Eakring Bird news
February 2003
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
February 1st
The opening day produced an adult female Peregrine west over Eakring Flash early morning. Elsewhere, a flock of 67 Lapwing were in fields at Tug Bridge Farm, with over 500 Fieldfare there. Other Fieldfare in the area totalled some 400+ birds. At Eakring Meadows 56 Teal were again present.
February 2nd
Very quiet this morning with little about. A Shelduck flew over Eakring Flash briefly and a Yellowhammer flock of c55 birds was found in set-aside near Eakring village. Still large numbers of Fieldfare around, but Redwing have suddenly become very scarce here.
February 4th
Four Shelduck were on Eakring Flash this morning. The Lapwing flock at Tug Bridge Farm numbered 35 birds. Fieldfare were still numerous throughout the area, but the only Redwing flocks found were two which totalled 47 birds at Eakring Meadows during the afternoon, with a Common Buzzard there.
February 5th
Two Water Rail were showing along the eastern-side of Eakring Flash this morning. The most favoured section and best place to look, being around the two obviously trampled (less vegetated) areas. At the southern-end of Eakring Flash were 33 Snipe. 54 Golden Plover were in fields at Red Hill and five Yellowhammer flew north.
February 6th
The only sighting of note today were three Common Buzzards over Lound Wood late morning.
February 7th
A female Merlin was at Eakring Flash briefly at 9:10am, providing a rare record (the area's 7th and the third for February) At the southern-end of Eakring Flash, at least one Water Rail was calling this morning. At Tug Bridge Farm, now 48 Lapwing present with good Fieldfare counts there.
February 8th
Six Shelduck (five drakes and one female) were on Eakring Flash early morning till flying off towards Bilsthorpe pit top. Small numbers of birds are moving through presently, including seven Yellowhammer and six Linnet today. Many Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting are now moving back into territories at various locations.
February 9th
Three Jack Snipe were found around the small pool at Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows, with the female Peregrine and Common Buzzard again there. The Peregrine had taken a Moorhen and flew off towards Parkhill Plantation. The year's second Corn Bunting record concerned one flying west over the same site.
February 10th
1100 Fieldfare in the area this morning, with Tug Bridge Farm holding 800, along with increased numbers of Starling and Redwing. A further 300 Fieldfare were in fields in the north of the area, around the Severn Trent works where a single Common Buzzard flew west late morning. This bird possibly was'nt one of the three Common Buzzards near Hare Hill Wood during the afternoon (per C Cornish) One Water Rail showed well in it's favoured section of Eakring Flash.
February 11th
Wildfowl at Eakring Flash early morning only, included 19 Pochard (new highest count) five Shelduck and two Gadwall. A Common Buzzard was in the area late morning and a Water Rail still. Two Jack Snipe were again at Eakring Meadows.

Common Gulls were moving through. Two largest groups made up of 37 moving high west and 24 east. Possibly up to 76 birds were noted during the morning, with smaller numbers of Herring Gull and two Lesser Black-backed Gull. Possibly confirming a gull movement was the 35 Black-headed Gull east and south-east.

There were no large Fieldfare flocks in the area. Small groups were at Tug Bridge Farm and over Lound Wood, but 70 Redwing were in the High Trees/Church Hill area. Small flocks of Starling again moved south, 45 in total today.

February 12th
Generally quiet this morning, but there are some small signs of the start of Spring migration. 39 Lapwing flew north in three groups and odd Skylark seem to be moving north-west as well with Fieldfare, which again produced only small numbers today. 80 Redwing were still in the High Trees/Church Hill area. Two seperate flocks of 12 and then 13 Linnets flew south-east, made up a 25 bird total. Four Cormorants on Eakring Flash mid-morning were an unusual sight. The Water Rail was again present at the same site.
February 13th
300 Pink-footed Geese went north-west at 8:45am over Eakring Flash, also drake Goosander through. Good numbers of Fieldfare, most of which were probably commuting/feeding flocks, although numerous small loose flocks flew north during the morning. The Common Buzzard was again around the Lound Wood/Leyfields area.
February 14th
  Four Goosander (two females, a single male and an immature male) were on Eakring Flash this morning. Single Shelduck was also present but flew off early morning.

The morning produced a good movement of Pink-footed Geese. 492 birds went through in three skiens all heading high north-west. These comprised of 34 at 08:32am, 280 at 08:36am and then 178 at 08:55am. This was augmented when a late afternoon visit produced another two small skiens heading north-west (both minutes apart at 16:45pm) of 75 and 57 birds, helping the day's total to 624 birds.

February 15th
The morning was extremely quiet, with Eakring Flash being almost totally frozen after a hard frost. 68 Black-headed Gull flew high east, with smaller numbers of Common Gull.
February 16th
Three Goosander (two males, one female) dropped into Eakring Flash mid-morning. One male soon left north-west, but the remaining pair were still present late afternoon. Also two Water Rail were calling on and off. A Woodcock was present at the small sewage treatment works in Eakring village.
February 17th
Very quiet again today, with just the two Water Rail still at Eakring Flash.
February 19th
Three Mandarin were on The Beck at Kersall this morning. Numbers of Snipe are currently scattered around the area where water remains ice-free.
February 20th
A Marsh Tit was briefly in the pastures area this morning. Away from their breeding sites here in both Lound Wood and Hare Hill Wood, Marsh Tits are rare.
February 21st
A Water Rail was feeding on The Beck, along the small outflow at the northern-end of Eakring Flash this morning, as most of the site remained frozen.
February 22nd
The Water Rail again present at Eakring Flash this afternoon, showing well briefly, but the day's highlights coming from Eakring Meadows late morning with an immature Peregrine for five minutes and a female Wigeon on the small pool at Penny Pasture Common. Wigeon are rare here during the first half of the year.

Good numbers of Lapwing again in the area. 60 were in fields at Eakring Field Farm, with 130 north of Red Hill. Small numbers of Golden Plover were also at both sites and Snipe included 27 at Eakring Meadows and five over Eakring Flash. One Jack Snipe remains at Eakring Meadows.

February 23rd
Three Goosander were on Eakring Flash this morning, along with two Shelduck (one briefly) and three Teal. 20 Snipe were at Eakring Meadows, with smaller groups at several other sites.
February 24th
An small arrival of duck overnight, with Eakring Flash holding seven Tufted Duck and five Pochard. Single Shelduck and a pair of Goosander remain from yesterday.
February 26th
Single female Goosander on Eakring Flash this morning.
February 27th
Three Jack Snipe were at Eakring Meadows this morning, including one bird which had a lucky escape from the claws of the long-staying female Peregrine which was there briefly. After being took in mid-air by the Peregrine, the Jack Snipe broke free, promptly diving into the nearest available cover and was seemingly completely unharmed by the incident.
February 28th
The Peregrine was again at Eakring Meadows this morning.
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