54 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in June 2016.
There were first of the year records for European Shag, Eleonora´s Falcon and Common Tern.
There were still some birds passing through.
A single European Shag was seen off Torre beach on the 8th and 17th June, a first record this year.
One Grey Heron and one Purple Heron flew south on the 16th June.
Single Squacco Herons arrived overnight on the 9th and 19th, both at Torre estate pond. A pair flew east on the 24th June.
52 Cattle Egrets in the Rural farmlands on the 25th, were high numbers for June.
Seven Glossy Ibis flew south over the sea on the 22nd June.
The first Eleonora´s Falcon of the year was seen on the 29th june in Rural farmland.
A surprise find in the Rural farmland on the 19th June was a pair of Stone Curlews, a first June record.
A family party of two adult and two juvenile Black-winged Stilts passed through on the 9th June.
Four Common Tern´s seen on the 23rd June were a first this year.
Single Common Kingfishers were seen on the 19th and 22nd June at Torre estate pond.
The breeding birds in Alcossebre had some successes and some failures as in most years.
A new breeding bird was added to the list this year – Stone Curlew.
After a pair were seen in the rural farmlands on the 19th June, a pair were then seen with a juvenile on the 22nd and 24th June.
The total number of breeding species this year came to 35 species.
These were as follows:-
Common Kestrel. Four pairs held territory, one pair raised two young. A good year for this species.
Common Moorhen. One pair at Torre estate pond, one young seen. A very poor year for this species.
Wood Pigeon. Nine pairs held territory, still increasing as a breeding species.
Eurasian Turtle Dove. Only two pairs holding territory. Continuing to decrease as a breeding species.
Hoopoe. At least eight pairs held territory.
Woodchat Shrike. Two pairs held territory. One pair raised two young.
Golden Oriole. Eight pairs held territory, a good year for this species.
Common Magpie. 11 pairs held territory. Including four pairs that brought up Great Spotted Cuckoo´s.
Juvenile Great Spotted Cuckoo at my poolside.
Crested Lark. Seven pairs held territory, an average year for this species.
Barn Swallow. 24 pairs nested, an average year for this species
Red-rumped Swallow. Two pairs held territory.
Common House Martin. 14 pairs nested, some nests were taken over by House Sparrows, especially at the Capycorp apartments.
Great Tit. Five pairs held territory.
Melodious Warbler. Only one pair holding territory this year – a very poor year.
Zitting Cisticola. 11 pairs holding territory. A good year for this species.
Sardinian Warbler. 10 pairs holding territory., a poor year for this species.
Spotted Flycatcher. Two pairs holding territory, an average year.
Common Nightingale. Only three pairs holding territory this year, the average is nine pairs.
Blackbird. Five pairs holding territory, a good year for this species.
Spotless Starling. 30 plus pairs holding territory, a good year for this species.
White Wagtail. Two pairs this year both raised two young. An average year.
Corn Bunting. Only one pair holding territory, just hanging on as a breeding species.
Greenfinch. Eight pairs nested, an average year for this species.
Goldfinch. 15 to 18 pairs nested, slightly above the average..
Common Linnet. Two pairs, one with four young and one with two young. A good year for this marginal species here.
Serin. 15 to 17 pairs nested well down on the yearly average.
House Sparrow. Doing very well this year with over 60 pairs nesting.
Tree Sparrow. 20 to 25 pairs nesting this year, including the two pairs nesting in my garden! One small group lost their nesting trees, when one of the local farmers grubbed them out.
June was a settled month with mainly fine, sunny and hot days.
Gentle to moderate north east winds in the mornings, and gentle to moderate winds in the afternoon kept temperatures down most days.
There were only two days with light rain – the 4th and the 18th June.
The average day temperature was 28C (82F).
The average night temperature was 19C (66F).
The highest day temperature was 32C (89F) on the 13th June.
The highest night temperature was 26C (78F) also on the 13th June.
The coolest day temperature was 26C (78F) on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 19th June.
The coolest night temperature was 15C (59F) on the 2nd June.
Total rainfall for the month was 0.1 inch (4mm) over two days, well below the June average of 2.2 inches.