Recent Sightings November 2021

30 Nov:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.

 

 

29 Nov:  Clear skies with a moderate westerly wind.

A Wryneck was observed in the Botanic Gardens.

 

27 Nov:  Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds moderate to fresh westerly.

Two flocks of Shelduck totalling 36 birds were seen at Europa Point.  Also seen were 35 Gannets, five Cormorants, five Shags, two Little Egrets, 22 Black-headed Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, eight Turnstones, three Serins and two Black Redstarts.

One of two flocks of Shelducks seen from Europa Point.                                                        R. Perez.

 

25 Nov:  Clear skies with a fresh north-westerly wind.

At least 70 Black-headed Gulls were feeding and resting below Europa Point where an Audouin's Gull and four Razorbills were also seen.  Also present were Gannets, Shags and seven Turnstones on the rocks at the Europa foreshore.

 

23 Nov:  Clear skies with a fresh northerly wind. 

The Iberian Magpie was seen at Levant Battery, a Hen Harrier flew south and a Black Stork flew north in the afternoon.

 

21 Nov:  Cloudy skies with some sunny spells.  Rain showers from the west in moderate westerly to south-westerly winds.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Crag Martin   1 1
Blackcap 3 1 4
Sardinian Warbler 1 1 2
Song Thrush 1   1
Robin 4 7 11
Serin 2   2
Grand Total 11 10 21

 

A walk along Europa road produced 12 Gannets, 2 Cormorants, two Shags, a Kestrel,   two Chiffchaffs, four Sardinian Warblers, three Common Starlings, 11 Spotless Starlings and a Blackbird.

Governor's Lookout to Signal Station road produced, two Kestrels, two Ravens, two Chiffchaffs, five Sardinian Warblers, two Song Thrushes, three Blackbirds, six Robins, three Black Redstarts and two Chaffinches.

A flock of about thirty Goldfinches were present at North Front Cemetery.  Nine Grey Herons flew south past Europlaza in the evening.

 

20 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with westerly cloud heading in giving some light drizzle and rain showers in the late morning and afternoon.  Winds moderate easterly becoming light and variable to light westerly.

Ringing Totals

 

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blackcap 8 2 10
Sardinian Warbler 2 2 4
Song Thrush 3   3
Blackbird   2 2
Robin 13 10 23
Black Redstart 11   11
Stonechat 1   1
Greenfinch 1   1
Serin 1   1
Grand Total 41 16 57

 

 

19 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour with more cloud approaching from the east.  Winds strong easterly.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit   1 1
Crag Martin 1   1
Iberian Chiffchaff 1   1
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blackcap 7 3 10
Sardinian Warbler 4 3 7
Song Thrush 4   4
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 30 14 44
Black Redstart 17 2 19
Greenfinch 1 1 2
Goldfinch 2   2
Serin 3   3
Grand Total 71 25 96

 

A surprising bird trapped was the Iberian Chiffchaff, which was identified on wing length, yellow undertail coverts, pale orange base to lower mandible and the clincher was that the bird called, resulting in a confirmed identification.  This is a very late bird, that usually migrates past Gibraltar during early August through September and early October, with the nominate Chiffchaff arriving mid-October and November.

 

A visit to the Alameda Botanic Gardens resulted in seven Blue Tits, a Chiffchaff, two Sardinian Warblers, a Song Thrush, three Blackbirds, 40+ Collared Doves, a Peregrine overhead, 16 Robins, four Black Redstarts, a Wren, three Chaffinches and a Greenfinch.

Two Sandwich Terns were seen by the Rowing Clubs.

Birds seen from Western beach 21 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Cormorants, a Meadow Pipit, a White Wagtail, 6 Spotless Starling, a Collared Dove, and four House Sparrows.

 

18 Nov:  Cloudy with levanter cloud over the Rock, town and harbour, with some cumulo-nimbus approaching from the east.  Winds gale force easterly with severe gale in the Strait.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Great Tit   1 1
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blackcap 1   1
Song Thrush   1 1
Blackbird 1   1
Robin 7 5 12
Black Redstart 8   8
Serin 2   2
Grand Total 20 7 27


  Tawny Owl was seen twice, briefly from the Observatory.

 

 

17 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour in a moderate to fresh easterly wind.

A Chiffchaff that was ringed at the Observatory in 2020 was trapped again today showing remarkable site fidelity.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Crag Martin 2   2
Chiffchaff   1 1
Blackcap 19 5 24
Sardinian Warbler 4 1 5
Robin 14 22 36
Black Redstart 12 1 13
Serin 2   2
Siskin 1   1
Grand Total 54 30 84

 

 

16 Nov:  Some cloud from the east with levanter cloud developing by mid morning.  Winds moderate easterly.

A Red-rumped Swallow was seen from the Observatory.

 Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit   2 2
Chiffchaff 2   2
Blackcap 22 7 29
Sardinian Warbler 5 5 10
Song Thrush 2   2
Blackbird 1 2 3
Robin 25 19 44
Black Redstart 19   19
Bullfinch 1   1
Greenfinch 1   1
Serin 2   2
Siskin 9   9
Grand Total 89 35 124

 

 

5 Nov:  Clear skies with a moderate south-westerly wind.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 5   5
Blackcap 13 1 14
Song Thrush 3   3
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 17 8 25
Black Redstart 14   14
Chaffinch 1   1
Greenfinch 1   1
Serin 5   5
Siskin 2   2
Grand Total 61 10 71

 

A very late Golden Oriole was heard from the bottom net rides, and a Red-rumped Swallow was seen from the Observatory.

Four Cranes were seen; two flew west across the Bay and the other two flew north.  Both pairs were seen from the Observatory.

A Redwing was seen flying over Grand Parade.

 

14 Nov:  Clear skies with a light easterly to light variable.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 9 2 11
Blackcap 14 1 15
Sardinian Warbler 2   2
Song Thrush 3 1 4
Robin 32 19 51
Black Redstart 11   11
Chaffinch 1   1
Greenfinch   1 1
Grand Total 72 24 96

 

13 Nov:  Levanter cloud over the town and harbour in a moderate north-easterly wind.

An hour morning watch at Europa Point produced 35 Balearic Shearwaters, 30 Gannets, a third -year Mediterranean Gull, two Audouin's Gulls, 60 Black-headed Gulls including the returning gull with a white ring and letters T39J, and several Serins and a Siskin.

A Nightjar was heard calling at the Observatory.

 

 Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit 1   1
Crag Martin 1   1
Chiffchaff 2   2
Blackcap 21 2 23
Sardinian Warbler 4   4
Song Thrush 3   3
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 22 8 30
Black Redstart 14   14
Chaffinch 1   1
Goldfinch 1   1
Serin 2   2
Siskin 1   1
Grand Total 73 11 84

 


12 Nov: 
Clear skies with a light westerly wind. 

A Blackbird chick was seen at Morrison's carpark in the morning.  Four Grey Herons were seen flying north from Westview promenade.

 

 Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blue Tit 1   1
Red-rumped Swallow 1   1
Chiffchaff 5 1 6
Blackcap 21 1 22
Sardinian Warbler 2   2
Song Thrush 3   3
Redwing 1   1
Blackbird 1   1
Robin 39 16 55
Black Redstart 17 1 18
Greenfinch 1   1
Goldfinch 1   1
Serin 3   3
Siskin 4   4
Grand Total 100 19 119

 

11 Nov: Clear skies with a light westerly wind.


Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 24   24
Blackcap 39 3 42
Sardinian Warbler 3 3 6
Song Thrush 1   1
Redwing 1   1
Blackbird   1 1
Robin 35 10 45
Black Redstart 3 1 4
Siskin 2   2
Grand Total 108 18 126

 


10 Nov: 
Clear skies with a light to moderate westerly wind. 

There was a Sanderling at Western beach in the morning.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Crag Martin 5   5
Chiffchaff 6   6
Blackcap 19 2 21
Garden Warbler 1   1
Sardinian Warbler 5 1 6
Song Thrush 4   4
Blackbird 3   3
Robin 29 11 40
Black Redstart 11   11
Chaffinch 2   2
Greenfinch 4   4
Grand Total 89 14 103

 


09 Nov:
Clear skies with a light westerly wind. 

A light phase Booted Eagle was seen over the Rock.

The Storm Petrel was picked up in town, and was in good conditions.  It was taken to the Observatory where it was ringed and then released at Rosia Bay.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Storm Petrel 1   1
Blue Tit   1 1
Crag Martin 2   2
Chiffchaff 12 1 13
Blackcap 31 1 32
Sardinian Warbler 3   3
Song Thrush 2   2
Blackbird 1   1
Robin 46 14 60
Black Redstart 13 1 14
Chaffinch 3   3
Greenfinch 2 3 5
Siskin 8   8
Grand Total 124 21 145

 


08 Nov: 
Clear skies with light variable to light easterly winds. 

A dark phase Booted Eagle was seen in the early afternoon.

Only the top nets at the Observatory were erected.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Blackcap 2   2
Sardinian Warbler 1 1 2
Robin 14 1 15
Black Redstart 9   9
Grand Total 26 2 28

 

 

 

07 Nov:  A cold start to a clear morning, with very good visibility.  Winds light north-easterly.

The cold conditions further north in Iberia seems to have encouraged Robins to move further south, with a good arrival this morning as can be seen by ringing records, with only the bottom nets used.

 

Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 1   1
Blackcap 22   22
Sardinian Warbler 4 1 5
Song Thrush 10   10
Blackbird   2 2
Robin 61 2 63
Black Redstart 11   11
Chaffinch 2   2
Greenfinch 3 1 4
Linnet 1   1
Goldfinch 1   1
Serin 2   2
Grand Total 118 6 124

 

06 Nov:  Clear skies in the morning with some cloud from the east in the afternoon.  Winds north, turning to north-easterly and then easterly in the afternoon.

