at Old Shoreham
with other corvids, the Jackdaw
spends more time exploring and turning over objects with its bill; it also
has a straighter and less downturned bill and increased binocular vision
which are advantageous for this foraging strategy. Ref.
stopped in at Mill
Hill and managed to find a Grizzled
Skipper, the first of the year reported
Marigold with a small
of the year were 14 Wall Lizards,
on and around the carnot
wall of Shoreham
Fort in the intermittent sunshine.
was in flower and Hawthorn was
in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
Trees & Shrubs 2019
Bee-fly visited the first few Cowslips
on the the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath
south of the Cement Works. False Oxlip
was also present in one clump. Blackthorn
was in flower.
Seal was spotted on the shingle beach
was too cool (9.2 °C) for a Peacock
Butterfly to open its wings naturally
as it was discovered with it wings firmly closed in the gutter of Buckingham
Road, Shoreham, in the late afternoon. It was likely enticed from hibernation
into a brief flight earlier to enable me to record my first butterfly
of the year.
Butterfly was seen by the River
on a tree stump
white mass was highly incongruous growing from a dead tree stump at the
northern end of Mill Hill Drive, north Shoreham. From a distance it looked
more like white paper debris; it was only when I got closer I realised
it was a living organism and when identified it will probably be one of
the common bracket fungi
that grow on dead tree stumps. On closer inspection
and it did not look like the normal bracket fungi that is frequently seen
rain, gales and poor light curtailed reports for a fortnight in the middle
of the month.
Shoreham to the Cement Works
plus three pairs of Mallards
the River Adur on a low tide
by the Cement Works. The young Redshank
one of two actively feeding by the
at Old Shoreham, but there were only gulls
and no Lapwings
on the exposed mud banks. The Goldfinch
was solitary and singing for a mate on the edge of the Downs Link Cyclepath
near the Erringham Gap, north of the Flyover.
Nature Notes 2013