leaves were turning orange and brown and any
fluttering was more likely to be a fallen leaf than a butterfly in the
breeze. At least eight species of butterfly
were seen on a sunny day included a confirmed
Hill. Species count: Comma
2, Speckled Wood
Blue 2, Large
White 3, Wall
Brown 2, Red
Admiral 5, Meadow
and Small Copper
had another clear sight of the underwing the two Buzzards
as they glided slowly over the lower slopes of Mill
Hill in the weak sunshine before rising on the thermals. Five
species of butterfly appeared on Mill Hill
including a fresh Wall Brown.
a high spring tide a flock of twenty plus Turnstones
all landed on a small cruiser in the middle of the River
Adur on the wide expanse between the Norfolk
Bridge and the Footbridge. In
the afternoon on a receding tide four hours later a flock of Lapwings
flew over the mud flats waiting to land.
Levels and Estuary
basked in the brief period of sunshine. Two juvenile Common
vivipara, were seen on the Chestnut
pale fencing separating the Pixie Path from
Mill Hill Cutting. And over a dozen juvenile Wall
amongst a few rocks near the Old Fort and over the flint walls at the far
eastern end of Shoreham Beach, with two much
larger adults seen and there were probably many more present.
two butterflies were noted: a Red
Admiral over the large garden hedge at
the top of the Pixie Path and a tattered male Common
Blue Butterfly around the cow
pats (still remaining from the spring) on
the upper meadows of Mill Hill. Two dragonflies
were seen: a Common Darter on
the top part of Mill Hill, and a Migrant
mixta, on the north-south part of
the Pixie Path. There were scores of conkers
on the grass from the Horse Chestnut
trees at the top of Buckingham Park, north Shoreham.
the rain had stopped for the first time this month scores of House
Martins flew to and fro over Mill
Hill prior to migration south. Higher
in the sky two or more Buzzards
soared after avoiding the attentions of the mobbing Crows,
and later a Kestrel
hovered over the top plateau. Predictably
there were no butterflies and very
few flying insects of any kind and most of these were Common
Wasps visiting Ivy on the outskirts
large webs of the Garden Orb Spider,
were prevalent in the morning.
over the canal section of Shoreham Harbour.
prevalancy is Fairly Common (Passage Migrant).