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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Welcome to the Cumbria Bird Club

August 2014 sightings

Iceland Gull, Mockerkin Tarn, Derek McAlone
Iceland Gull, Mockerkin Tarn, Derek McAlone
Greenshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Greenshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Spotted Redshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Spotted Redshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson

July 2014 sightings

Glossy Ibis, Milnthorpe, Darren Robson
Glossy Ibis, Milnthorpe, Darren Robson
Spotted Redshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Spotted Redshank, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Steve Dutton
Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Steve Dutton

Latest sightings:

28-Sep: Spoonbill Humphrey Head flew low over saltmarsh in evening
28-Sep: Curlew Sandpiper 2 on north enge of Rockcliffe Marsh briefly (98 Black-tailed Godwits, 1400 Pintail)
25-Sep: Brent Goose 13 pale-belloed birds at Walney Island (10 Greenshank, Merlin)
25-Sep: Mediterranean Gull adult at Rampside on saltmarsh-
24-Sep: Curlew Sandpiper at Bowness Railings
23-Sep: Little Stint 2 juvs Bowness Railings (juv Curlew Sandpiper)
23-Sep: Curlew Sandpiper 2 juveniles at Port Carlisle (4 Little Egrets, 2 Black-tailed Godwits)
23-Sep: Mediterranean Gull adult at Bowness-on-Solway just east of viaduct-

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:

'Whinchats at Geltsdale RSPB' and AGM
Fri 3 October 2014 7:30pm

The AGM will be held at Penrith United Reformed Church on Friday 3rd October 2014 at 7.30pm. The business of the AGM is intended to be as brief as possible and will be followed by a talk by Stephen Westerberg on Whinchats.

‘Campfield Marsh’ - Dave Blackledge
Fri 7 November 2014 7:30pm

An update on developments at Campfield Marsh.

'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

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