Eakring Bird news
July 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
July 3rd
Two drake Ruddy Duck and the first Teal (six) of the Autumn at Eakring Flash. Both male Reed Warblers were singing and showing occasionally, along with at least one female. Good numbers of hirundines over the water, included a minimum of six Sand Martins. Best bird of the visit, was an adult Common Tern which flew south-west over there at 18:50h.
July 11th
The two Ruddy Duck remained at Eakring Flash this afternoon, but otherwise the area seemed quiet.
July 13th
Another very quiet morning, with only the two drake Ruddy Duck at Eakring Flash, the only thing of note.
July 16th
A surprise record this morning were the six Goldeneye present on Eakring Flash till they flew off high north at 06:35h. This was only the second site record, following the two birds of October 27th 2000 and extremely unexpected, given it being the middle of July.

Other birds at Eakring Flash this morning, included three Reed Warbler (including two juveniles) the ever-present male Ruddy Ducks and two Pochard.

A Common Buzzard was the only thing of note at Penny Pasture Common.

July 20th
Fairly quiet this morning, but a Whimbrel south-west at 06:45h and three Curlew west at 08:00 were good site records. Still at least one Reed Warbler present at Eakring Flash.
July 22nd
On another very quiet morning, the only bird of note was an adult Common Tern which arrived at Eakring Flash at 06:55h and remained till 15:00h at least, still present when I left the site. Also good numbers of warblers there this morning, with migrants through including five Yellow Wagtail west.
July 26th
Very quiet in the area again this morning, but a total of 12 Turtle Dove included 11 south-west and a single north-west.
July 28th
An evening visit produced two male Reed Warblers in song at Eakring Flash and a Green Sandpiper was at Eakring Meadows. A pair of Barn Owls have once again bred in the area.
July 29th
A 3rd Summer Yellow-legged Gull was in fields near Eakring Flash this morning with 49 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Good numbers of warblers around the area today, but still very quiet generally. The first returning Snipe of the Autumn was at Penny Pasture Common.
July 30th
A Peregrine in the area briefly this morning, seen over Red Hill before flying off east. At Eakring Flash there were fewer warblers around today, but a singing male Grasshopper Warbler was at the southern-end of the flash. A Green Sandpiper flew west over Eakring Meadows at 09:05 and there was a Common Buzzard there, whilst migrants included two Turtle Dove and 14 Sand Martin west.
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