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January 2007


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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31 January 2007
On the wildlife road verge near Ladywell's to the north of Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road, I spotted a yellow buttercup-like flower which turned out as expected to be my first Lesser Celandine flower of the year. There appeared to be Mole Hills of dark brown earth on the western Adur towpath between the A27 Flyover and Cuckoo's Corner. 

24 January 2007
South-east England woke after an overnight flurry of snow and Shoreham was no exception with a layer in Shoreham town and even on the beach pebbles and in the countryside.
Snow on Shoreham Beach
Hawthorn on Mill Hill

As the air temperature was always above freezing and the dew point only just below zero Celsius, so by the early afternoon almost all the snow had melted in town with only a light covering visible on the downs
Shoreham Weather Highlights 2007

22 January 2007
A pair of Peregrine Falcons appeared from behind the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 11:00 am. At least one of the falcons flew out at least three times during the next hour.

19 January 2007

Grey Squirrel

At least three out of over a dozen noticeably brownish-red Grey Squirrels scampered around the gravestones of St. Mary de Haura Churchyard, New Shoreham, in a hazy afternoon temperate 12.3 ºC with a Gentle Breeze (Force 3) blowing from the SSW. 

18 January 2007
The whole of England was battered by gales and storms.  A sustained Strong Gale (Force 9) at 49 mph gusting to 55 mph (Force 10) occured just after midday with the heaviest gust in the morning at 8:20 am recorded at 66 mph (Force 11).

Shoreham Weather Highlights 2007

15 January 2007
I took a walk across the fields to the west of Shoreham Airport (New Monks Farm) in the afternoon in the glorious winter sunshine and managed to get a reasonable photograph of a beautiful Short-eared Owl doing the rounds along the drainage ditches. I also caught sight of one of the Barn Owls hunting close to the airport. 
Excellent Photograph

Report by Simon Spiers on Sussex Ornithological News

15 January 2007
There are appear to be a handful of Mole Hills of grey chalky earth on Mill Hill south of the Reservoir. They are 50 cm in diameter which I thought was too large. 
Huddled close together on the edge of the mud and water between Old Shoreham Toll Bridge and the Railway Viaduct about a hundred Ringed Plovers all faced west and had their grey backs to me viewing from the east bank of the Adur estuary. A black Brent Goose swam in mid-stream at low tide. 
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14 January 2007
The laughing call of the Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard at the top of Buckingham Park, Shoreham.

Report by Ken Bishop

A couple of large unidentified raptors (Birds of Prey) were spotted soaring over Lancing Ring about 11:30 am. One bird had a pale body and completely dark underwings. 

12 January 2007
My first mushrooms seen this year were a small brown unidentified species growing on the wood chips in the shrub beds of McDonalds, Eastern Avenue, Shoreham. 
Adur Fungi Reports 2007

11 January 2007
A Strong Gale (Force 9) blew at 12:20 pm from SSW gusting to Storm (Force 10). 60 mph, at 11:42 am but the air temperature was high for the time of year from 9.0 ºC at midnight to 11.6 ºC at midday. The wind lessened as the afternon wore on. 

Shoreham Weather Highlights 2007

10 January 2007
Common Newts returned to our garden pond in north Shoreham (Mill Hill Drive). These were the first amphibians reported this year.

Report by Brian Drury on the new Adur Yahoo Group

My first bumblebee of the year was a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee seen flying away from some vegetation over Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham, at the southern  end near the Butterfly Copse leading to the Waterworks Road

6 January 2007
The smaller male Peregrine Falcon was seen on the north side of Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 10:00 am

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

4 January 2007
At around midday at Lancing railway station a Red Admiral Butterfly fluttered around the sunlit south facing wall before coming to rest on a notice board which had the heading "Welcome to Lancing"!
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Adur Butterfly List 2007
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1 January 2007
The first birds of the year heard were House Sparrows in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, but the first bird seen was a Pied Wagtail on a telephone wire, followed by a hundred Starlings and a hundred Herring Gulls in Shoreham town in the first hour. The first wild mammal seen in 2007 was a Grey Squirrel in St. Mary's Churchyard, Shoreham. 


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