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February 2008


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2008 Regional

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27 February 2008
There upwards of fifty Turnstones resting on a single syenite rock groyne on the shore south of the eastern end of Widewater at high tide. At least two Red-breasted Mergansers were diving in Widewater and one of them squabbled with a Black-headed Gull as the drake "sawbill" emerged almost under the gull
Adur Coastal

26 February 2008
A Small White Butterfly was seen in Lancing. This was the first report of a Small White Butterfly on these Nature Notes pages for the month of February, now making it six species seen locally in the second month of the year since the start of the new millennium. 

Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Butterfly List 2008

At least a hundred yellow Coltsfoot were flowering on the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the derelict Shoreham Cement Works. 

25 February 2008
The first spawn of the Common Frog, Rana temporaria, appeared in my garden pond in Mill Hill Close, south of Mill Hill, first thing in the morning. 

23 February 2008
Two batches of Common Frog spawn appeared in the small pond in my back garden in south Lancing. 

21 February 2008
My first Common Frog, Rana temporaria, of 2008 was seen just before 7:00 pm, in darkness, on my front doorstep in residential Shoreham, a few metres from my small pond. The frog was a sub-adult. Frogs in Sussex are assumed to hibernate during the winter. 

We have seen a female (I think its female) Common Frog for about four weeks in the pond and now a small male has replaced the female. Lots of Smooth Newts, Triturus vulgaris, were seen in and around in the pond in Mill Hill Close for the last two weeks.

Second Amphibian Report by Brian Drury

13 February 2008
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly was seen flying about my motherís garden in Hawkins Close, Shoreham by Sea, in the early afternoon in good sunshine. This was the first local record of this species for 2008 and the first ever for the month of February, making five species seen locally in the second month of the year

Report by Christine Burgess on Sussex Butterflies
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

12 February 2008
There was a single Golden Plover  with the hundreds of Lapwings on Shoreham Airport, noted at 10.35 am and again at 2.10 pm.

11 February 2008
A male Brimstone Butterfly settled on ivy on the wall outside my house in Mill Hill Drive, Shoreham at midday. This was the first local record of this species for 2008.

Report by Stanley Allen on Sussex Butterflies
Adur Butterfly List 2008

10 February 2008
A Glaucous Gull was pointed out to me by the King's Head, Southwick, on the Shoreham Harbour Canal at 10.30 am. The Long-tailed Duck was showing at midday on Widewater Lagoon

Report by John Williams on Sussex Ornithological News
Glaucous Gull Description by Bernie Forbes

The first Peacock Butterfly of the year was seen in a sunny Lancing garden in the morning.

Around midday a vanessid butterfly rose from the lower slopes of Mill Hill and fluttered further up the slope so I had to chase it to identify the good condition Peacock Butterfly when it basked briefly in the weak sunshine with its wings open. 
These two are the first February records on these Nature Notes pages for the Peacock Butterfly, making four species seen in the second month of the year. 
The first wild Sweet Violets of 2008 were seen on Mill Hill. 
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Violets
Cattle Damage on Mill Hill Report

4 February 2008

Dogfish eggcase (Photograph by Jason Koen)
After the recent storm there was a mass stranding on Lancing Beach east at low tide. I braved the chill westerly breeze and found the usual 'Mermaid's Purses' Dogfish Eggcases (including three with embryos seen inside), Ray Egg cases, orange and white sponges, Whelk shells and eggcases Buccinum, and also hundreds of dead sea anemones, including dead and alive Snakelocks Anemones, Anemonia viridis and larger Dahlia Anemones, Urticina felina
Report and Photographs by Jason Koen
Adur Coastal 2008

3 February 2008
Bounding through the green arable field north of Cuckoo's Corner (on the Coombes road north of Shoreham Airport), a buck Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus, was very frisky and I would have a good view if the road was not bordered by trees. I could see clearly enough to notice its antlers. 

1 February 2008

Common Lizard (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
Credit is due to Ray Hamblett for discovering a buried hibernating Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara, under a rotten log at the top of McIntyres Field, north Lancing. It was very difficult to see amongst the earth. Lesser Celandine was seen flowering for the first time on the verges of the Withy Gap Layby, north Lancing. A Stonechat was seen amongst the bushes between Widewater Lagoon and the sea
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