Eakring Bird news
April 2004
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
April 1st
A Little Ringed Plover flew north-east over Eakring Flash mid-morning. The area was very quiet and even migrants pasing overhead were few and far between. The only sightings of note, was the two Sand Martins which flew north-east over Hare Hill Wood and five Golden Plover which went north-west. Four new Chiffchaffs were singing in territory at different sites and 49 Fieldfares were at Kersall.
April 2nd
A surprisingly better day than expected, with some Meadow Pipit movement despite the initially poor conditions. In total, 73 Meadow Pipits flew mostly north and north-west, with smaller numbers of Linnets (12) also passing through. Notable were two Swallows (both singles north and north-west) and a Tree Sparrow north. Three Sand Martins flew through late afternoon. New Chiffchaffs today, included singing birds at Oil Bore Holes and Red Hill. At Eakring Flash there were five Pochard, with 11 Golden Plover through south-east.
April 3rd
Very quiet this morning. Visible migration was virtually non-existant despite the promising conditions. Highlight of the morning was the area's earliest House Martin at Eakring Flash (per Tony Wardell) before heading off south towards Eakring village. This date easily beats the previous record of April 16th 2000. A male White Wagtail was in the ploughed field situated midway along the minor road between Eakring and Tug Bridge Farm and three Chiffchaffs were new in today.
April 4th
Three Swallows and two Sand Martin through Eakring Flash this morning. At Kersall, 62 Fieldfare were still in set-aside fields. 17 Tree Sparrows are currently in the area at four sites. Of this total, all except one bird is paired up.
April 5th
Very quiet again and rather typical for this stage of April. 60 Fieldfare were at Eakring Meadows this morning.
April 6th
A single Swallow flew north over Red Hill and around 35 Fieldfare were still at Eakring Meadows again today. At Eakring Flash, seven Teal were present briefly, before heading off north-west. Still hardly any warblers arriving in the area, despite almost daily checks. The only new Chiffchaff to arrive overnight, was a regular male in Eakring village. This bird is much later in arriving than of recent years. Still no Willow Warblers or (more surprisingly) Blackcaps have been recorded yet. This is presumably due to the rather strong winds of recent days?
April 7th
In the area were 250 Fieldfare (mainly around Tug Bridge Farm and Church Hill) whilst two Common Buzzards were over Hare Hill Wood. Slightly more activity today as some migrants headed north-west through the area. Although counts were still low, three Tree Sparrows were notable.
April 8th
Again another quiet morning, but the 250 strong Fieldfare flock was still present in the Church Hill area this morning, with a single bird at nearby Tug Bridge Farm. Visible migration was also rather quiet, but two Sand Martin flew north-east through Eakring Flash. Other birds in the area today, included a pair of Teal at Penny Pasture Common and two Snipe there, with a Common Buzzard again over Hare Hill Wood. At Kersall 17 Tree Sparrows were just south of the village in the new pasture. New Chiffchaffs were at Poplar Plantation and Parkhill Copse.
April 9th
A small overnight arrival of warblers was evident this morning. Six Chiffchaffs and four Blackcaps were involved, but it represented the first significant arrival of the Spring so far. Blackcaps included singing males at Hare Hill Wood (2) Eakring Meadows and High Trees. April 9th represents a new latest arrival date for Blackcap.

A female Wheatear was in the newly cultivated field near Church Hill at 10:30am, but had gone a few hours later. Just five Fieldfare found in the area this morning, in fields near Kersall.

A Woodcock was "roding" over Lound Wood, during the evening. This is presumably the returning bird of last year, which arrived back again on March 31st.

April 10th
A Willow Warbler was at Eakring Flash this morning and like yesterday's arriving Blackcaps, is the latest-ever first date for the area. 23 Fieldfare were near the sewage treatment works, on the edge of Eakring village (per Tony Wardell)
April 13th
A late afternoon visit to the area produced very little. Two Fieldfare were in the pastures area near Eakring village.
April 14th
The first Swallow was back in Eakring village this afternoon, with another north through there. Other freshly arrived birds included single Blackcap and two Willow Warblers at Oil Bore Holes and single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Eakring Flash. Four Fieldfare were at Penny Pasture Common. A Woodcock was over Hare Hill Wood during the late evening.
April 16th
  A significant arrival of birds into the area today. The highlights were four Wheatears, a male Redstart, the area's earliest ever Lesser Whitethroats (2) a brief Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail (latest ever arrival date)

An indication as to the broad-scale of this arrival and how it has probably affected most of Nottinghamshire and the Midlands, is that Wheatears were at three different sites. These included a female in the bare, roadside field near Church Hill, a male in a similar field between Eakring Meadows and Hare Hill Wood and a male and female in the horse paddocks (created in 2003) at the edge of Eakring village.

Representing only the third Spring record here, the male Redstart was also at the latter site, frequenting the perimeter wire fencing. Interestingly, all three records have involved males.

Other birds today, included a male Yellow Wagtail (again in the horse paddocks) two singing male Lesser Whitethroats at Oil Bore Holes and Eakring Meadows, and a single Whitethroat. Other new warblers in the area, were two Willow Warblers and three Blackcaps.

