ADUR NATURE NOTES 2012
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EVENTS

27 October 2012
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning 
Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lancing Ring Slide Show (by Ray Hamblett)


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

25 October 2012
A beautifully marked first winter male Desert Wheatear delighted birders at Worthing Splash Point (east of Worthing Pier). Virtually tame, it was flitting around the rocks and actively feeding - and not at all bothered by people or cameras. The little beauty was confident enough to make eye contact with his many fans.
 

The Desert Wheatear, Oenanthe deserti, is a very rare visitor to Britain. If an Eastern race bird does land here, it has been blown off course quite a bit as it would have been on its way from its breeding grounds in central Asia to its wintering grounds in Pakistan and north-east Africa. 

Sussex Ornithological Society First Report
 
17 October 2012
A Storm Surge put extra height on an exceptionally high tide of 6.8 metres at 12:56 pm, just beginning to flood Coronation Green.
The forecast surge height was 0.33 metres

The extra storm surge height on the high spring tides at New York USA, caused by the superstorm (Post-Tropical Cyclone) Sandy was up to 1.26 metres (4.13 feet) on 29 October 2012. 

Shoreham Weather 2012

10 October 2012
The Lapwings are back for Winter: I saw two trotting the River Adur estuary tideline on the low neaps around midday. There was an unprecedented was a school of 16 young Redshanks on the edge of the mud on the river opposite Shoreham Airport. The yellow legs of the juvenile bird identified them through my binoculars. The red-legged adults are solitary and noisily territorial. As I watched them probing the mud a flock of about 40 of the much smaller Ringed Plovers landed in unison. Butterflies of six species were still fluttering around but mostly Red Admirals prior to hibernation.
Full Butterfly Report
 

 Carline Thistle
Autumn Gentian
 Unidentified Mushroom 
(without a volva)

Mill Hill

I had no intention to visit Mill Hill when I left but a brief spell of sunshine and I made a detour. A Buzzard soared over the southern part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve and drifted over the New Erringham pasture to the east. A cloud obscured the warm rays of the sun when I descended to the lower slopes from the southern end. After the rain of the previous few days, I was not surprised to see both the algae Nostoc Commune and the White Dapperling mushroom on the lower slopes. 
Adur Fungi Report

9 October 2012
A most unusual visit was made by half a dozen European Spoonbills, Platalea leucorodia, to the River Adur estuary about 2:00 pm, atlow tide, opposite the Airport. Spoonbillsare a Very Scarce Passage Migrant in Sussex, occasionally recorded in ones or twos, very rarely four or five, and six together is unprecedented. 
SOS Bird List (Spreadsheet)


7 October 2012
I cycled the muddy western towpath of the River Adur for the first time this year and surprised a very large bird of prey leaving a pasture at Botolphs. I believe this to be my first ever brief sighting of an Osprey. The brown on white bird flew leisurely over the pasture, mobbed aggressively by a Crow which look very small in comparison to the large raptor. Alas, I only saw the Osprey flying for twenty seconds before its leisurely gull-like flight took the raptor quickly over another pasture and away before I could get my binoculars out. The Osprey was seen was about 1:57 pm and it was a middle neap tide (3.9 metres at Shoreham Harbour). The Osprey is classified as a scarce Passage Migrant by the Sussex Ornithological Society
Report on SOS Sightings (Link)

Later in the afternoon, the Osprey was seen between the Toll Bridge and Norfolk Bridge.

Report by Roger Maher on SOS Sightings


Comma Butterfly on Mill Hill4 October 2012
On the fourth day of the month the rain had stopped and it was worthwhile taking the camera out. There were still frequent butterflies of four species blown about in the breeze with the leaves, mostly Large Whites frequently seen on the outskirts of town and over a dozen Red Admirals visited the Ivy on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill
Full Butterfly Report
 

October 2011 Reports

Adur Nature Notes 2011

 Comma Butterfly on Mill Hill 

Butterfly List 2012
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Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
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Shoreham Weather 2012
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

Urban Wildlife Webring



 

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