Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

October 2015

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29 September 2015
A Mediterranean Gull made a visit to Widewater Lagoon.

25 October 2015

At low tide level in the middle of the day, an Oystercatcher probed 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. 
Three Redshanks scoured the tideline and two Teals took to the thin line of water.
20 October 2015

Kestrel over Mill Hill

19 October 2015

At 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 Adur
Adur Estuary & Levels Reports

13 October 2015
Scores 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 Pheasant flushed from cover.

House Martins

A Clouded Yellow Butterfly was seen immediately I descended the southern steps to the lower slopes. It settled immediately on a Hardhead flower by the path.
Adur Butterfly List 2015

11 October 2015

Adonis Blue (female)

Adonis Blue

Positively 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 Clouded Yellows on Mill Hill and a female Adonis Blue at Upper Beeding. 
Adur Butterfly Flight Times

10 October 2015

The 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 Tollbridge).

8 October 2015
Following 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.

1 October 2015
Blue sky and sunshine (> 17.3 °C) throughout with a Light Breeze (gusting to Force 6) prompted 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. 

Slow Worm

Over 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 Blue
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Adur Nature Notes 2013

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Adur Nature Notes 2015
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