Eakring Bird news
March 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
March 7th
Two Goosander, four Teal and two Shelduck were on Eakring Flash this morning.
March 11th
The regular two Goosander left Eakring Flash south-west early morning. Otherwise the area was again quiet. Two Jack Snipe were still at Penny Pasture Common, single Common Buzzards were at Lound Wood and Eakring Meadows. Odd migrants over included a Grey Wagtail north-west.
March 12th
A Curlew eventually flew north-east, after circling over Eakring Flash at 09:40am. The Water Rail was seen for the first time in a while, when it flew into the Bulrushes near the inflow pipe. Two Shelduck also there this morning.
March 14th
Very quiet again this morning in a visit to Eakring Flash. The Water Rail was seen very briefly again and 13 Common Gulls were in fields at Leyfields.
March 16th
Four Goosander were on Eakring Flash this morning, with five Teal there. No sign of any Jack Snipe at Penny Pasture Common, but large numbers of Fieldfare and Starling at Tug Bridge Farm today, with approximately 689 Fieldfare and around 350 Starling there.
March 18th
Two Goosander and two Shelduck were on Eakring Flash today, but the highlight was a female Merlin seen flying east through the pastures area at 08:40am. 29 Redwing were also getting around the pastures area.
March 19th
A male Common Crossbill flew east over Eakring Flash at 09:17am this morning, representing only the area's seventh record.

On Eakring Flash there were five Goosander (including three drakes) two Pochard, five Teal and nine Coot, five of which had arrived overnight.

Other sightings today included a Common Buzzard at Tug Bridge Farm, where the large numbers of Fieldfare and Starlings remained but very distant. Three Tree Sparrows also there, with others including two in the pastures area.

March 21st
A flock of 31 Whooper Swans flew west over Eakring village at 07:30am this morning, representing only the fifth record for the area. Aside from a single Autumn record in 1998, all other records have come around mid-March and include the following records; 15 moving west over Eakring Flash March 22nd 1998, three moving north-east over Kersall village March 13th 2000 and 30 moving north-west over Eakring village March 18th 2001.

Also in the area today were a minimum of 97 Common Gulls (a new record count) in fields at Leyfields. It seemed as though there was probably some gull movement this morning, as alot of the Common Gulls were coming in from the south. A few Black-headed Gulls were also noted moving high north. At Eakring Flash, two Goosander again and visible migration was more evident with a small number of Meadow Pipits trickling through north-west.

March 22nd
Three Common Buzzards were over Penny Pasture Common early afternoon and at Eakring Flash, two Shelduck present.
March 23rd
Very quiet this morning, although the Water Rail was seen out on the ice, before flying into cover at the southern-end of Eakring Flash. Two Shelduck and five Teal also there this morning.
March 25th
Very quiet this morning, but signs of increased migration with 70 Meadow Pipit and 82 Wood Pigeon through north-west, seven Golden Plover went west and numbers of gulls included various species obviously departing high north-east.
March 26th
Two Goosander at Eakring Flash this morning, with three Redwing along the old hedge and 150+ Fieldfare in the Church Hill area.
March 28th
Very quiet in the windy conditions this afternoon, with the only thing of note being the first Little Grebe returning to Eakring Flash and single Pochard and Shelduck there.
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