Eakring Bird news
February 2004
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
February 1st
Amongst a relatively varied selection of wildfowl on Eakring Flash were 20 Gadwall, two Wigeon and a female Goosander. Wigeon are rare here during the early months of the year and this record is particularly notable. Elsewhere in the area were seven Snipe and a Common Buzzard over Eakring Meadows, whilst the mixed finch/bunting flock was still favouring the set-aside field along the Kneesall Road and the regular Little Owl nearby (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)
February 3rd
A Little Grebe was at Eakring Flash, but the area is currently very quiet.
February 5th
Eakring Flash held 24 Gadwall late morning, with a Water Rail calling there
February 6th
Several flocks of Fieldfare in the area this morning, with 150+ around both Eakring Field Farm and Tug Bridge Farm, with another 75 around the Poplar Plantation just south of Leyfields. At least 130 Chaffinches were in fields at Park Farm, with two Common Buzzards at nearby Hare Hill Wood.
February 7th
Rather quiet once again, but a possible Merlin flew low south-west over fields near Tug Bridge Farm. Small numbers of Snipe are at traditional sites in the area (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)
February 12th
82 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 10:05am. At Eakring Flash, two Water Rail were calling frequently with three Goosander there. Coots continue to arrive back in the area, with now seven at the same site today.
February 14th
A female Goosander was at Eakring Flash this morning, with a Water Rail at the southern-end (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)
February 19th
Very quiet in the area this morning, but there was a north-westerly movement of Pink-footed Geese. Three skiens, totalling 391 birds flew over the area in groups of 269 (07:55am) 83 (08:20am) and then a further 39 at 09:30am.
February 21st
A Lesser-spotted Woodpecker was in trees near Eakring Flash and the pastures area this morning (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace) It was seen to head off east, following the line of roadside trees. This is a typical sighting of Lesser-spotted Woodpecker here. All birds (except the 1997 Lound Wood birds) have come in this fashion. The species is still very rare here, but this sighting, coupled with singles in January and December of last year, indicates a distinct upturn in sightings. A Golden Plover flock in the Red Hill area, was rather mobile and held at least 60 birds.
February 26th
25 Teal and 10 Coot were at the partially frozen Eakring Flash this morning. In the set-aside field along the Kneesall Road, were a variety of species, including good-sized flocks of Chaffinch, Yellowhammer and Fieldfare, eight Stock Doves and smaller numbers of other common species. Song Thrushes seem to have increased again at most sites.
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