Eakring Bird news
November 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
November 2nd
Another big movement of thrushes through the area to open the month, with a record count of Fieldfare plus good numbers of Starling. 5 275 Fieldfare flew west and south-west, with two clear waves of birds that appeared to be moving on a broad front.

After just over an hour, the count had reached 1 000, but a massive increase in birds between 08:25h and 08:35h produced a count of just over 1 300. Fieldfare were still going through during the following hour, but the numbers dropped over that time, before another wave of birds began pouring through low. 09:45-10:30h produced another 1 747 Fieldfare, with the final total being 5 275 for the morning.

The movement came as no real surprise given the favourable conditions today. Large numbers of Fieldfare were reported moving through various sites across the UK yesterday afternoon and it seems that more birds arrived overnight via the UK's east coast. Most of the birds moving through this morning were all low and there was evidence by the way the birds were flying, to suggest that some had only just set off soon after first light.

Time   Fieldfare count
07:15-08:25   1 003
08:25-08:35   1 308
08:35-08:45   0 595
08:50-09:45   0 622
09:45-10:30   1 747
  Whilst most Fieldfare flocks contained the odd Redwing, but there were three Redwing flocks that passed through including counts of 70, 30 and 35. Redwing reached a total of 207 west and south-west, but the other big mover today were Starling, with 1 201 west and proabably more to come over the next few days.

Other migrants included 13 Brambling west and 401 Wood Pigeon south-west, but the best bird was the first Dunlin here since 2003, that flew high north-east over Penny Pasture Common at 09:00h. 27 Teal were at Eakring Meadows.

November 4th
Mostly Starlings moving through again today with a total of 1 340 west. 713 Wood Pigeon went south-west and these two species were the dominant movers this morning, although passage was relatively low given the ideal conditions.

Other totals on what eventually proved a quiet morning were 97 Fieldfare south-west and north-west, eight Redwing south-west, 20 Chaffinch west and a Brambling again proved very elusive in the Eakring Flash area. Nine Siskin south-west represents the highest count of the Autumn so far and three Lesser Redpoll were at Eakring Flash briefly. A Common Buzzard was at Lound Wood and unusual were the nine Jackdaw south-west.

Note: Although the area has a good Jackdaw population, birds have never passed through as purposefully as these birds.

November 5th
Little moving through again this morning. Starling totalled 186 west, with 887 Wood Pigeon south-west.
November 8th
19 Teal at Eakring Flash this morning was notable, as were 103 Lapwing in the ploughed field in the Red Hill area. Also there were 15 Golden Plover.
November 16th
The whole area was very quiet. A count of the Yellowhammer flock in the set-aside field at Eakring Flash, revealed a total of 42 birds.
November 18th
Remaining extremely quiet today. Two Common Buzzards were over Lound Wood and there were 45 Sky Lark in the Eakring Flash set-aside, with smaller numbers of Yellowhammer than there were on the 16th.
November 30th
Still very quiet to end the month. Groups of Fieldfare included 68 at Eakring Flash and 200 at Eakring Meadows. 15 Common Snipe were also around the Eakring Meadows reserve (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)
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