ADUR NATURE NOTES 2015
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January 2015
 
 
 
 

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EVENTS


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

27 January 2015

Little Grebe

A Little 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. 

22 January 2015

Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus
Photograph by Margaret Burton

Two large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus, were discovered washed up on the shore at Lancing

Report by Margaret Burton


18 January 2015

Red-breasted Merganser (drake)

     
Eventually, I arrived at Widewater when there were four pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers far 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 are 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
On the narrow strandline there was the usual collection of seaweeds and other organic debris and lignite.

16 January 2015
A Purple Sandpiper made a visit to Widewater Lagoon on a calm day.


Five Mute 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. 

Four Red-breasted Mergansers descended on to River Adur next to Shoreham Airport on the opposite bank an hour after low tide

12 January 2015
A Goosander made a visit to Widewater Lagoon in the rain and gales.


10 - 11 January 2015
A Common Scoter was reported and photographed on Widewater Lagoon, south Lancing. 


10 January 2015

Oystercatchers

A gale 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 tide. A Greater Black-backed Gull had discovered a a very long skeleton. 

Greater Black-backed Gull

9 January 2015
A Common Seal was spotted on the bank of the River Adur still there now between the A27 Flyover and the Toll Bridge

4 January 2015
First butterfly seen of the new year? It was seen at the Cat and Canary Pub Downslink car park, Henfield, a Peacock fluttering around the parked cars.
Report by Helen Swyer
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I recorded my first wild flower of the year, a Lesser Celandine in Southwick, previously seen last year on Christmas Day 2014.

Coot on Widewater

1 January 2015
The New Year was heralded in by cold (6.5 °C at midnight) and dry weather. The wind rose to a constant Force 5 during the day. 
The 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
 
 
 

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