the flood tide over the River
Adur (between Old Shoreham & the Cement
Works) well over a hundred House Martins
flew to and fro over the calm water. There
seems to have been an influx of Starlings
(from eastern Europe) as over a hundred were seen on the rooftops in Dolphin
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magnificent bird of prey was spotted at Beeding
my first adult Slow Worm
of the year. Unfortunately it was found dead at the junction of John Street
and Western Road on the other side of the high flint wall of the construction
works on the Shoreham Centre
land. There were still frequent
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, but they
were much less than a fortnight earlier.
Thistle was attractive to butterflies
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
first Common Darter (dragonfly)
of the year was spotted over the drainage ditch/stream that runs along
get eastern bank of Shoreham Airport and parallel
to the River Adur.
- 21 August 2014
of fresh Common
everywhere in the flowery meadows of the middle slopes and upper meadows
of Mill Hill. About three-quarters of these
were males, but
included plenty of small females
and a few large pretty females.
a Gale Force 7,
three Hummingbird Hawk-moths, Macroglossum
blown over Shoreham Beach at the eastern
end with a female Common Blue Butterfly.
flew over Mill Hill, but they were thinly
spread without any hotspots, Meadow
the top and middle slopes. On the lower slopes 43 (39+4) Chalkhill
were counted on the transect acre,
with almost as many Common Blues,
25 male Adonis Blues,
and 17 species of butterfly without trying.
the morning I watched the maiden flight of several Adonis
Blue males at Mill
Hill. They perched on the abundant stems of Yellow
Wort while drying their wings, occasionally
fluid before heading off to patrol the slopes in search of virgin females,
the first few of which are now out. Amongst the many other species present
I was pleased to see a Silver-spotted
Skipper, this being only the second specimen
recorded on the hill. The previous evening my father found a full-grown
Hawkmoth caterpillar here.
five young rockpoolers descended on to the Shoreham
Fort outer River Adur
estuary beach for the annual Friends
of Shoreham Beach Rockpooling Day and scooped up the usual prawns
and crabs into temporary aquaria
provided. Pride of place of discovery went to an adult Rock
a scarce miniature pycnogonid
or sea spider to
be identified. It
was one of the slender Nymphonidae
species that does not appear to have a body of any consequence. It might
be one of several Nymphon
species found in British seas. Other notable finds included one young
Goby and some adult but small Common
Pomatoschistus microps, with
a sandy coloured body to match the mud and sand shallow pools from where
they were captured as the tide receded. But even
the Common Gobies
looked huge in comparison to the sea spider.
Toad was discovered near Shoreham Fort.
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counted six Silver-spotted Skippers
on the south facing slope of Anchor
Bottom, east of the rabbit warren at TQ
205094. Not a huge number, but most encouraging
was the female depositing eggs, hopefully sustaining the colony for the
of over a hundred Rudd
was impressive as they swam in the slightly murky water of the Teville
Stream flowing into Brooklands Boating
Lake. A submerged Little Grebe then
scattered the shoal but the Rudd
were too large for this small red-headed diver in summer plumage, and it
emerged with a small silvery fish in its beak. In the shallows I spotted
some minnow-like fish fry and then a much larger Carp-like
fish cruised by. A Coot
played with a reed and a Moorhen
squawked in the streamside plants.
almost collided with a Comma Butterfly
as I cycled over the first lay-by on the Steyning Road, north of Old Shoreham.
About a minute later I spotted a Small
White Butterfly and these were both species
not seen two days previously. Cloudy,
breezy and humid and generally an unsatisfactory
day for butterflies
with only a Red Admiral
and a Gatekeeper
seen on a passage trip along the cyclepath from the Erringham Lay-by to
exceptional variety of 20 different species
in an hour on the lower slopes of Mill Hill
made up for a rather dismal number of Chalkhill
Blues for what should be their peak time.
There were hundreds of the restless Chalkhill
Blues but they were thinly spread and the
acre total was only 47. It appeared that many
more were in flight after my count.
Agrimony (next to the southern steps)
again proved attractive, and my first Painted
Lady of the year was a persistent visitor
with Red Admirals,
and a Small Tortoiseshell.
Nearby, there were Speckled Woods
and a Holly Blue.
butterflies over the lower slopes, in the order of prevalence, were an
estimated 120+ Meadow
about 15+ Common
about a dozen Small Heaths,
about ten Green-Veined Whites,
about eight Wall Browns all
over the path and some in the long grass, about eight male Adonis
Blues, a few Large
Whites, a few Brimstones,
one or two Marbled Whites,
and one each of Clouded Yellow, Small Skipper
and Dark Green Fritillary.
Later, two pairs of Chalkhill Blues
were seen in mating tussles, which were not completed whilst I was there.
There were also a few 6-spotted Burnet
Moths and a Treble-bar
curtailed my visit rather rapidly as the sun went behind a cloud and rain
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