Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

November 2013

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2013  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
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27 November 2013
A most unexpected discovery was a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly asleep on my bedroom wall. Without my spectacles on I thought it must have been a spider and I gave it a nudge. Sleepily, I cupped it in my hand as I did not recognise it as a butterfly at first. It was after I recognised what it was, I took the butterfly to my small empty plastic aquarium tank in my bathroom. Then the butterfly came to life and flew around the light bulb. I caught it again and by midday the butterfly is resting with its wings closed in the small aquarium. It looked worn but it did not appear to have any obvious damage.
Adur Butterfly List 2013
Diapause (=hibernation)
19 November 2013
I have not seen an Earwig, Forficula auricularia, since I started these Nature Notes page in 1997. Chased by my camera lens it quickly crawled over the path where the old Footbridge used to join Shoreham Beach
18 November 2013
On a high tide, the twenty or so Turnstones sheltered on the strandline a few metres above the gently lapping sea where about a dozen Sanderlings also congregated.
Sanderlings & Turnstone
7 November 2013
There were over a hundred birds (excluding gulls) on the River Adur estuary at high tide between the Norfolk Bridge and the Adur Ferry Bridge. They will too far away to see clearly but I think there was a flock of twenty Pochards, plus waders including Turnstones, Grey Plovers and possible Godwits. A small Wheatear was clearly seen by its white rump flying from the seaweed covered strandline to the western harbour wall, Shoreham Beach.

5 November 2013
A dead Porpoise was washed up on Southwick Beach by Carats Cafe.

4 November 2013
Two male Kestrels aerially sparred for over five minutes over Mill Hill against the backdrop of a blue sky. Eventually, one of splendidly coloured Kestrels flew away to the west, whilst the first one seen resumed hovering over the down south of the Reservoir. 

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, two Clouded Yellow Butterflies appeared to be courting, and there was a third seen. 
Butterfly Report

1 November 2013
One of the three Cormorants on the artificial island in Widewater played with a flatfish which was two large for it to swallow whilst two other Cormorants and at least two Little Grebes were seen diving under the surface of the lagoon. Three Little Egrets stalked in the margins.

November 2012 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2013

Adur Nature Notes 2012

Adur Butterfly List 2013
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village

Shoreham Weather 2012

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

Urban Wildlife Webring


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Link to Adur Nature Notes 2005  Index pageLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2006 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2004 Index page
Link to Adur Valley Nature Notes 2003Latest Nature Notes and Index page 2002
Mill Hill, north of Shoreham


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