Eakring Bird news
February 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
February 2nd
Three Goosander were at Eakring Flash this morning, including two males and a female. Other ducks there included five Teal and a pair of Shelduck, whilst still five Redpoll at Eakring Flash briefly and a Kingfisher.
February 5th
A male Goosander was briefly at Eakring Flash this morning, with nine Teal and a Common Buzzard in that area. By far a new record count was the 200 Herring Gull in the area today (with a scattering of both Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A few Common Gulls and around 100 Black-headed Gulls were also present. No sign of any Jack Snipe at Penny Pasture Common/Eakring Meadows, but seven Snipe and another Common Buzzard there (per Robin Brace)
February 6th
A quick visit to the Eakring Flash area early afternoon, saw a pair of Goosander, ten Gadwall and five Teal present. Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood and the five Redpoll were along The Beck.
February 9th
Three Goosander, eleven Gadwall and six Teal were at Eakring Flash this morning.

A large Fieldfare flock, consisting of around 400 birds were in fields south of Kersall village.

A walk around the Kersall and Hare Hill Wood area today, produced a single Marsh Tit in with 20+ Long-tailed Tits and two Common Buzzards.

Right :- This female Goosander was one of three birds at Eakring Flash this morning.

February 12th
A late afternoon visit to Eakring Flash produced 37 Pied Wagtail appearing to come into roost there.
February 18th
A single Jack Snipe and 24 Common Snipe were around Penny Pasture Common/Eakring Meadows this morning, with a Common Buzzard again in the Eakring Flash area (per Robin Brace)
February 23rd
Four (including three drake) Goosander, were at Eakring Flash this morning. Good numbers of Sky Lark and a few Meadow Pipit and Fieldfare were in adjacent fields.
February 25th
Three Jack Snipe were around the small pool at Penny Pasture Common this morning, with 25 Common Snipe in the marshy areas of Eakring Meadows.

A predictable increase in the number of Meadow Pipits in fields adjacent to Eakring Flash, with 24 birds present today. Another sign of early Spring migration, was the Coal Tit moving north through Eakring Flash this morning.

Eakring Flash was generall quiet for wildfowl (apart from a single female Pochard) but a Water Rail was heard calling briefly from bulrushes along the western-edge of the flash.

February 26th
Quiet in the area this morning, but a minimum of 48 Meadow Pipits in fields around Eakring Flash, with c300 Starling at Leyfields, suggesting a pre-migration build-up. Good numbers of Common Gulls counted in that area, with 43 birds present today. Two Shelduck were on Eakring Flash, along with a single Teal and the five Lesser Redpoll were again in the rough vegetation there.
February 28th
Three Jack Snipe and 28 Common Snipe were at both Penny Pasture Common around Eakring Meadows (per Tony Wardell and Robin Brace)
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