Eakring Bird news
September 2004
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
September 1st
A Common Buzzard was in the Red Hill area late afternoon. Quiet at Eakring Flash, with only a Yellow Wagtail of note, in with a small Linnet flock around the adjacent fields. Several Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were along the old hedge.
September 2nd
Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood for most of the morning. 64 Lapwing were at Eakring Flash.
September 3rd
Two Common Buzzards in the Eakring village area this afternoon. Small numbers of common warblers were at most sites visited, including a Blackcap at Eakring Flash.
September 4th
Despite a very quiet feel to the morning, two good year list records were gained today, including a female Marsh Harrier (for 15 minutes) high over Red Hill at 11:05am and a Green Sandpiper south-east over Eakring Flash at 08:43am. The area's 12th Marsh Harrier, was first located coming in from the north with a Common Buzzard. It circled and gained height, before appearing to drift of high north-east and out of sight. Marsh Harriers have been recorded almost annually here.

278 Lapwing were in fields centred around Eakring Field Farm and in nearby Eakring Meadows, there were small numbers of common warblers. Lesser Whitethroats were at that site and in the pastures area near Eakring Flash. The first passage Goldcrest was at Eakring Meadows.

September 5th
Scarce birds around the area today, were a single Redstart and Whinchat (both new) at Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows. The immature Peregrine was back in the Lound Wood and Eakring Flash areas early morning. It was generally a busier morning for visible migration than yesterday, with highest counts being 57 Meadow Pipit and 53 Swallows south. The Swallow passage was interesting, in that none were recorded all morning, before a sudden and short-lived movement commenced at 12:45pm.

Other birds through this morning, included a party of four Turtle Dove south and 15 Snipe west. (Large passage of Snipe noted at Blacktoft Sands RSPB yesterday and a group of 17 passed through one Pennine site this morning)

Few warblers around the sites visited, but the Lesser Whitethroat was still in the pastures area early morning and singing occasionally. Two Common Buzzards were high over Red Hill early afternoon.

September 6th
The only sighting of note this afternoon, was the immature Peregrine again in the Eakring Flash area briefly.

Noctule Bat One was again present and feeding around Eakring Flash at 8:00pm and appeared to have a hole in one wing. This is presumed to be the same individual that was over the same site at the end of July.

September 8th
A Hobby was hunting Swallows in the Eakring area this morning, where a selection of common warblers included four Whitethroats and a single Lesser Whitethroat. There were five Common Buzzards at two sites today. Three juveniles were in the Penny Pasture Common area and two other birds were again around Red Hill (per Robin Brace)
September 10th
A nice selection of warblers along the old hedge at Eakring Flash included a Sedge Warbler two each of Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff (per Robin Brace)
September 11th
A Wheatear was in the Red Hill area this morning, with four Common Buzzards viewed distantly (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)
September 18th
"Hundreds" of House Martins were heading south through the area this morning, despite the breezy conditions.
September 19th
A Peregrine was in the dead trees at Eakring Flash early morning briefly. Along the old hedge were three Chiffchaff and a single Spotted Flycatcher.
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