|Eakring Bird news|
|Featuring news and sightings from Eakring|
|Little around late afternoon, but still one Water Rail present along the eastern-side of Eakring Flash. There has been an arrival of Coot today, with four new birds joining the adult which has over-wintered at Eakring Flash.|
|Very quiet again today, with now seven Coot back at Eakring Flash and 20 Pied Wagtail there.|
Geese flew west over Eakring Flash at 08:25am.
16 Gadwall and 55 Teal were at the same site this
morning, with a further 15 Teal at Penny Pasture Common.
Two Common Buzzards were over the Kneesall Road area.
Visible Migration - A single Meadow Pipit flew south-west and 40 Fieldfare went north-west.
morning in the area today, which produced several regular
scarce birds. In the Eakring Meadows NR area, six Jack
Snipe were flushed from two areas of
suitable habitat, with 20 Common Snipe there. Four Common
Snipe were also at Eakring Flash. The regular adult Peregrine
was also hunting in the Penny Pasture Common/Park Farm
area this morning.
At Eakring Flash, good numbers of wildfowl are beginning to build up. This morning, there were 24 Gadwall and 38 Teal present, with two Shelduck briefly. Teal were also at Penny Pasture Common, where there were an additional 43 birds, to those at Eakring Flash. 71 Meadow Pipits, were in the Church Hill area, favouring the sugar-beet field.
Visible Migration - A few early migrants through this morning, including single Meadow Pipit and Linnet north-west, five Greenfinch and a Chaffinch north.
|A female Merlin
appeared briefly in the Eakring Flash/Red Hill area this
morning. The bird arrived high from the south, before
heading off west. This is still a rare bird here (this
being the area's 9th record) but the first half of
February has currently provided more Merlin records than
any other period. Previous records include one moving
east over Eakring Flash February 1st 1999, one moving
high east over Eakring village February 16th 2002 and a
female at Eakring Flash February 7th 2003.
A Wigeon flying east over Eakring Flash was another good sighting today. Starlings are beginning to build in numbers and the 450+ that were in fields east of Eakring Flash, represented a very large increase within a few days. Just eight Fieldfare were in the area this morning.
Visible Migration - Migrants this morning included two Yellowhammer west, four Meadow Pipit north and north-west and two Chaffinch north.
|A single Common Buzzard was distant over Red Hill late morning.|
|Four Jack Snipe were in the Eakring Meadows NR area today, with the three regular birds at Penny Pasture Common and one elsewhere on the reserve. Also there, 20 Common Snipe (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)|
|A short visit this morning provided nothing of note, but a pair of Goosander were on Eakring Flash late afternoon/early evening.|
|A flock of approx 71 Golden Plover were in fields around Church Hill late morning.|
|An increase in the number
of Golden Plover in fields around Church Hill, with 259
present today and another eight in the Eakring Field Farm
area. 80+ Lapwing were also in the same fields, but were
flushed and flew off west. An adult female Peregrine
was causing havoc with the corvids in the Red Hill area,
before flying low east over Eakring Flash. The male
Shelduck was again at the latter site briefly
Visible Migration - The only migrants noted this morning were three Greenfinch north-west.
|The drake Shelduck was again on Eakring Flash late afternoon, with 250+ Golden Plover and at least 87 Lapwing in adjacent fields. Two Coal Tit (rare at this site) )were along the old hedge and heading towards Lound Wood.|
|The first Pochard of the
year arrived at Eakring Flash overnight, with a pair
present this morning. A Water Rail along
the eastern-side, was the first sighting since the
beginning of February and was heard to call once.
Visible Migration - Migrants noted included single Greenfinch north and north-west, with two Meadow Pipit north.
|The drake Shelduck, female Pochard and six Teal were at Eakring Flash late afternoon. A Common Buzzard flew low over Eakring village and presumably into roost at Lound Wood.|
|Six Teal were again at
Eakring Flash this morning, but rarer wildfowl there
included two drake Shoveler (the first
since 2003) a pair of Goosander and two
Shelduck. Nearby, three Common Buzzards were present on
and off all morning, whilst 65 Golden Plover appeared in
fields briefly adjacent to Eakring Flash. 52 Lapwing went
south-west, but were probably part of the large flock
that has been associating with the Golden Plover
Visible Migration - Migrants struggling against the wind included a single Greenfinch north-east, two Meadow Pipit north-west and three Song Thrush east. Small numbers of most gulls (four Common, six Black-headed, eight Herring and five Lesser Black-backed) were moving north and north-west, indicative of a genuine return passage through the area.
|A male Merlin
was at Eakring Flash for ten minutes this morning (from
08:40am) settling in the dead trees in the middle of the
water, before becoming more distant in the Red Hill area,
where some record photographs were taken. The bird gave
stunning views as it left Eakring Flash.
This is now the latest Winter/Spring Merlin record for the area and follows the bird seen at Eakring Flash on February 8th. It beats the previous record of February 16th 2002 by nearly a week.
Also at the same site were six Goosander, a total that included four drakes. Four of these flew off to leave the pair present recently on 13th and 20th, but three returned later in the morning. A Water Rail was again heard calling at the southern-end of the flash.
|A mid-afternoon visit to Eakring Flash saw 200+ Fieldfare in adjacent fields, with 78 Starling. 48 Golden Plover were distant over Leyfields.|
|Five Goosander, six Teal and two Shelduck were on Eakring Flash this morning, with 11 Golden Plover in fields around the Church Hill/Tug Bridge Farm area.|
|A Water Rail was again present at the southern-end of the flash, calling several times around 17:30pm this evening. Two Shelduck were still on site and 130 Fieldfare were in fields around the flash.|