Eakring Bird news
August 2003
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
August 2nd
Three Turtle Doves around Eakring Flash including one moving west this afternoon.
August 3rd
Green Sandpiper and a male Peregrine in the Eakring Flash area (per Notts birdnews)
August 4th
Hobby and male Peregrine again in the Eakring area this morning - the former hunting hirundines. Two Yellow Wagtail were the only passage birds noted moving west. Small numbers of warblers at most sites.
August 5th
Two Green Sandpipers were at Eakring Flash very late evening, till they were heard to fly off high to the south at 9:50pm.
August 6th
An excellent morning with five Green Sandpipers at Eakring Flash till late am, when they flew off high south-west. These followed the two birds of last evening.

The rarest bird fortunately stayed behind - a juvenile Wood Sandpiper and the area's second record. It remained till mid-afternoon at least and showed well for long periods at the southern-end of Eakring Flash.

Other birds through today included Common Buzzard south and two Yellow Wagtails.

August 7th
  The Wood Sandpiper remained at Eakring Flash for it's second day. This morning it was feeding round all parts of the water, often in company with another Green Sandpiper which arrived early morning. With the water level at it's lowest since 1998, conditions are currently extremely suitable for waders.

Also there were numerous warblers including a Reed Warbler (still a difficult species to catch up with here) single Spotted Flycatcher along the old hedge, four Yellow Wagtails flew south and south-east with two Tree Pipits south-west and a Hobby was hunting hirundines over Eakring village again.

In the Red Hill area, a Whinchat was the year's first and the year list stands at 125 after this morning - a total which already surpasses that achieved last year.

August 8th
Wood Sandpiper and a different Green Sandpiper still at Eakring Flash, but the Wood Sandpiper was more flighty this morning and at one stage flew off high, but soon returned. The area was much quieter today, but another Spotted Flycatcher was along the old hedge briefly and two Snipe were at Eakring Meadows.
August 9th
Still at Eakring Flash, the Wood Sandpiper remained for it's fourth day; this afternoon/evening favouring the southern-end near the Bulrush beds and was still present at dusk. It remains very confiding - occasionally showing down to 10 metres.
August 10th
The Wood Sandpiper remained for it's fifth day, showing well around most parts of Eakring Flash. Three Greenshank flew in from the north-east at 07:25am, before moving off south-west five minutes later. The second Reed Warbler of the Autumn was among the Bulrush and rough vegetation at the southern-end.
August 11th
The juvenile Wood Sandpiper was again present at Eakring Flash all day. The morning was very quiet due to the foggy conditions, but later in the day two Green Sandpipers were present till early evening and a Greenshank landed before heading north-west
August 12th
Three Greenshank in the area this morning, with one commuting between Eakring Flash and waters near Wellow, with another two present at Penny Pasture Common till they relcated to Eakring Flash later in the morning. No sign of the Wood Sandpiper today.

Two Swift flew north, a Tree Pipit went south and four Yellow Wagtails were over different sites around the area. A Lapwing flock at Eakring Field Farm totalled 102 birds, with 14 Tree Sparrows at Eakring Meadows.

August 13th
Quiet this morning, although single Tree Pipits moving south and north-west were notable. A Common Buzzard was around the Hare Hill Wood/Eakring Meadows area. A late report concerned a Spotted Flycatcher along the old hedge (per P Ellis)
August 14th
The Spotted Flycatcher remained along the old hedge this morning.
August 16th
Seven Common Buzzards were over Hare Hill Wood mid-morning. Three Tree Pipits continue the good showing of this species during August, with a single north over Eakring Flash and another with the Linnet/Tree Sparrow flock at Eakring Meadows, where good numbers of warblers were present today. Another Tree Pipit was along the old hedge at Eakring Flash late evening. Highlight of the day however, was the juvenile Cuckoo which flew over Eakring Flash.
August 17th
Three Greenshank at Eakring Flash till 10:45am when they flew off, with five Teal also present (per AC Wardell and Dr R Brace) Two Golden Plover flying east were the first birds of the Autumn. A Common Buzzard drifted high south-east over Red Hill early afternoon.
August 18th
  A red-letter day for the area and one of those special days that August occasionally provides. Main highlights of the morning were Arctic Skua (dark-phase juvenile pictured left) at Eakring Flash for five minutes and a female Marsh Harrier, present in the Eakring Field Farm area.

