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Friday, 28 August 2015

Welcome to the Cumbria Bird Club

June 2015 sightings

Wood Warbler, Paul & Mady
Wood Warbler, Paul & Mady
Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

May 2015 sightings

Red-throated diver, Roger Ridley
Red-throated diver, Roger Ridley
Woodcock by Upper Teesdale U3A
Woodcock by Upper Teesdale U3A

April 2015 sightings

Hoopoe near Dent, Tom Askew
Hoopoe near Dent, Tom Askew
Ring Ouzel, Nick Franklin
Ring Ouzel, Nick Franklin

Latest sightings:

17-Aug: Marsh Harrier seen from "Bee Eater site" - second in recent days
16-Aug: Osprey - chased by 2 Arctic Skuas - estuary off Campfield
16-Aug: Marsh Harrier around Anthorn masts
12-Aug: Marsh Harrier moving NW over Bee Eater site at Brampton
1-Aug: Ad Yellow-legged Gull Whitehaven today
31-Jul: Bee-Eaters breeding at Low Gelt Quarry , Brampton - RSPB have set up watchpoint/car parking etc
19-Jul: Quail - at least one bird calling west of Abbeytown
17-Jul: Mediteranean Gull - 2 adults Silloth 15/7/15

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.

We are sad to announce that Ian Kinley passed away on 26th June 2015. Ian was a founder member and a true stalwart of Cumbria Bird Club. He has always taken on key roles and been a leading light of the club since its inception and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. His funeral was held on Thursday 9th July.

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:

Farming for wildlife at RSPB Haweswater & AGM
Fri 2 October 2015 7:30pm

‘Farming for wildlife at RSPB Haweswater’ - Lee Schofield

The Birds of the Gambia
Fri 6 November 2015 7:30pm

Talk on Birds of the Gambia by Dennis Atherton

Ethiopia - Disappearing Paradise
Wed 6 January 2016 7:15pm

‘Ethiopia - Disappearing Paradise’ - Angus Hogg

More events

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