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September 2005

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated

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29 September 2005
As more Wheatears were leaving: two were seen at the east end of Widewater, a Red Admiral Butterfly was seen flying directly and rapidly from the south over the sea (at head height) by the Half Brick in east Worthing. This was the first time I was able to confirm a probable immigrant butterfly actually flying in off the sea like that. The wind direction was WSW.

27 September 2005
There was a worn Painted Lady Butterfly in my south Lancing front garden on Verbena bonariensis (TQ 185 046).

The Fresh Breeze Force 4 (at 24 mph bordering on Force 5) from the south-west (224° azimuth) felt stronger and more from due south. This wind may or may not have brought immigrant Red Admiral Butterflies to Shoreham. The tally of 23 in an hour was not exceptional.

20 September 2005
A distinctive Clouded Yellow Butterfly caught me by surprise as I walked through central Lancing near the railway station. It fluttered around one sunny front garden, flew over a hedge and disappeared from my view. I tried to locate it but failed.

Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005

19 September 2005

The sunset (7:15 pm) on a exceptionally low equinoctial spring tide on Lancing Green beach, was a thin ribbon of red sky that outlined Worthing Pier three miles to the west. Dark skies were illuminated by a huge* Full Moon rising in the eastern sky around 8:00 pm
(* the large size was an optical illusion.)
Rockpooling on Lancing Beach
At the same time, a young Fox cocked his leg in the road just to the east of the Church of Good Shepherd and ran on to the shingle beach, where for a few seconds it was a silhouette on the brow of the pebbles where it was joined by another Fox only three metres apart before they both disappeared out of sight on to the beach below the high tide mark. 

18 September 2005
As we drove through the Slonk Hill Cutting on the A27 at Shoreham a large flock of Starlings where swooping in tight formation at about 15 metres high to the left of the road. Among them an fast moving bird of prey was flying among them seeking out a target. As we passed we saw it take one of the birds with its talons in mid air. I think the raptor had a fairly long tail and was slightly larger than the Starlings maybe about pigeon size. It was possibly the local Peregrine

NB: A Peregrine Falcon was seen on Shoreham Harbour Power Station in the morning. 

Note by Peter Talbot-Elsden

16 September 2005
As I drove from Steyning past the Cement Works at 7.15am I glimpsed something which looked large and interesting, but couldn't find it again when I pulled in at Dacre Gardens. I caught up with it at the Flyover and had a good view of an Osprey with a mob of Jackdaws. It continued to circle and drift down the Adur valley putting up waders and gulls below the Toll Bridge.

Report by Keith Noble (RSPB) on Sussex Ornithological Society News

Goldfinch on Niger feeder with Teasel (Top photograph by Jan Hamblett)  (Click on the image for a photograph by Andy Horton)

Eight Goldfinches visited my south Lancing garden, some on the niger seed feeder others on the Teasel. Teasel is the most popular. These small birds seem to be mostly juveniles and or females without much red plumage.

WheatearPied Wagtail

At least two Wheatears and a Pied Wagtail were spotted in passing on the mud and rocks on the borders of Adur estuary at low tide and land near the Railway Viaduct

Talk: Booth Museum of Natural History
Speaker: Dr Gerald Legg
Hosts: Shoreham Society
Venue: St.Peter's Church, Shoreham, 7:30 pm

14 September 2005
The first Clouded Yellow Butterfly of the year fluttered rapidly in the Moderate Breeze over Mill Hill just north of the Reservoir, landing in a patch of taller herbs on the wind-blown plateau. The smaller size and distinct black edging differentiated this butterfly instantly from the Brimstone. Apart from a couple of Large Whites in Shoreham town, they seemed to be the only butterflies around. However, I only visited this allotment patch-sized plot on Mill Hill and arrived and returned by road. 
The small beetle Galeruca tanaceti crawled over the herbs, grass and rabbit droppings just north of the Reservoir, Mill Hill
13 September 2005

I am not surprised that I missed the Autumn Lady's Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, on previous visits as this orchid is very much smaller than expected and already past its best. There were three plants seen in the short grass just north of the Reservoir on Mill Hill. 

Adur Orchids

About 30 Common Darters (dragonflies) were seen in an hour on the edge of town and the downs and there was one in a Shoreham garden. Most of these had a light brownish body, but at least one was red. 

11 September 2005
Red Star Thistle The Red Star Thistle, Centaurea calcitrapa, is recorded on the verges of the steps leading down to the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

This plant was also seen on Southwick Hill.

Southwick Hill Report by Rob Woodall on UK Botany (Yahoo Group)

6 September 2005
A young Great Spotted Woodpecker visited my south Lancing garden to feed on peanuts in a feeder.

Under a clear blue sky with little or no wind the sticky warm weather continued. 
It was 19.2 ºC, 82% humidity and Force 1, Calm, at 10:30 pm
Adur Weather 2005 (Selected Reports)

5 September 2005
Thunder and lightning after midnight but more dramatic than heavy and even then not anything special with just 2.03 mm of rain. At 9:15 am an air temperature of 20.3 ºC and a humidity of 87 % made it very sticky.

Adur Weather 2005 (Selected Reports)

2 September 2005
Little Egret Oystercatcher Turnstone

A Little Egret, two Oystercatchers and a small group of about five Turnstones were feeding on the low neap tideline west of the Lifeboat Station on Kingston Beach. The photographs above into the sun did not pick out the details of their foraging activity. The Egret was seen to lean forward and catch a small fish, probably a small first year Bass which were seen in shoals of a hundred or more. 

1 September 2005
There was a Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus squamosus, attached to the base of a wooden sculpture on the Coastal Link cyclepath near the first layby (from the south) on the Steyning Road. 
Shoreham Fungi (Autumn 2005)
Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus squamosus Lesser Marsh Grasshopper, Chorthippus albomarginatus

A further look at the grasshoppers on the margin of vegetation above the high tide mark on the east side of the River Adur estuary were definitely two species, the Lesser Marsh Grasshopper, Chorthippus albomarginatus, and the Common Field Grasshopper, Chorthippus brunneus.
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