Red-rumped Swallow and a House Martin.

A Yellow Wagtail was seen at Europa Point.

 

14 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock and town dissipating by midday to give sunny spells.  Winds moderate easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-rumped Swallow 1   1
Wryneck   1 1
Blackbird 1   1
Song Thrush 7   7
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 33 1 34
Nightingale 1   1
Redstart 1 1 2
Black Redstart 6   6
Reed Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 60   60
Willow Warbler 3   3
Chiffchaff 2   2
Blue Tit 1   1
Starling 1   1
Greenfinch 2   2
Grand Total 122 3 125

 

Two Ring Ouzels were seen close to the Jews' Gate Field Centre.

 A morning visit to North Front Cemetery produced a Cormorant flying overhead east, 16 Crag Martins, six Stonechats, two Whinchats, a male Redstart, a Black Redstart, six Sardinian Warblers, a Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff.

An evening walk from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station produced 200+ Crag Martins, with at least 50 around the cliff above the Rock Hotel.  With them were single Red-rumped Swallow and Barn Swallow.  Also seen were two Sparrowhawks, two Peregrines, three Kestrels, two Ravens, a Blackbird, five Song Thrushes, a female Redstart, three Black Redstarts, seven Robins, two Stonechats, three Sardinian Warblers, four Blackcaps and three Greenfinches.

 

13 Oct:  Clear skies in the morning with some light levanter cloud developing around midday.  Winds light to moderate easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird   2 2
Song Thrush 11   11
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 27 4 31
Redstart 4   4
Black Redstart 2   2
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Western Subalpine Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 46 3 49
Garden Warbler 2   2
Willow Warbler 1   1
Iberian Chiffchaff 1   1
Pied Flycatcher 1 1 2
Blue Tit   1 1
House Sparrow 1   1
Grand Total 99 11 110

At least 15 Booted Eagles and a Short-toed Eagle flew in towards the Rock mid morning.

 A male Stonechat was at North front Cemetery and a Grey Wagtail was seen at Western Beach.  Three Cormorants flew over Europort in the afternoon.

 

12 Oct: Overcast skies throughout the day, with heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour.  Winds fresh to strong easterly in the Strait with gusty conditions in town, but calm at the Observatory.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Swallow 1   1
Song Thrush 6   6
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 19 2, 1C 22
Black Redstart 1   1
Redstart 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 1 1 2
Blackcap 55 4 59
Garden Warbler 1 1 2
Western Orphean Warbler 1   1
Willow Warbler 1   1
Chiffchaff 2   2
Iberian Chiffchaff 1   1
Blue Tit   1 1
Greenfinch 7   7
Grand Total 98 10 108

 

 

11 Oct:  Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour.  Winds fresh easterly increasing in the evening to strong to near gale force.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-necked Nightjar 1   1
Blackbird 3 1 4
Song Thrush 10   10
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 27   27
Black Redstart 4   4
Redstart 6   6
Blackcap 61 2 63
Garden Warbler 2   2
Pied Flycatcher 3   3
Greenfinch 1   1
Grand Total 119 3 122

 

 

Over 50 Crag Martins were observed over Vineyards together with a Red-rumped Swallow.

Red-rumped Swallow at Vineyards                              R. Perez.

 

A flock of five Grey Herons were seen flying south along the east side of the Rock, and six Cormorants were seen with four on the airfield as the plane took off.

A flock of 33 Flamingoes flew west over Europa Point and was seen from the Observatory.

 

10 Oct: Overcast skies with heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, but some sunny spells in the afternoon.  Winds fresh easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Nightjar 2   2
Ring Ouzel 1   1
Song Thrush 4   4
Blackbird   2 2
Robin 29   29
Black Redstart 1   1
Redstart 6   6
Blackcap 80 1 81
Garden Warbler 4   4
Iberian Chiffchaff 1   1
Grand Total 128 3 131

 

A stroll along the east side revealed a number of birds on the Sand Slopes with14 Barbary Partridges, a Sparrowhawk, three Kestrels hunting, six Crag Martins, a Stonechat, three Blue Rock Thrushes, a Blackbird and a Serin.

