Eakring Bird news
September 2002
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
September 1st
A varied but productive morning to open the month, including a first for the year when a small (but significant) warbler arrival at Eakring Flash contained a Reed Warbler. Reed Warblers are rare here and much sought-after, aside from one Spring record, all have come during the Autumn from the old hedge at Eakring Flash. Chiffchaff and Whitethroat predominated among'st smaller numbers of Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.

A Greenshank was at Eakring Meadows briefly, before flying west and six Golden Plover were with the Lapwing flock. Raptor sightings included a Hobby over Eakring village early morning and Eakring Flash and at least seven Common Buzzards, which constituted a new record count. At least two of these were migrants, both moving off south-east.

September 2nd
Another year first this morning, with an immature Water Rail at Eakring Flash and representing the earliest returning bird here. Water Rails are now annual here, following the first record in 1999. A Whinchat was at Eakring Meadows, in the Hawthorns around Penny Pasture Common. Migrants included a Hobby high south-east, small numbers of warblers and hirundines, with three Siskin moving high west. A Common Buzzard was in the Eakring Meadows area early morning and an afternoon visit to Eakring Flash produced a Spotted Flycatcher.
September 3rd
Yesterday's Spotted Flycatcher remained at Eakring Flash, but a Wheatear in fields at Eakring Field Farm was new in this morning. Six Mandarin at Eakring Meadows included four young, so breeding has been successful this year after an attempt in 2001.

A summer-plumaged Dunlin was typically brief at Eakring Flash, before flying north-east in gloomy conditions and Lapwing totalled a minimum of 179 birds in several mobile flocks. 26 Golden Plover flew east. Common Buzzards included single birds over Lound Wood and distant over Red Hill.

September 4th
Foggy conditions early morning, saw little on the move. There was a small arrival of warblers along the old hedge at Eakring Flash, including two Lesser Whitethroats and a single Sedge Warbler.

Three Wigeon were there briefly till the fog lifted, before flying off north-west. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was in fields around Church Hill with at least 200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. In the same area, breeding success by the small Grey Partridge population here was evident when a covey included 17 birds (three of which were adults)

September 5th
The area continues to produce some good birds and there were several highlights today. A Whimbrel flew south-east early morning, with other migrants including single Turtle Dove, Swift and Grey Wagtail south, eight Yellow Wagtail went through with several others in the area. Late news concerned a Ruff in with the Lapwing flock at Eakring Flash (Robin Brace per Nottinghamshire Bird News) A drake Shoveler flew over Eakring Flash heading north, representing one of just a handful of Shoveler records here.

Small numbers of warblers continue to pass through/arrive. The highlight this morning being an adult Grasshopper Warbler in the boundary ditch at Penny Pasture Common, also being the only warbler present there. True Autumn migrants are rare in Nottinghamshire. This record constitutes the third such occurrence from the Eakring area.

September 6th
A Honey Buzzard was in the Park Farm area, being mobbed by corvids until coming down in Hare Hill Wood. This may be the same individual that was present on August 27th, as a suspected Honey Buzzard in the same area on September 2nd, remained unidentified due to the briefest of views. Three Common Buzzards were also over Hare Hill Wood, a single was around Parkhill Plantation and two were over Red Hill (a total of six) The rich vein of birds the area is currently producing, continued with a Whinchat for fifteen minutes at Eakring Flash, being brought down by heavy rain early morning, but later flew high south, at the onset of clearer weather.

Visible migration

Migration is increasing. Small groups of Swallows continued to move through west all morning and warblers in the area today included, two Lesser Whitethroats and five Chiffchaff (three of which were with a tit flock at Penny Pasture Common) and included a bird wearing a silver BTO ring. This is surprisingly the first ever sighting of any ringed bird here.

September 7th
A Whinchat was along the boundary fence at Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows this morning. Good numbers of Whitethroat and three Lesser Whitethroats were at Eakring Flash, with a Wigeon there. Two Common Buzzards were over Hare Hill Wood on and off all morning.
September 8th
Very quiet this morning. Some Sand Martin movement early am, with 20 moving south, otherwise very little visible migration.

14 Teal were at Eakring Flash, where three Blackcaps were among the arriving warblers. Blackcaps are unusual at Eakring Flash. Two Lesser Whitethroat were also along the old hedge and small numbers of Chiffchaffs continue to move through. A single Wheatear was in fields at Eakring Flash? (per Notts Bird News) Common Buzzards today included one over Eakring Meadows and three around the Red Hill area.

September 9th
Generally foggy conditions increased early morning, leaving visibility restricted. The old hedge at Eakring Flash held a few warblers again, but the area was very quiet again.

A second visit at mid-day, saw record numbers of hirundines over Eakring Flash, included in which were 200 House Martins.

September 10th
Good numbers of warblers arrived in the area this morning, many of which were probably associated with the huge fall of migrants on the East-coast yesterday. Both Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were along the old hedge at Eakring Flash, with several Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat. Good numbers of both Chiffchaff and Whitethroat in the area. A Whinchat was at Penny Pasture Common and a Hobby flew south-east through Eakring Flash, with Common Buzzards at two sites.
September 11th
Good numbers of Chiffchaffs in the area this morning, with birds at all sites visited. Three Lesser Whitethroat and a single Willow Warbler were the warbler highlights. Other sightings included a Spotted Flycatcher in with a mixed warbler/tit flock at Hare Hill Wood, with a Whinchat nearby. A light-phase juvenile Common Buzzard was new to the area, being present around Kersall/Hare Hill Wood. At least nine different birds have now been present this month.

