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27 February 2011
The first frog spawn of the year was noted in my tiny garden pond in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. 

Linnets (Photograph by Jan Hamblett)c. 23 February 2011
A noisy flock of around 30 Linnets made a brief visit to some small trees at the Halewick Lane carpark, Lancing (west of Lancing Ring). 

Report and Photograph by Jan Hamblett
on the Lancing Villager


16 February 2011
On the low-lying pasture to the west (below) Mill Hill, two hundred or more Common Gulls were resting. The Adur Levels were as sodden as I had ever seen them with pools of water underneath the hedgerows each side of the Downs Link Cyclepath north of Old Shoreham. Mole hills were frequently seen on the edge of pastoral fields. Robin Redbreasts and Blue Tits were also frequent amongst the bare branches as I cycled along. The cyclepath was so muddy that I returned by the country road by Botolphs where I noted my first clumps of Snowdrops in the churchyard. They were also in flower by the road at Coombes. 

12 February 2011
My first Common Frog of the year was a dead specimen squashed by a motor vehicle in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.On Widewater Lagoon, two female Scaups attracted the attention of a group of serious (with scopes) birdwatchers. 
In the early afternoon, a spell of weak sunshine for two hours was easily the most so far this year. North of the Toll Bridge in Old Shoreham, a thousand plus Common Gulls (with green legs) mixed with hundreds of Lapwings and frequent Black-backed Gulls. A single Redshank probed the tideline. South of the Toll Bridge, a few Black-headed Gulls (with red legs) waded over the mud on the airport side of the River Adur. Underneath the Railway Viaduct the first yellow flowers of a Coltsfoot plant were seen on the eastern side. Looking over the exposed mussel beds from Ropetackle, two Oystercatchers waded through the shallow water exposed by the receding tide. 
 

My first Common Frog of the year was spotted in the lane by my house in Steyning.
Report and Photograph by Doug Thompson


The pink masses are believed to be appendages to the reproductive organs.

Comment by Andy Horton

8 February 2011
Just the first glimpse of sunshine, but the only wildlife of note were the common hedgerow birds, gulls and waders. From the Downs Link Cyclepath the cattle on Mill Hill were grazing on the middle slopes with one on the edge of the ridge. 
 

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