singing from the top of a Hawthorn Bush,
on a warm afternoon that felt like spring, if it was not for the red
berries. Also on the cycle path from Old Shoreham
to the disused cement works at Beeding, a Pheasant
crossed my path. There were 30+
on the estuary
by the railway
viaduct and hundreds of
Wagtails returned to Shoreham town
in ones and twos.
in the morning a couple of Butterfish
hid under rocks on the estuarine part of Kingston
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was a mallard-sized duck on Kingston
Buci beach (entrance to Shoreham harbour by the lighthouse) at midday,
a couple of hours before the high 6.7 metre spring tide (i.e. very high
water). I did not have my bins and the duck was silhouetted. I had it penned
as an Eider or a Scoter from a distance of about 200 metres. It was just
resting on the flat sea.
consider Eiders Ducks and Scoters to be Winter Visitors (WV) &/or Passage
Migrants (PM), of scarce occurence except for Common Scoters, which are
fairly common. (Small flocks of Common Scoters
have been observed resting on the sea from Southwick beach in January.)
on 7 October 2002
a female Velvet Scoter
was seen on her own five metres offshore near Shoreham Power Station at
the high tide reached it's peak at around 12:15
pm the percolation effect could clearly be
seen at the western end of the Lagoon. As the rising tide pushes it's way
through from the seaward side, trapped air is expelled. In many places
the along the southern edge of the lagoon air bubbles rapidly rose to the
surface as if the water was boiling. In at least two places, seawater springs
emerged from the lagoon edge. Black and green algal growth clustered around
the slow trickle.
the adjacent beach, as the sun shone warmly, the sea was flat enough to
skim pebbles on the surface. The fear of a low pressure weather system
corresponding with an unusual high tide did not materialise.
Butterfly patrolled the sheltered leeward
side of the bank while at the top of the bank a Clouded
Yellow Butterfly took advantage of the
clusters of Michaelmas Asters
which also attracted bees to one of the seasons last nectar sources.
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Images for September 2002 (by Ray Hamblett)
a month of minimal rain and with
Summer summer preceding some of the highest and lowest equinoctial
for over 20 years, I visited
Lagoon, 1½ hours after the midday high spring tide of 6.8 metres.
The bubbles of percolating seawater had ceased by then and the only water
commotion was caused by a small flock of Ringed
Plover. There was a band of about 40 cm
of wet mud (west of the bridge) where it looked as though the water had
recently receded. The lagoon level was higher than that of a month ago,
as the separate westerly lagoon was a continuous sheet of water, but still
scarcely more than a large puddle. The air
temperature was recorded at 21° C and water temperature in the lagoon
at 16.5° C. The
gravity reading in the main channel was about 1.018 at 20° C (accurate
home laboratory testing) which gives a salinity
of about 26‰ (ppt)
which is into the brackish range that could support cockles and other marine
organisms. There were thousands of small prawns
in the lagoon.
midnight, 11:00 pm,
an urban Fox trotted
across Ham Road in the centre of Shoreham and into the grounds of the Old
Summer summer preceding some of the highest and lowest equinoctial
for over 20 years was too good a rockpooling
chance to miss as low tide receded to Chart
Datum about 6:00 pm,
just before an attractive red sunset.
low tide on Lancing
beach revealed shallow pools and rocks covered in weed, but it was
the push-net in shallow water that provided the most interesting discoveries
including an attractive
that squirted five dollops of ink in the temporary aquarium, and my very
first discovery of the South-claw Hermit
pugilator, on the Sussex coast.
by Ray Hamblett
caught by Jan and Katherine Hamblett
6 October 2002
butterfly season is over but this morning there were about 10 Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies and an immigrant
Hill, where a Wasp Spider,
bruennichi, was discovered near its previous location.
Hamblett's Mill Hill web page (with photographs of spiders and orchids
and other wild plants)
Lancing Nature Nature News (October 2002)
blue butterfly fluttering around the Ivy behind Lancing Library was probably
a third brood Holly Blue Butterfly.
Seal Report 2002
the beach this morning to check the sea state for diving when I noticed
I was being watched by a seal, bobbing in front of me. I first saw it in
the surge five metres from the shore, in front of the new sea defence works,
east of the Widewater
Lagoon. A fisherman in a boat must have just passed the seal moments
before I had arrived, maybe he gave the seal some titbits?
was a Harbour (Common) Seal, Phoca
vitulina, as I have photographed Grey
Seals many times and this seal is different.
Seal Report 1996
reported before, today was the first time time I had seen a Little
Egret on Kingston
beach, wading about in a shallow pool on the low neaps, before flying
eastwards to sandy part of the shore. The Little
Egret was preening and it was not seen to
attempt to feed. Under the rocks there were numerous (50+) young Rock
Gobies, about 650 mm long, which would provide a tasty snack for the
long beak of the Egret,
as well as thousands of very small prawns in the shallow pools.
the waterline an Oystercatcher
probed, and the bright orange legs of a junior Redshank
contrasted with the dark red legs of the Black-headed
Gulls. A Cormorant
its wings and there were at least a couple of Great
Black-backed Gulls, but I would be surprised
if they weren't present.
sunshine brought out he best of the vivid colour of male Clouded
Yellow Butterfly, Colias croceus,
on vegetated shingle at Shoreham Beach (TQ
210 044) and another at the derelict Ropetackle
site (TQ 212 052).
And a Common Darter Dragonfly,
striolatum, Common Lizard
and Slow Worms
were seen basking amongst flotsam on the banks of the River Adur (TQ
returned to my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
jellyfish at least one metre in diameter was spotted in the River Adur
underneath the footbridge
10:00 am moving
seawards, swimming actively with the ebbing neap tide. It had a milky white
bell with a salmon-pink petticoat and frilly white tentacles. This is probably
the Barrel Jellyfish,
by Hayley Packer
common Garden Orb Spider,
diadematus, are spinning numerous and extensive webs and it would seem
that the few remaining butterflies would find it it hard not to blunder
into these traps, but there are a few Large Whites and Red
Admirals flying strongly around in Shoreham
and Shoreham beach.
conkers on the Horse Chestnut Tree
are attracting the kids, as they successfully throw branches up the tree
to dislodge the conker nuts from the tree on the south side of the road
opposite Lancing Manor.