73 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in October 2014.
Although there were no new species added to the list there were three new species for the year. Common Shelduck, Woodlark and Long-tailed Tit.
There were nine species seen for the first time this autumn. Northern Lapwing, Skylark, Crag Martin, Common Chiffchaff, Dartford Warbler, European Robin, Meadow Pipit, Rock Bunting and Common Chaffinch.
There was an almost daily passage of birds.
Highlights were as follows:- Two Common Shelduck flying east over the sea on the 27th were the first this year. Also on the 27th, 20 Greater Flamingo’s flew east.
A total of 1174 Great Cormorants flew south this month, with 267 birds through on the 27th.
10 Great Egrets flew south on the 17th October, and 11 Little Egrets on the 1st.
Resident Cattle Egrets peaked at 50 birds on the 24th October.
The only Black-crowned Night Heron was seen on the 8th, at Torre de Capycorp pond.
A high count of 120 Glossy Ibis flew south over the sea on the 26th October.
An Osprey was seen being mobbed by Magpie’s, in the rural farmland on the 13th October.
A Black Kite flew south along the coast on the 5th.
Two Short-toed Eagles were soaring together on the 16th October.
Single Northern Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard were seen sporadically throughout the month.
A Booted Eagle flew south over the bowling club on the 16th October.
Single Hobbie’s were seen on the 2nd and 16th, both inland.
Up to three Common Kestrel were seen throughtout the month.
The only wading bird seen was Northern Lapwing, one to four birds in the rural farmland from the 17th to 26th October.
Gull numbers were very low with a maximum of 48 Black-headed Gulls, 40 Audouin’s Gulls, 21 Yellow-legged Gulls and only one LesserBlack-back Gull seen.
The only species of tern seen – Sandwich Tern – peaked at 48 birds on the 28th October.
Numbers of both Wood Pigeon (130 birds), and Collared Dove (70 birds), continue to rise.
Little Owl numbers are very low, with only one or two birds seen daily.
A maximum of six Hoopoe’s were seen – average numbers.
The first Skylarks of the autumn arrived on the 17th - 15 birds seen.
Three Woodlarks seen in the rural farmland were the first this year.
Resident Crested Larks peaked at 20 birds on the on the 8th October.
The last Sand Martin was seen flying south on the 8th, the same day that the wintering Crag Martins arrived.
A minimum of 914 Barn Swallows flew south, with a peak of 230 birds per hour on the 2nd October.
Unusually no House Martins were seen this month.
Four Long-tailed Tit’s seen on the 18th October, were the first this year.
Resident Great Tit’s peaked at eight birds.
So far three Cetti’s Warbler are holding winter territories.
Only single passage Willow Warbler’s were seen, up to the 17th October.
The first of the wintering Common Chiffchaff’s were seen on the 16th, with a peak of 13 birds on the 25th.
Up to six Zitting Cisticola’s were seen, very low numbers.
Wintering Blackcap numbers peaked at 10 birds on the 25th October.
The last Spectacled Warbler – a female – was seen on the 1st October.
The first Dartford Warbler of winter arrived on the 23rd October, at the coast.
The last passage Subalpine Warbler were seen on the 2nd – a pair.
The last Spotted Flycatcher was seen on the 7th, and the last Pied Flycatcher on the 17th October.
The first winter European Robin arrived on the 17th, peaking at 18 birds on the 31st.
Wintering Black Redstarts are in very good numbers with a maximum of 33 birds counted. Females as usual outnumbering males by seven birds to one.
The last passage Common Redstart was seen on the 17th October.
Up to three Northern Wheatears were seen throughout the month.
Wintering Stonechats peaked at 13 birds.
In stark contrast, only one Common Blackbird was seen.
Passage/wintering Song Thrush peaked at 23 birds on the 24th October.
The last passage Blue-headed Wagtails were seen on the 21st October.
Only single wintering Grey Wagtails were seen.
Passage/wintering White Wagtails peaked at 42 birds, and Meadow Pipits at 51 birds.
The first wintering Rock Bunting was seen at the coast on the 16th October.
Resident Corn Buntings peaked at 16 birds on the 25th.
The first of the wintering Common Chaffinches arrived on the 17th, and peaked at 25 birds on the26th October.
Alcossebre Weather in October 2014.
The first three weeks saw above average temperatures – 36C (96F) on the 16th October e.g. and it was very dry.
The last week returned to more normal temperatures.
The average day temperature was 27C (80F)
The average night temperature was 16C (60F)
Highest day temperature was 36C (96F) on the 16th October.
Highest night temperature was 21C (70F) on the 27th october.
Coldest day temperature was 24C (75F) on five days.
Coldest night temperature was 12C (53F) on the 23rd October.
Total rainfall for the month was 0.5 inches (13mm), the avearge for October is 5.7 inches!