Eakring Bird news
October 2006
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
October 3rd
A report of a late Chiffchaff at Eakring Meadows and a Common Buzzard in the Eakring Flash area today (per NBW website)
October 5th
A small westerly movement of Lapwing this morning before the rain, with 76 over Eakring Flash. 19 Golden Plover also headed in the same direction.
October 7th
52 Greylag Geese was a record area count, with birds commuting from Rufford CP to the nearby Bilsthorpe Pit Top. 42 Lapwing went west this morning and a Common Buzzard remains in the Lound Wood area.
October 8th
Nothing rare again this morning, but a steady passage of passerines, mostly finches and unusually good numbers of Yellowhammer (33 south-west) a total that beats all other single day counts. Other totals included 130 Linnet, 92 Meadow Pipit, 40 Greenfinch, 44 Chaffinch, four late Swallow and three Tree Sparrow. A few Lapwing continue to be noted daily moving west, with 29 through today. A single Common Buzzard was in the Lound Wood/Eakring Flash area.
October 11th
For visible migration enthusiasts, this morning offered a tantalising glimpse of what (hopefully) can be expected with counts including 514 Starling west, 218 Redwing south and south-west and 102 Meadow Pipit south-east.

Finches are still moving through in good numbers, with 42 Linnet, 40 Chaffinch, 24 Greenfinch, 29 Goldfinch, single Redpoll and Siskin all mostly south or south-west and eight Tree Sparrow. Snipe included three moving east and eight west. Late Summer migrants through were a single Swallow and three House Martin south.

There were few birds on the ground this morning, but two Water Rail were at Eakring Flash and the Common Buzzard was again around Lound Wood.

October 14th
Misty conditions meant that there were few birds moving this morning, but there had been an obvious arrival of Blackbirds at Eakring Flash, with around 12 (all 1st Winter birds) along the old hedge. An elusive Brambling was new for the year, frequenting the old hedge and set-aside fields west of the flash. Both Water Rails were still present at Eakring Flash again.
October 22nd
A skien of 73 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Eakring Flash at 12:25h. A single Common Buzzard was in the Lound Wood area and there are increasing numbers of finches and buntings getting in and around the set-aside fields at Eakring Flash.
October 26th
A huge movement of Redwing through the area this morning, with a record total of 4 540 moving mostly low south-west, but with some flocks also heading south in what were (for most of the time) extremely windy conditions.

They were conditions which do not usually provide such numbers, but Redwings and a few Fieldfares poured through. After only half an hour's observations, the total had reached over 1 500 Redwing and with most flocks containing over 100+ birds, the count rose.

Only much smaller numbers of other species battled against the wind. The few Fieldfare going through, eventually led to a final count of 83 south-west and single Bramblings went both south-west and east over Eakring Flash.

Also in the area this morning were a Common Buzzard at Lound Wood and 13 Common Snipe at Penny Pasture Common and Eakring Meadows (per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell)

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