Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

February 2012

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Imbolc: First Day of Spring


29 February 2012
Around midday the sun shone weakly under a blue sky, but the warmth was enough for the first reptiles of the year to come out. On the south and west facing carnot wall of the Old Fort (on Shoreham Beach) I noted at least 16* separate Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, energetically skittered over the flint cobbled wall and into holes and crannies. All but one had intact tails and virtually all of them were large adults, but only the largest had a distinctive greenish tinge. (* duplicates excluded)
Adur Lizards

Widewater Lagoon
Wall Lizard

On Widewater Lagoon a raft of ten Teals were seen swimming on the still lagoon, and distinctively upturning themselves to feed. One of the three Little Egrets was feeding in the shallows: it was seen swallowing half a dozen 3-spined Sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus, in four minutes, with only two failed attempts. On the verges of the Waterworks Road in Old Shoreham, I noted a small clump of the first flowering Sweet Violets of the year. 

22 & 26 - 29 February 2012
A keen-eyed birdwatcher caught a tantalising glimpse of a Yellow-browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus,  skulking in the bottom of the bushes in a build-up area to the west of the hospital in Worthing. This Asiatic bird is a rare visitor to Britain where it is occcasionally to be found in bushy coastal locations. 
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First Report by Leigh Provest on Sussex Ornithological Society News

23 February 2012
On the still waters of Widewater Lagoon, a flotilla of exactly a dozen Tufted Ducks, Aythya fuligula, rested, only swimming more to the centre of the eastern end of the lagoon when approached.

Snow Bunting
Tufted Ducks

The two visiting Snow Buntings, Plectrophenax nivalis,were not so reticent feeding on the flat beach shingle in the same area as before just above the sea high tide mark at the western end of Widewater
Adur Nature Notes: Snow Buntings

In Lancing I saw my first two Lesser Celandine flowers on a grass verge, visited by a Drone Fly, my first hoverfly of the year, as the sun shone briefly. On the verges by Lancing Manor there were no sign of the Lesser Celandine swathes in their usual place, just Dandelion flowers.

19 February 2012
An Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides, visited Shoreham Harbour, looking very white in the bright light 

Report on "birding never sleeps" Blogspot

12 February 2012
Over twenty Redwings landed at the top of the Hawthorn tree in my Lancing back garden. 

A Slavonian Grebe, Podiceps auritus, was spotted off Lancing beach (just west of Widewater) in the early afternoon, close in to shore but swimming briskly east.

Report by Sam Lambert on Sussex Ornithological Society News

9 February 2012
A flock of Redwings has arrived to join yesterday's Fieldfares to feast on Crab Apples, Holly berries and Cotoneaster in my Shoreham garden. 

8 February 2012
A male Blackcap appeared in my Lancing back garden, looking hunched and cold.

Report by Ray Hamblett on facebook Lancing & Sompting

7 February 2012
Despite all the disturbance by dog walkers at Widewater Lagoon, the two Snow Buntings were still present late in the morning. 

Adur Nature Notes: Snow Buntings

5 February 2012
Four Fieldfares visited the Hawthorn tree in my Lancing back garden. 

Report by Ray Hamblett on facebook

It is just above freezing in Shoreham town and damp but no snow. My small garden pond was frozen over. 

The nearly low neap tide (2.1 metres) on the River Adur was still like a mill pond with the bridges reflected in the still grey water. It was good Dunlin watching conditions with hundreds of the small waders actively feeding in the mud nearer the eastern bank (opposite the Airport) than normal. Nearby in semi-wild conditions, I noted my first Snowdrops of the year just beginning to flower

3 February 2012
The air temperature fell to minus 6.3 °C at 8:00 am. 
Met Office: Shoreham
Lowest Temperatures this Millennium 2010

2 February 2012
At dawn (7:00 am) the air temperature was recorded at minus 2.6 °C, the coldest so far this year. 
Shoreham Weather

Adur Nature Notes 2011


Butterfly List 2012
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village

Shoreham Weather 2012

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

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