Grebe dived under the River
Adur by Little Norfolk
Bridge in mid-stream (branch to the Flood Arches) by the housboats
on a high spring tide. A pair of Teals
cruised on the surface. A Kingfisher was
spotted from the same spot by the bridge flying into the trees on the river
bank to the west of the flooded river.
Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus
large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma
octopus, were discovered washed up
on the shore at Lancing.
I arrived at Widewater when there were four
pairs of Red-breasted
out on the surface of the lagoon and frequently diving under in the fading
light of the late afternoon. The sawbills
did not seem to catch any fish and when it surfaced half the birds had
weed in their beaks. Redshanks
now regular seen in the shallows of the lagoon, and there were at least
two and a Shelduck,
with a score or so mostly Black-headed
Gulls with a smattering
of immature Herring Gulls.
the narrow strandline there was the usual collection
and other organic debris and lignite.
Sandpiper made a visit to Widewater
Lagoon on a calm day.
Swans cruised in the still waters at the
entrance of Shoreham Harbour viewed from Kingston
Buci Beach. One swan
seemed to be exceptionally aggressive, but the target swan
did not seem to unduly intimidated.
on to River Adur
next to Shoreham Airport on the opposite bank
an hour after low tide.
made a visit to Widewater Lagoon in the rain
- 11 January 2015
Scoter was reported and photographed
on Widewater Lagoon, south Lancing.
was blowing from the south as at least four Oystercatchers
fed on or around the mussels on the beds south
of the Railway Viaduct on an incoming
A Greater Black-backed Gull had discovered
a a very long skeleton.
Greater Black-backed Gull
Seal was spotted on the bank of the River
Adur still there now between the A27
Flyover and the Toll Bridge.
seen of the new year? It was seen at the Cat
and Canary Pub Downslink car park, Henfield,
fluttering around the parked cars.
recorded my first wild flower of the
year, a Lesser Celandine
in Southwick, previously seen last year on Christmas
Coot on Widewater
New Year was heralded in by cold (6.5 °C
and dry weather. The wind rose to a constant Force
5 during the day.
first bird seen in 2015
was a Herring Gull swooping
over the roof tops, followed by a Redshank
by the Surry Public Hard, and a Shelduck
near the Railway Viaduct.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013