the River Adur
at mid-tide between the Railway
Viaduct and the Toll Bridge along
with the usual amazing collection of gulls
I spotted two Curlew,
a Shelduck, many
a beautiful Kingfisher,
three Cormorants all
fishing in about 25 cm of water with an Little
Egret following them excitedly, and the
first for me in Shoreham: an Avocet.
was very muddy when taking these shots on the verges of the cyclepath,
near the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham.
of the Adur District
by Gary Levett
was seen taking a bath at Widewater
after a particularly bloody meal of a small Vole.
larger than usually seen flock of about a thousand Starlings
were spotted over Holmbush an hour before dusk.
Black-backed Gulls were unusually near
the shore on the mud flats north of the Toll
Bridge. A closer look and one of these
large gulls was playing with a Flounder
almost as long as the bird. It seemed unable to feed on it but was unwilling
to part with its trophy, carrying the large fish as it swam out with the
under a cloudy sky. A single Little Grebe
dived under a few metres away and surfaced with a large prawn in its beak.
There were the usual gulls
and waders including a Little Egret,
trotted around St. Mary de Haura churchyard on a cloudy day with a Gale
7 blowing. At sea the waves were topped
A high spring tide battered against Coronation
a sunny late morning two Brent Geese
were foraging on Widewater, a Redshank
probed in the mud, and three Little Egrets,
and four Little Grebes
were all seen fishing in the shallow lagoon.
a native English plant but most incidents are now probably garden escapes.
These specimens are still flowering in the rain
in my wild front garden. These are the horticultural species/variety Pencilled
Cranesbill, Geranium versicolor &/or
x oxonianum, Cultivar: 'Claridge
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013