the morning there was a large lump of frog
spawn in my garden in Eastern
squelchy mud and standing water off the Down’s
Link Cyclepath in stuck to the hard surfaces on a circular unplanned
cycle ride from Ropetackle to Botolphs and back along the Coombes Road
in the late afternoon.
Water next to the River
Adur at Botolphs
catkins showed on a single tree
next to the Silver Birch
trees north of the Erringham Gap on the cyclepath. Otherwise there was
not much colour or movement. Snowdrops
showed in abundance in Botolphs churchyard and in the semi-wild near Coombes
where I spotted a solitary Lesser Celandine
in flower. At Botolphs I was fortunate
to spot a male Kestrel
in level flight at eye level for a second.
up with gloves and a woolly hat, I cycled
the circular route to Lancing and back, via Shoreham
Beach where the large lorries had churned
up the shingle above the high tide mark of Shoreham
Beach Nature Reserve, probably obliterating
two scarce plants for Sussex,
namely the Sea Rocket
and Ray's Knotgrass.
Widewater a householder spooked a female Red-breasted
Merganser into rapid flight from the shallow
eastern end of the lagoon. Three minutes later a Kestrel
flew rapidly over with a large item of prey in its talons.
Swans occupied the island at the eastern
end with a Little Egret
foraging around the margins. A further two Swans
were on the water by the bridge.
Lake made it a rather unattractive place
to visit, although the diggers for the remedial
work were not active. Freshwater from the Teville
Stream ran rapidly over the small weir and
into the lake. The rippled water hosted a Moorhen
and a Coot.
first Snowdrop of
the year was seen in a Lancing garden.
flock of seventy or so Lapwings
wheeled in unison over the Tollbridge
at Old Shoreham before settling on the Adur
estuary mud at low tide.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013