Gull made a visit to Widewater
low tide level in the middle of the day, an Oystercatcher
in the mud and hammered hidden
molluscs on the
Flood Arches of the River
Adur (by Little Norfolk Bridge). Expert
birdwatchers will note the very broad white neck band, or collar,
of this bird.
scoured the tideline and two Teals
took to the thin line of water.
over Mill Hill
mid-tide level in the middle of the day, a Grey
Heron most of the short time played at
statues. not perturbed by helicopters, small aircraft, trains or passing
cyclists with cameras, twenty metres north of the Railway
Viaduct, A Redshank
on the tide edge was equally inactive when observed at the same time from
the eastern bank of the River
Estuary & Levels Reports
of House Martins
flew to and fro over the steep slopes of Mill Hill, their plump white bellies
catching the light of the intermittent midday sunshine. There were over
fifty House Martins
and only two Swallows
that flew over but did not join in the melee. They were not continually
in flight and some birds chose the largest bush on the steep slopes as
an occasional perch. Other House Martins
preferred to land on the ground. In the straggly hedgerow at the bottom
of Mill Hill, the commotion was halted by the whirring flight of a male
flushed from cover.
Yellow Butterfly was seen immediately
I descended the southern steps to the lower slopes. It settled immediately
on a Hardhead flower
by the path.
Butterfly List 2015
balmy weather for October!
In the shirt-sleeved
sunshine there were still frequent butterflies
of nine species
fluttering about. Predictably Small
Whites and Red
Admirals led the way, but there were five
Yellows on Mill
Hill and a female Adonis Blue
at Upper Beeding.
Butterfly Flight Times
juvenile Great Crested Grebe was again
spotted on the flooded neap tide River
Adur by the Riverside Business Centre
(between the Railway Viaduct and the
a lengthy hiatus I located another British born Long-tailed
Blue at 2
pm on Thursday, at Shoreham
Cement Works. I flushed it from the clump of Broad-leaved
Everlasting Pea beside the tarmac area, as
soon as I got out of the car. Luckily it didn't fly more than a couple
of metres, and the mixed weather conditions worked in my favour. Several
times it opened its stunningly beautiful wings, revealing that it was a
male. I have seen quite a few British Long-tailed
Blues now, but this was my first male in perfect
condition. During a warmer period it moved to the central clump of Ivy,
where it sunbathed on some Clematis
leaves. At 3 pm
it launched an attack on a passing Comma,
and accelerated away so rapidly that I immediately lost sight of it.
sky and sunshine (> 17.3 °C)
throughout with a Light Breeze (gusting to Force
an early afternoon visit to Mill Hill.
Under a disconnected prone strip of chestnut fencing next to the Pixie
Path and adult and a juvenile Slow
Worm lay in a nest of brown flying ants.
Both of the legless lizards were quickly disturbed but returned to their
position an hour later.
the top of Mill Hill, scores of House Martins
were flying to and fro prior to emigration. Down on the lower slopes there
were still frequent butterflies mostly Meadow
Browns but also occasional Small
Heaths and one old and worn male Adonis
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013