Butterfly near Coombes was ample reward
for a cycle ride which originally going too be a brief afternoon jaunt
to Cuckoo's Corner,
but I cycled further up the Coombes Road.
It was fortunate as I caught a glimpse of a white
butterfly and I just wanted to see if it was
a Small White
or Green-veined White
seen earlier. Because the Orange-tip
has a single early season brood and a short flight time the females are
easy to miss.
Butterfly List 2019
the first Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis
comosa, appearing in bud on the lower
slopes of Mill Hill, more butterflies
were seen than expected on as hazy afternoon.
of ten butterfly species was more apparent
than sheer numbers with Speckled Wood
(one on the southern steps), Brimstone
3+, Small White
1+, the first of the year Small Tortoiseshell
(southern, top), the first of the year pair of Dingy
Skippers, 2+ Grizzled
Skippers, 1+ male Orange
Tips, another first of the year fresh
Copper, at least one Peacock
Butterfly, occasional Small
Heaths 4+, and two Treble-bar
Moths. Micro moths
were frequently seen and ones recognised were the pyralids
Pyrausta purpuralis and
despicata as well as an even smaller
Butterfly List 2019
dense vegetation on the Widewater
flood plain I spotted a Hairy
Flower, Mute Swan on
trip to Woods
Mill produced my first ever sight of the
huge eggs of the Mute Swan
on its nest. There were a few restless butterflies
in the sun including my first male Orange-tips
of the year, a tatty Peacock
and a very lively Brimstone Butterfly.
stopped on a Cuckoo Flower
for just a second. A pair of Mallards
had ducklings in tow on the main pond.
Sticklebacks could be seen darting to
in the surface water of Widewater
Lagoon on a sunny afternoon. And the Little
Egret spotted one as well.
car park, the Blackthorn
showed no trace of flowers or leaves
and the adjacent Hawthorn was in leaf and budding. It was on the
mostly that the Brown-tailed Moths
had built about a dozen nests
housing scores of caterpillars
which will feed on the interlocking Hawthorn.
Moth Nest Report
squabbling with a couple of Crows
over the roof tops as a Herring Gull
had lost its flowers and Hawthorn
was budding at Cuckoo's Corner.
I spotted my first House Martin
of the year over the River
Adur north of the Tollbridge
from the western towpath.
by Sylvia Lemoniates
a afternoon when the sun came out unexpectedly, I quickly spotted my first
two Grizzled Skippers
of the year on the lower slopes of Mill Hill,
now decorated with Dog Violets,
but much more sparsely than normal.
the scrub on the upper part of Mill Hill, the white blossom of Blackthorn
looked attractive against the blue sky.
first Brimstone Butterfly
of the year fluttered past. The first of three Peacock
Butterflies landed intermittently. No
were seen. Most of the observed action occurred amongst the dense interlocking
leaves on the lower slopes where a brigade of working mutualistic
red ants, Myrmica
sabuleti, were attracted by sugary
secretions of the green and yellow caterpillars
of the Adonis Blue Butterfly.
Hill Picture Report
the sun cast strong shadows, the local young Common
Seal hauled on the slipway on Kingston
Beach and just lazed around at high tide for
at least a couple of hours in the afternoon. In the chilly north-east breeze,
the seal attracted
about a dozen visitors at any one time including children at half term.
dominated the white blossom plentiful in the hedgerows and amongst the
scrub on the downs. Cherry Plum
had virtually finished and so had the early Blackthorn, but Hawthorn was
yet to flower in the wild. Alexanders
attracted frequent small to medium hoverfly
species: notably Syrphus type,
as well as few bumblebees,
Bees and Common
common on the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath
between the Erringham Gap and the Cement Works.
spotted a Speckled Wood Butterfly
at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
Seal on Kingston Beach
Beach I enjoyed great views and opportunities for photographs of the
local Common Seal.
was budding very early at Northbourne, Southlands, north Shoreham. But
this was a planted hedge and not truly wild. Holly
was still in berry in the same hedge.
flowers appear before the leaves and
leaves appear before the flowers.
Nature Notes 2013