Butterfly List 2006
Admiral Butterfly was seen today in a
garden on Old Salts Farm Road, South Lancing. I may have disturbed it while
trimming some Ivy.
was sunny for a spell recording an air temperature of 13.3 ºC at 2:08
This may be the last butterfly of the
a hundred small Goose Barnacles, Lepas
anatifera, were seen washed up attached
to a broken plastic fish box on the strandline
of Shoreham Beach (Ferry Road access)
after the recent southerly gales.
the first time I have seen them washed at Shoreham in over 25 years, but
I expect they have been washed up and unrecorded before on frequent occasions.
were the usual millions of Slipper
Limpet shells, frequent Whelk
and Mussel shells, seaweed
and cuttlebones etc.
Pipit landed near the Beach Huts on Shoreham
Beach and then flew upward and away in its characteristic fashion.
Hambett's Fungi Portfolio
discovered some unusual blue-green mushrooms
in a shady lawn area of St Bernards Court, Broadwater, Worthing. They were
close to some wooden edging.
mushrooms have been identified as fresh specimens of the Stropharia
caerulea or a similar
species in the same genus,
the first of this species recorded on these Nature
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perched on the fence behind the Buddleia
in our south Lancing back garden (TQ 185 046)
shortly before dusk. It remained perched for about 30 seconds before taking
off in level flight.
flash of turquoise and a Kingfisher
flew like an arrow out of the Tamarisk in
the shallows of Widewater Lagoon.
two Little Grebes dived
under water as the Kingfisher flew
of Wood Blewit, Lepista nuda, mushrooms
protruded from the leaf litter (to which they were attached as decomposers)
in the Maple Spinney between the Steyning
Road and the Waterworks Road.
bird of prey ("bigger than a cat") was
seen devouring a Collared Dove
in our garden (a large garden in
near the Slonk Hill embankment, north of Buckingham
Park, Shoreham-by-Sea). My wife watched it plucking
feathers for about ten minutes, before it flew off, taking its catch with
it. A half a dozen similar observations in
the area over the last five years indicate this is almost certainly a female
Rail was reported to have been seen on
when it ventured out of its hiding place under the Tamarisk and in shallow
brackish water near a small island east of the bridge. I could not see
or hear anything of this bird that must be very good at hiding in a small
area which was inaccessible because of the boggy nature of the land and
Yellow Butterflies and one Red
Admiral were seen on Mill Hill. One of
rested on my finger. It was rather bedraggled.
Lady Butterfly and two Red
Admirals visited my garden in north Shoreham.
is the first record of a Painted Lady
on these Nature Notes pages.
by Trevor Wickson
Butterfly Flight Times
was about a dozen Clouded Yellow Butterflies
on Mill Hill and over the Old Erringham
Yellow on Dandelion
have been around in the same sort of numbers since 20
October 2006 and their behaviour seems
more like temporary residents than just passing through. At least two of
the butterflies engaged in courting behaviour.
chill wind from the north-west made me wish I had worn gloves. Butterflies
were predictably low with six Red Admirals
and six Clouded Yellow Butterflies
recorded. Two of the Red Admirals
fluttered together under the copse on the top of Mill
Hill. One was seen in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks
Road, and another one by the closed Furnitureland warehouse on the
other (northern) side of Ham Road to the Hamm, Shoreham.
Admirals will hibernate in early November
six Clouded Yellows
were all seen on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill. They were all bright yellow and this was the most seen together this
year. Two were sparring or being amorous.
Butterfly Flight Times
Darters (a dragonfly)
were also recorded on Mill Hill and its approaches.
Weather Reports 2006