Eakring Bird news
September 2009
Featuring news and sightings from Eakring
September 3rd
Very wet and windy conditions early this morning, still saw some hirundine movement through Eakring Flash, with counts of 34 Swallow south and west, 21 House Martin south and a single Sand Martin south.
September 5th
Still quite windy again this morning. A 1st Winter male Wheatear was found in a field between Eakring Flash and Lound Wood. A few hirundines continuing to move though south-west and three Tree Sparrows and a Grey Wagtail also went through, but otherwise little else.
September 12th
Clear blue skies always meant that there would be little visibly on the move this morning, but a Hobby went south and two others were over Eakring Flash. 53 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Lound Wood at 09:15, which are the earliest Autumn birds at Eakring by five days. There were relatively good numbers of Chiffchaff and Whitethroat at Eakring Flash and around Penny Pasture Common, with a single Lesser Whitethroat also at the latter site. A single Snipe was also noted moving west.
September 17th
Remaining extremely quiet in the anti-cyclonic conditions. The only moving birds were 35 Meadow Pipits south-east, while small numbers of Swallows were going north-east and north. Four Golden Plover flew north-east, then seven later flew south-west. Three Hobby were at Lound Wood and at Eakring Flash for much of the morning.
September 20th
Visible migration proved frustrating this morning. Perfect conditions after first light, saw little on the move, but a short-lived Swallow movement coincided with the approaching clear blue sky. The more interesting totals included 125 Swallow, 69 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch all mostly south-east. Eight Pied Wagtails all went (unusually) west and two Grey Wagtail flew south.

Three Hobby were again in the area today and the first Water Rail arrived back at Eakring Flash. A wander along the hedges provided small numbers of warblers, but did include a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler near Eakring Flash. Three Snipe again flew high west.

September 24th
72 Meadow Pipit south and south-east this morning, was the only really notable movement today. The Water Rail was again calling and a late Whitethroat was still at the southern-end of Eakring Flash .
September 26th
Some decent visible migration this morning, although it was never hectic counting. Today was the first of a two day, UK wide visible migration watch, with all resulting counts being entered into a European database. All the counts from this morning include 224 Meadow Pipit, 69 Linnet and 37 Swallow all south, 31 Chaffinch included birds moving low west and also high south-east, nine Greenfinch south and west, 14 Pied Wagtail both west and south-east. Other migrants through were the first two Redwing west over Lound Wood, single Grey Wagtail south, 15 Sky Lark west, two Goldfinch south-west, three Mistle Thrush (one south and two west) and a single Jay south-west over Red Hill. Dunnock are showing signs of dispersal (typical in September) with a group of three moving off high south today. A total of 11 Dunnock have now been noted doing similar so far this month.
September 27th
Little visible migration evident this morning under clear skies, but a Wood Lark flew south-east over Lound Wood at 10:24h. All the area's seven Wood Lark records have come between September 16th and October 26th.

The only warblers found today, were a Blackcap near Eakring Flash and single Chiffchaffs at Eakring Flash, Red Hill and Penny Pasture Common, where there was not surprisingly, no sign of the reported Pied Flycatcher of the 25th. The Water Rail was again at Eakring Flash and seven Teal were on Penny Pasture Common.

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