small pond was installed on 15 April 2004
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(probably a female because of its large size) hovered over the railway
tracks and Dolphin Road.
ran across the road into the front garden of number 20 Corbyn Crescent
just before midnight.
of the weed in the overgrown pond was cleared. The
Sticklebacks were thriving with six seen
immediately, but there were no signs of the Backswimmer
arrived home in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham,
just before dusk to find a Speckled Bush Cricket, Leptophyes
punctatissima, on my front door, literally.
half a dozen fresh Shaggy Parasol Mushrooms,
rhacodes, were growing amongst a pile of leaves in the twitten
between Corbyn Crescent and Adelaide Square, Shoreham, on the edge of the
Middle Road allotments.
pond is overgrown and the garden is wild and untidy.
Mint was flowering in my front garden
and two of the small pyralid Pyrausta
moth were flitting around.
White Butterfly and a Holly
Blue greeted me as I opened my front door.
The Gypsywort is in flower.
White, a Red
Admiral and a Gatekeeper
Butterfly were seen immediately I opened
my front door in the morning in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
were adult Common Frogs and Froglets
in my very small pond in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
could have hatched from about twenty tadpoles
introduced in each of the last two years, or they could have migrated from
other garden ponds?
Rocket was growing through the pavement
in Corbyn Crescent.
White Butterfly in Corbyn Crescent, in
the residential area of Shoreham was unprecedented, with a Gatekeeper
in the twitten
to Middle Road and a Green-veined White
was a Meadow Brown Butterfly
in my front garden.
was a Green-veined White Butterfly
in my front garden.
Admiral Butterfly fluttered over the road
outside my front garden.
1.5 metre high Teasel and a slightly smaller one were blown over
in a breeze after a heatwave dry spell. A small Frog
seen in the ovegorown pond.
dimunitive wild flower was growing from underneath the Privet, but taller
plants have been seen in other unkept gardens.
the Broad-leaved Willowherb, Epilobium
bear" caterpillar of the Garden Tiger
Moth was seen in my Shoreham garden.
No visits to butterfly loctions during the overcast day.
Water Boatmen were still in the pond.
pendulus buzzes like a blow-fly
and could be mistaken for a wasp so I doubt it it is high on the general
popularity stakes. It hovered around my garden pond in Corbyn Crescent,
found another small (estimated 45 mm long) Common
Frog in the back garden that was transfered
to the front. One frog tadpole,
without legs, and three 10-spined Sticklebacks
were seen in the front garden small overgown pond in an overgrown garden.
was a small web spinning spider
on the road side of the Privet hedge in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent,
this is a small and therefore a young Araneus
balteatus, are too prevalent to make
a mention on the Nature Notes, but in this
case I caught it landing on a Bulbous Buttercup.
very small day flying moth Pyrausta
aurata is a common species near garden
ponds and oner fluttered around the long grasses.
most unexpected and surprising discovery of my day was a slightly faded,
but intact, Red Admiral Butterfly
in the twitten
between Adelaide Square and Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. Both Large
White and Small
White Butterflies flew over Middle Road
Allotments next to the twitten.
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Blue Butterfly and a Small
White Butterfly were seen in Corbyn Crescent,
Shoreham as the sun came out briefly.
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different domestic cats
have been stalking out my front garden pond.One
cat made an unsuccessful ambush on the birds, Starlings
and House Sparrows,
in the back garden. A Starling
is still going in the ventilation flap on the upper floor next door at
is another small garden species of hoverfly
that visited the only Bulbous Buttercup
in my front garden in a crowded industrial
area of Shoreham.
think this is one of the prevalent Sphaerophoria
S. scripta) but I have not
double-checked for close species (which is unlikely from a photograph).
the grass has got completely out of hand (for the lack of shears capable
of cutting grass) and it has encroached and is choking the plants in the
pond. The Common Frog
does not seem to mind though and there is still only one. Wallpaper
scissors were used to cut the encroaching grass (the idea was a grass overlap
rather than an incursion).
Blue Butterfly fluttered around the Privet.
Marigolds were flowering for the first
time on the pond shallows. In the bog garden the leaves were larger
and they had not shown any signs of flowering.
are spreading into the pond. They could threaten to swamp the shallows
of the pond entirely. Water Mint is growing from the deeper sections,
not in the shallow ends where it was originally planted.
the shears are not sharp enough to cut the grass.
first butterfly of the year recorded in the
garden was a flighty Small White
in breezy conditions.
