66 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in September 2015.
No new species were added to the list, which remains at 226 species.
I had the company of Gordon Cox from Middlesex on the 19th September and Derek and Barbara Plummer from Northampton on the 20th September.
There were first of the year records for Shag, Northern Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Hobby, Arctic Skua, Wryneck and Greater Whitethroat.
There were first autumn records for Purple Heron, Osprey, Black Kite, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Buzzard, Sand Martin, Cetti´s Warbler, Blackcap, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Blue-headed Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.
A list of species with comments follows:-
Great Cormorant. With the tourist season ending, one to four Cormorants were roosting on the Moor´s Rock again. Apart from that a total of 51 birds passed through.
A Shag fishing off Capycorp lagoon on the 9th September, was the first seen this year.
Herons and Egrets. One to two Grey Herons passed through this month, and one Purple Heron.
Apart from the odd Little Egret fishing at Torre de Capycorp pond there were two passage flocks, on the 6th and 16th, total of 16 birds.
Cattle Egret numbers in the Rural farmland were at the highest in 14 years, with a maximum of 63 birds seen on the 26th September.
Birds of Prey. It was a disappointing month in terms of numbers for passage birds of prey.
A single Osprey flew along the coast on the 12th September.
A single Black Kite flew south on the 13th.
There was only one record of Short-toed Eagle , normally there are half a dozen records in September.
There were first autumn records for Eurasian Marsh Harrier and Eurasian Buzzard on the 27th September.
A Hobby seen on the 20th September was the first record this year.
At least the resident Eurasian Kestrel was in good numbers with up to six birds seen daily.
The only species of wader seen this month was Northern Lapwing, with one bird seen on the 26th and four birds on the 29th September.
Sandwich Tern numbers were at there lowest in September since 2005. With only a maximum of 14 birds seen.
An Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Terns on the 3rd September was the first this year.
Wood Pigeon (90 Birds) and Collared Dove´s (85 birds) numbers were continuing at a high level .
After a successful breeding season European Turtle Dove´s were seen in their highest September numbers, with up to 13 birds counted.
Little Owl numbers were still very low with only one to two birds seen.
The last Common Swift´s were seen flying south on the 17th, and the last Pallid Swift´s on the 25th September.
Single Common Kingfisher´s were seen at Torre de Capycorp pond and Capycorp lagoon.
There were four passage flocks of Eurasian Bee eaters totalling 134 birds, the last on the 20th September.
A maximum of five resident Hoopoe´s were seen this month.
A Wryneck seen briefly in the Rural farmlands on the 27th September, was the first since 19th February, 2009!
The last juvenile Woodchat Shrike was seen on the 11th September.
The last Golden Oriole was seen on the 10th September.
September is the peak month for passage Swallows and Martins here.
The month totals were 63 Sand Martins, 1020 House Martins, 3900 Barn Swallows and 85 Red-rumped Swallows. This was the highest number of the latter recorded to date.
The first Cetti´s Warbler of autumn arrived at Capycorp lagoon on the 16th September.
It was the best September for Willow Warbler passage since 2010, with up to 11 birds seen daily.
The last summering Melodious Warbler was seen on the 21st September.
Up tp seven resident Zitting Cisticola´s were counted.
The first Blackcap of autumn was seen on the 14th September.
A Greater Whitethroat on the 1st September, was the first record this year.
There was a good passage of Subalpine Warbler´s, with up to five birds daily. Mainly juvenile or female birds.
The last summering Common Nightingale was seen at the sewage pond on the 10th September.
16 Spotted Flycatcher´s and 36 Pied Flycatcher´s passed through this month
The first Common Redstart and Whinchat of autumn turned up on the 17th September.
Alcossebre Weather in September 2015.
September is usually a mixed month for weather here, and this year was no exception.
The first two weeks were a mixture of sunshine and showers, with some heavy rain thrown in.
There was a dry spell from the 13th to the 26th September.
We had several days of thunderstroms with torrential rain from the 27th to the end of the month.
The average day temperature was 27C (80F).
The average night temperature was 19C (66F).
The highest day temperature was 33C (91F) on the 16th September.
The lowest day temperature was 20C (68F) on the 29th September.
The highest night temperature was 23C (73F) on the 4th and 17th September.
The lowest night temperature was 15C (59F) on the 25th and 29th September.
Total rainfall for the month was 5 inches (128mm) over 10 days.
Heavist rainfall was on the 28th with over 2 inches of rain.
Winds were mainly from the north east in the morning and east or south east in the afternoon. Wind strengths were mainly light or gentle over 20 days, and moderate to strong over 10 days.