Archive | January 2016

Midwinter seas

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Lepas anatifera Common Goose Barnacle

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The rough winter weather has been pushing flotsam and jetsam up on to the beach and lower prom. Today a colony of the pelagic Common Goose Barnacle attached to Styrofoam washed up at Hastings. Lots of Wrack – which I am trying to identify, certainly Serrated Wrack and Bladder Wrack amongst the wreckage.131215 036

Egg case of Scyliorhinus canicula, the Small-spotted Catshark or Dogfish

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Marina note

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Whiting Merlangus merlangus

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Pout Trisopterus luscus

Surprised today to find a lot of sea-bird activity quite close in to shore at 11.20 when I looked out before going down to the beach at high tide. In half an hour I noted 19 adult Gannets west, 19 Divers west and six east, 7 adult Kittiwakes west and almost thirty auks west including a flock of five Razorbills.

A party of six Wigeon flew east.

Wind was light but there was sea mist and cloud. Mild again after the recent frosts.

 

Marina shore ledges

On the sandstone ledges off St Leonards beach a strong upper shore

community of Common Mussel Mytilus edulis, Common Limpet Patella vulgata and Acorn Barnacle Semibalanus balanoides.

Shore today

A very cold North-westerly but clear and therefor pleasantly sunlit in the sheltered areas of the prom. The tide returning mid morning and the fishing boats could be seen heading in towards the harbour. Big numbers of large gulls were following and it seems there was a catch of Cod.

Looking at the shellfish on the sandstone ledges near Goat Ledge I was delighted to see a Kingfisher darting down into one of the rock-pools. I did see one of these birds on the breakwaters at Galley Hill early in the winter.

At the harbour the boats were quickly drawn up onto the crest of the beach. Other than the large gulls there was not much sign of seabirds but then a juvenile Little gull appeared, hawking back and forth off the beach.150116 011150116 021