Saturday 28 March 2015

Ferring Rife, West Wittering and Ringed Plovers

Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
On Monday we wandered along Ferring Rife in a cool wind. I didn’t spot any Small Tortoiseshells but we met Neil who counting considerably less than the previous week, no doubt due to the lower temperature.
On Tuesday I visited West Wittering beach and spotted a flock of Linnets flitting over the dunes. Sanderlings were scurrying along the water’s edge and Dunlin were feeding by the inner water. Sea Spurge added a splash of colour among the Marram Grass and Skylarks sang high above the dunes.

On my return the late afternoon light encouraged me to look for Ringed Plovers on a local beach.
Ferring Rife:
Daisy, Bellis perennis
Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Water Starwort, Callitriche species
Common Clothes Moth, Tineola bisselliella
- an unwelcome visitor at home!
West Wittering:
Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Turnstones and Black-headed gulls

fly by harbour shoreline - id needed please!
lichen, Cladonia species
Linnets, Carduelis cannabina
Marram Grass, Ammophila arenaria
Sanderling, Calidris alba
Sea Spurge, Euphorbia paralias
Skylark, Alauda arvensis
Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

local beach:
Turnstone, Arenaria interpres
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

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