Eakring Bird news
May 2012
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
May 1st
There was little in the way of visible migration this morning, with a strong north-easterly hampering any movement, but hirundines were arriving at Eakring Flash throughout. A Common Tern was at Eakring Flash at 08:40h was the highlight, before continuing north-east and was the first here since 2009.

Still nine Wheatear in the area this morning, with seven (four males and three females) at Leyfields, with a male and a female remaining at Penny Pasture Common.

The male Ring Ouzel was again at Leyfields, favouring the bottom of it's usual hedgerow along The Beck and difficult to see most of the time and the Cuckoo was heard just twice. Two pairs of Little Grebe now on Eakring Flash, the first time there has been that number for well over a decade.

May 2nd
The male Ring Ouzel still present for its 5th day this morning. Some new Wheatear arrived, with four (three females and a male) of the Greenland race at Penny Pasture Common and nine (five females and four males) at Leyfields. The Cuckoo was heard to call just once in the Leyfields area all morning and 12 Fieldfare were at Penny Pasture Common. An increase in the number of hirundines moving through north at Eakring Flash, with 11 Swift north and north-west.
May 3rd
Much quieter this morning generally, but the male Ring Ouzel was still at Leyfields, where just four Wheatear (a male and three females) remain. A Whimbrel flew north over Eakring Flash at 07:25h, but otherwise there was very little obvious migration this morning, in the breezy conditions. Warblers continue to arrive and move through, with the first Garden Warbler singing near Kersall.
May 4th
More Wheatears arrived early morning today, with six males and five females at Leyfields and two males and two females at Penny Pasture Common. Of the 15 bird total, 11 were new arrivals and of those checked, the four Penny Pasture Common birds were all of the larger (and nearly always more confiding) Greenland race. Typical of many Wheatear 'fresh in' here, they rest crouched down before starting to feed, as is shown in the photograph of one of this morning's latest batch of birds at Leyfield Farm. But on immediate arrival they often alight at the top of hedges, trees, telegraph poles or electricity pylons, before descending to the ground to feed.

The male Ring Ouzel was still frequenting its favoured stretch of hedgerow at Leyfields this morning, with a late Fieldfare there.

Visible migration was unexpectedly poor, given that there was little breeze this morning. 20 Goldfinch and just 14 Swallow north and north-west, were the best of the morning's counts.Warblers moving through included three Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler north through Eakring Flash.

May 5th
The male Ring Ouzel again at Leyfields Farm and present now for just over a week. In the same general area, still five male and three female Wheatear (including at least one Greenland race bird) and two more Greenland Wheatear at Penny Pasture Common. It remains quiet on the visible migration front, but four new Lesser Whitethroat in today and 47 Swallow, four Swift and four Yellow Wagtail north.
May 6th
A fine night prompted most of the Wheatear present over the last few days to leave, but there were still two males and a female at Leyfields Farm and a male Greenland Wheatear at Penny Pasture Common. Surprisingly, the male Ring Ouzel didn't depart overnight and was again along its favoured hedgerow at Leyfields Farm. There was virtually no visible migration, but several warblers were noted moving through Eakring Flash and a few new Whitethroats arrived. An Arctic Tern was the morning's highlight, flying north-east over Eakring Flash at 08:25h.
May 7th
Still two male Wheatear at Leyfields Farm this morning, but no sign of the Ring Ouzel. (per Robin Brace)
May 10th
Very quiet across the area this morning in windy conditions, but a Tree Pipit went north-west and a Reed Warbler was back at Eakring Flash, with Garden Warbler there.
May 17th
Generally very quiet across the area this morning, with little moving through. Two Reed Warbler (pair) now at Eakring Flash and two new male Sedge Warbler also singing in territories. A male Turtle Dove was at the southern end of Eakring Flash and a Hobby flew extremly high north-west.
May 22nd
A White Stork, most likely the wandering bird from near Market Warsop, was noted flying east over Dukes Wood at mid-day. (per Dee Burrows)
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