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September 2008


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

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Shoreham Town 
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Comma Butterfly on Blackberries


25 September 2008
A Grass Snake slid under a Privet bush is a depression on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, but despite looking through the Privet, I could not find out where it was hidden. 

Twelve species of butterfly were seen on a sunny day. 
Full Butterfly Report

21 September 2008
Scores of House Martins were collecting on the downs north of Slonk Hill, Shoreham ready for migration. On a fair day in the intermittent sun when the shade air temperature attained a maximum of 18.1 °C in the afternoon, I recorded ten species of butterfly, including only my second Small Copper of the year on the lower slopes of Mill Hill

On the approach droveway from Nepcote to Cissbury Ring
the butterflies were attracted to Hemp Agrimony

20 September 2008
Small CopperMy first Small Copper Butterfly of the year was recorded on the towpath near (north of) the Toll Bridge in Old Shoreham, only the fourth seen this year. A tattered Painted Lady was seen on the towpath north of Ropetackle. Over 200 Large Whites and frequent Red Admirals were seen peaking around the Buddleia on the outside of Shoreham town
Adur Butterfly List 2008

19 September 2008
A couple of Whimbrel were feeding along the water's edge on the River Adur at low tide on the east side mud half way between the Toll Bridge and the Railway Viaduct. Through borrowed 12 x 40 Nikon binoculars, I saw the down-curved beak of one of the birds pick up a small crab
Adur Estuary Reports

13 September 2008
The Buddleia was the main attraction to the Large White Butterflies in the hedgerows on each side of the on the Coastal Link Cyclepath to Upper Beeding. One bush had at least five on it, and they rarely stayed still long enough to photograph, possibly indicating the deficit of available nectar. A yellow Brimstone Butterfly was a surprise on a day of seven species of butterfly on a passage journey.
Full Butterfly Report

10 September 2008
Nine species of butterfly were recorded including a Comma Butterfly on some ripe Blackberries

Female Adonis Blue on Devil's Bit Scabious on Mill Hill9 September 2008
It was still much too overcast, with spots of rain, for butterflies to be out and about if they had survived the atrocious weather. A quick check on the Privet-inundated lower slopes of Mill Hill produced seven male Adonis Blues, ten Meadow Browns and a Small Heath Butterfly. There were no Chalkhill Blues seen. Devil's Bit Scabious was seen in flower for the first time this year. 
Despite four days of rain and the whole of the summer, there were still dried-out cow pats on the Autumn Gentian covered plateau south of the upper car park on Mill Hill. Most of the Autumn Gentian was not in flower.
Adur Butterfly List 2008

8 September 2008
A Honey Buzzard was seen circling over upper Shoreham at 3:30 pm, it drifted up
high and north.

Report by Bernie Forbes on the Sussex Birds Yahoo Group
Small Heath Butterfly on Hardhead
Small Heath Butterfly
Leafcutter Bee

Leafcutter Bees were occasionally spotted on the outskirts of Shoreham, and Large White Butterflies were particularly frequent on Lancing Beach.

4 - 7 September 2008
There was more atrocious weather with heavy rain intermittently on all four

3 September 2008
In a brief spell of weak sunshine, a Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara, skittered over the tarmac section of the Coastal Link Cyclepath north of the mostly derelict Adur Riverbank Industrial Estate. Large White Butterflies were the most frequent of six species of butterfly seen around Shoreham and the outskirts. A Southern Hawker (dragonfly) hawked over the Pixie Path
Butterfly Report

2 September 2008
After the wettest August in my lifetime of over 50 years, Agaric mushrooms appeared in St. Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham

1 September 2008
Only my third Painted Lady Butterfly of the year in good condition settled in front of me adjacent to the Middle Road Allotments, Shoreham
I spotted a Common Sandpiper from a scope located on the reopened Toll Bridge. It trotted over the mud into the cover of Sea Purslane by the River Adur towpath to the north-west. 

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