An adult Hobby flew south-east early morning. 14 Tree Sparrow were in the Pastures area and with small numbers around Tug Bridge and Eakring Field Farms, the present area count is just in excess of 20 birds.

Visible migration

A steady stream of Swallows and Meadow Pipits moved south-east throughout the morning, with counts of the latter totalling 63 and the first significant movement of the Autumn so far.

September 12th
A Whinchat was along the new hedge at Eakring Flash. The third bird here in as many days. An immature female Peregrine flew low south-east over Red Hill and in the late afternoon, six Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood, before most drifted off east or south-east. Also in the Red Hill area this morning was an adult Yellow-legged Gull in with about 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, till flying off north-east. There were very few warblers in the area. The only birds at Eakring Flash today were two Chiffchaffs.

Visible migration

Swallows and Meadow Pipits moved south-east early morning, with counts of 77 and 81 respectively. Small numbers of Linnets were also moving.

September 13th
Generally quiet, although an adult Whinchat was at Penny Pasture Common. Three Common Buzzards were over Hare Hill Wood, where the Honey Buzzard was still present and seen well (albeit briefly) this morning and remains very elusive.

Visible migration

The morning began with a small Meadow Pipit movement (91birds) largely lasting until 8:30am, when Swallows (142) and House Martins (133) began to move south-east until around 9:15am. At least six Siskins flew through in various directions and there were again only a handful of Chiffchaffs and two Whitethroats in the area.

September 14th
A very quiet morning, with little of note apart from two Hobbies (an adult and a juvenile) at Eakring Flash mid-morning. Again there were few warblers found, most being Chiffchaffs from a number of sites. Two Whitethroats were at Oil Bore Holes and Eakring Flash, with a Blackcap also at the latter site. Visible migration was very quiet. Small numbers of Meadow Pipits flew high south-east.
September 15th
The immature female Peregrine was hunting the area again this morning. Warblers at Eakring Flash included single Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. 10 Snipe were over Eakring Flash (3) and at Eakring Meadows (7).
September 16th
Visible migration produced totals of 263 Meadow Pipit, 367 House Martin and single Yellow Wagtail and Redpoll. All species were moving south-east again. 14 Gadwall and 14 Teal were at Eakring Flash, and five Snipe flew west over there.
September 17th
A Whinchat was at Eakring Meadows, along the favoured boundary fence with a Hobby there. Visible migration from Red Hill produced totals of 171 Meadow Pipit, 38 Chaffinch, single Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit south-east. Other brief birds through there included four Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, single Coal Tit, Treecreeper and Green Woodpecker.
September 18th
A late Reed Warbler was in the willow scrub at Eakring Flash, with a Lesser Whitethroat and three Chiffchaffs along the old hedge. A Curlew was in fields with Lesser Black-backed Gulls, just east of Eakring Flash most of the morning. Another gull flock at Eakring Field Farm contained an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Migrants through in what was a mostly slow morning for visible migration included a single Turtle Dove west, but a good movement of Swallows totalled 541, but most of these came within a single hour spell. Meadow Pipits continue to produce three-figure counts with 134 south-east this morning.

September 19th
A very quiet morning, the highlight being a Greenland Wheatear in fields near Church Hill. Small numbers of Blackcaps were new in this morning, with single Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Eakring Meadows. Very little visible migration noted, with only Meadow Pipits producing any notable movement when 81 flew south-east.
September 20th
An unexpected find this morning was a Stonechat at Penny Pasture Common, favouring the boundary fence at the narrow western-end, but also getting on roadside telephone poles and around the entrance to Eakring Field Farm. This is by far the earliest ever Autumn bird. Generally the area was incredibly quiet again, including visible migration.
September 21st
There was considerably more bird activity than yesterday, the morning's highlight being the area's second documented record of Nuthatch, seen in open flight moving south-west over Eakring Flash before landing in the Pastures area. This record follows the bird in the same area of June 2001.

A skien of 66 Pink-footed Geese flew high south-east at 9:15am and six Common Buzzards were in the area including a regular bird at Eakring Meadows and then five on thermals over Red Hill at 11:00am.

Visible migration

Throughout the morning, there was a steady stream of Swallows (138) and Meadow Pipits (151) Movements of both consisting of small (single figure) groups moving south and south-east. Siskins have become almost daily, but again in small numbers with seven through this morning. Another species being noted regularly is Grey Wagtail, with three south-east today. Migrant Chiffchaffs started to appear at Eakring Flash and Red Hill from early morning onwards.

September 25th
The most remarkable record this morning, concerned an albino Swallow which flew south-east among a total of 131 Swallows. Much of the mornings migration activity consisted of a constant trickle of small groups. Two Coal Tits were very brief at Eakring Flash and only one Chiffchaff was noted today.

Four Egyptian Geese were at Eakring Flash for an hour mid-morning, before returning west towards Rufford CP. Pink-footed Geese included 90 south-east at 8:52am and later 150 east at 9:13am.

September 27th
The current bird watching activity is very quiet, with only limited amounts of migration again this morning. 42 Meadow Pipits flew south-east and a total of 44 Chaffinches flew mostly south-east early morning but movements became westerly from 8:30am.
September 30th
Small amounts of migration this morning, involving most of the expected species. Four Wood Lark flew low south over Eakring Flash, representing only the third record here and the 130th species for the year. A single Blackcap was at along the old hedge, and Chiffchaffs were at two sites.
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