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October 2010

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WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

10 October 2010
The tree leaves were turning orange and brown and any fluttering was more likely to be a fallen leaf than a butterfly in the breeze. At least eight species of butterfly were seen on a sunny day included a confirmed Wall Brown on Mill Hill. Species count: Comma 2, Speckled Wood 3, Common Blue 2, Large White 3, Wall Brown 2, Red Admiral 5, Meadow Brown 2, and Small Copper 1. 
Full Butterfly Report

8 October 2010
I had another clear sight of the underwing the two Buzzards as they glided slowly over the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the weak sunshine before rising on the thermals. Five species of butterfly appeared on Mill Hill including a fresh Wall Brown. 
Mill Hill Report

7 October 2010
On a high spring tide a flock of twenty plus Turnstones all landed on a small cruiser in the middle of the River Adur on the wide expanse between the Norfolk Bridge and the Footbridge. In the afternoon on a receding tide four hours later a flock of Lapwings flew over the mud flats waiting to land. 
Adur Levels and Estuary

6 October 2010
Lizards basked in the brief period of sunshine. Two juvenile Common Lizards, Zootoca vivipara, were seen on the Chestnut pale fencing separating the Pixie Path from Mill Hill Cutting. And over a dozen juvenile Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis skittered amongst a few rocks near the Old Fort and over the flint walls at the far eastern end of Shoreham Beach, with two much larger adults seen and there were probably many more present. 
 

Adult female Common Lizard
Young Wall Lizard

Just two butterflies were noted: a Red Admiral over the large garden hedge at the top of the Pixie Path and a tattered male Common Blue Butterfly around the cow pats (still remaining from the spring) on the upper meadows of Mill Hill. Two dragonflies were seen: a Common Darter on the top part of Mill Hill, and a Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta, on the north-south part of the Pixie Path. There were scores of conkers on the grass from the Horse Chestnut trees at the top of Buckingham Park, north Shoreham. 

5 October 2010
After the rain had stopped for the first time this month scores of House Martins flew to and fro over Mill Hill prior to migration south. Higher in the sky two or more Buzzards soared after avoiding the attentions of the mobbing Crows, and later a Kestrel hovered over the top plateau. Predictably there were no butterflies and very few flying insects of any kind and most of these were Common Wasps visiting Ivy on the outskirts of Shoreham

4 October 2010
The large webs of the Garden Orb Spider, Araneus diadematus, were prevalent in the morning. 
Adur Spiders

1 October 2010
A Black Tern, Chlidonias niger, flew over the canal section of Shoreham Harbour.
It's Sussex prevalancy is Fairly Common (Passage Migrant).


 


 

October 2009
 


History of Mill Hill
Mill Hill News Reports 2010
 

Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village
 

Adur Valley Network (forum)

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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