The Little Bay cliff held a Grey Heron, eight Cormorants and four Shags that included two juveniles.

Europa Point

Gannet 5
Cormorant 2
Shag 7
Cory's Shearwater 150+
Balearic Shearwater 10
Great Skua 4
Black-headed Gull 4
Audouin's Gull 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Sandwich Tern 3

A visit to North Front Cemetery produced a Northern Wheatear, two Stonechats , a Redstart and a Sardinian Warbler.

 

09 Oct:  Heavy levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour.  Sunny away from the Rock in the afternoon with increasing high cloud.  Winds moderate easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Sparrowhawk 1   1
Song Thrush 1   1
Robin 24   24
Nightingale 2   2
Redstart 3   3
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 100 2 102
Garden Warbler 6   6
Willow Warbler 1   1
Chiffchaff 1   1
Iberian Chiffchaff 3   3
Pied Flycatcher 2   2
Serin 1   1
Greenfinch 2   2
Grand Total 148 2 150

 An Iberian Chiffchaff hit a windowpane at the Waterfront, but soon recovered and flew into a nearby shrub.

An Osprey and three Cormorants were seen on the airfield, and two Booted Eagles were observed over the Rock at midday.

There were three Cormorants, two Shags and a Grey Heron on the Little Bay cliff.

An hours watch at Europa Point produced 150+ Cory's Shearwaters feeding offshore, three Balearic Shearwaters, two Shags, two Gannets, a Great Skua offshore, 10 Black-headed Gulls offshore, and 12 Mediterranean Gulls flying west that included three juvenile birds.

 

 

08 Oct: Heavy  levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, becoming cloudier by midday with some drizzle in the afternoon.  Winds fresh easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Red-necked Nightjar 1   1
Wren   1 1
Stonechat 1   1
Robin 8   8
Redstart 2 1 3
Black Redstart 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 5   5
Blackcap 31 1 32
Garden Warbler 4 1 5
Willow Warbler 1   1
Chiffchaff 1   1
Iberian Chiffchaff 1   1
Greenfinch 2   2
Grand Total 58 4 62

 At Europa Point there were over 50 Cory's Shearwaters feeding on flying fish, eight Gannets east and two west, and single Cormorant and Black-headed Gull.

 

 

07 Oct: Levanter cloud over the Rock in a fresh easterly wind.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 4   4
Redstart 2 1 3
Sardinian Warbler 3   3
Whitethroat 1   1
Blackcap 14 1 15
Greenfinch   1 1
Grand Total 24 4 28

 

Two Ospreys were seen at Western Beach, and a Grey Heron was on the western end of the runway.  A Garden Warbler was present at Vineyards.

 An hours watch at Europa Point produced 100+ Cory's Shearwaters, four Balearic Shearwaters, five Gannets, three Shags, a Mediterranean Gull and two Audouin's Gulls.  Six Yellow Wagtails flew up from the Europa foreshore and flew towards Windmill Hill.

 

06 Oct: Levanter cloud over the Rock town and harbour, clearing in the afternoon with sunny spells away from the Rock.  Winds moderate easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Wryneck   1 1
Blackbird 3   3
Blue Rock Thrush 1   1
Robin 7   7
Sardinian Warbler 2 3 5
Whitethroat 2   2
Blackcap 25 3 28
Garden Warbler 4   4
Willow Warbler 3   3
Pied Flycatcher 3   3
Spotted Flycatcher 1   1
Blue Tit 2   2
Greenfinch 4   4
Grand Total 57 7 64

 

05 Oct:  Clear skies with a moderate north-easterly wind, becoming light in the afternoon.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 6   6
Redstart 1   1
Reed Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Whitethroat 2   2
Western Orphean Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 20 3 23
Garden Warbler 4 2 6
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blue Tit 1   1
Greenfinch 2   2
Grand Total 47 6 53

 

Four Booted Eagles flew in over the harbour in the afternoon.

