17 - 18
is spotted on the exposed waterlogged mud of Brooklands
Boating Lake. The Avocet
is a rare visitor to the lower Adur
Valley and local shores.
Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant; scarce and localised breeder.in
few flurries of sleet and snow
left a thin sprinking, 75 mm at most on the flat ground in Shoreham town.
The roads and pavements were mostly not cold enough for the snow to settle.
Air temperatures were on and about freezing over the weekend, but the wind
was slight. The water and frog spawn on my small garden pond was not frozen
the weak sunshine I spotted my first butterfly
of the year; a Red Admiral
over Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27.
glided over Erringham Hill, seen in the photograph from the top meadow
of Mill Hill Nature
weather was pleasant enough to spot my first
of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee
visited a flower shop in Lancing.
hovered over the Tamarisk
the ice had melted a Common Frog
appeared in my tiny Shoreham garden pond. A clump
of spawn was spotted.
between a Dolphin and a Porpoise (Link)
the very cold spell, a Common Dolphin,
Delphinus delphis, was washed ashore dead
on Worthing Beach. Another dolphin
was discovered on Western Road Beach in Lancing and a third one was found
at the beach by Heene Road in Worthing.
still lay on the side streets and downs in freezing temperatures throughout
the day and night.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013