Eakring Bird news
October 2004
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
October 2nd
Two Swallow south this morning, is the latest report for the year to date. (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)
October 9th
An excellent area count of 13 Grey Partridge was made this morning. (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)
October 17th
A true red-letter day for the area today, with a Great Grey Shrike present along the old hedge at Eakring Flash during the morning for approximately 15 min, from 08:30 to 08:45 am (per Robin Brace)

The bird showed well but then moved off and was lost - later being relocated at 10:15am along Conservation Walk that starts from the Eakring to Wellow road, about 0.75 mile from Eakring. It was again mobile and flew off again across the large field that runs down the hill away from walk start point.

There is one previous Great Grey Shrike record from the area, when a bird was at Eakring on November 2nd 1974. Presumably this being the bird which wintered the following two years at Kneesall.

Although my search for the Shrike was unsuccessful, I was fortunate enough to find the area's first-ever Autumn Ring Ouzel (from views, a probable female) feeding in Hawthorns along the old hedge at Eakring Flash at around 15:00pm. The bird was associating with several Blackbirds and remained present until dusk at least. This is the seventh area record, but surprisingly only the first in Autumn. It's record did not coincide with a large arrival of thrushes from the Continent a week ago.

Other birds seen today, included a Peregrine and Common Buzzard around the Red Hill area. First Redwing noted this afternoon, with ten in the same area.

October 18th
340 Pink-footed Geese (consisting of four skiens) flew east over Eakring Flash this morning, between 09:20 and 09:30am. Nearby, a Stonechat was along hedgerows in the Red Hill area with 100+ Fieldfare present (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)

Negative news of yesterday's Great Grey Shrike and Ring Ouzel, both present along the old hedge at Eakring Flash.

October 24th
Peregrine in the area this morning, plus a steady trickle of Redwings South along with c.50 Fieldfare. A recent (and very obvious) influx of Sky Larks over the past week, with around 70-80 birds throughout the area (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)
October 30th
Foggy conditions this morning, meant that little was seen. A Common Buzzard was in the Red Hill area, along with the first Brambling of the Autumn. There has been a large influx of Blackbirds, with many being noted in Hawthorns at the same site. Numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing were also at both Red Hill and Eakring Flash today.
October 31st
Some passage throuh the Eakring Flash area this morning with 147 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 101 Starling and 18 Linnet all south and south-east. 457 Wood Pigeon flew south and south-west. Odd movers included two Brambling, seven Yellowhammer and a single Song Thrush. Still good numbers of Blackbirds at most sites (high numbers also reported around the UK after recent large influx)

Eakring Flash continues to hold very little wildfowl. Present this morning were five Gadwall, joined later by a single Teal. A Redpoll and 13 Long-tailed Tits were also there, along with a Green Woodpecker (with another at Red Hill) and nearby, a covey of 11 Grey Partridge.

Gulls in the area today included 50 Lesser Back-backed Gull in fields around Leyfields, with similar numbers of Black Headed Gull. 12 Herring Gull went through south-west and west.

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