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25 February 2002 : Volume 4
Downs National Park
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(x30) and Moorhens
(x15) shared Brooklands Boating Lake with Mallards
and Mute Swans,
which is usual in most months of the year, but the Pochards
(x15) were less usual and they can be seen up much closer than at Widewater
Lagoon a mile to the east. On the green, the squint eye and yellow legs
identified the Common Gull up
the Widewater submerged margins, the brilliant
orange of the large Ruddy
Shelduck was the last bird to be seen
after the Little Egret
in the shallow lagoon to the east of the bridge and the Red-breasted
Merganser on the surface over the deeper
Lancing Beach Green where the Sailing Club building was being rebuilt,
a solitary bird flew just like the Turnstones
of a week ago. Only this time the fleeting rear view was different with
far more white, and the call was "kee-oo kee-oo"
which makes this bird to almost certainly be a Redshank,
although the call was not the shrill alarm of this wader when it is suddenly
disturbed on the estuary.
a hundred small birds were observed flying west over the sea, just above
the waves in flocks of 30 and 60+, only a 100 metres from the cycle path,
just 50 metres, from where the sea lapped on the shore, but the birds were
too small and quick for me to identify. I would go for Dunlins
as the most probable birds.
chirm of Goldfinches
the shrubbery between the lagoon and the sea numbered about 30 but they
were outnumbered by about 100 noisy House
Sparrows in adjoining bushes.
of Widewater Lagoon
World Oceans Day 2002
first meeting to discuss arrangements for this Adur Festival event.
express any interest to:
Horton (British Marine Life Study Society)
Mitchell (West Sussex County
World Oceans Day 2001 web page
(x 3), Chaffinches
(x 2) and a Wren
amongst the shrubs are three less common visitors, (but not particularly
special), to a north Shoreham garden
219 063) where further frog spawn was
deposited in the small pond during the week.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly is active in my
south facing front garden in Lancing.
small formation of four wading birds flew rapidly over the shingle shore
and imported Larvikite (a type of syenite)
sea defence rocks (TQ 213 044)
opposite Beach Green, (by the beach huts) in mid-afternoon. These birds
could be clearly seen with a white wing bar when flying away (not like
the white rear edge of the Redshank)
and there call was a clear "chik-tik-tik"
this probably mean that they are Turnstones.
A flock of three Turnstones
have also been reported from Southwick Beach.
party of about 20 volunteers with the South Downs Conservation Board, led
by Countryside Ranger Richard James,
gathered for a scrub clearing session on the South-west slope of Lancing
Ring. The task was to remove some of the Hawthorn
which is seen to be invading the chalk grassland which itself has been
colonised by Tor
Grass, Brachypodium pinnatum. The SDCB hope to introduce
grazing by Exmoor Ponies which have proved successful on downland at Firle
near Lewes, East Sussex.
Grass Information Files:
Nature Newsletter (February 2002)
thought I would take a short detour to the Adur near Old Shoreham Toll
Bridge to try and clear up the identity of the waders seen yesterday. Alas
amongst the 1000+ Lapwings and
assorted gulls, the various waders seem to pose more problems than they
solved. A flock of 75 or so Dunlins were
easy to separate by size, but again the medium-sized waders still posed
problems. A handful of stocky ones with black beaks and dark legs were
least a couple of wading birds with pale yellowish
legs and much darker (less thrush-like) breast,
embarked on a very steady and fast trot along the edge of the waterline.
These actually turned out to be Redshanks.
identification of these waders is simply fraught with too many difficulties
to be sure. The Redshank, usually long and spindly, can actually look quite
squat at a long distance and at an angle the medium-long beak can actually
look shorter. In the poor light, even the leg and beak colours can be difficult
the binoculars the unringed Little Egret
on its long black legs, looked really large in comparison to every bird
bar the Great Black-backed Gulls.
Ornithological Society Waders Files
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
the gales the strandline of Shoreham
Beach was peppered with thousands of Whelk egg-cases,
amongst the flotsam of shells, seaweed and man-made rubbish.
Starfish and Whelk Egg Case
of 25 Turnstones
wheeled in by the Adur Railway Viaduct just like a flock of Dunlins. These
birds were much stockier than the solitary
which was elegantly feeding within a few metres of one of these waders.
