Eakring Bird news
November 2003
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
November 1st
293 Pink-footed Geese went east through the area this morning in three skiens. The Water Rail was again calling along the western-side of Eakring Flash, but otherwise the area remained quiet. Visible migration counts were low, but two Brambling went through heading south-west and one north. 59 Redwing also flew north this morning.
November 2nd
Water Rail at Eakring Flash. 117 Redwing south this morning with smaller numbers of Fieldfare (92) Chaffinch (15) and Greenfinch (24) moving through, despite the windy conditions.
November 4th
Two Water Rail now at Eakring Flash.

Some visible migration this morning as birds made use of the fine conditions, only to be grounded when thick fog drifted in from the south. Some totals included 246 Fieldfare, 429 Starling, 20 Chaffinch and three Brambling through.

There are good numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit in the area at the moment and Bullfinches continue to be in evidence at many sites. Birds at Eakring Flash today included a male and female, then a group of three males dropped in. Three were also at Penny Pasture Common and two at Red Hill.

November 6th
Both Water Rail were again at Eakring Flash, with one at the southern-end and another in the north-eastern corner.
November 9th
A Jack Snipe and at least one Water Rail present at Eakring Flash today (per D Montieth)
November 11th
A Wigeon flew south-east over Eakring Flash, where at least one Water Rail was heard calling. The highest Autumn count of Teal was reached today, when 44 were at the same site briefly, before heading off north-west. The Golden Plover flock now numbers 47 birds, which were commuting over the area this morning and not present at the usual Church Hill site.
November 13th
The act of standing in one place for a length of time and counting birds moving visibly overhead, yet again provided a first for the area when two Lapland Buntings flew south over Eakring Flash at 08:26am.

Visible migration counts included Wood Pigeons (374) uncharacteristicly moving north, whilst all other species generally headed south. Flocks of low-flying Fieldfares eventually amounted to 208 south, with at least two decent flocks present in the Red Hill and Kneesall Road areas. Bramblings were also present at the latter site (two) and Eakring Meadows (one) whilst 12 flew south. Bramblings on the ground here are unusual and hopefully numbers may build-up during the coming weeks. Other counts included 265 Starling west, seven Blackbird, 23 Greenfinch and 12 Redpoll south, with eight Song Thrush south-west including a flock of seven.

A drake Goosander flew south over Eakring Flash and one Water Rail was again calling there this morning. Two Common Buzzards were along the Kneesall Road.

November 15th
Very quiet this morning, with little of note. A single Brambling flew through (Robin Brace) and there were several flocks of Fieldfare in the area - the largest being around 150 at Kersall. Wood Pigeons are currently moving north. This is unusual and the first time I have ever noticed a northerly movement.
November 16th
Good cross-country passage of Pink-footed Geese over the area this morning, when a total of 713 flew east in a total of 11 skeins between 08:42 and 11:15am.

A Peregrine was also in the area early morning and initially causing havoc with the unusually large number of gulls the area is currently attracting, before flying off south. Six Brambling also flew south and south-west today, but there was little else moving through.

A very late Chiffchaff was in the Sallow scrub at the southern-end of Eakring Flash. It was present late morning and during brief views showed characteristics of the race abietinus.

Greenfinches were moving south and south-east with 47 noted. There were smaller numbers of most other finches including three Siskin through, but there were much larger numbers of Starlings (730) heading west. The manner of flight suggested that most had not flown too far and had probably been disturbed from sites east of the recording area.

The only wildfowl on Eakring Flash were seven Teal, with another 17 dropping in briefly later.

Pink-footed Geese skein totals/times
49 east   08:42am
41 east   08:46am
60 east   08:54am
37 east   09:01am
45 and 177east   09:06am
35 east   09:16am
59 east   09:27am
57 south-east   09:44am
83 east   10:53am
70 east   11:15am
November 20th
At Eakring Flash a Water Rail was flushed from vegetation along the western-side and a Common Buzzard was over Lound Wood.
November 21st
A minimum of 95 Herring Gulls were in the area this morning - this total representing a real influx over the last few days. Most gulls are congregating in fields east of Eakring Flash during the first hours of daylight. At least 30 Common Gulls were also present among large numbers of Black-headed Gulls.

53 Meadow Pipits were at Eakring Flash and there were Goldcrests at Eakring Flash (three) briefly and Eakring Meadows.

November 25th
A White Stork of suspect origin was in the area late afternoon/early evening.

News of the bird was phoned through to me by Mark Speck (via Mike Hodgkin) that the bird was in fields at SK 663618, which is to the right of the minor road leading to Eakring, as approached from the A614 and adjacent to the former Bilsthorpe Pit.

The bird was quite approachable whilst remaining in a car, but took flight when approached on foot and then remained at distance. It was sporting a (probable silver) ring on it's right leg. Several flight feathers were missing in both wings.

November 27th
The White Stork was again in it's favoured field late morning and is causing quite a stir among passing motorists. The dark grey ring on the bird's right leg, has the letters "A J" in white.

At Eakring Flash, 42 Teal were present and still at least one Water Rail calling along the eastern-side of the water.

November 29th
The White Stork still in the west of the recording area. Only 18 Teal present at Eakring Flash today.
November 30th
Some larger gulls moving south and south-west through the area this morning, with 93 Herring and 13 Great Black-backed Gulls noted. Six Goosander (including four drakes) dropped into Eakring Flash mid-morning, only to be quickly flushed by a member of the public.

Elsewhere in the area, the White Stork (rung with the letters A J) was still in the west of the area and sometimes getting over the fence onto Bilsthorpe pit-top.

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