muralis, were spotted around Shoreham
Fort but I was more pleased to discover
a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper,
Chorthippus albomarginatus. A Hummingbird
straight into the carnot
wall on the south side.
Butterflies were flying around on Mill
Hill, but on a cloudy day the male Chalkhill
Blues were only eleven and that is a terribly
low figure compared to other years. Conditions were not conducive to butterfly
spotting but twelve species were spotted
including the first definite Essex Skippers
from the top meadow.
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was at least two reports of Barrel Jellyfish
ashore on Shoreham Beach.
large bird of prey circling over the Downs
Link Cyclepath where it passes Old Erringham had a very light underwing,
but still thought to be a Buzzard,
which are almost regular in the last few years. Its silhouette was clear
when it was seen against the clear sky rather than the blanket of black
clouds. My first Large Skipper of
the year was seen by a verge by (south of) the Cement Works.
the spring the Lapwings
leave the Adur
estuary to breed inland. The first of the returning winter residents was
seen feeding at low tide to the east of the Flood
the Butterfly Meadow, west Steyning, I had never seen so many butterflies
on a single patch of Marjoram
before. They were divided into Gatekeepers
Browns in about equal numbers at twenty
each with one Ringlet
and a Small Skipper.
a cycle ride to Steyning and back, I recorded thirteen
butterfly species. Buddleia
and Hemp Agrimony,
(favourite butterfly nectar sources), were flowering
abundantly on the verges of the Steyning Line Cyclepath to Steyning and
back. But the Buddleia
was more a home to Starlings
and House Sparrows
and it was not visited by many butterflies.
was variety on the verges but scores rather than large numbers of butterflies.
A magnificent female Sparrowhawk
was seen near Bramber Castle.
flew over Mill Hill whilst a Skylark
sang persistently. Of special note was my first Round-headed
of the year near the path that winds its way through the lower slopes.
butterfly species were seen.
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a pristine Dark Green Fritillary
stole the butterfly show in the sunny meadow
south of the Reservoir on Mill Hill. It
was blown a bit on the breeze and fluttered from one Greater
to another quite rapidly. Fourteen other butterfly
species included five male Chalkhill
Blues, new Peacocks,
new Comma Butterflies,
and the whirring Six-spotted Burnet Moths
the first time this year.
a cloudy humid day, I spotted my first male
Blue of the year on the lower slopes of
Hill at 1:43 pm.
It flew off after 31 seconds and visited
followed by Eyebright,
and after four minutes flew strongly over the bottom hedge and disappeared
from view entirely.
is three in the morning and still dark and the gulls
are flying around making a tremendous racket with their repeated calls.
It lasted for a few minutes and then goes quiet and a few minutes later
it started again.
pod of eight Dolphins
were seen out to sea from Shoreham Beach.
Skipper on Greater
White Butterflies were common
with over a hundred seen but patchily distributed over Mill
25+, Small Heaths
(8+) with a few Small
Whites, a few Large
Whites, two Brimstones
the lower slopes, at least three
Skippers on the middle slopes, and one
Lady in the upper meadow brought the tally
to nine species on
a pleasant day. The tenth species was
my first ever confirmed Ringlet
from Mill Hill Nature Reserve.
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in my garden pond had four legs and most had lost their tail and jumped
out of the pond.
noted the first signs of the impending autumn with the first Buddleia
in flower by the River
Adur, and a large dragonfly
hawking up The Street, Old Shoreham. This was possibly a Southern Hawkerbut
it seems too early in the year for this species?
species of butterfly
were seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill
including 60+ Marbled Whites
and my first Gatekeepers
of the year in the humid sunshine.
were a few reports
of Stag Beetles
in my garden pond had four legs and many (a dozen or so) had lost their
tail and were jumping around the
Tench was gasping at the water surface
in the heat
and I brought it inside into an aerated bucket. It was released into a
Beach Weather Station
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