Any Skua species was always likely here at some time. The fact that Arctic Skua represented not only a new species for the area, but finally ended a 13 year wait to add the species to my Nottinghamshire list - made the sighting even more special. The bird was low throughout its brief fly-over of Eakring Flash, initially coming in from the south-west over Eakring village, then slowly continuing to fly north-east. It's timing coincided nicely with the imminent clearance of overnight cloud.

The morning started off promisingly enough, with the first record of Common Sandpiper here since August 5th 1999, when three were at Eakring Flash till they eventually flew off south-west at 08:10am. Obviously the current low water levels are attracting such variety and numbers of waders to the site, making it potentially the best August for waders ever here.
  A Wheatear arrived early morning - typically perching in the dead trees in the centre of Eakring Flash, before soon moving to adjacent fields.

Two Hobby were hunting a swift (one of three this morning) high over Eakring Flash, a Common Buzzard was in the Hare Hill Wood/Parkhill Plantation area and for a time in the company of a female Marsh Harrier.

Representing the second record for August and the third since late July, the Marsh Harrier spent much of it's time quartering fields in the Eakring Field Farm area, before eventually drifting off high north.

August 20th
Three new species for the year in the area this morning. One of these was a first for the area, when an adult Caspian Gull was in fields with c400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Three Redstarts were in the Hawthorns and along the hedge which runs the length of The Beck at Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows and four Egyptian Geese went south-east through Eakring Flash.

Two Hobby were also at Eakring Meadows briefly, with three Common Buzzards over nearby Park Farm and Hare Hill Wood. A total of six Yellow Wagtail at sites around the area and a single Turtle Dove through south-west.

August 21st
Still male and female Redstart in the Hawthorns on Penny Pasture Common, with a Tree Pipit south-west over there.
August 22nd
Both Redstarts still in the Hawthorns on Penny Pasture Common. Two Greenshank were at Eakring Flash, but had gone by 09:00am with a Whinchat there (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace) A Hobby flew south-east and 13 Yellow Wagtail were in the pastures area.
August 23rd
A Greenshank was at Eakring Flash for half an hour this morning, before flying off west at 07:40am. Two Hobby were also over there this morning and presumably the same two recorded throughout August. At Eakring Meadows the two Redstarts remained.
August 24th
The first Osprey since 2000 and the area's sixth record, flew south over Eakring Flash at 08:00am this morning; in the process continuing the remarkable month the area is currently experiencing. The single Greenshank remained at Eakring Flash from the previous evening and both Redstarts were still in the Hawthorns at Eakring Meadows - despite the area being mown yesterday.
August 25th
The first two hours of the morning were quiet and only the male Redstart remained at Eakring Meadows. A second visit later in the morning produced a Whinchat at the southern-end of Eakring Flash and a Green Sandpiper briefly.
August 26th
Very quiet today. The male Redstart was still at Eakring Meadows, two Snipe flew high west (both singles) a Curlew went south-east and two Hobby were again successfully hunting hirundines over Eakring Flash before drifting off east. A late evening visit saw a Green Sandpiper and two Snipe present.

A record count of 34 Mistle Thrush were in the Eakring Flash area this morning, with a flock of Linnets in the Eakring Field Farm/Parkhill Plantation area numbering at least 250.

August 27th
A Whinchat arrived at Eakring Flash early morning with the Green Sandpiper still there and Hobby through north. The male Redstart was still at Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows.
August 28th
Single Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers at Eakring Flash this morning. A Hobby went west early morning.
August 29th
Current bird activity remains generally very quiet as per the last few days. Yet the area still produced a Whinchat in from the north (not located afterwards) and the Greenshank again at Eakring Flash, but mobile. The male Redstart was still around the Hawthorns at Eakring Meadows with a Green Sandpiper also present.
August 30th
Two Whinchats present today, with singles at Eakring Flash and Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows. The Redstart and Green Sandpiper remained at this latter site. A Reed Warbler was along the old hedge at Eakring Flash.
August 31st
Two Whinchat at Eakring Flash this morning, were indicative of the range of species obviously on the move overnight. Migrants through Eakring Flash included single Tree Pipit south-west, two Wheatear north, 10 Tree Sparrow north-west and a Corn Bunting south-west. A Spotted Flycatcher was along the old hedge briefly, before moving off south.

Other birds in the area today included a record single count of Turtle Dove (10 together at Eakring Field Farm) with the long-staying male Redstart still across the road at Eakring Meadows. A range of commoner warblers were at most sites today and the first real return hirundine passage of the Autumn, consisted of 104 House Martin east, with smaller numbers of Swallows south and south-east. 17 Meadow Pipits also went south-east, along with four Yellow Wagtails.

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