ADUR NATURE NOTES  2014
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December 2014

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EVENTS


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

25 December 2014

Lesser Celandine
Southwick

Just after midnight a healthy Red Fox ambled across the road at the junction of Stoney Lane and and Middle Road, near Kingston Buci.

11 December 2014

Kingfisher at Cuckoo's Corner
Photograph by Paul Loader

Kingfishers moved down to the River Adur estuary during the winter. Usually, the most of them that can be seen is them arrowing away in a high speed flight. Ladywell Stream was in flood and covered the small weir by the Scout's Hut. 

8 December 2014

A Tundra Bean Goose, Anser fabalis rossicus, made an unusual and surprise visit to the lower Adur Valley and was spotted on the river near Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road, (which is on the western bank of the River Adur north of Lancing and a short trek along the towpath from Shoreham). The large bird was feeding on a high spring tide amongst the Sea Purslane before being disturbed and flying off. 
This Bean Goose is a very scarce visitor (Winter Visitor, Passage Migrant) to Sussex. It breeds in north Scandinavia, north Russia and north Asia, and visits East Anglia in small numbers in autumn and winter. 

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A Common Sandpiper was spotted on the banks of the River Adur north of the Flyover.

1 December 2014
Two hours after low tide was feeding time on the River Adur between the Railway Viaduct and the Toll Bridge as a Shelduck ducked its head under water at the tideline, one of a handful of Grey Plovers were seen extracting a worm from the sticky mud, and a small flock of Dunlins trotted over the mud with a handful of Redshanks. Most of the distant gulls were roosting or preening.  Greater Black-backed Gulls were prominent and numbered about a dozen on a thin strip of exposed mud. 

It was a cloudy day and it was too poor light for any decent photographs of the birds on the mud at binocular range. North of the Toll Bridge, one of fifty Lapwings was seen pattering the mud and then dipping its beak in the river to feed. A single Little Egret was seen to strike and swallow a fish which seemed to momentarily choke the long-necked bird on its way down. Later, south of the Railway Viaduct a single Oystercatcher probed amongst the mussel beds. 
 

December 2013 Reports

Wild Flowers 2014
Shoreham Weather 2014

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station
 

Adur Nature Notes 2013


Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
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MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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