An hours watch at Europa Point produced 50+ Cory's Shearwaters, two adult Gannets entering the Mediterranean, four Shags and a Black-headed Gull.

The Iberian Magpie was seen at Spur Battery,  also seen were 35 Red-rumped Swallows, and single Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk.

 

 

04 Oct:  Clear skies with some high cloud.  Winds moderate westerly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird 1   1
Redstart   5 5
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 15   15
Garden Warbler 1   1
Willow Warbler 2   2
Pied Flycatcher 1   1
Grand Total 21 5 26

A visiting birder saw three Black Storks along the east side of the Rock in the morning.

A seawatch from Europa Point produced at least 300 Cory's Shearwaters, 20 Gannets, two Little Egrets, a Great Skua, an Osprey, 26 Black-headed Gulls, an Audouin's Gull, and four Sandwich Terns.

A few migrants were seen in the Europa point area with single Northern Wheatear, Whinchat, Redstart and Whitethroat.

 

03 Oct:  Cloudy skies with a cold front in the afternoon bringing some light rain showers.  Winds fresh westerly becoming strong to gale force in the afternoon.

The Iberian Magpie was seen again over the Observatory.  A Grasshopper Warbler was seen and photographed inside Both Worlds residential complex.

A Common Sandpiper was seen at Blackstrap cove.

Some observers braved the elements at Europa Point, but only saw eight Gannets and seven Shags flying east, with one on the rocks.  Also seen there were several hundred Cory's Shearwaters, one of the local Peregrines and a Blue Rock Thrush.

 

02 Oct:  Clear skies with some mist and high cloud in the morning clearing in the afternoon.  Winds light variable becoming moderate south-westerly in the afternoon.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 4 1 5
Nightingale 1   1
Redstart 2 3 5
Reed Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 1   1
Blackcap 32 4 36
Garden Warbler 4   4
Pied Flycatcher 5   5
Spotted Flycatcher 2   2
Blue Tit 2   2
Willow Warbler 1   1
Goldfinch 1   1
Grand Total 56 9 65

 

At first light two Purple Herons flew south over the Observatory.  Approximately 25 Booted Eagles and three Sparrowhawks were seen around midday over the Observatory.

Eight Grey Herons were observed flying south-west over the North Mole.  Also seen there were single Cormorant and Sandwich Tern.

One nautical mile off the east side of the Rock was a raft of 50+ Cory's Shearwaters, with some more scattered around, and a Great Shearwater with them. Also three Gannets and a Balearic Shearwater.

 

Windmill Hill totals

Species Total
Barbary Partridge 30
Black Kite 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 2
Blackbird 16
Blue Rock Thrush 3
Yellow Wagtail 3
Grey Wagtail 1
White Wagtail 1
Wren 4
Stonechat 19
Whinchat 3
Robin 2
Redstart 6
Zitting Cisticola 3
Sardinian Warbler 45
Dartford Warbler 1
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 15
House Sparrow 5
Spotless Starling 19
Goldfinch 8
Greenfinch 3
Linnet 5

 

A two hour afternoon watch at Europa Point during the Eurobirdwatch day produced the following:-

Europa Point

Species Total
Cory's Shearwater 600
Balearic Shearwater 11
Great Shearwater 1
Gannet 10
Shag 2
Great Skua 4
Black-headed Gull 6
Audouin's Gull 8
Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine 1
Crag Martin 6

 

01 Oct:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, with sunny spells elsewhere and in the afternoon.  Winds moderate to fresh easterly.

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Wren   1 1
Robin 2   2
Redstart 11 1 12
Nightingale 1 1 2
Reed Warbler 3 1 4
Sardinian Warbler 4 3 7
Whitethroat 1   1
Blackcap 39 6 45
Garden Warbler 7 1 8
Willow Warbler 3   3
Blue Tit 2   2
Grand Total 73 14 87

 

At least 100 Booted Eagles, five Short-toed Eagles and single Honey Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were seen at midday.  Eight Crag Martins flew over the Observatory in the morning.

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