Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

September 2019

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24 September 2019
A Dolphin stranded alive at Soldier's Point near Shoreham Harbour entrance on the high equinoctial spring tide at 1:00 pm was helped back into the water by volunteers.

20 September 2019

Spotted Flycatcher

Under a clear blue sky a handful of House Martins flew to and fro over the top of Mill Hill prior to emigration south. And there were two Spotted Flycatchers seen amongst the scrub a near the copse at the top of the hill. They would be also on passage prior to spending the winter much further south. 
Mill Hill Full Report

16 September 2019

About forty butterflies of eleven species were spotted on the lower slopes of Mill Hill on a cloudy afternoon. Simultaneously, I caught a glimpse of the small or brightly coloured Small Copper Butterfly and the first of two male Chalkhill Blues in remarkably good condition. I did not see any brown females but a worn male Adonis Blue or two quarrelled with the other blues. A spectacularly bright Clouded Yellow was unmistakable out of camera range. A faded Brown Argus showed. 
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8 September 2019

Purple Loosestrife, Wasp Spider, Weeping Willow
Brown Hairstreak
Annington & Bramber

I just made an unplanned detour as the sun came out and I spotted a Wasp Spider at Annington Sewer and a Brown Hairstreak Butterfly in Castle Lane Park, Bramber.
Adur Levels Report

4 September 2019

A White-tailed Sea Eagle was tracked over the downs rising on a thermal above Shoreham downs reaching an altitude of 807 metres (Mill HIll is 67 metres above sea level) before heading west over the downs parallel with the coast half an hour before (1:00 pm) I arrived on MiIl Hill
Flight of Culver the Eagle (Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation)
Disappearance of Culver

3 September 2019

Juvenile Adder
Mill Hill

I visited the area around the Reservoir on Mill Hill to try and get a better picture of the Adder but there were dark low clouds and it was breezy as well, proving conditions difficult to focus for photography and inimical for butterflies. There was half a dozen large Slow Worms and a smaller juvenile Adder south of the Reservoir, occasional butterflies on the ridge and plateau including Small Whites, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, one male Adonis Blue and one Red Admiral. On the close short vegetation on the plateau of Mill Hill noted the first Autumn Gentian and Autumn Lady's Tresses of the year with frequent Round-headed Rampion.
Mill Hill Illustrated Report

1 September 2019
A Southern Hawker (dragonfly) flying five metres above the Downs Link Cyclepath north of Erringham Gap looked like it was a predator on the hunt.

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