Eakring Bird news
January 2009
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
January 2nd
One Jack Snipe and 11 Common Snipe in the Eakring Meadows area this morning ( per Robin Brace and Tony Wardell )
January 3rd
At least three Water Rail were calling at Eakring Flash on and off all morning. A single Lesser Redpoll flew south and Common Buzzards were near Eakring Flash and in fields opposite Eakring Field Farm. 43 Fieldfare were at Tug Bridge Farm.
January 4th
No sign of any Water Rails at Eakring Flash this morning, but a drake Goosander flew around Eakring Flash before heading off east. 32 Lapwing and 34 Golden Plover were around the Red Hill area and three Lesser Redpoll were at Eakring Meadows.
January 8th
Still typically quiet around the area this afternoon, but at least one Water Rail was calling along the western-side of Eakring Flash.
January 10th
Two Shelduck back at Eakring Flash today, with three Teal and two Common Snipe there.

A single Lesser Redpoll flew north-west, but all other movement involved good site counts of 165 Herring Gull and 75 Great Black-backed Gull south and south-west. Both species were also noted moving in the same direction at other sites visited today.

There was also a large increase in Golden Plover (128) and Lapwing (227) in the Red Hill area this morning, whilst a flock of 35 Sky Lark were at Eakring Flash.

January 18th
Generally still very quiet around the area, but four Jack Snipe and 16 Common Snipe were on Penny Pasture Common. Elsewhere, 260 Fieldfare were at Leyfields, with another 19 at Eakring Field Farm, ten Teal were at Eakring Flash with seven at Penny Pasture Common.
January 22nd
Three Goosander (a male and two females) were on Eakring Flash early afternoon, with a Common Buzzard in nearby fields.
January 23rd
Still two female Goosander present at Eakring Flash this afternoon.
January 24th
Male and female Goosander at Eakring Flash late morning briefly, before flying off east.
January 29th
Three Goosander (a male and two females) were again on Eakring Flash this morning. 15 Teal there was a decent count going on recent years, with these birds relocating to Penny Pasture Common. Just a single Jack Snipe at Penny Pasture Common today, with only three Common Snipe present.
January 30th
At least four different Goosander present on Eakring Flash today, with three female types there in the morning and a male and female present mid-afternoon. Still one Jack Snipe and three Common Snipe at Eakring Meadows, with 80 Fieldfare and a Common Buzzard there. Another Common Buzzard was near Eakring Flash ( per Robin Brace )
January 31st
Four Goosander were present on Eakring Flash early morning today, with the one male and three females obviously accounting for the the different male/female ratios over the past few days. Two skiens of Pink-footed Geese flew west, with 61 over Eakring Flash at 08:15h, followed by a further 20 at 08:25h. Two adult Whooper Swan also flew low west over Eakring Flash at 08:45h.
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