Eakring Bird news
May 2010
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
May 1st
Quite a good morning, with a male Whinchat along hedgerows west of Eakring Flash and a distant Cuckoo that called twice in the Red Hill area, the best birds. There was another arrival of warblers with a male Grasshopper Warbler at Eakring Flash, three Lesser Whitethroat and single Willow Warbler and Blackcap.

Visible migration consisted of 17 Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail north-west, with small numbers of House Martin, Sand Martin and Swift also through. From mid-morning onwards, some notable Common Buzzard passage ensued, with a group of five north, followed soon after by a group of three, then two singles.

May 2nd
On an otherwise very quiet morning, the third Marsh Harrier of the Spring (an immature male) flew north at 07:15h. The male Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Eakring Flash, where the pair of Teal remain. The only sing of visible migration, was a trickle of Swallows north-west and six Swift north and west.
May 8th
Long periods of nothing were interspersed with occasional birds moving through. Highlight was a record site count of 28 Whimbrel high north-east over Eakring Flash at 08:26h, with the flock just below the cloud base. A quick phone call proved that there was an impressive movement of Whimbrel at or over many Midlands waters this morning. Also through Eakring Flash were a Hobby at 06:20h and an Oystercatcher north-west at 07:05h. A Garden Warbler at Eakring Flash was the first of the year and other new warblers included two Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat.
May 23rd
Following weeks of absolutely nothing, the first Turtle Dove and Reed Warbler of the Spring were back in territories this morning. The Spring migration this year, has been about the shortest I can remember, with the general feeling being of late June, rather than late May.
May 26th
A Red Kite has been present in the area for several days at least, most often recorded over the western side of Eakring village and last seen today (per D. and M. Worthington)
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