ADUR NATURE NOTES 2017
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February 2017

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EVENTS
 
 


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

24 February 2017
The first frog spawn is discovered in Shoreham garden ponds. 

 
21 February 2017

The authorities have decided to drain Brooklands main lake leaving lots of exposed blackish mud with small rivulets. Commotion in the very shallow rivulets was when the large Carp and smaller silvery fishdisturbed the surface. The Little Egret threatens to have a bonanza with the small fish, but the large carp, mostly a dark grey in colour, seem too large even for Cormorants andGrey Herons to swallow (neither were present).Coots and Moorhens waded in the mud and swam on a few shallow pools in the boating lake. A pair of Little Grebes dived under the Teville Stream above the small weir. This stream was murky and nothing could be seen beneath its surface. A small flow of water trickled over the weir into the main muddy lake. 

18 February 2017
A pair of Little Grebes were diving for food at mid-tide underneath the Adur Ferry Bridge. At Old Shoreham there were hundreds of mixed gulls roosting, glistening white in the sunshine that cast long shadows over the river mud. A small clump of Gorsewas the only flowering colour.

16 February 2017
Just the brief rays of the warm 10.2 °C  sun under a blue sky was a pleasant spring day that brought out my first queen bumblebee, Bombus,of the year. Daffodils were flowering on the Saltings roundabout (west of the Norfolk Bridge) and at the bottom of Parkside, north Shoreham. 

Wall Lizard

On the carnot south-facing walls of Shoreham Fort, I managed a glimpe of three adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, that quickly skitted into holes in the flint and mortar. These were the first reptiles I had seen this year. The photographed lizard seems to be missing a leg. 

15 February 2017

Crab Apple "Red Sentinel"
Malus x robusta  or  Malus baccata

A measured 732 metres due north (one minute flying time) of where the Waxwings were spotted, five Wood Pigeons occupied the tree of red berries in the fading light of the late afternoon. 

13 February 2017
 
Waxwing (Image by Trevor Guy) A spectacular five Waxwings, Bombycilla garrulus, were spotted in Harbour Way on Shoreham Beach (east). 

The Waxwing is a very scarce winter visitor from Scandinavia.


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6 February 2017
A Robin sang loudly from the bushes next to cyclepath in Old Shoreham, north of the Tollbridge. A Chaffinch and a Great Tit flew across the cyclepath from one bare hedge to another. The pastures on both side of cyclepath at Old Shoreham were sodden with standing patches of water that attracted a pair of Mallards

The towpath next to the River Adur was muddy. On mid-tide in the river, several hundred Lapwings were seen on the mud on both sides of the Tollbridge, more than usually seen.  The river hosted the usual gulls and about fifty Common Gulls on the first bend upstream from Old Shoreham.
 
 
 
 

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