ADUR NATURE NOTES 2014
Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex
 

October 2014

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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EVENTS


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

28 October 2014
 

Cormorant
Little Egrets

A Shelduck, two Cormorants, four Teal, two Little Egrets and a handful Black-headed Gulls all congregated together on a small patch of dry land on a flooded Widewater Lagoon. On the shingle beach a flock of a dozen or more Turnstones were well camouflaged against the pebbles as the high tide rolled against the shore. The flock flew off over the sea when chased by a small Terrier dog.

19 & 20 October 2014
 

Spider, Xysticus, on Carline Thistle 
on Mill Hill
Dandelion & Tree Bumblebee
on the Downs Link Cyclepath, Erringham

Adur Spiders
Adur Bumblebees
Common Bumblebees (ID)

5 October 2014
Throughout the year, gulls congregate on the mud flats of the River Adur at the middle to low tides, north of the Railway Viaduct. There are more in numbers in variety in winter where the Great Black-backed Gull is a regular presence. Dedicated birdwatchers will scan the roosting gulls for the frequent waders and rarities and to test their skills at gull identification, which is tricky with the juveniles and vagrant visitors. 
A gull with a white head and long flapping wings, was positively identified as a visiting Caspian Gull, Larus cachinnans, a very scarce (or under-recorded) gull in Sussex and Britain. 


A Clouded Yellow Butterfly fluttered in the sunshine over a meadow between the cyclepath and the River Adur north of Old Shoreham on the same latitude as Old Erringham. There was very little colour or movement. On the outgoing tide, a Little Grebe was seen taking flight, skimming over the calm water. 

On the southern carnot wall  of Shoreham Fort, two adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, skittered rapidly over the flint and brick. 

2 October 2014
Just as I was going to jot down that there were no butterflies seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, a tatty blue butterfly was disturbed at the northern end after ten minutes with only Crane-flies and a few grasshoppers moving about. This was the first of two male Common Blues in the late afternoon. Immediately afterwards the first of half a dozen or more Meadow Browns appeared, including a fine condition male. The most impressive butterfly was a good condition Wall Brown that landed briefly on a bare area of chalky earth. Last but not least was a probable Small Tortoiseshell that flew off rapidly.
Adur Butterfly Report

1 October 2014
An unusual white Musk Thistle was discovered at Truleigh Hill.
Report and Photograph by Helen Swyer

With the low neap tide on the River Adur at Old Shoreham, plenty of mud was showing (tidal height: about 4 metres) and about five Oystercatchers probed south of the Toll Bridge, as a Cormorant fished in open water. North of the Toll Bridge a Greenshank was seen at the water's edge. Around the first bend in the river north of Old Shoreham, scores of Common Gulls congregated on a narrow bank of mud. On shore, Goldfinches picked at the Teasels and Lesser Burdock for seeds. 
 
 
 

October 2013 Reports

Wild Flowers 2014
Shoreham Weather 2014

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station
 

Adur Nature Notes 2013


Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village
 
 
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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