"A wader slightly smaller than a Lapwing, squatter and fatter than a Redshank,
speckled a bit like a Thrush, bright red legs like an adult Redshank, shortish
dark beak, jerky feeding, quite inclined to submerge its legs, in a small
flock of 25 wheeling like a Dunlin flock, much larger than a Ringed Plover,
but smaller than an Oystercatcher. When the bird ruffled its feathers a
small area of white was revealed on its flank and belly." -
waders in their dull winter plumage were about the same size as a couple
of Grey Plovers
foraging along the water line at mid-tide. Some of them waded in the pools
near the mussel beds with their legs submerged,
but they were not adverse to feeding on the mud flats.
arrowed between the scrub bushes by the disused railway route to the south-east
of Old Shoreham Toll Bridge.
wader feeding jerkily over the edge of mud and water near the railway viaduct
with bright red legs (and
smaller than a Lapwing) must surely be
(but originally misidentified as a Turnstone).
It was originally disturbed by the helicopter from a mud and rocks area,
when it called twice as it flew about 30 metres to the water's edge. The
other wader was probably a Grey Plover.
On this murky day colours were a bit subdued.
a wet and blustery day a small flock of 30 Dunlin
wheeled over Widewater .The resident albino Mallards
tucked their heads into their breasts.
7 February 2002
Frog laid a small clump of spawn in a Shoreham garden (TQ
219 063) between the dates of 4 and 10 February.
spawn was earlier than usual. At the beginning of this Millennium, spawn
was not recorded in Shoreham until 27 February 2000.
Life of North-western Europe Smart Group
kwaa!" yelled the gull with the big yellow
beak, whilst simultaneously pattering its feet to encourage the worms to
rise. Not on the beach but on the Hamm
outside Adur Civic Centre. The is was almost certainly a Herring
Gull, a common sight in Shoreham
town. The idea to check is to look at the colour of its legs, which are
red in this species, but this gull was crouching down and being aggressive
so I could not see their colour. All the playing fields and parks were
covered in mostly Black-headed Gulls
after the gales (which also have red legs, but they are much smaller).
Force 8 winds and steady rain throughout the whole of the day that
died down by the evening.
Nature & History - December 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for October
across the river aimin' at ya
Lawman on your
trail, he'd like to catch ya
too, they'd like to get ya
don't like you to be so free.
Campin' out all
night on the berenda
'til dawn in the hacienda
Up to Boot Hill
they'd like to send ya
you turn your back on me.
with some sweet senorita
Into her dark
hallway she will lead ya
In some lonesome
shadows she will greet ya
so far away from home.
behind the mirrors in empty places
and scars between the spaces
one more notch and ten more paces
Billy, and you're
walkin' all alone.
They say that
Pat Garrett's got your number
So sleep with
one eye open when you slumber
sound just might be thunder
the barrel of his gun.
Review Purposes} Bob
Film on Television:
Pat Garrett &
Billy the Kid
Monday 25 February 2002 11:55 pm
from the dig under the Marlipins Museum
by Martin Snow
on the photograph for the full
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
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frogs and toads, in which the male clasps the female about the back.
| kndn, kndin | n. & a. M18. [L, f. as CON- + gener-, genus race,
stock.] A n. 1 A thing or person of the same kind or class as another.
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of prec.: see -LE3. Cf. TUSSLE.] A v. 1 v.t. Pull about roughly, handle
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Two female figures with tousled hair.
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hair etc. Freq. in tousle-haired, tousle-headed adjs. L19.tously a. characterized
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by or suggestive of wiggling movement; (of a line, pattern, etc.) having
small irregular undulations.
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become wiggly tadpoles.
| wnt | n. Now formal or joc. ME. [Perh. f. a conflation of it is
my wone and I am wont: see WONE n., WONT a.] What is habitual or customary;
a custom, a habit.
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use and wont: see USE n.
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condition. Long obs. exc. Sc. OE. 2 Accustomed, apt, liable. Usu.
foll. by to do. OE. 3 = WONTED 2. Long obs. exc. Sc. LME.
SIR W. SCOTT The lark was wont my matins ring. DICKENS All is going on
as it was wont. W. D. WHITNEY Such a distinction is wont to be termed 'inorganic'.
A. STORR Someone toward whom she was wont to turn for support.
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