most unexpected discovery was a Small Tortoiseshell
Butterfly asleep on my bedroom wall. Without
my spectacles on I thought it must have been a spider
and I gave it a nudge. Sleepily, I cupped it in my hand as I did not recognise
it as a butterfly
at first. It was after I recognised what it was, I took the butterfly to
my small empty plastic aquarium tank in my bathroom. Then the butterfly
came to life and flew around the light bulb. I caught it again and by midday
the butterfly is resting with its wings closed in the small aquarium. It
looked worn but it did not appear to have any obvious damage.
Butterfly List 2013
a high tide, the twenty or so Turnstones
on the strandline a few metres above the gently
lapping sea where about a dozen Sanderlings
were over a hundred birds (excluding gulls) on the River
at high tide between the Norfolk
Bridge and the Adur Ferry Bridge.
They will too far away to see clearly but I think there was a flock of
plus waders including Turnstones,
Plovers and possible Godwits.
was clearly seen by its white rump flying from the seaweed covered strandline
to the western harbour wall, Shoreham Beach.
was washed up on Southwick Beach by Carats
aerially sparred for over five minutes over Mill
Hill against the backdrop of a blue sky. Eventually, one of splendidly
flew away to the west, whilst the first one seen resumed hovering over
the down south of the Reservoir.
the lower slopes of Mill Hill, two Clouded
Yellow Butterflies appeared to be courting,
and there was a third seen.
of the three Cormorants
on the artificial island in Widewater
played with a flatfish
which was two large for it to swallow whilst two other Cormorants
and at least two Little Grebes
were seen diving under the surface of the lagoon. Three Little
Egrets stalked in the margins.
Nature Notes 2012