Eakring Bird news
October 2008
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
October 2nd
Four Chiffchaff in the area this morning, with two at both Eakring Flash and Penny Pasture Common. The area's latest ever Lesser Whitethroat was also at Eakring Flash with two Blackcap. A 2cy Yellow-legged Gull was in fields at Church Hill, with several Lesser Black-backed Gulls and the first Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull of the Autumn were at Church Hill and Eakring Field Farm respectively.
October 4th
The only bird of any note this afternoon was a Chiffchaff with a tit flock at Eakring Flash.
October 5th
Still quiet, but an early afternoon visit saw a group of seven Common Crossbill flying north over Eakring Flash at 13:50h, coming from the direction of Eakring village. Still one Chiffchaff at Eakring Flash and six Common Buzzards noted in the area this afternoon.
October 8th
Five Common Buzzards were over Penny Pasture Common mid-afternoon.
October 9th
Visible migration increased this morning, but the clear blue sky made locating birds quite difficult. Mainly finches moving, but the first Starlings through and a scattering of Redwing at Eakring Flash and Eakring Meadows. Totals for the morning included 41 Meadow Pipit,14 Pied Wagtail, 90 Linnet (with one group of 36) all south and south-east.

38 Chaffinch flew west and north-west, with other birds going through including five Tree Sparrow south-east, 18 Sky Lark south-east and south-west, two Grey Wagtail south, ten Lesser Redpoll south and south-west, 202 Starling west and a group of nine Herring Gull south-west.

A 1st Winter Stonechat was at the southern-end of Eakring Flash briefly, with three Common Snipe there. Seven Common Snipe were also at Penny Pasture Common, with an early Jack Snipe present. A Common Buzzard was again in the Eakring Field Farm area.

October 11th
Quiet in the area this morning, although an unusually large number of gulls at Eakring Flash included several Herring Gull and both adult and a 3rd calendar year Yellow-legged Gulls. Little moving overhead today, but there was some light Chaffinch movement west and 24 Lesser Redpoll around the southern-end of Eakring Flash.
October 16th
The morning was all about visible migration again, with a range of species' moving through. Best and most interesting of the morning's counts were 450 Redwing south-west, 71 Chaffinch (mostly west) four Common Crossbill south at 07:45h, an exceptional 12 Reed Bunting west, four Fieldfare south-west, 43 Sky Lark west and south-west and three Tree Sparrow south and a late Swallow south-east.

A skein of approximately 72 Pink-footed Geese very high south-east over Eakring Flash at 08:45h, were surprisingly the first of the year.

A pale juvenile Common Buzzard was in fields at Eakring Field Farm and the first influx of Great Black-backed Gulls through the area today, with 27 moving south-west.

October 18th
Good numbers of both Fieldfare and Redwing moving through this morning, with 1 146 Fieldfare and 1 107 Redwing moving west and south-west, almost at ground level in an increasing breeze till around 10:00h when all movements stopped. Also Chaffinches on the move this morning, with a record single day count of 120 moving through west. All other migrants were noted in small numbers.

Around the area today were an adult male Peregrine at Park Farm and Hare Hill Wood, whilst still one Jack Snipe with nine Common Snipe at Eakring Meadows. A Little Grebe on Eakring Flash was a rare site record.

October 19th
Quiet around the area this morning. Visible migration was typically much reduced following a good arrival yesterday, with today's totals including 284 Fieldfare, 104 Redwing south-west, 193 Starling west and 68 Chaffinch moving west, but some birds also going south.
October 30th
After a very quiet spell, there was some decent visible migration this morning, with totals of 1 090 Starling 119 Chaffinch, 318 Fieldfare and 324 Redwing (including one Redwing flock of 200 birds) west and 2 254 Wood Pigeon south initially, but then most flocks started to move through west. A single Brambling also went west.

Other sightings were two skiens of Pink-footed Geese, with 33 west at 08:25h, then another flock of approximately 78 north-west at 09:43h and a pair of Wigeon flew west a few minutes later. A Water Rail was at the southern-end of Eakring Flash and 33 Golden Plover were around the area this morning.

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