different birds were spotted in the back garden
of 40 The Drive (near Buckingham Park), (TQ
219 063), during the weekly plus visits in
2005. The numbers of birds are misleading because it is usually the same
birds visiting on different days. The most prevalent birds were Jackdaws
284 recorded on 48 different occasions. Other birds often seen included
76, Blue Tits
67, Collared Doves
52 and House Sparrows
51. New birds added were Fieldfares,
and a Jay.
The absentee this year was the Goldcrest,
and both Chaffinches
and Song Thrushes
were down in numbers.
Bird Database 2005
Bird List 2004
Bird List 2004 Spreadsheet
(to the west) of Church Farm, Coombes, a Buzzard
was seen in flight and perched on a branch of a tree.
dusk, the whole of the Adur area was covered by a minimal dusting of snow.
was recorded on Shoreham Beach at 0.25 mm and the air temperature fell
to zero (near Mill Hill) and the dew point
was recorded at a low of minus 2.4 ºC at 5:43
pm on Shoreham Beach.
a clear blue sky the air temperature reached 7.7
ºC at 2:09
by Ray Hamblett
juvenile Pied Wagtail, Motacilla
alba yarrelli, was seen soaking up
some sunshine on South Street, Lancing, in the early afternoon. It appears
to have very little flight feather and so it may have recently fledged.
new record 14 species of birds were seen in
a north Shoreham garden in one hour, a dozen
of them within the first twenty minutes. They were in order of first seen:
Greenfinches (8), Blackbirds
(2), and finally a Herring
Gull as I was just about to leave. Food
was there to attract the birds.
Bird Database 2005
Bug Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
air temperature fell below freezing for the first time this winter, recorded
at minus 0.8 ºC at 6:25 am.
Weather Reports (a selection)
is rarely rewarding for rockpooling because
the mobile fish, crabs,
etc. move offshore into slightly deeper water to avoid the temperature
vagaries of the intertidal zone. A one
metre late afternoon low tide on Kingston
Beach, four species of small juveniles fishes were discovered including
one Small-headed Clingfish,
erminea, ran across the road at the Halewick
Lane, Sompting as we waited to enter the Waste Transfer Station (west of
Clump). This predatory mammal was small red/brown with a black tipped
this morning a Sparrowhawk
was seen in the Hawthorn
tree at the end of our south Lancing garden
185 046). It
had a small bird clutched in it's talons, it may
been a Blue Tit
or a Sparrowthe
light was too poor to discern which.
in the day a scattering of wood fragments were found below the bird boxes
on the side wall of the house. On looking up to one of the boxes it was
clear where the wood had come from. Evidently the work of a Spotted
Woodpecker which had chiseled out the
hole through the side of the box which was now now twice the width of the
the pebbled shore by the Old Fort, there were a dozen Pied
each of three directions when I looked east, south and west, as I was standing
on the strandline littered with seaweed, whelk
shells and dozens of whelk egg cases.
were about a hundred Starlings that
rose as a flock and a handful of brown speckled pipits, probably Rock
Pipits (possibly Meadow
for morsels amongst the debris washed up.
the late afternoon a extraordinary band of white mist crept over from the
Airport and New Monks Farm area which
in about fifteen minutes first of all obscured the view of the Toll
Bridge from the south-east by the Railway
Viaduct and then the view of Lancing College disappeared under the
Egret almost choked on one of the prize
Carp in my neighbour's (2.5 x 2.0 metre)
pond in north Lancing.
of the Moon
shone clearly, well above the thin crescent
low in the southern sky as dusk turned to darkness.
Butterfly Flight Times
Brook spotted a Red
Admiral Butterfly about midday just north
the cemetery (TQ 177 060)
below Lancing Clump. "The butterfly
was flying up over some hedging at the side of the path through to the
area north of the cemetery. It was being blown about a bit as the wind
was quite gusty and there was some spattering of rain at the time! Not
the weather for a butterfly to be out and about in!"
Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005
muddy puddle-strewn path that purports to be the Coastal
Link cyclepath, a Grey Heron
was searching the long grass verges near the first layby (from the south)
on the Steyning Road. It did not fly away with the usual panic although
it attempted to fly. I was tempted to think it was injured as it found
a place to hide underneath the scrub.