Day of Spring
was a chill in the wind in Shoreham, but four miles north at Steyning,
the wind chill was not felt on my face.
the churchyard of St.
Andrew in Steyning, and nearby, I spotted
my first wild growing Snowdrops, Primroses,
Daffodils of the year, and a small
I did not recognise. On the River
Adur by the Surry Public Hard, a small
flock of four Ringed Plovers
foraged on the mud closer to the shore than usual at low tide.
My small garden pond was covered by a thin layer of ice.
14-15 February 2013
juvenile Common Seal, Phoca
has been spending time in the River
Adur. The seal was first seen on 7th
February in the morning, It appeared that
the seal had swum back out to sea. However, on the 14th
February the seal was hauled out on the estuary
mud on the south side of the river opposite Surry Public Hard, and reported
again in a different location on 15th February
by the Shoreham Port Authority.
was surprised to see my first butterfly
of the year. A fine Peacock Butterfly
rose from the path* amongst
the scrub on Mill Hill and away over the
(*Path on the continuation north from the lower slopes.) Sweet Violets
an overcast day, there was almost nothing of interest and less than the
normal number of gulls
on the river with no Lapwings
despite the low tide. North of the Toll
Bridge, two adult Little Grebes
dived under the shallow stream of water.
Nature Notes 2012