Eakring Bird news
January 2011
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
January 2nd
Three Waxwing were in Eakring village this morning, in trees near the main entrance to the Powergen offices. The whole of the Eakring village and Eakring Flash area seemed full of Fieldfare today, with some birds going south and south-west throughout most of the morning. At least 280 were at Eakring Flash briefly and 54 flew south.

Other birds through included a trickle of 18 Sky Lark north, 18 Linnet north-west, two Song Thrush north and a single Siskin north.

A large skien of c230 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Red Hill at 10:25h and a Pochard was on Eakring Flash. 34 Herring Gull and 45 Great Black-backed Gull flew south-west, with 36 Black-headed Gull west.

January 10th
Male Peregrine over the Red Hill area early afternoon today, before drifting off west. Still very good counts of Fieldfare at two sites in the area, with 280 at Eakring Flash and 500 in fields at Church Hill. Three Pochard were at Eakring Flash.
January 14th
An increase in the number of wildfowl at Eakring Flash this morning, with a count of 120 Mallard, seven Pochard and three Tufted Duck.
January 19th
A drake Goosander was at Eakring Flash late morning/early afternoon, till it flew off west. Among the good numbers of Mallard were the first returning Gadwall of the year and 13 Teal. A Common Buzzard was at Red Hill.
January 20th
A Shelduck at Eakring Flash was the first of the year. Still good numbers of Fieldfare in the Eakring Flash area this afternoon, with a minimum of 400 birds.
January 29th
A quiet morning, interrupted only by two skiens of Pink-footed Geese west, with 127 at 09:30 and 278 west at 10:10h. New species for the year were a single Common Snipe at Eakring Meadows and a Marsh Tit at Hare Hill Wood. Ten Herring Gull north were the only gulls noted today and a group of seven Bullfinch at Eakring Meadows, was probably the largest single group here.
January 30th
Another good cross-country movement of Pink-footed Geese (768 total) early this morning, with skiens of approximately 464 west at 08:48h, 260 west at 08:53h and 44 west at 08:55h. Good numbers of Fieldfare in the Eakring village area again today, and birds moving east included a single flock of 48 Siskin, 36 Redwing and eight Fieldfare. A single Greenfinch flew high north.
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