55 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in August 2015.
The star bird of the month was a Grey Plover on the 19th August, only the second record here in 15 years!
The months list of birds were as follows :-
Three sightings of Greater Flamingos. eight flew east on the 12th, one flew east on the 24th , unsually inland, 18 birds flew south- west on the 29th.
Very few Great Cormorants seen – one on the 13th and three south-west on the 21st.
There were two flocks of Grey Herons through, 14 birds south west on the 15th,
and 18 birds south west on the 24th August.
Three species of Egret seen this month.
One Great Egret flew east over the sea on the 2nd August.
One or two Little Egrets were seen at Torre pond on and off all month, and four flew east on the 19th August.
Cattle Egrets were seen most days in the rural farmlands – max. 26 birds.
34 birds flew south west over the sea on the 24th August.
A Squacco Heron was at Torre pond from the 5th to the 9th August.
One or two Short-toed Eagles were seen on electric pylons during the month.
Up to three local Common Kestrels noted. No migrants yet.
One to two Common Moorhens seen at Torre pond.
The bird of the month was a Grey Plover that arrived in the rural farmlands on the 19th August – only the second record here in 15 years!
The only other wader was a Little Ringed Plover on the 9th August at Capycorb
Gull numbers were very low this month, which isn´t surprising given the number of people on the beaches/coast, so no place to rest and preen.
Most Black-headed Gulls were passage birds. A total of 42 birds passed through this month.
The most Audouin´s Gulls seen were 13 birds on the 3rd August.
The only other gull seen this month was Yellow-legged Gull with a max. of five birds on the 30th August.
Sandwich Tern numbers were well down for the same reasons as the gulls.
A maximum of seven birds seen on the 5th August.
If ever there was an illustration of the impact of hunting/shooting on birds it´s the data for Wood Pigeon this month. The shooting season begins on the 14th August. Up to then Wood Pigeon numbers were averaging 30 birds per day,
since then the daily average is two birds!
It´s strange, but they don´t seem to target Collared Doves to the same extent.
Up to 54 birds were seen throughout the month.
Up to three Turtle Doves were seen throughout the month low numbers for this species. Another species shot here.
Only one species of owl seen, the resident Little Owl, one or two seen sporadically.
The last big Swift movement was seen on the 9th August, when 480 birds, a mix of Pallid and Common Swifts, flew north west ahead of thunderstorm.
A Common Kingfisher at Torre pond on the 30th and 31st August, was the first since the 12th January !
After the local bred Bee eaters had moved on there was an almost daily passage of other birds. By the end of the month a total 224 birds had past through.
Hoopoe´s peaked at 16 birds on the 27th August, the best total since 2007.
Golden Orioles continue to exceed expections, up to 12 birds seen this month.
Photo opportunities still very difficult.
Barn Swallow numbers continue to build up with local birds added in numbers by passage birds. maximum count was 80 birds on the 30th.
Red-rumped Swallows joined the Barn Swallows form time to time with a mximum of six birds noted.
Like the Barn Swallows House Martin numbers increased throughout the month, peaking at 56 birds on the 31st August.
The first Willow Warbler of autumn turned up on the 23rd August.
Single Melodious Warblers were seen throughout the month.
The first Subalpine Warbler arrived on the 21st August.
Up to five Spotted Flycatchers were seen during the month, good numbers.
The first Pied Flycatcher of autumn arrived on the 27th August.
Single Common Nightingales were seen throughout the month.
The first Northern Wheatear of autumn arrived on the 26th August.
A Black-eared Wheatear was the first this year on the 24th August.
The August weather in Alcossebre was normal day and night temperatures, but some thunderstorms at the beginning and end of the month gave us higher than usual rainfall.
Average day temperature was 30C (86F).
Average night temperature was 22C (72F).
Highest day temperature was 35C (95F) on the 23rd.
Lowest day temperature was 26C (78F) on the 18th.
Highest night temperature was 27C (80F) on the 8th.
Lowest night temperature was 18C (64F) on the 16th.
Total rainfall was 4.7 inches (13mm) over days.
Heaviest rainfall was on the 1st with 4 inches (102 mm)
Average rainfall for August is 2.3 inches.
Winds were mainly light and gentle. With moderate to strong winds on 11 days.