Eakring Bird news
July 2009
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
July 11th
Despite some visits to the area (mostly during the evenings to listen for Quail) there has been little of any interest. However, this evening provided the Grasshopper Warbler in song at Penny Pasture Common and an adult Turtle Dove north-east over Eakring Flash.
July 18th
Single male Reed Warbler in song at Eakring Flash this morning, the first record for many weeks. Some signs of return migration, with a few Swallow, Sand Martin and Swift through south and west, plus several groups of Black-headed Gull (all adults) through today. A Common Buzzard was at Eakring Meadows.
July 25th
Three Reed Warbler at Eakring Flash this morning, including a pair feeding young. A single Common Crossbill flew north-west at 08:18h and the Grasshopper Warbler was still at Penny Pasture Common.
July 26th
Another very quiet morning generally, in fact, it was far quieter than yesterday. Three Sand Martin flew south and five Swallow went through Eakring Flash, but an unexpected highlight was the Redshank briefly at Eakring Flash before heading west. The male Grasshopper Warbler was again at Penny Pasture Common and still Reed Warblers with young at Eakring Flash.
July 28th
A short afternoon visit to Eakring Flash provided very little, but a single flock of 82 Swift flew south, also single Swallow south and Yellow Wagtail in the area.
July 30th
A good selection of warblers in bushes at the northern-end of Eakring Flash this morning, were a clear indication that birds were moving through. Included in the group were single Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and juvenile Grasshopper Warbler. A Common Tern was heard calling as it flew west at 08:35h, but could'nt be visually located. A Nuthatch was a welcome year tick and three Jay north, were the first movers of the Autumn.
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