ADUR NATURE NOTES 2012
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2012  Regional

Autumnal Equinox
22 September 2012    2:49 pm  GMT


Adonis Blues
Red Admiral & Large White
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EVENTS
 


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

20 September 2012
 

A Bar-tailed Godwit* made a sudden landing in the shallow margins of Widewater Lagoon. It promptly started actively searching for food, wading in a few inches of saline/brackish water, poking its beak in the soft mud rapidly (about twenty times a minute?) and repeatedly for a period of ten minutes or more without a break. Its long beak was pink but half black nearest the tip. 
(*Three birders identified it as a Black-tailed Godwit. I and one other thought it was a Bar-tailed Godwit..)
SOS Report
Adur Coastal Reports

Black-tailed Godwit

18 September 2012
An Osprey was mobbed by gulls and Jackdaws next to the A27 where it crosses the River Adur near Shoreham Airport.

Report by Robert Oliver on Sussex Ornithological Society News
15 September 2012
A large green caterpillar of the species Eyed Hawk-moth, Smerinthus ocellata, was brought in by a domestic cat in Lancing. 
 


Adur Moths

15 September 2012
On a sunny day, a large Ivy bush in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road was covered in flying insects frequent hoverflies, and about thirty butterflies of which an estimated 25 were Red Admirals and five Comma Butterflies were counted. 

Ivy at the Butterfly Copse
including the impressive hoverfly Volucella zonaria

A Speckled Wood was seen in the nearby Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. 
Full Butterfly & Moth Report

11 September 2012
On an overcast breezy day, butterflies were common on Mill Hill. Meadow Brown Butterflies were the most prevalent with an estimated 150+ in the transect acre. Adonis Blues were also common with over a hundred seen. 

Adonis Blues on Carline Thistle

WheatearThe males were very tatty and all were damaged to some extent. The females fared better with 20% of them in fine condtion and most of them crawling in amongst the leaves of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa. Four other species of butterfly were seen on my downs trip in the middle of the day before it suddenly became cooler. Aerial insect predators were around with a Common Darter and a Southern Hawker dragonfly and my first Hornet Robber Fly of the year over Mill Hill. 
Full Butterfly & Moth Report
Adur Flies 

10 September 2012
The identifying white rump of a Wheatear was spotted on the edge of the mud flats at low tide just south of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. 

9 September 2012
A new plant was added to my personal local tally: Blue Water Speedwell Veronica anagallis-aquatica was identified from a stream next to the Cyclepath north of Old Shoreham. 
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Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea

6 September 2012

Lancing Ring Dewpond
with Purple Loosestrife


5 September 2012

A Helophilus pendulus from the front angle, a view not normally seen in photographs of this species of hoverfly. It was seen on Buckingham Cutting (south). This hoverfly was frequently seen, much more prevalent than in previous years, with at least one sighting every day and usually more in the first week of September
 

4 September 2012
 

About thirty Red Admiral Butterflies congregated around a single Buddleia bush by the buffer stop (north of the Riverbank Industrial Estate) west Shoreham. 
Butterfly & Moth List 2012

3 September 2012
When the sun came out in the early afternoon, the lower slopes of Mill Hill were alive with butterflies. Adonis Blues were present in unprecedented numbers with the count of 205 in the transect acre though to be under recorded because of cloudy conditions at first. This count equates to an estimate of 800+ on Mill Hill. At one point on my return journey, a spot just above the path it was difficult to avoid treading on the brown female Adonis Blues amongst the Horseshoe Vetch leaves. Meadow Brown Butterflies were also common with over 150 in the transect acre. Nine species of butterfly and three species of large moth were noted in the humid sunshine.
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Butterfly List 2012
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