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Friday, 30 January 2015

Welcome to the Cumbria Bird Club

December 2014 sightings

Great Northern Diver, Roa Island, Lou Cross
Great Northern Diver, Roa Island, Lou Cross
Whooper Swans, Walby, Roger Ridley
Whooper Swans, Walby, Roger Ridley
Black Redstart, Carlisle Airport, Roger Ridley
Black Redstart, Carlisle Airport, Roger Ridley
Glaucous Gull, Lyth Valley, Ronnie Irving
Glaucous Gull, Lyth Valley, Ronnie Irving
Water Pipit, Roa Island, Lou Cross
Water Pipit, Roa Island, Lou Cross
Black Redstart, Carlisle Airport, Darren Robson
Black Redstart, Carlisle Airport, Darren Robson

Latest sightings:

27-Jan: Tundra Bean Goose at Cargo with Pink-footed Geese though mobile
27-Jan: Snow Bunting 15+ just off path between The Calf and Bram Rigg in Howgills
27-Jan: Great Skua north past Parton at midday
26-Jan: Black Redstart male still Carlisle airport around Vulcan bomber
26-Jan: Snow Bunting 10 Low Borrowbridge at summit of Blease Fell
26-Jan: Spotted Redshank on Duddon Estuary at Millom SD186802
24-Jan: Black Redstart male still Carlisle airport around Vulcan bomber
22-Jan: Snow Bunting 11 on Bleaberry Fell 3mls SSE of Keswick (plus another on High Seat)

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:

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

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

'Our disappearing Swifts' with Tanya and Edmund Hoare
Mon 9 March 2015 7:30pm

Tanya and Edmund Hoare will talk and show video clips of many aspects of behaviour of common Swifts within nest spaces in the eaves of their cottage.

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