Eakring Bird news
August 2005
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
August 1st
Record numbers of Swifts were over the area this afternoon, with an estimated 2000+ feeding on insects over fields in the Eakring Flash and surrounding area.
August 4th
Five Common Buzzards were in the Leyfields area of Eakring Flash this afternoon, with all the birds coming in from the north-east. The five probably consisted of a family party of four, but one bird did fly straight through south-west. Plenty of Swifts again feeding over fields, with numbers well in excess of 500.
August 8th
A single Common Buzzard flew east over Eakring Flash mid-afternoon and hunted fields east of the flash, before drifting off south-east. Earlier in the day, at least three Common Buzzards were in the same general area and appeared to be moving off west (per Dave Smith)
August 12th
A female Shoveler was at Eakring Flash this morning.
August 13th
Two Common Terns unusually spent well over an hour at Eakring Flash this morning, being present from 08:30-09:45h at least and were still present upon leaving the area. Nearby, a large accumulation of gulls consisted of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and over 50 Black-headed Gulls. A single Common Buzzard was in the Lound Wood area and around 35 Lapwing were frequenting the recently cultivated fields. The Shoveler was also seen again.
August 17th
A total of five Common Buzzards were over Eakring Flash/Lound Wood late morning. A single Spotted Flycatcher was along the old hedge, with good numbers of Willow Warblers in the general area.
August 21st
Four Common Buzzards were over Eakring Flash mid-morning. During a late evening visit, four Swifts were present at Eakring Flash and a single Reed Warbler was seen briefly. This latter bird may have been a migrant, as there has been no sign of any of the breeding birds since July.
August 25th
A good morning, with an immature male Redstart and Grasshopper Warbler, both at the southern-end of Eakring Flash and Hobby hunting hirundines there mid-morning. There were also good numbers of warblers along the old hedge, mostly Whitethroats and Willow Warblers.

A new record count of Common Buzzards was reached, when seven were together over Hare Hill Wood and Parkhill Plantation, with at least three other different birds in the Red Hill area.

August 30th
A Whinchat was along the new hedge at the southern-end of Eakring Flash early evening, with a Common Buzzard over Lound Wood.
August 31st
An unusual record today concerned a Barn Owl at Eakring Flash mid-morning, seemingly flushed from the old hedge, it flew over the Sallow scrub and was lost from view. Also there this morning, were a single Spotted Flycatcher, numerous Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and smaller numbers of Willow Warblers.

Visible migrants included 46 Swallow south and south-east, two Sand Martin and a single House Martin.

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