a cool (air temp 4.0 °c - 8.2 °C with wind chill) clear day there
was very little wildlife of note. Lignite
washed ashore on the strandline of Shoreham
Beach where a sponge-covered
scallop stood out amongst the strands of seaweeds.
the early afternoon these were no notenworthy birds on Widewater.
Just a Turnstone
foraging on the shingle edge of the sea. At low tide
on the River Adur
by Ropetackle a LIttle Grebe
was swept quickly down stream in the rapids, but dived into the shallow
water. A single Oystercatcher
patrolled the gravel tideline as the light quickly faded..
young Herring Gull
was my first bird of 2018
on a cloudy
morning by Shoreham-by-Sea
station. Nearby, a diminutive Oxford
Ragwort was my first wild
flower of the new year.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013