86 species were seen in the Alcossebre area in April 2016.
Two species were the first seen this year Mallard and Whimbrel.
23 species were the first seen this spring. Common Quail, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, Red-necked Nightjar, Common Swift, European Bee eater, European Roller, Golden oriole, Melodious Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Spectacled Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Common Nightingale, Whinchat, Blue-headed Wagtail and Ortolan Bunting.
I had the company of Gordon Cox from Hertfordshire, Barbara and Derek Plummer from Northamtonshire, and Paul Harvey from Cumbria.
A big thanks to Paul for help building my sewage reservoir.
The month unfolded as follows.-
1st April. One White Stork, one Marsh Harrier, seven Black Kites, one Alpine Swift and five Sand Martins flew NE. 12 Black-headed Gulls flew south.
2nd April. Two Woodchat Shrikes were overnight arrivals.
On the 4th and 5th April heavy rain moved in stopping migration.
6th April. One Marsh Harrier, three Common Swifts flew NE. Overnight arrivals included a Quail and two Blue-headed Wagtails.
7th April. One Great Cormorant, six Pallid Swifts, 25 Barn Swallows and nine House Martins flew NE. Overnight arrivals included one Woodchat Shrike, two Common Nightingales – the first this spring, five Blackcaps and four Willow Warblers.
9th April. 19 Great Cormorants, three Bee eaters and four Pallid Swifts flew NE.
Overnight arrivals included One Purple Heron (first this spring), two Common Sandpipers (first this spring), five Woodchat Shrikes, 18 Blackcaps, three Common Nightingales and the first Common Whitethroat of spring.
10th April. Six Glossy Ibis and one Grey Heron flew south. Overnight arrivals included One Turtle Dove – first of spring, and one each of Northern Wheatear, Common Whitethroat and Subalpine Warbler.
11th April. The only passage was 46 Barn Swallows. Overnight arrivals included Squacco Heron, Little Ringed Plover – both spring firsts, nine Woodchat Shrikes, three Willow Warblers, two Subalpine Warblers, two Common Redstart, one Whinchat, eight Northern Wheatears and one Black-eared Wheatear.
12th April. Three Marsh Harriers flew NE. Overnight arrivals included another five Woodchat Shikes – up to 14 birds now, five Turtle Doves and three Common Redstarts.
13th April. One Red-rumped Swallow and two Sand Martins flew NE.
A Whimbrel and two Common Whitethroats were overnight arrivals.
14th April. The Whimbrel from yesterday was joined by another. Two Red-legged Partridge were the first since 23rd February.
15th April. No passage birds today. Two Black-winged Stilts and one Whinchat were overnight arrivals.
18th April. No passage birds or overnight arrivals.
19th April. No passage birds. Overnight arrivals included five Northern Wheatear, two Common Redstart, one Blackcap, one Subalpine Warbler, and the first Pied Flycatcher of spring.
20th April. A total of 53 Audouin´s Gulls flew east along the coast – no doubt Ebro Delta bound. No overnight arrivals.
21st April. Six Grey Herons and two Golden Orioles flew NE. Overnight arrivals included one Golden Oriole and one Red-necked Nightjar (both first of spring), one each Willow Warbler, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher.
22nd April. 12 Black-headed Gulls, 27 Yellow-legged Gulls, 50 Pallid and Common Swifts, 50 Barn Swallow, six Red-rumped Swallows and 26 House Martins all flew NE. Overnight arrivals included one Woodchat Shrike and one Willow Warbler.
23rd April. 75 each Pallid and Common Swifts, 40 Barn Swallows, 18 House Martins and 15 Sand Martins flew NE. Overnight arrivals included Roller and Garden Warbler, both spring firsts, two Pied Flycatchers and one Blackcap.
24th April. 60 Bee eaters. 00s of Pallid and Common Swifts, 100 Barn Swallows, 40 House Martins and two Red-rumped Swallows flew NE.
Overnight arrivals included one Black-crowned Night heron, one Squacco Heron, one Reed Warbler and one Ortolan Bunting – both spring firsts
25th April. 28 Glossy Ibis, 100 each Pallid and Common Swifts, 60 Barn Swallows and 40 House Martins flew NE. Overnight arrivals included one each Wood Sandpiper, Common Greenshank – both spring firsts, two Stone Curlew, four Woodchat Shrikes, one each, Garden Warbler, Northern Wheatear, Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher.
26th April. No passage birds. 12 Black-winged Stilts, one each Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher arrived overnight.
27th April. Seven Black-headed Gulls, 11 Audouin´s Gulls and 19 Yellow-legged Gulls flew east along the coast. Overnight arrivals included Two Common Nightingales and the first Melodious Warbler of spring.
28th April. Overnight rain grounded a number of migrants. One Roller, 15 Bee eaters, two Pied Flycatchers, one Spotted Flycatcher, one Common Redstart, one Reed warbler, one Common Whitethroat, one Subalpine Warbler and one Melodious Warbler.
29th April. 13 Glossy Ibis and 20 Little Egrets flew NE. Overnight arrivals included one Woodchat Shrike, one Whinchat, five Common Whitethroats, a late Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers and five Pied Flycatchers.
Alcossebre Weather in April 2016.
This April was colder, wetter and windier than normal.
The first week in April was mixed with only two days of fine sunny weather.
The other days were mainly cloudy with sunny spells. The 4th and 5th of April gave us more rain than we have had since last November!
Meanwhile the moderate to strong winds kept temperatures down.
The second week in April was much better with four fine sunny days, and three days of sunny/cloudy spells. Again moderate winds kept temperatures down.
The third week in April went back to mixed weather, with sunny/cloudy spells.
There was some light rain on the 20th. Winds moderated to light or gentle.
The fourth week in April was a mixture of sunshine and showers. There was some rain on the 22nd/23rd and 27th/28th.
Average day temperature was 22C (72F).
Average night temperature was 12C (53F).
Highest day temperature was 26C (78F) on the 17th.
Highest night temperature was 17C (62F) on the 17th.
Lowest day temperature was 16C (60F) on the 5th.
Lowest night temperature was 8C (46F) on the 2nd.
Total rainfall was 2.8 inches (71mm) over eight days.
The heaviest rain fell on the 5th April with 1.6 inches (41mm).