The continuing mild weather here is good news for resident birds and winter visitors. See weather report.
Highlights this month include 150 Balearic Shearwaters, five Stone Curlews, 110 Mediterannean Gulls, a Razorbill and 38 Siskins.
For the first time in 15 years study no Southern Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thush or Rock Buntings are wintering. No doubt staying on their breeding grounds.
Most of the wintering birds are in reduced numbers, with a few exceptions.
A summary of the months birds follows:-
150 Balearic Shearwaters flew south on the 23rd January.
One to three Northern Gannets were seen throughout the month.
101 Great Cormorants were seen this month, most flying past.
Herons and Egrets.
Only two Grey Herons were seen this month.
One to three Little Egrets were seen, either along the coast or at Torre pond.
Up to 12 Cattle Egrets were seen inland, either following sheep/goats or tractors.
Birds of Prey.
Only three species of bird of prey were seen this month.
There were two wintering Common Buzzards.
Single Northern Sparrowhawks were seen.
Up to five Common Kestrels were wintering, male and female´s holding separate
The two normal wintering wading birds were seen. Up to six Northern Lapwing and five Stone Curlew.
Gulls and Terns.
Of the five species of Gull seen this month, Mediterranean Gull was the most numereous with a max. of 110 seen on the 16th January.
The max. for the other species were 2 Black-headed Gulls, 24 Audoiun´s Gulls, 25 Yellow-legged Gulls and only 2 Lesser-black Back Gulls.
The only tern seen in winter here is the Sandwich Tern, maximum of 16 noted.
Razorbills and Auks.
The first Razorbill since the 6th December 2006 was seen on the 23rd January.
Pigeons and Doves.
Both Wood Pigeons (126 max.) and Collared Doves (70 max.) are surviving through winter in good numbers.
The only resident owl here is Little Owl, and it continues to struggle.
Only single birds seen or heard this month.
There were three records of Common Kingfisher this month. Two along the coast and one at the Torre pond.
Two species of Lark seen. Resident Crested Larks (max. 6 birds ) out numbered by wintering Skylarks (max. 58 birds).
Martins and Swallows.
The only wintering member of this group are Crag Martins, normally can reach over a hundred birds, this January max. 28 birds.
Although there are two Cetti´s Warbler wintering they were only heard twice.
One at the sewage pond and one at Capycorp lagoon.
Wintering Common Chiffchaff´s are well down in numbers with only a max. of 10 birds seen.
Resident Zitting Cisticola´s were surviving in good numbers with a max. of 7 seen.
Wintering Blackcap´s were also well down in numbers with a max. of 8 birds noted.
Single wintering Dartford Warblers were seen along the coastal scrubland.
Resident Sardinian Warbler´s were surviving in good numbers, max. 16 birds.
Robins and Chats.
Wintering Robin numbers were well down at 9 max. Last years max. was 22 birds.
Black Redstart numbers were near average at 22 birds max.
Common Stonechat winter numbers were also a bit down on previous years at 12 birds max. last two years 18/19 birds.
Wintering Song Thrush numbers were half of usual at 12 birds max.
Wagtails and Pipits.
Wintering Grey Wagtails, max. 2 birds were outnumbered by resident White Wagtails with 30 birds max.
Wintering Meadow Pipit numbers at 44 birds were average numbers.
Three species of Bunting were seen, none in big numbers. 6 Corn Buntings, 3 Cirl Buntings and 4 Reed Bunting, all well below normal numbers.
Six species of Finch were seen in January.
Wintering Common Chaffinch (max.47 birds), Siskin (max.38 birds) and Linnet (max.60 birds) were surviving in good numbers.
Resident Greenfinch (max.12 birds), Goldfinch (max.62 birds) and Linnet (max.20 birds) numbers were not being swelled by immigrant birds, and were lower.
January had above average temperatures and very little rain.
The first week in January saw more cloud than sunshine, but it was very mild with light/gentle winds.
The second week in January was mixed, with three fine/sunny days and four days with sunny/cloudy spells. A strong northerly wind blew for two days.
The third week in Janauary had mainly fine/sunny conditions.although a moderate/strong wind for the first two days dropped temperatures down.
The fourth week in January fell into a pattern of cloudy/misty mornings, clearing to fine and sunny afternoons. the winds were light throughout.
The last three days had more sunshine than cloud, with little or no wind.
The average day temperature was 17C (62F).
The average night temperature was 9C (48F).
The warmest day was 21c (70F) on the 7th and 31st.
The warmest night was 16C (60F) on the 11th.
The coldest day was 12C (53F) on the 17th.
The coldest night was 5C (41F) on the 6th.
The total rainfall was trace over four days.
Average rainfall for January is 3.8 inches.