Eakring Bird news
January 2007
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
January 1st
Good numbers of Fieldfare at several sites across the area this morning, with over 200 in fields at Church Hill alone. Smaller numbers were around Eakring Meadows but there was also some westerly movement which is unusual for the date and totalled 215 birds. Other migrants included four Siskin south.

At Eakring Flash a pair of Shelduck were present briefly and a very early returning Coot was also there. A Jack Snipe (first of the Winter) and ten Common Snipe were at Eakring Meadows, and three Common Buzzards were over Red Hill early morning. A covey of nine Grey Partridge were flushed from set-aside at Eakring Flash.

January 4th
Three Shelduck and a drake Teal were on Eakring Flash this morning, but the area was generally very quiet. A Common Buzzard was over Lound Wood briefly and small numbers of Fieldfare (95) and even smaller numbers of Redwing (seven) flew north-west.
January 11th
An adult Peregrine in the Lound Wood/Leyfields area this morning, seen hunting Wood Pigeon before drifting off east towards Kersall. Three Common Buzzards were also present around Red Hill. Eakring Flash held ten Teal, with now two Coots back on site there.
January 13th
An influx of wildfowl into the area this morning, with 29 Mallard, two Gadwall and a male Tufted Duck at Eakring Flash. Three Teal were at Penny Pasture Common, but around mid-morning, a flock of 32 Teal came into Eakring Flash from the north-west. 173 Pink-footed Geese flew low west over Eakring Flash into a fairly strong headwind and one Jack Snipe and nine Common Snipe are still at Eakring Meadows. Fieldfare included 350 at Eakring Field Farm, 38 at Church Hill and 45 around the Leyfields area.
January 14th
The Peregrine again in the area this morning, with two Common Buzzards over Lound Wood. Just nine Teal at Eakring Flash today and a good area count of 65 Herring Gull went south-west. Plenty of Fieldfare roaming around various sites and notable for the time of year were the 217 moving north-west.
January 23rd
At least 17 Teal were on the pool at Penny Pasture Common this afternoon.
January 25th
Three skiens of Pink-footed Geese flew west through the area between 09:20 and 09:30h this morning. The combined total of 272 represents a good one for a January Eakring record. Good numbers of wildfowl on Eakring Flash today, with a single Shelduck, Gadwall and Pochard, 37 Mallard and seven Teal. Now 11 Coot on site.
January 31st
Two Shelduck, 18 Teal and eight Gadwall were at Eakring Flash this evening.
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