Eakring Bird news
October 2002
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
October 2nd
An adult female Peregrine flew low over Eakring Flash early morning. Good numbers of Song Thrush along the old hedge, with a minimum of 13 birds noted. Song Thrush counts have increased over the last few days - a regular feature from late September onwards.

Other species (similarly more obvious at the moment include Dunnock and Robin, both species being prone to local movements. A single Blackcap and Chiffchaff were along the old hedge. Migrants trickled through, with a count of 34 Pied Wagtail being the most unusual. Other counts included five Redpoll through south.

October 3rd
A Water Rail was flushed from the western-side of Eakring Flash and not seen again. It is possible that this could be the immature bird seen once in September. Small numbers of common migrants trickling through again, including five Song Thrush west and two Blackcaps along the old hedge. 30 Teal were at the southern-end of Eakring Flash and 75 Golden Plover were in the area this morning.
October 9th
At Eakring Flash, at least one Water Rail was present this morning, calling from vegetation at the southern end. Possibly a second bird was also present. 50 Teal were also in the area. The area continues to remain very quiet generally.
October 10th
A Jack Snipe was flushed from along The Beck this morning at Eakring Flash. This is the earliest Autumn record to date. Three Redwing were also the first of the Autumn, present at Red Hill in company with good numbers of Song Thrush there.
October 11th
Small numbers but numerous species on the move this morning and the first signs of an increase in the birding activity with a Brambling moving north over Hare Hill Wood, 38 Redwing (including one flock of 30 at Eakring Meadows briefly, eight Siskin,. 10 Song Thrush, and 41 Starling through. Two adult Yellow-legged Gulls were at Tug Bridge Farm. Eakring Flash held 69 Teal at the southern-end, three Common Gull over there, were the first since July. Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood early morning.
October 13th
A fairly productive morning, with highlights being the area's latest ever Greenshank at first light, with two Water Rail at Eakring Flash. The general area is currently holding large numbers of both Blackbird and Song Thrush. Migrants included seven Blackbird south with Song Thrush producing 22 moving mostly south-east but also north. Northerly birds included one group of eight alone. 63 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east at 10:35am.

Visible migration A wide range of species moving through this morning, but still low numbers. There are though, the first signs of a general increase in migration. Counts included four Swallows, 34 Redwing, 235 Starling moving west, 45 Meadow Pipit (mostly south) 12 Redpoll and five Grey Wagtail south-east.

October 14th
Small numbers of migrants continue to pass through, but also some genuine Gull passage today as well, but again only small counts. Late hirundines included three House Martin and two Swallows east. The last of the breeding House Martins left Eakring village a few days ago on the 11th. The most unusual record today, came in the form of an abarrant Lapwing. This bird seems to lack any green pigmentation in its feathers. Good numbers of Golden Plover also in the area, with mobile flocks providing a count of 300+
October 15th
A Fieldfare was at Eakring village till flying off east, with another flying north with 42 Redwing. Further late hirundines included four House Martin east.
October 16th
Good late numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the Eakring Flash area this morning, with 175 there. Other Gulls included seven Common, two Herring and one adult Yellow-legged Gull. A Brambling moved south, with other migrants including 136 Redwing through (mostly west and north) and a group of five Blackbirds north.
October 17th
An excellent passage of birds this morning, with an area record count of 1 158 Redwing achieved. It was also a morning when the intricacies of migration were realised and the Redwing movement formed part of this, with flocks following a very narrow westerly path through the area. Be at a point, either a few hundred yards south or north and counts would have been very low.

Other counts today included 170 Fieldfare, 188 Starling, 24 Skylark, 36 Chaffinch, 73 Greenfinch, small numbers of both Reed Bunting, Siskin and Redpoll. Most species going west, probably indicating a good east coast arrival of many this morning. Highlights today were a Grey Plover moving west with Golden Plover, a Jack Snipe at Eakring Meadows and 84 Pink-footed Geese through east in two skiens. Three Swallows (all singles) flew west and south-east.

October 18th
Another morning of Redwing passage, again showing the narrow migratory corridor of yesterday. Birds were again recorded moving west through an area between Lound Wood and Little Leyfields. No groups were noted moving over Eakring Flash. This morning's counts included a record 2 048 Redwing, 344 Fieldfare, 18 Song Thrush (mostly in small groups, but many presumed missed among Redwing flocks) 52 Chaffinch and two single Brambling. All bar some finch passage was westerly. The area was otherwise very quiet this morning.
October 19th
Both Redwing and Fieldfare moving through again this morning, though Redwings were in much smaller numbers than yesterday. Counts included 292 Redwing, 313 Fieldfare, 16 Siskin, 47 Chaffinch, 426 Starling and small numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch and Redpoll. A Brambling went south, but all other movement was westerly.

The single Jack Snipe remains around the pool at Penny Pasture Common, a Common Buzzard was over Lound Wood on and off all morning and some south-westerly Gull movements involved 15 Herring, 6 Great Black-backed and 138 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

October 20th
Two Nuthatch were in Lound Wood this morning, potentially having moved into territory. The third record for the area and quickly following on from the second record of September. Limited amounts of migration this morning, with Starlings producing the highest count of any species by far, when 374 went west early morning. Goldcrests were at all sites visited and good numbers were in Lound Wood.
October 21st
Still definitely two Water Rail present at Eakring Flash, with both birds calling this morning from vegetated sections along the eastern side of the Flash.
October 22nd
An arrival of wildfowl this morning with 12 Pochard on Eakring Flash and around mid-morning, a flock of 11 Wigeon flew over the site before heading off south. Surprisingly there was limited amounts of migration among which were totals of 49 Redwing south, 64 Fieldfare south and 20 Redpoll (including one flock of 17 south) A noticeable easterly and south-easterly Skylark passage involved 59 birds. Common Buzzards were at Eakring Meadows and Lound Wood.
October 26th
Apart from a Stonechat at Eakring Meadows (Robin Brace) the area continues to remain very quiet with the recent strong north-westerly winds. The only sighting of note today, was a record Stock Dove count from the Eakring Field Farm and Tug Bridge Farm areas, where 279 birds fed in the bare fields.
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