|Eakring Bird news|
|Featuring news and sightings from Eakring|
|Two Swallow south this morning, is the latest report for the year to date. (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)|
|An excellent area count of 13 Grey Partridge was made this morning. (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)|
|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.
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.
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
Negative news of yesterday's Great Grey Shrike and Ring Ouzel, both present along the old hedge at Eakring Flash.
|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)|
|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.|
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.