Eakring Bird news
July 2004
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
July 1st
A Little Grebe was on Eakring Flash today, with 44 Swift moving west over there. Two Grasshopper Warblers were still in the rough vegetation at the southern-end of Eakring Flash, but started "reeling" well after 9:30pm.
July 3rd
The two male Grasshopper Warblers were again at the southern-end of Eakring Flash this morning plus good numbers of Swift (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)
July 4th
63 Swift went mostly west through the area during a short evening visit.
July 8th
A Hobby was hunting over Eakring village late morning and on Eakring Flash, there were two Little Grebes and a single Pochard. Birds moving through the area included 128 Swift (flocks of 75 and 53) both very high and moving south-east, 50 Black-headed Gulls and two Common Gulls west.
July 10th
Still one Grasshopper Warbler calling from the northern-end of Eakring Flash during the afternoon.
July 11th
Three male and at least one female Grasshopper Warblers were at Eakring Flash this morning, with the female disturbed from the edge of the path which runs through the southern-end of the flash.

Migration today, produced the highest-ever Sand Martin count, when 103 flew south and south-east. Swifts were moving through in smaller numbers. There were also eight Swallow and an early Siskin through.

Four adult Little Grebes are now on Eakring Flash. This rise in numbers during July, being quite typical for recent years.

July 13th
All three male Grasshopper Warblers were singing at Eakring Flash late evening, with good numbers of Swift (60+) there.
July 20th
Four Turtle Dove were in the Eakring Flash area during the afternoon.
July 21st
Some signs of Autumn migration with an early returning adult Whinchat at the southern-end of Eakring Flash, where still at least one male Grasshopper Warbler was still singing. A Curlew flew south-east over the same site at 07:56am and was the first record of 2004.
July 25th
An adult Peregrine was hunting over Lound Wood this morning. In the same area, a female Ruddy Duck was on Eakring Flash, with a Grasshopper Warbler still singing at the southern-end.
July 26th
One Grasshopper Warbler still at Eakring Flash late evening.
July 29th
Two Grasshopper Warblers were calling occasionally at Eakring Flash this morning, with a Yellow Wagtail over. At Eakring Field Farm, a post-breeding Lapwing flock numbered approximately 97 birds.
July 31st
One Grasshopper Warbler still at Eakring Flash (per Tony Wardell)
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