The Linnet flock at Eakring Field Farm held in excess of 90 birds and a Snipe was still at Penny Pasture Common. There was also some overhead visible migration (always an indication of potentially good birds on the ground) with small groups of hirundines passing through. These totals included 19 Sand Martin and 12 Swallow all heading north and north-west. 25 Meadow Pipit headed north-west and a Jay flew north into Lound Wood.

Weather induced arrivals Today's arrivals have certainly been induced by the recent southerly winds. The wind was from a south-easterly direction and conditions should be favourable for a similar range of birds to be in the area again tomorrow morning. It is likely that the same sites mentioned above, are those that will feature regularly over the course of the Spring.

April 17th
A male Grasshopper Warbler was "reeling" and showing very well at the southern-end of Eakring Flash (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace) The bird remained present all day, but by late afternoon was reeling and showing only occasionally. This is a new earliest date for Grasshopper Warbler here, beating the previous record of April 18th 1998. Also seen this morning, were a female Wheatear at Eakring Field Farm and two Common Buzzards were over Hare Hill Wood.

In the horse paddocks on the edge of Eakring village this afternoon, three male Wheatears and a single Fieldfare.

April 18th
Quiet this morning, but a Little Ringed Plover flew east over Eakring Flash at 07:02am, before returning and then continuing high north-west a few minutes later. Also through there early this morning, were a flock of 42 Sand Martins. Fieldfare today, included five briefly at Eakring Flash, with two more at Tug Bridge Farm. There was no sign of yesterday's Grasshopper Warbler at Eakring Flash and despite the wet weather, is presumed to have departed overnight.
April 20th
Now probably a pair of Grasshopper Warblers at the southern-end of Eakring Flash today. The presence of a female would indicate why the male has only been singing occasionally and showing far less since it arrived on April 17th. Two Whitethroats were also there this morning, but there was no real arrival of birds overnight. Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood early morning.
April 19th
The male Grasshopper Warbler was again singing occasionally at Eakring Flash today, but not showing at all in vegetation. A male Lesser Whitethroat was in the adjacent old hedge. Just outside Eakring village (on Mill Lane) a male Whitethroat.
April 22nd
Two Wheatears were in the area this morning, with a male briefly at Hare Hill Wood and a female at Tug Bridge Farm. Some warblers were also freshly arrived and included one of three new Whitethroats, which was seen to descend from high in the south into vegetation at Eakring Flash. Other new arrivals included six Blackcap, two Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.

A late evening visit produced the Woodcock over Lound Wood, Grasshopper Warbler (very briefly) and the first Sedge Warbler of the year at Eakring Flash. In a Spring which has so far produced a varied set of arrival dates, another new earliest date was produced when a Swift flew high north over Red Hill. Of the migrants recorded to date, five have produced new earliest and three have produced new latest dates.

Visible migration throughout the morning was restricted (quite typically) to a trickle of 20 Swallow, 13 House Martin and five Sand Martin (all mostly north-west) Three Yellow Wagtail and small numbers of Meadow Pipits were also noted heading over. Hirundines were still moving through at dusk and 25 Sand Martins, included a flock of 24 heading north at 20:30h, when nearly dark.

April 24th
A Hobby flew south-east over Eakring village early morning, in the process, equalling the earliest date for the species here set in 2002. The general area remained quiet, though there was a new Grasshopper Warbler at Eakring Flash and Whitethroats (eight) and Blackcaps continue to arrive, with smaller numbers of both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at numerous sites. Unusual, was the Willow Warbler that was observed flying off high north-west from the pastures area.
April 25th
The first Cuckoo arrived back in the area this morning, when one was at Eakring Flash (per Robin Brace)
April 26th
A range of migrants in the area this morning. New birds included nine Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats at Kersall and Eakring Meadows, with single Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler all arriving.

The Cuckoo was again at Eakring Flash early morning, with three Grasshopper Warblers there (including two singing males) A male Wheatear was in the bare roadside field near Church Hill and a Hobby flew north-west over Tug Bridge Farm. Yellow Wagtails today, included four over and one around Eakring Meadows.

April 27th
Waders over Eakring Flash this morning, included a Little Ringed Plover north-west at 08:00am, followed later by a Greenshank heading north at 10:10am.

At least one Hobby was in the Eakring Flash area this morning, where there was some limited northerly hirundine movements. Swifts are arriving, with nine going north. Both male Grasshopper Warblers were singing occasionally in poor weather and migrant warblers at Eakring Flash were two Blackcaps and only the second Sedge Warbler of the Spring. Two Fieldfare flew north over there mid-morning.

The first Whinchat of the Spring was a male at Penny Pasture Common. The recent introduction of cattle to graze the site, has unfortunately led to the death of at least one Lapwing chick, which was found trampled to death today.

April 28th
An overcast and occasionally wet morning, saw two Common Terns move high north over Eakring Flash at 07:50am, followed in quick succession by two Ringed Plovers north at 08:05am. The only other birds moving were Swifts (with 41 through) and three Yellow Wagtail. Both male Grasshopper Warblers were still singing occasionally at either end of Eakring Flash.
April 29th
Single Hobby at Eakring Flash this morning, with 34 Swift north.
April 30th
The first Garden Warblers arrived in the area today, with males near Kersall and at Hare Hill Wood. Nearby, a late Fieldfare was at Kersall and two Hobby were around Tug Bridge Farm.
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