Eakring Bird news
May 2009
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
May 2nd
An extremely quiet morning, with very little in the way of visible migration and seemingly no new warblers arriving overnight. The male Wheatear was surprisingly still at Tug Bridge Farm and the male Grasshopper Warbler again reeling at Penny Pasture Common.
May 7th
The first Swifts of the year noted moving through this morning, going through in small groups of 1-4 birds. A few Swallows and Sand Martins also continue to move north-west. The male Wheatear continues it's lengthy stay (now 11 days) at Tug Bridge Farm, but is still extremely unapproachable.
May 9th
There was a small arrival of birds into the area this morning, with a male Cuckoo calling at Eakring Flash (the first here since 2007) and two Hobby chasing a Swift before moving off north. A small arrival of warblers throughout the area, included the first Garden Warbler of the year singing at Tug Bridge Farm.
May 10th
Very quiet this morning, with small numbers of both Swifts and Swallows moving north and north-west respectively. A Peregrine flying south-east was the surprising highlight.
May 14th
Gloomy and overcast conditions, coupled with a light north-easterly breeze produced two Whimbrel north over Eakring Flash at 06:33h and then a Common Tern north at 07:00h. These were both promising signs of perhaps more of the same later, but a second visit to the area in the afternoon only produced an adult male Peregrine east over Eakring Flash. Early in the morning, there was a steady passage of small numbers of both Swallows and Swifts, but this ended abruptly at around 08:00h and there appeared to be no further movement in the afternoon.
May 22nd
After a very quiet week, the first Reed Warbler returned to Eakring Flash today and a Common Buzzard was over Lound Wood.
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