62 species were seen in the Alcossebre in May 2015. No new species were added to the Alcossebre list. There were first spring records for the following species.:- European Honey Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Whiskered Tern, Melodious Warbler, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher, Bird of the month was Red-footed Falcon with two birds turning up within days of each other. Previous to this there was only two records in 14 years. Turtle Doves reached a record high in numbers with 51 birds counted on the 1st May. Also on the 1st May a female Common Redstart, and three Blue-headed Wagtails were new arrivals. The only migrant on the 2nd May was a Northern Wheatear. On the 3rd May two Red-rumped Swallows flew east along the coast, and the first Melodious Warbler of spring arrived. The 5th May provided three overnight arrivals, one Woodchat Shrike, a new Melodious Warbler and two Pied Flycatchers. A singing Cirl Bunting on the 7th May was the first since the 9th March, it remains to be seen if it stays to breed? A bit more activity on the 8th May. Two Cattle Egrets flew east over the sea. Overnight arrivals included one Common Sandpiper, one Woodchat Shrike, two Whinchats and one Melodious Warbler. Two new arrivals on the 9th May, two Pied Flycatchers and 14 Blue-headed Wagtails.
The only migrant on the 11th May was a new Melodious Warbler. I had the company of Robin Saxby on my walk this morning, when two Great Spotted Cuckoo’s provided some excellent photo opportunities A Spotted Flycatcher on the 13th May was a first record this spring.
Some movements on the 16th May. Single Marsh Harrier and Booted Eagle flew east. Two new Spotted Flycatchers arrived.
Three Spotted Flycatchers and one Whinchat were new arrivals on the 17th May. The only new bird on the 18th May was one Northern Wheatear.
A good bit of activity on the 20th May. Only the third record of Red-footed Falcon – one flew in off the sea. A big feeding movement of Pallid and Common Swifts with at least 3000 birds counted!
Overnight arrivals included two Woodchat Shrikes, two Spotted Flycatchers, one Reed Warbler and one Whinchat.
The 21st May saw the first Honey Buzzard of spring, also on the move was two Little Egrets and a Marsh Harrier. Overnight arrivals included one Common Sandpiper and two Woodchat Shrikes.
The 22nd May saw yet another Red-footed Falcon arrive – this one flew NE along the coast. Overnight arrivals included the first Garden Warbler of spring, and two more Spotted Flycatchers.
Two late Barn Swallows and two Sand Martins flew NE on the 23rd May, new arrivals were two Melodious Warblers and four Spotted Flycatchers.
12 Greater Flamingo´s flew east over the sea on the 25th May.
Things were quiet until the 30th May. A Great Egret and the first Whiskered Tern of spring flew east . A late Pied Flycatcher was a new arrival.
The first Northern Gannet of the month, and a new Woodchat Shrike and Spotted Flycatcher appeared on the 31st May.
Alcossebre weather in May 2015.
May was a dry and sunny month.
The average rainfall for May is 3.5 inches, this year we had one inch of rain. Average day and night temperatures were 3C above the day and 1C above the night.
The average day temperature was 27C (80F).
Highest day temperature was 30C (86F) on the 8th, 14th and 27th.
Lowest day temperature was 21C (70F) on the 19th.
The average night temperature was 16C (60F).
Highest night temperature was 20C (68F) on the 4th.
Lowest night temperature was 13C (55F) on the 20th.
Total rainfall was 1 inch 25mm. Over two days.