56 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in February 2015.
My coverage was poor this month due to the flu and days of strong northerly winds. With only 12 days out of 28 covered.
No new species were added to the Alcossebre list which remains at 226 species.
The first spring migrant appeared on the 15th February – a Great Spotted Cuckoo.
A list of the birds seen this month with comments follows.
Although only a single Northern Gannet was seen, a total of 420 Great Cormorants passed through, with 266 birds flying east on the 23rd February.
Only two Grey Herons were noted fling east.
While one or two Little Egrets were seen along the coast most days, a flock of 240 birds flew east on the 28th February, no doubt Ebro Delta bound.
One to three Cattle Egrets were seen in the rural farmlands, normal numbers for this month.
Only four birds of prey were seen this month.
A female Marsh Harrier flew east inland on the 21st.
One to two wintering Common Buzzards were seen up to the 21st February.
Up to three resident Common Kestrels were seen this month.
A Merlin – the first this winter – was seen on the 20th, flying east inland.
Up to 13 Common Moorhens continue to winter at Torre estate pond, good numbers.
Although Gull numbers were low, up to 60 Sandwich Terns roosted at the coast most days.
Both Common Woodpigeon (max. 100 birds) and Collared Doves (max. 47 birds) are in very healthy numbers.
The first Great Spotted Cuckoo of spring was seen on the 15th, with another bird seen on the 28th February.
Only single Little Owls were seen, a continuing decrease in numbers.
Up to three Hoopoe´s were seen daily, normal numbers for this month.
Common Magpie´s were setting about nesting now, ever watchful for the Great Spotted Cuckoo´s.
Up to 10 resident Crested Larks were noted, outnumbered by the wintering Common Skylark with 44 birds max.
Wintering Crag Martins peaked at 104 birds on the 23rd February
Two Penduline Tits appeared at Capycorp lagoon on the 28th February, my 17th record here.
Upto four pairs of resident Great Tit´s were preparing to nest.
Strangely we do not get Blue Tit´s here.
Single Cetti´s Warblers continue to winter at Capycorp lagoon.
Two wintering warbler´s and one resident warbler are at a 13 year low in number´s, with only nine Common Chiffchaff, six Blackcap and single Zitting Cisticola´s counted.
Single wintering Dartford Warbler´s were seen in the coastal scrub up to the 23rd February.
Resident Sardinian Warblers were in healthy numbers at 14 birds maximum.
It´s hard to understand why the Eurasian Robin is at a 13 year low in numbers – max. of five birds, when the Black Redstart which occupies exactly the same type of habitat, is at a 13 year high with a maximum of 24 birds?
Wintering Common Stonechats are also in good numbers with up to 14 birds wintering.
The wintering male Blue Rock Thrush was last seen on the 3rd February.
Only single Common Blackbirds were seen, being more common in the town area´s.
Song Thrush numbers continue to decrease, with only six birds counted, compare that with 2004 with a count of 94 birds!
Single Grey Wagtail´s continue to winter, outnumbered by resident (and passage) White Wagtail´s at a maximum of 21 birds.
Wintering Meadow Pipit´s are in healthy numbers with up to 16 birds noted.
Five species of Bunting were seen. The last sighting of the female Snow Bunting was on the 2nd February. Single Rock and Cirl Bunting´s were seen along the coastal srcublands. One or two Reed Bunting´s continue to winter in the reedbeds at Capycorp lagoon.
Up to 30 Corn Bunting´s continue to winter in the rural farmlands.
With the relatively mild winter Finch numbers have been much lower than normal, with the exception of the Linnet – peak of 78 birds.