This has been a strange spring with some birds in record high numbers and some in record low numbers – for example, Barn Swallow and House Martin are at a record low, while Turtle Doves and Alpine Swifts are at a record high!
78 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in April 2015, and although no new species were added to the list, there were plenty of interesting birds to be seen.
There were firsts of the year for :- Greater Flamingo, Spoonbill, Kentish Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper.
and firsts of spring for :- Common Quail, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Short-toed Eagle, Black-winged Stilt, Caspian Tern, Turtle Dove, Red-necked Nightjar, Scops Owl, Common Swift, Bee eater, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Red-rumped Swallow, Wood Warbler, Reed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Northern Wheatear and Whinchat.
Nearly every day in April brought something of interest.
1st April. First Scops Owl of spring. Five Marsh Harriers east and three Stock Doves north west ( only the second record here).
2nd April. One Grey Heron and seven Barn Swallows east and a new Subalpine Warbler.
3rd April. First Common Quail and Northern Wheatear of spring. One Purple Heron and one Marsh Harrier east.
4th April. 20 Black-winged Stilts and three Caspian Terns east were first for spring. One Common Redstart was new.
5th April. Male Pied Flycatcher was a first for spring. Other overnight arrivals were 13 Willow Warblers, three Subalpine Warblers and four Blue-headed Wagtails. Passage birds- one Purple Heron, one Marsh Harrier, three Pallid Swifts and 16 Barn Swallows.
6th April. First Woodchat Shrike of spring. 14 Great Cormorants and two Sand Martins east.
7th April. Two Red-rumped Swallows were the first this spring. One Marsh Harrier and 10 Pallid Swifts flew east. Overnight arrivals – two Northern Wheatears and two Sublalpine Warblers.
9th April. 15 Great Egrets east over the sea, and the first Whinchat of spring.
10th April. Six Cattle Egrets, two Marsh Harriers, 44 Barn Swallows and nine House Martins all east.
11th April. 18 Greater Flamingos east were the first this year. Four Marsh Harriers and 15 Barn Swallows east. Overnight arrivals – one Green Sandpiper (also a year first), three Northern Wheatears, one Whinchat, one Nightingale and four Willow Warblers.
12th April. One Spoonbill east over the sea was a first of the year. One Short-toed Eagle was a first of spring. One Marsh Harrier, 20 Barn Swallows, eight House Martins and two Sand Martins all east.
13th April. Five Common Swifts were a first of spring. Other passage birds – 11 Great Cormorants and four House Martins. Overnight arrivals – two Woodchat Shrikes and one Whinchat.
14th April. One Bee eater east and one Black-crowned Night Heron were the first this spring. One new Nightingale arrived.
15th April. 28 Great Cormorants east was the only passage.
16th April. Three Bee eaters, 13 Barn Swallows and seven House Martins east. Overnight arrivals of two Woodchat Shrikes and two Northern Wheatears.
17th April. A Common Sandpiper was a first this year, one Turtle Dove was a first this spring. Other passage birds – three Squacco Herons, one Red-rumped Swallow, one Northern Wheatear, one Whinchat and one Pied Flycatcher.
18th April. A Wood Warbler was a spring first. Passage birds – seven Turtle Doves, three Bee eaters, and 30 Common Swifts,
19th April. Passage birds – three Northern Gannets, 42 Pallid Swifts, 4 Common Swifts, 42 Barn Swallows, one Red-rumped Swallow, 6 Sand Martins, two House Martins. Overnight arrivals – one Northern Wheatear and two Willow Warblers.
21st April. One Little Egret east.
22nd April. Five Black-headed Gulls south west. Overnight arrivals – three Red-rumped Swallows, one Woodchat Shrike, one Pied Flycatcher and one Willow Warbler.
23rd April. 26 Greater Flamingos, eight Great Cormorants, and one Marsh Harrier east. Overnight arrivals one Woodchat Shrike and 12 Northern Wheatears.
24th April. A Kentish Plover was a first this year. Two Golden Orioles were a first this spring. Three Black-winged Stilts flew east.
25th April. One Squacco Heron and one Red-rumped Swallow flew east.
26th April. The first Red-necked Nightjar of spring. Overnight arrivals of eight Turtle Doves, one Nightingale and one Common Redstart.
29th April. The first of spring Reed Warbler at the sewage pond.
Turtle Dove numbers had increased to 27 birds.
30th April. Turtle Dove numbers inceased to a 13 year high of 44 birds!
Alcossebre Weather in April 2014.
This was the driest April in 20 years here.
The total rainfall for the month was 0.1 inch – the average for April is 4.2 inches.
The average day temperature was 23C (76F) – 2 C above the average.
The average night temperature was 12C (53F) – 1 C above the average.
The highest day temperature was 28C (82F) on the 27th April.
The coldest day temperature was 17C (62F) on the 11th April.
The highest night temperature was 18C (64F) on the 26th April.
The coldest night temperature was 9C (48F) on the 2nd,3rd,7th and 9th April.