Eclipse was seen in the early hours of the morning when the Sun,
Earth and Moon were in syzygy.
taken at 11:19 pm; 2:09 am; 3:25 am; 3:27
Great Crested Grebe
first for me, a Great Crested Grebe was
spotted on the flooded spring tide River
Adur by the Riverside Business Centre
(between the Railway Viaduct and the
It was difficult to photograph because it spent more than half the time
diving underwater. The black and grey plumage means this is a juvenile
brought in two large caterpillars, one reported by Lorraine
Courant as green with white dots was most
likely the larva of a Lime Hawk-moth, Mimas
tiliae, and the other one reported by Trev
Smith was recognisable as the larva of
the Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila
but at least it was not raining and anything
fluttering in the breeze was more likely to be a fallen leaf as
the equinox passes and the days become even shorter.
I made a trek to Mill Hill and managed
to spot five
species of butterfly, twenty or so Common
vivipara, a colony of Ivy
Bees and a few dragonflies.
rounded the arm of the west breakwater of Shoreham Harbour from the sea,
at 11.35 am,
and briefly rested on the lower section before taking off to take umbrage
with another Kingfisher (unseen at this point) on the eastern arm. A brief
altercation ensued with both birds flying about between the eastern and
inner breakwaters. Peace broke out as one headed up the river whilst the
other went towards the locks. I have seen Kingfishers up and down the lower
river recently and suspected more than one is about happily confirms this.
A female Wheatear perched
on the fence by the Coastwatch lookout, a mix of Terns
were feeding offshore and a steady trickle of eastwards Swallows
made for a pleasant morning in the autumn sunshine.
by Julian Smith
think a fish this size would not get caught in a pool by the receding tide
in the River Adur!
or more Wall Lizards, Podarcis
muralis, were very skittish
over the carnot
wall of the Shoreham
Beach in the sunshine that cast heavy shadows in the late afternoon.
Two were small juveniles and both adults and young lizards clambered high
up on the west-facing flint wall, right to the top on at least four occasions.
The first lizard seen was very green on its back, but the green tinge was
not remarkable on the others.
of a grey and cloudy day
was another family of two adults and five full-sized juvenile Common
vivipara, on the prone chestnut fencing,
20 metres to the west of where a family of lizards
was seen a week previously on the Pixie Path.
Butterflies were still present on Mill
Hill with nine other butterfly species
seen in the afternoon.
Butterfly Day List
Admiral fluttered across a road in Shoreham.
On a cycle ride to Upper Beeding, I was able to confirm frequent white
butterflies, including occasional Large
Whites and Small
Whites, at least six Green-veined
Whites, a surprise and unmistakable male
Blue and two Speckled
Woods. Two Southern
patrolled over the cyclepath.
a cloudy day generally the butterflies
had to be disturbed. On Anchor Bottom,
I added nine Meadow
six (4+2) Adonis Blues,
and two Small Heath Butterflies.
Butterfly List 2015
Common Lizard, Lacerta
Path, north Shoreham
spotted an adult Common Lizard, Lacerta
vivipara, on the Ivy
at the top of the Pixie Path 3138 to Mill
Hill, followed after a few minutes by five much darker juveniles as
shown in the photograph above.
a cloudy day the butterflies
were very frequent, but not too many to count. Almost
all of the eight species
were resting. I stumbled across 50+ Meadow
20+ Adonis Blues,
and a few Chalkhill Blues,
Common Blues and
Hill. A Southern Hawker
(dragonfly) patrolled over the Pixie
Path. where a dozen Holly Blue Butterflies
ten Speckled Woods
Butterfly Day List
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013