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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Welcome to the Cumbria Bird Club

November 2014 sightings

Red-eyed Vireo, Walney B.O., Lou Cross
Red-eyed Vireo, Walney B.O., Lou Cross
Snow Bunting, Silecoft, Andrew Cockcroft
Snow Bunting, Silecoft, Andrew Cockcroft
Barnacle Geese, Anthorn, Roger Ridley
Barnacle Geese, Anthorn, Roger Ridley
Black Redstart, Carlisle airport, Roger Ridley
Black Redstart, Carlisle airport, Roger Ridley
Purple Sandpiper, Workington, Steve Dutton
Purple Sandpiper, Workington, Steve Dutton

October 2014 sightings

Linnet, Port Carlisle, Roger Ridley
Linnet, Port Carlisle, Roger Ridley

Latest sightings:

19-Dec: Glaucous Gull juv again SW of Kendal & W of Brigsteer in Lyth Valley at sheep carcass by minor road to Toll Bar Cottage at 09.50
19-Dec: Mediterranean Gull 2nd-winter by A689 opposite Carlisle airport
18-Dec: Glaucous Gull juv again SW of Kendal & W of Brigsteer in Lyth Valley at sheep carcass by minor road to Toll Bar Cottage
17-Dec: Glaucous Gull juv SW of Kendal & W of Brigsteer in Lyth Valley by minor road to Toll Bar Cottage at 12.50 then flew west
16-Dec: White-fronted Goose 18 reported flying up Kent Estuary over Arnside viaduct at dusk
16-Dec: Black Redstart male still Carlisle airport around Vulcan bomber
15-Dec: Marsh Harrier juv/1st-winter Foulshaw Moss
15-Dec: Black Redstart male still Carlisle airport around Vulcan bomber

More latest sightings

See also the Walney Bird Observatory blog.

Cumbria is an excellent county for bird watching: the Lake District, superb coasts and estuaries, woods and fast-flowing rivers, up to Pennine moors. Here are some ideas on where to watch birds in Cumbria.
 • Don't forget to check the tide times and weather.

Survey opportunities this spring: CBC Cumbria Rookeries survey and BTO National Heronries Census

The Cumbria Bird Club runs events throughout the year, conducts important survey work and produces annual bird reports. We are working on a new county avifauna based on the BTO Bird Atlas survey. Please report any sightings you've made; we'd encourage you to help out with any on-going surveys in the county.

Do join the club and receive regular CBC Newsletters by email. Our who's who lists the council members and other useful contacts for Cumbria. Do contact us for more information.

Next events:

'Through the Lens' - Keith Kirk
Wed 7 January 2015 7:15pm

The joint meeting CNHS/CBC will be on Wednesday 7th January 2015 in the lecture hall at Tullie House at 7:15pm

Winter Bird Race 2015
Sun 11 January 2015 8:00am

A race to gain the greatest number of species of wild birds within the borders of Cumbria county between early morning and 5pm.

Northumbrian County Atlas 2007 - 2011
Fri 6 February 2015 7:30pm

A fascinating preview of the results of Northumbrian Atlas fieldwork by Tim Dean.

More events

October 2013: The Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society has put online the Lancashire and North Merseyside bird atlas surveys 2007-2011.

Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria annual County Natural History Report Where to watch birds in Cumbria The Breeding Birds of Cumbria: a tetrad atlas

St Bees Head - Cumbria's major cliff nesting seabird colony
St Bees Head Seabird monitoring plots