Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

January 2014

Sea on 3 January 2014
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29 January 2014

A Red-breasted Merganser in a flap on Widewater Lagoon.

19 January 2014
I did a little bit of gardening this sunny afternoon, a Comma Butterfly must have been hiding in a bush I moved. It settled on the white house wall, in torpid state, it was easy to encourage it to step on to a finger while I fetched a camera, not moving. I think I might be able to claim first butterfly of the year for Lancing. 

Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Butterfly List 2014

14 January 2014

Mute Swan taking off

10 -11 January 2014

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus, with smaller immature Herring Gulls, Shoreham Beach East
Photograph by Jan-Paul Charteris on facebook

A Glaucous Gull visited the Shoreham Harbour and it was seen on the Shoreham Fort and Southwick Beach side at the entrance at different times. This large gull is a very scarce winter visitor from the Arctic. 

Glaucous Gull scavenging a Dogfish on Shoreham Beach East
Photograph by John Stanton on flickr

10 January 2014
The study Golden Willow tree on an Old Erringham border between two pasture fields, finally succumbed to the gales and heavy rain of the new year. 

3 January 2014
I was right in the middle of the new Adur Ferry Bridge when the the low flying clouds in mid-afternoon were illuminated by a flash of lightning followed immediately by one tremendous clap of thunder and a second clap a few seconds later. I was nearly blown from my bicycle by a gust of wind and battered by hailstones. Out at sea it was rough, the waves were foaming with white caps like just about a steady Gale Force 7 from the south-west, blowing diagonally on to the shore. Grey clouds reached down to the sea and the swirling gust conditions looked and it felt like a squall (or mini-tornado) might form. The Shoreham Beach Weather Station figures corresponded to my observations recording a steady wind speed of 34 mph (Force 7) gusting to 62 mph (Force 10). An earlier gust of 66.8 mph (Force 11) was recorded. 
After dusk the gale increased and Shoreham Beach Weather Station recorded steady wind speeds of 45 mph (Gale Force 8) gusting to 73.9 mph (Hurricane Force 12).

River Adur at Star Gap
Photograph by Mark Bond
Photograph by Fox Geere

Between midday and 1:00 am, the high spring tide of 6.7 metres plus a storm surge of 0.4 metres was a possible flood risk that did not materialise, although the wind assisted waves in the River Adur estuary splashed on to Coronation Green, in Shoreham. 
Shoreham Weather 2014

1 January 2014
The New Year was heralded in by overcast and damp weather. It was not until the early hours that the gales and heavy rain started mostly Gale Force 7 gusting to Storm Force 10, but on occasions reaching Gale Force 8 gusting to Violent Storm Force 11 according to the Shoreham Beach Weather Station which recorded a gust of 66.4 mph (Force 11). The recorded wind speeds certainly corresponded with the large trees swaying constantly in the wind and battered by the rain. 
Shoreham Beach Weather Station
Shoreham Weather 2014
Storm at Worthing (Video by Peter Weever)

Three Herring Gulls glided in the wind under the fast moving low flying grey clouds, the first birds seen this year as the rain stopped in the afternoon. When the gales and rain had died down a bit, I checked in the shed and recorded my first Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly of the year, in diapause. The first wild flower recorded in 2014 was Dandelion, although a few Buttercups were in flower in my front garden. 
Butterfly List 2014

January 2013 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2014

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Adur Nature Notes 2012

Butterfly List 2014
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