Winter birds thin out and the first Spring migrants arrive.

It was a relatively quiet month for both species and numbers of birds.

 Only 60 species were noted this February.

The first spring migrants arrived – Barn Swallow and Great Spotted Cuckoo.

There was a noticeable drop in the number of wintering birds.

 33 species were below average numbers for February.

1 to 3 Great Crested Grebes seen offshore.

 Up to 11 Great Cormorants were seen locally, plus a total of 179 passed through.

 Only one or two Cattle Egrets were seen.

Just one sighting of Northern Sparrowhawk seen.

 Only one Common Buzzard wintering.

 Only three Common Kestrel wintering.

 Because of the lack of water only 4 Common Moorhen seen.

 Both Black-headed Gulls max.8 birds, and Mediterranean Gulls max.62 birds were low for February.

30 Collared Doves was also low numbers.

 With no Little Owls seen in January, three in February was a bit better, but still low. Three Hoopoes max. was also low numbers.

 Only one Southern Grey Shrike wintering.

Skylark numbers were low at 60 max.

A max. of 12 Crag Martins was low also.

 8 Great Tits just below average.

 All the warbler numbers were low Cetti´s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Zitting Cisticola, Blackcap, and. Sardinian Warblers.

 Robins max.10 and Black Redstart max.10. were low numbers.

 White Wagtail and Meadow Pipits were down in numbers.

All the Buntings were below usual numbers with exception of Cirl Bunting. – Rock Bunting 2 max. Reed Bunting 2 max. and Corn Bunting max.3.

All finch numbers were low, with the exception of Serin. Chaffinch max.54. Greenfinch 8 max. Goldfinch 28 max. and Linnet 8 max

The reason for the low numbers is probably because of the dry mild winter.
12 species were in usual numbers for February. Yellow-legged Gulls, Lesser Black-back Gulls, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Dartford Warbler, Dunnock,Grey Wagtail, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow and Tree Sparrow.

One Coal Tit and one Penduline Tit were notable February records.

The only exotic species seen was the resident Patagonian Conure parrot.

12 species were above average numbers for February. 2 Shags, 3 Little Egrets, 19 Northern Lapwing, 60 Sandwich Terns, 160 Audouin´s Gulls, 40 Wood Pigeon, 15 Common Magpies, 6 Common Stonechat 3 Blackbirds, 20 Song Thrush, 6 Cirl Buntings and 96 Serin

Alcossebre Weather in February 2012.

 An unusual weather pattern this month.

 The whole month was predominately fine, sunny and dry – only one day with a little light rain.

 The main influence in the first two weeks was the cold strong northerly winds, keeping temperatures down on the average for February.

The second two weeks were much more pleasant as the winds dropped to light and gentle and continuing fine sunny days

 Average day temperature was 15C

Warmest day was on the 26th at 22C.

Coldest days were on the 3rd and 4th at 9C.

Average night temperature was 5C.

Warmest nights were on the the 10th and 19th at 10C

. Coldest nights were on the 3rd and 12th at 2C.
Total rainfall for the month was 0.2 inches on the 5th.

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