appeared in flower on the verges of the cyclepath
north of Old Shoreham together with one clump of Primroses,
white Sweet Violets,
and Lesser Celandine.
partial Solar Eclipse
was viewable over the United Kingdom where the mostly hazy low cloud weather
At Shoreham the clouds
parted for just 6 seconds at 9:21 am
constant cloud looked very unpromising but a gap appeared for just six
seconds at the peak 85% eclipse at 9:21.
were quiet and started clacking again at 10:20.
earlier 9:06 am partial
eclipse made for a better photograph by
receded to end of Worthing Pier
and a small flock of Turnstones
probed amongst the rocks.
fauna was unexceptional with nothing of note.
past Widewater Lagoon
on a passage trip from Worthing in the fading light, and spotted mostly
in a raft of over a dozen, two Red-breasted
a feeding Little Egret
and a Redshank.
A Black-headed Gull was
in summer plumage.
signs of any adult Frogs
but two clumps of frog spawn
have appeared in my small front garden pond.
This did not happen last year. The last record of frog
spawn dates back to 2006.
(The pond was dug in 2004.)
the sun made a brief and weak appearance I saw my first two butterflies
of the year. Alas, both of them flew away so rapidly, I did not have a
chance to identify either of them.
of Mill Hill
Thistle and Ploughmans's
spotted the first two Sweet Violets
in flower this year on the upper part
of Mill Hill.
Churchyard of St. Andrew, Steyning
Fox Spider, Alopecosa
barbipes, was seen on a gravestone
in St. Andrew's churchyard, Steyning.
Whales & Dolphins (by Steve Savage)
was discovered washed up dead on Shoreham Beach near the Burrells. It was
is a decrepit condition and most likely to be a Common
Dolphin, Delphinus delphis.
Egret fishing in the shallows between
the mussel beds by Ropetackle at low tide
was the only thing of vague interest on a murky day before the rain.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013