Gibraltar Ringer 1

The joint Services ringing display team gets off to a cracking start with Roger Dickey, Julia and Robin Springett and Mark Cutts all arriving at Bruce's Farm on time and kicking off with erecting nets in the garden.  This activity spurred on by a Red-necked Nightjar flitting about the bushes and tress in close proximity.  Not exactly a huge amount of bird activity so a check on Jew's Gate to see what was happening at the southern end of the Rock and to hear how a Booted Eagle was netted that morning and mostly Pied Flies.  Appropriate licences and permits secured, the afternoon saw many more Booted Eagles and a single Black Kite.  A further check on the migration timetable confirmed that despite appearances, we had arrived at the right time! And then the first warbler - a male Sardinian which in the excitement of ringing anything, I forgot to photograph.  Fast forward to today and the erection of another net in the garden and 12 nets at Middle Hill.  Regrettably, the lack of levante (cloud over the hill and nets) prevented useful ringing during the afternoon and all return to wash down at Bruces Farm.  The early morning had produced Gibraltar's complete collection of Blackbirds but even these proved different in moult, colour and behaviour.  So eyes return to the skies and 63 Booted Eagles in one pass accompanied by a Short-toed Eagle and a Sparrowhawk.  With 12 new nets to open tomorrow we expect great things...


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