Ravens Return to Gibraltar

Various reports were received over the long weekend concerning sightings of Ravens Corvus corax over the Upper Rock.

There had been a pair of this species in Gibraltar until relatively recently (we need to check our records, although breeding was never recorded).

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Dumping at the Europa Foreshore

The Europa Foreshore is a designated part of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.  Bart Van Thienen has been working in this area in collaboration with GONHS for the last five years clearing the area of rubble and waste, and clearing invasive species of plants such as the Prickly Pear Opuntia ficus-indica, the Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis and the Century plant Agave americana.  He has done a great job in restoring the area to a natural surrounding, and has begun to restore the Gibraltar Sea Lavender Limonium emarginatum, by planting seedlings in various areas within the site.

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Seabird Migration underway at Europa Point

In the last few weeks seabird migration has got underway at Europa Point, with birds migrating west out of the Mediterranean close inshore.  The best weather conditions are usually westerly winds, although even during easterlies birds will be seen.  The afternoon is the best time to watch from this site as the light is favourable, and the birds pass close providing suitable conditions for good photography opportunities.

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Resident Birds fare well in the heatwave

Over the last few weeks Europe has experienced a severe heatwave named 'Lucifer'.  Gibraltar did not escape the ravages of the high temperatures, but fared better than inland areas in Spain.  Temperatures increased daily with the highest recorded so far 35oC on the 7th August.  

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Aloe Die-back in Gibraltar

A few years ago a disease was proliferating among the Tree Aloes, Aloe arborescens around Gibraltar.  Large stands of the plant around Europa Point and the east side of Gibraltar were badly affected, and several stands were unable to survive, and perished.  Those that did weather the storm, recovered slowly during the winter months and managed to put on the display of their colourful and characteristic flowers; the red pokers.

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Spotted Flycatchers breed successfully

Two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers bred successfully in Gibraltar.  One was located at the Trafalgar Cemetery, where they raised two young, while the other pair bred near the Theatre area of the Botanic Gardens and were seen throughout the last few weeks feeding just one chick, but a few days ago two were seen together.

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Lepidoptera in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

It is a good time of the year to see a range of butterflies and day flying moths around the gardens.  A good population of Monarch Butterflies can be seen along the Main Walk and other species include the Crimson-Speckled Moth, Andalusian Blue, Small White and the Speckled Wood butterfly; all depicted in the video.

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Little Grebe

A Little Grebe was found in Ocean Village.  The bird, a juvenile, had not been recorded in Gibraltar since the 1950, when one struck the Lighthouse and was also rescued.

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Griffon Vulture Released

Yesterday we also released another Griffon Vulture tagged KY that was rescued last week which as can be seen wasted no time in taking off to continue its migration north.

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Griffon Vulture Rescued from the Sea

On Sunday afternoon a Griffon Vulture was rescued from the sea below Europa Advance Road, by officers of the Marine Units of the Royal Gibraltar Police and Gibraltar Defence Police, after it had been mobbed by Yellow-legged Gulls.

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Scops Owl rescued by our Raptor Unit

Scops Owl rescued by our Raptor Unit this morning. This is a migratory species and had arrived here having flown all the way from sub-Saharan Africa.

Eurobirdwatch 2020

Eurobirdwatch 2020

This year’s celebration of BirdLife International’s ‘EuroBirdwatch’ was a quieter affair than in previous years. 

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Welcome to the 2019 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

The prime objective of our first marine bioblitz was to engage the public in a citizen science initiative which also served to raise understanding of the dynamic coastline we have in Gibraltar.

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Griffon Release

Griffon Release

Last week, the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit released a wild Griffon Vulture that had been brought down by Yellow-legged Gulls on the 5th June.  The bird had landed on a cliff in the South District and was being mobbed by gulls. 

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GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed

GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed until further notice

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Wintering Seabird Outing

Wintering Seabird Outing

An enjoyable Wintering Seabird Outing held at Europa Point on the afternoon of the 19th January 2020 was well attended with about eighteen keen birders and photographers at the site.

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Kestrel Flies Again

Kestrel Flies Again

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS)
 
Press Release
4 December 2019

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Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

The Bryophytes and lichens outing took place on Saturday 16th November, with a cold 9˚C start to the morning.  This however did not stop the eager few who attended.

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