after midnight a healthy Red Fox
ambled across the road at the junction of Stoney Lane and and Middle Road,
near Kingston Buci.
at Cuckoo's Corner
by Paul Loader
down to the River Adur
during the winter. Usually, the most of them that can be seen is them arrowing
away in a high speed flight. Ladywell Stream
was in flood and covered the small weir by the Scout's Hut.
Tundra Bean Goose, Anser
an unusual and surprise visit to the lower
Adur Valley and was spotted on the river near Cuckoo's
Corner on the Coombes Road, (which is on the western bank of the River
Adur north of Lancing and a short trek
along the towpath from Shoreham). The large bird was feeding on a high
spring tide amongst the Sea
Purslane before being disturbed and flying
Goose is a very
scarce visitor (Winter Visitor, Passage Migrant) to Sussex. It breeds
in north Scandinavia, north Russia and north Asia, and visits East Anglia
in small numbers in autumn and winter.
Mason Bird and Nature Photography
Sandpiper was spotted on the banks of
the River Adur
north of the Flyover.
hours after low tide was feeding time on the River
Adur between the Railway
Viaduct and the Toll Bridge
as a Shelduck ducked
its head under water at the tideline, one of a handful of Grey
Plovers were seen extracting a worm from
the sticky mud, and a small flock of Dunlins
trotted over the mud with a handful of Redshanks.
Most of the distant gulls
were roosting or preening. Greater
Black-backed Gulls were prominent and
numbered about a dozen on a thin strip of exposed mud.
was a cloudy day and it was too poor light for any decent photographs of
the birds on the mud at binocular range. North of the Toll Bridge, one
of fifty Lapwings
was seen pattering the mud and then dipping its beak in the river to feed.
A single Little Egret
was seen to strike and swallow a fish which seemed to momentarily choke
the long-necked bird on its way down. Later, south of the Railway Viaduct
a single Oystercatcher probed
amongst the mussel beds.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013