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February 2007


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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Adur Levels
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Shoreham Town 
Adur Estuary
Lancing Nature


25 February 2007
A Yellow-browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus, in a Southwick garden showed very well and called regularly. The bird frequented a pine tree in the first garden on the left in Phoenix Crescent. This small bird is a Scarce Vagrant in Sussex.

Birds of Sussex

I counted twenty Smooth (or Common) Newts, Trituris vulgaris, in my Mill Hill Drive garden pond in north Shoreham, but there has not been any courtship displays yet.

Report by Brian Drury

Common Scurvygrass, Cochlearia officinalis agg,Danish Scurvygrass, Cochlearia danica, burst into tiny flowers on Shoreham Beach between Ferry Road and the row of beach huts to the west. 
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea

24 February 2007
A dead Gannet, a dead Puffin, and other sea birds, together with miscellaneous cargo debris were discovered washed up on Shoreham Beach. Dozens of pens, car parts, chocolate boxes and bars were seen. These two sea birds are not usually washed ashore in Sussex in such a fresh condition. 
Puffin Gannet

Report and Photographs by Joe Williamson
22 February 2007   7:30 pm
The ITV Meridian documentary programme "River Walks" with Charlie Dimmick featured the River Adur.

The Cloud Nine TV company with Charlie Dimmick filmed on 15 June 2006 on Lancing beach (at the Shoreham end near Widewater), referred to as Shoreham-by-Sea, featured shrimping with Peter Talbot-Elsden (British Marine Life Study Society). The programme also featured Lancing College Farm and Coombes Farm (with the newly planted Black Poplars). 

16 February 2007
A half a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers were counted on Widewater Lagoon, five on the water diving and one of these piscivorous ducks was preening at the water's edge. None was seen with a fish in its saw-bill. Nearby, a single Ringed Plover with bright orange legs run around on the grass and pebbles, occasionally snatching what I assume were small insects. At least one each of a Redshank and Little Egret were seen in the shallows as expected. 

15 February 2007
A Red Admiral Butterfly appeared in a neighbouring south Lancing garden. 

14 February 2007
The first batch of Common Frog spawn appeared in the morning in my south Lancing garden pond. (TQ 186 044) 

12 February 2007    7:30 pm
Natural History of Mill Hill
Slide Show and Talk by Andy Horton

Venue: Garden Room, Southwick Community Centre, West Sussex (TQ 244 053)
Organised by the Southwick (Sussex) Society

11 February 2007
On Shoreham airfield there were at least 1,500 Lapwing hunkered down in the wind and rain and around the houseboats on the River Adur estuary there was a flock of 65 Teal, the most we have seen here for a few years. On the beach immediately south of Shoreham Beach Green there were 51 Sanderling

Report by Dave & Penny Green on the Sussex Ornithological Society News

7 February 2007
At 5:45 am the temperature fell below freezing for the first time this year and fell to a low of minus 0.6 ºC at 6:24 am.
Shoreham Weather Reports 2007

6 February 2007
A brightly coloured Stonechat was seen over the shingle beach near the Church  of Good Shepherd, Lancing. 

2 February 2007
The first 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, of the year was spotted on Lancing Manor Allotments.

Adur Ladybirds

Shoreham Weather Reports 2007


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