52 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in July 2015.
No new species were added to the list.
Highlight of the month was a new breeding record – a pair of Little Ringed Plovers were seen with a chick at Capycorp lagoon.
There were first of the year records for Glossy Ibis, Whimbrel and Dunlin, and first July record for Whiskered Terns.
I had the company of Barbara and Derek Plummer from Northampton on the
3rd and 7th July.
There was only one record each of Northern Gannet and Great Cormorant.
A total of 15 Grey Herons passed through this month, maximum five birds of the 30th July.
Only single Little Egrets were seen, and one record of Cattle Egret – 4 birds on the 1st.
The first Glossy Ibis of the year flew east inland on the 12th July, thereafter flocks of 24, 40, 20 and 5 birds passed through.
The most recorded in one month here.
There was only two records of Short-toed Eagle this month a single on the 15th, and a pair seen by Paul Harvey on the 13th July.
Common Kestrels after their successful breeding season were showing in good numbers with up to seven birds seen daily.
A juvenile Eleonora´s Falcon turned up on a local pylon, no doubt from the Columbrettes Islands, the nearest breeding place. It stayed long enough for me to photograph it.
The big news of the month was the Little Ringed Plovers breeding at Capycorp lagoon, a first for Alcossebre. Unfortunately because of the disturbance by holidaymakers neither the adults of chick were seen after the 14th July.
Single Common Sandpipers were seen on the 7th and 27th July, the first this autumn.
A Whimbrel on the 7th July was the first this year, followed by another on the 24th July.
Five Dunlin disturbed from Capycorp lagoon on the 31st July, were the first this year, and only my second record here.
Gull numbers were very low due to disturbance by tourists up and down the beaches. Most Black-headed Gulls seen were passage birds – a total of 71 birds for the month.
There were only two records of Mediterranean Gulls, one east on the 11th, and one at Capycorp lagoon 17th July.
10 Audouin´s Gulls were the most seen this month.
12 Yellow-legged Gulls seen on the 3rd July was the peak number this month.
Three Whiskered Terns flying east inland on the 2nd July were a first record for July.
Although Sandwich Terns were seen daily the most seen were 23 birds on the 15th July.
A family part of two adults and three juveniles Turtle Doves on the 22nd July confirmed breeding this year.
The last juvenile Great Spotted Cuckoo was seen on the 5th July, and by now most of the species will be on their way to central Africa.
Single Red-necked Nightjars were seen at dusk most nights, harder to detect now that they have stopped churring.
Common and Pallid Swifts peaked in numbers during the thunderstorms we had at the end of the month. Hundreds flying to avoid the torrential rain.
Six Bee eaters were the maximum seen up to 17th July – local breeding birds. Thereafter small flocks passed the through. The biggest flock I saw was 25 birds, but an e mail from Paul Harvey recounts that he saw a flock in excess of 150 birds soaring above Marcolina!
After their successful breeding season Hoopoes obviously dispersed elsewhere because the most I saw was four birds.
July is one of the best months to see Golden Oriole here, why? well the young males gather together to perfect their whistles. So if you don’t hear them you need a hearing aid!
Common Magpies continue to thrive, with up to 18 birds seen daily.
Crested Larks numbers are well down in numbers with five birds the most seen.
Barn Swallows and House Martin numbers are building up, with local birds being supplemented by birds from elsewhere.
Red-rumped Swallows bred somewhere in the area, as I saw a family party of two adults and five juveniles on the 13th July, and daily thereafter.
Alcossebre Weather in July 2015
After a hot and dry month with temperatures above the average by day and night ,we were heading for record low rainfall.
That was until the last two days of the month when we were struck by three successive thunderstorms, which ended up giving us record high rainfall!
A total of 11.2 inches fell over the two days.
The July average rainfall here is only 0.9 inches!
The average day temperature was 32C (89F).
The highest day temperature was 36C (96F) on the 7th and the 24th.
The lowest day temperature was 29C (84F) on the 30th.
The average night temperature was 24C (75F).
The highest night temperature was 27C (80F) on the 30th.
The lowest night temperature was 22C (72F) on the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 10th.
Total rainfall was 11.2 inches ( 284 mm) over two days.
Last Julys total was 0.4 inches (13mm)!