first frog spawn
is discovered in Shoreham garden ponds.
authorities have decided to drain Brooklands
main lake leaving lots of exposed blackish
mud with small rivulets. Commotion in the very shallow rivulets was when
the large Carp
and smaller silvery fishdisturbed
the surface. The Little Egret
threatens to have a bonanza with the small fish, but the large carp,
mostly a dark grey in colour, seem too large
even for Cormorants
Herons to swallow (neither were present).Coots
waded in the mud and swam on a few shallow pools in the boating lake. A
pair of Little Grebes
dived under the Teville Stream
above the small weir. This stream was murky and nothing could be seen beneath
its surface. A small flow of water trickled over the weir into the main
pair of Little Grebes
were diving for food at mid-tide underneath the
Ferry Bridge. At Old Shoreham there were hundreds of mixed
gulls roosting, glistening white in the
sunshine that cast long shadows over the river mud.
A small clump of Gorsewas
the only flowering colour.
the brief rays of the warm 10.2 °C
sun under a blue sky was a pleasant spring day that
brought out my first queen bumblebee, Bombus,of
the year. Daffodils
were flowering on the Saltings roundabout
(west of the Norfolk Bridge) and at the bottom of Parkside, north Shoreham.
south-facing walls of Shoreham
Fort, I managed a glimpe of three adult
muralis, that quickly skitted
into holes in the flint and mortar. These
were the first reptiles I had seen this year. The
photographed lizard seems to be missing a leg.
Apple "Red Sentinel"
x robusta or Malus baccata
732 metres due north (one minute flying time) of where the Waxwings
were spotted, five Wood Pigeons
occupied the tree of red berries in
the fading light of the late afternoon.
sang loudly from the bushes next to cyclepath in Old Shoreham, north of
and a Great Tit
flew across the cyclepath from one bare hedge to another. The pastures
on both side of cyclepath at Old Shoreham were sodden with standing patches
of water that attracted a pair of Mallards.
towpath next to the River
muddy. On mid-tide in the river, several hundred
seen on the mud on both sides of the
more than usually seen. The river hosted the usual gulls
about fifty Common Gulls on
the first bend upstream from Old Shoreham.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013