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couple of Great Black-backed Gulls
perched on top of the warehouse immediately south of Adelaide Crescent
and east of Corbyn Crescent.
healthy Fox in the Middle Road allotments
(next to the twitten between Corbyn Crescent
and Adelaide Square, Shoreham) at 8:30 pm
is hardly a newsworthy news item.
on the rotary clothes line in the back garden of 14 Corbyn Crescent (TQ
224 055), Shoreham
there is a bird table and flocks of House
summer immigrants. This is my first record of this bird in the town. The
photograph (on the left) shot through a murky window at long distance is
poor and for ID purposes only.
Bear" Tiger Moth caterpillar was in my
larva of the a Lesser
Yellow Underwing Moth,
was discovered underneath the watering
can in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent
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lonely red coloured Common Frog was
still basking on top of the pond shallows and weed that covered so much
of the surface that the Water Soldier plant
sinks in winter will not have any open water to rise to. The leaves of
the Marsh Marigolds were
large. Planted in late spring last year, they have not flowered in this
pond yet, and some plants were growing in the damp margins, with the leaves
spawn has disintegrated and the water
has gone very slightly milky. There is no sign yet of the miniature tadpoles.
There is vegetation and larger leaves appearing from the deeper water.
and a half litres of new Frog spawn is
introduced to the deep clear surface water area of the small pond. This
spawn had just risen to the surface so the estimated hatch of hatching
is though to be about 28 March 2005.
spawn was introduced because it was surplus in a pond
with fish and because it was not expected that the solitary frog would
attract mates this year.)
quickly attracted the attention of predatory Backswimmer
Water Boatmen and at least one 10-spined
small brown Common Frog
is spotted in the pond after dark. It submerged when disturbed. It appeared
only half the size of an adult. I did not have a proper chance to measure
it, but it was about 60 mm long. How fast do frogs grow? It could be a
born last year, but possibly a frog
that had lived through two winters? Frogs
become sexually mature in their third year.
is a lot of grass that has spread and appears to be growing in the small
pond shallows. Vegetation growing in the pond
covered most of the water surface. The only tiny areas of open water were
in the deeper central area.
Frog portrait was taken at night using
seems a reddish-brown which is not a colour distortion by the flash gun.
A few other frogs have been seen to be on the reddish side, but not quite
as much as this male croaker.
frog was sitting on top of the weeds, but
would submerge underwater if poked.
before the midnight, the solitary frog,
(which now seemed to be almost adult size: I had underestimated its size
before) started croaking. The croak emitted seemed loud for the size of
the amphibian. This is the mating call of the male
frog to attract the females. The females arrive
after the males at the spawning grounds. (NB:
This pond is a new one and was not constructed until after the mating period
was on top of the roof next door, at number 16.
sign of snow in Shoreham town but looking out
of my window, there was a thin layer of snow on the downs above Shoreham.
This snow was only on the high ground north of the A27
By-pass, and the pastures from Slonk Hill
westwards to Mill Hill were green.
The ice in my garden pond was 3 mm thick with
just a small amount of open water at the edges of the pond.
Although it appeared more like horizontal sleet at first from the east,
it actually begins to lay first on the pavements and roads and then on
the grass. Although, only a thin layer, this is the first proper snow of
the winter. The water in my small garden pond was not frozen, although
the surface seemed it was only a fraction above the melting point of water.
measured it a 4.4 ºC.
The pond with the thin sprinkling
of snow, which because of the garden's north facing position was greater
than anywhere else in Shoreham.
Temperature 2.3 ºC
Point -2.1 ºC
Speed Force 6 (Strong Breeze)
midday the wind had reduced and it was more like snow than sleet. Unfortunately,
a look at the downs from out of my window
and no snow seems to have settled.
thin layer of ice floated on the surface of my garden pond in Corbyn Crescent
224 055) for
the first time ever as
the air temperature fell below freezing for the first time this winter,
recorded at -0.2 ºC just before 7:00 am. The
ice thinned during the day, and had disappeared by the following day.
the plant is one of the Water Starworts,
It has only reached the surface of the pond with its rosette on the water
surface in the late autumn for the winter greenery.These
plants in the central area of the pond are probably of local provenance.
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looks like a different species of pond plant on the surface of the pond.The
rosette looks similar to the Water Starwort above but the leaves are less
pointed. This plant was in shallower water.
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