A Sanderling was observed on the rocks at Europa foreshore, a place where Turnstones usually forage.

A Walk around the North Front Cemetery produced:-

Chiffchaff 8
Blackcap 4
Sardinian Warbler 13
Song Thrush 24
Blackbird 4
Robin 2
Black Redstart 13
Stonechat 1
Greenfinch 1
Goldfinch 2

 

 

05 Nov:  Mainly clear skies with some westerly cloud.  Winds moderate north-westerly.

A mid-morning walk at Europa Point produced the following:-

Gannet 2
Cormorant 24
Black-headed Gull 7
Chiffchaff 2
Sardinian Warbler 3
Black Redstart 2
Meadow Pipit 1
Greenfinch 2

 

The Cormorants were flying south in a V formation.

At North Front Cemetery the following were seen:-

Peregrine 2
Chiffchaff 11
Blackcap 3
Sardinian Warbler 7
Black Redstart 22
Robin 4
Grey Wagtail 3

 

An afternoon walk from Governor's Lookout to Signal Station road produced the following:-

Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 1
Raven 2
Chiffchaff 5
Sardinian Warbler 9
Wren 1
Blackbird 1
Robin 9
Black Redstart 11
Chaffinch 9
Greenfinch 2
Goldfinch 8

 

04 Nov:  Clear skies with a moderate north-westerly wind.

Two Short-toed Eagles were seen over the Rock mid morning.

Possibly the same Dartford Warbler was seen again at North Front Cemetery.

A Snow Bunting*, second record for Gibraltar, was photographed at the Europa foreshore in the morning.  The first record was on the 26th October 2019 at North Front Cemetery.

 

 

Snow Bunting adult female.  Second record for Gibraltar.                                             T. Finlayson.

 

A mornings ringing with top nets only produced the following:-                                                                                 Ringing Totals

Species Name New Retrap Total
Chiffchaff 3   3
Blackcap 8 2 10
Sardinian Warbler 1 3 4
Robin 4 5 9
Black Redstart 8 1 9
Serin 4   4
Grand Total 28 11 39

 

A morning watch at North Front Cemetery produced the following:-

Chiffchaff 5
Blackcap 3
Sardinian Warbler 10
Dartford Warbler 1
Blackbird 2
Robin 1
Pied Flycatcher 1
Black Redstart 19
Goldfinch 23

 

The Pied Flycatcher constitutes the latest sighting of this species.

 

  

03 Nov:  Mainly clear skies with some high cloud and sunny spells.  Winds fresh north-westerly.

Northerly winds usually provide Griffon Vulture passage over the Rock, and today was no exception with over 500 Griffon Vultures seen moving south-west including 50 birds over the Rock.  Also seen was a single Black Kite, five Glossy Ibises, and spectacular finch passage with over 1000 Chaffinches 12 Bramblings, and smaller numbers of other species that included 20 Greenfinches some Goldfinches and a Linnet.

A Dartford Warbler was seen at the North Front Cemetery.

 

An Osprey and 30 White Storks were seen flying north up the Bay.

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

Species Total
Barbary Partridge 1
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 2
Raven 2
Blue Tit 1
Chiffchaff 7
Blackcap 11
Sardinian Warbler 6
Wren 1
Song Thrush 2
Blackbird 2
Robin 2
Chaffinch 13
Greenfinch 17
Goldfinch 68
Serin 5

 

The Alameda Botanic gardens held the following:-

Species Total
Chiffchaff 3
Blackcap 11
Sardinian Warbler 4
Blackbird 8
Robin 4
Chaffinch 2
Greenfinch 2

 

02 Nov:  Cloudy throughout the morning with a light drizzle in the afternoon Winds fresh west-north-west.

 

01 Nov:  Overcast skies with a fresh west to south-westerly wind. 

Strong winds have prevented any ringing over the last few days.

Good Finch passage throughout the morning, with flocks encountering the winds at Europa Point and returning to the Rock.

 

A visit to North Front Cemetery produced the following:-

Species Total
Chiffchaff 3
Sardinian Warbler 3
Song Thrush 6
Blackbird 4
Robin 3
Black Redstart 8
Stonechat 2
White Wagtail 2
Chaffinch 9
Greenfinch 27
Goldfinch 176
Serin 31
Finch sp. 500+ overhead

A Wryneck was seen in the Botanic Gardens, and two Sparrowhawks were seen over Brympton flats.

At the Botanic Gardens the following were seen:-

Species Total
Wryneck 1
Blue Tit 8
Chiffchaff 5
Blackcap 38
Sardinian Warbler 9
Subalpine Warbler 1
Song Thrush 2
Blackbird 14
Robin 32
Black Redstart 2
Chaffinch 3
Greenfinch 7

A Cattle Egret was observed at the mid-town park.

A flock of 200 White Storks were seen heading north over the Rock.

An hours watch at Europa Point produced 87 Scopoli's Shearwaters, 19 Gannets, eight Cormorants, seven Shags and 25 Black-headed Gulls.

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