Eakring Bird news
May 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
May 4th
One Grasshopper Warbler was singing and occasionally showing well Eakring Flash this morning. A Common Tern flew south-east over Eakring Flash at 07:20h and a Cuckoo was at Eakring Meadows before flying off south-east. One Hobby in the area today, seen twice early morning hunting in the Red Hill area.
May 6th
A late evening visit to the area produced single Grasshopper Warbler and a Reed Warbler at Eakring Flash.
May 7th
A Short-eared Owl was at Eakring Flash during the afternoon, watched quartering the set-aside strips before taking cover in one of the willows between 14:45 and 15:00h (per Gary Telford)
May 8th
The first Spotted Flycatcher was at Eakring Flash this evening. Still one Reed Warbler singing at the southern-end, but there remains no breeding Sedge Warblers here yet and only a couple of migrant birds during the course of this Spring.
May 11th
First Turtle Dove of the year in the Oil Bore Holes area of Eakring village this morning, at one of just two regular breeding sites for this increasingly threatened breeding bird.

Two Hobby also around the area today, but very little else of note.

May 12th
A male Whinchat was at Penny Pasture Common this morning. Whinchat is a very difficult Spring species here now, as they have become increasingly scarce over the past few years and the date also fits in well with previous records which show two distinct and short arrival periods from April 22-27th and May 11-14th.

At Eakring Flash, the Reed Warbler still present and new birds there included both Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler (per Robin Brace)

May 13th
A female Whinchat was around the pool at Penny Pasture Common late this evening, where there was no sign of yesterday's male although viewing conditions were very poor.
May 20th
A new species for the area today, when a Great Crested Grebe was on Eakring Flash. Always an expected bird here, but the near nine year wait was'nt quite so expected. It was present from early afternoon till dusk at least. A female Goosander flew low north-west over Eakring Flash at around 19:30h and is a very late Nottinghamshire date and certainly the latest-ever Spring date here.
May 21st
Quiet again this morning, but still some decent Eakring species around.

The Great Crested Grebe was again on Eakring Flash all morning, with a male Ruddy Duck there today.

One Grasshopper Warbler sang occasionally for the first time since late April and was thought to have left the area. Still one male Reed Warbler at the southern-end of Eakring Flash and possibly a female now present.

May 23rd
The Great Crested Grebe and male Ruddy Duck were still at Eakring Flash this evening. The male Grasshopper Warbler was singing well and one new male Reed Warbler had arrived back in territory held last year, with another male still present.
May 25th
The Great Crested Grebe and male Ruddy Duck remained at Eakring Flash, with a Hobby around nearby Lound Wood this morning. Migrants through included three Turtle Dove (two north over Eakring Flash and a single north over Eakring Meadows) and four Swallow (all singles) north-west.
May 27th
Great Crested Grebe and male Ruddy Duck at Eakring Flash late evening, with one Grasshopper Warbler singing and showing occasionally.
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