Eakring Bird news
August 2009
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
August 1st
An excellent start to the month, with a Red Kite low over Eakring Flash, before drifting off south-west at 06:43h this morning. A trickle of Swallows moved through, 29 House Martin and over 120 Swift all went south. Still good numbers of warblers at Eakring Flash.
August 6th
Another Red Kite this morning, seen at tree top height over Tug Bridge Farm for 15 minutes from 09:55h, before circling, gaining height and then drifted slowly south-west towards Duke's Wood.
August 8th
Quite a productive visit to the area this morning, with year ticks in the form of Green Sandpiper south-west over Eakring Flash at 08:37h and a juvenile Whinchat at Penny Pasture Common. A trickle of Swallows were moving south all morning and a Tree Pipit, was briefly at Eakring Flash, before itself continuing south. Still at least two Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler present at Eakring Flash.
August 9th
The first Yellow-legged Gull of the Autumn, was in fields near Tug Bridge Farm, with around 250 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
August 10th
Single Hobby through Eakring Meadows early morning today, with four Common Buzzards over Lound Wood (per Robin Brace)
August 13th
A good start to the morning with a Wheatear at Eakring Flash on arrival on site today, soon followed by the first Greenshank since 2006 at 06:35h, moving high west over Lound Wood. Amazingly, after an absence on the Eakring year list for three years, two other birds flew into the small pool at Penny Pasture Common, before they circled over Eakring Field Farm, then moved off east at 08:15h.

A second visit during the early afternoon provided a Hobby between Eakring and Tug Bridge Farm and a huge count of 1 200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in fields around Eakring Flash.

August 19th
Very quiet with little sign of any migration, apart from a good record of a Tree Pipit at Penny Pasture Common.
August 23rd
Two Hobby were over Leyfields Farm early morning before one flew to Eakring village, where it eventually took a hirundine. Three Yellow Wagtail and a single Tree Pipit flew south and there was a steady trickle of Swallows south and a group of seven Sand Martin west. Still at least one Reed Warbler at Eakring Flash.
August 27th
Despite seemingly ideal conditions to instigate some southward movement this morning, the only birds noted moving were three groups of Swallow, totalling ten birds north and a Hobby west.

There is obviously some migration taking place currently though, with a female/immature Redstart found in the Hawthorns at Penny Pasture Common, but the real highlight of the morning were two Ring Ouzels briefly feeding on berries in a Mountain Ash, near Knessall. The birds flew into dense cover and were lost from view.

August 29th
Generally very quiet this morning, although three Hobby were in, or went through the area today. Still very small numbers of common migrants moving through, but a Lesser Whitethroat was in the pastures area, near Eakring Flash.
August 30th
Remaining quiet again. The first few Meadow Pipits (13) of the Autumn and six Sand Martin went south and a female Wheatear was at Penny Pasture Common. A Teal at Eakring Flash was the first of the the Autumn. Still two juvenile Reed Warbler at Eakring Flash.
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