a hazy blue sky, the new growths of Hemp
Agrimony attracted the vanessid
on the middle gentle slopes of MiIl Hill
near the Copse. These were Red Admirals,
Peacocks and a Painted
Lady Butterfly. Other butterflies
seen on the top part of MiIl Hill included occasional widespread Small
Heaths, occasional Common
localised to the Marjoram
meadows, one Meadow
on the plateau, one Wall
Brown which was the only butterfly seen
in the top meadow, and a Large White.
were frequently seen as well as few Common
Darters (a small dragonfly).
A pair of Speckled Woods
were seen by Hamm Road allotments in Shoreham town.
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flew to and fro over MiIl Hill and the adjacent New Erringham pasture in
the afternoon. As far as I could make out they were House
Martins and Swallows.
handful of Swallows
were seen flying to and fro over the top part of Mill
Hill under a clear blue sky. They seen near the bridge (over the A27)
and houses, prior to migration south.
most of the flowers finished for
the year, there were still enough nectar plants on the top of Mill Hill
to sustain over thirty butterflies
of eight species.
Herons flying very low over the Downs
Link Cyclepath just north of the Flyover
(100 metres north of the Wood Heron)
were my surprise in the middle of the day.They are very large birds and
their sudden appearance all at the same time, and not much above the height
of the hedgerows, legs outstretched (landing gear down), came as a bit
of a shock. They sent hundreds of Common
Gulls into flight, under a cloudy sky,
before they landed on the mudflats
of the River Adur
(out of sight).
I chanced upon a magnificent uninterrupted view of a large female
whilst cycling at 15 mph as the big brown bird of prey flew across my path
about five metres above the road junction, (so the view of the bird was
side on rather than from underneath), between The Avenue and Downside at
the entrance of the Dovecote Estate, north Shoreham.
I had seen one before whilst cycling in autumn in similar circumstances
but never managed such a clear view, if only for two seconds.
Yellow, Adonis Blue
on Mill Hill
was the usual Kestrel
over Mill Hill, but that hardly warrants
a mention. Nine species of butterfly
including 25 Adonis
disturbed in the afternoon under a cloudy
sky over the downs. Immigrant butterflies
included a couple of restless Clouded Yellows
and a faded Painted Lady.
partially colourful Red Underwing Moth,
found its way into my upstairs
bathroom in Shoreham. It was trapped and released but flew away rapidly
before I could get a photograph.
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dozen Clouded Yellows
and a surprise Brown Hairstreak
were found at Southwick Basin with other butterflies.
immigrant Clouded Yellow Butterfly
was seen flying near the Tollbridge,
Old Shoreham in the middle of the day. And another one was seen in the
afternoon over Anchor Bottom. Adonis
were common over the large expanse of the conservation pastures of Anchor
Bottom: I counted 37 (30 males
+7 females) in
a timed 45 minutes, almost all of them in the central south-facing bank
area in the space of 16 minutes. There were many more in the areas I did
not visit and Lindsay Morris
recorded over one hundred (182) in four hours.
a different flora to Mill
Hill, the Adonis Blues
were nectaring on the abundant Rough Hawkbit.,
noted visiting the diminutive Squinancywort
amongst the grasses, attracted to the occasional tall Carline
Thistles, once seen on the few Round-headed
Rampions, often on the common Small
Scabious, seen on occasional Hardheads,
one spotted on a Dwarf Thistle,
but not seen on the few Devil's Bit Scabious,
or the spikes of the orchid Autumn
Lady's Tresses. One female Adonis
Blue was seen crawling amongst the leaves
of Mouse-eared Hawkweed looking for somewhere to drops its eggs
(which should on or near Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis
Autumn Lady's Tresses, Devil's
species of butterfly
seen on the day with frequent Small
Heaths seen all over the Anchor Bottom
pastures with occasional Meadow
Browns. I spotted a female Common
Blue on Everlasting
Pea near the Cement Works as well as a Small
White, Large Whites and a Red
Admiral near Dacre Gardens, Upper Beeding.
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