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Friday, 31 October 2014

Monthly Reports

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  • September 2014
    Monday, 1 September 2014 to Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    Highlights: A Common Crane was found at Barton Fell near Brampton (7th) a juvenile Nightjar was trapped and ringed in an Allonby garden (10th).

    Esk/Irt/Mite complex: The Esk hosted three Little Egrets, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, three Black-tailed Godwits and two Greenshank. The long-staying Hooded Crow was seen again on the Irt.

  • August 2014
    Friday, 1 August 2014 to Sunday, 31 August 2014
    Highlights: The first-summer Glossy Ibis remained in residence on the River Bela just south of Milnthorpe (to 3rd) while a Great White Egret seen briefly at Longtown (3rd) was followed by another that visited several sites around the Kent Estuary (22nd-26th). A Sooty Shearwater was reported off Parton (11th) and a highly unseasonable adult Iceland Gull appeared at Mockerkin Tarn (22nd).
  • July 2014
    Tuesday, 1 July 2014 to Thursday, 31 July 2014
    The first-summer Glossy Ibis remained in residence on the River Bela just south of Milnthorpe all month, relocating briefly to Ulpha Meadows (6th). A Great White Egret flew down the Kent Estuary past New Barns Bay (21st).
  • June 2014
    Sunday, 1 June 2014 to Monday, 30 June 2014
    Highlights: A first-summer Glossy Ibis lingered obligingly on the River Bela just south of Milnthorpe (from 17th), relocating briefly to Ulpha Meadows (30th).
  • May 2014
    Thursday, 1 May 2014 to Saturday, 31 May 2014

    Highlights: A White-winged Black Tern that flew east past Walney Island (25th) was the first in the county since 2001. A Great White Egret was found on the Duddon Estuary at Askam-on-Furness (28th).

    Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys’ incubation of their three eggs continued smoothly with the first egg hatching (30th).

  • April 2014
    Tuesday, 1 April 2014 to Wednesday, 30 April 2014

    Highlights: The adult Black Brant continued to associate with dark-bellied Brent Geese at Roa Island (to 1st).

    Bassenthwaite Lake: The male Osprey was already present at the nest site when the webcam was switched on (3rd) and was soon joined by last year’s female. The first egg was laid (23rd) and incubation continued smoothly.

  • March 2014
    Saturday, 1 March 2014 to Monday, 31 March 2014

    Highlights: A Common Crane flew east over Walney Island (30th). The adult Black Brant continued to associate with dark-bellied Brent Geese at Roa Island all month.

    Furness: The Foulney/Rampside Brent Goose flock numbered 60 dark and 26 light-bellied. An early White Wagtail appeared at Newbiggin (5th).

  • February 2014
    Saturday, 1 February 2014 to Friday, 28 February 2014
    Highlights: A drake American Wigeon at Haverigg (22nd-25th) was the first in the county since 2006 while a drake Green-winged Teal was found at Ravenstown near Flookburgh (20th), a new site for the species. The adult Black Brant continued to associate with dark-bellied Brent Geese at Roa Island and occasionally straying to nearby Walney Island. An unseasonable first-winter Sabine’s Gull was reported from Bowness-on-Solway (13th).
  • January 2014
    Wednesday, 1 January 2014 to Friday, 31 January 2014
    Highlights: A drake Green-winged Teal was found on flooded fields near Lindal-in-Furness (1st). The adult Black Brant continued to associate with dark-bellied Brent Geese at Roa Island and nearby Walney while the Todd’s Canada Goose was relocated with the Barnacle Geese on the Inner Solway at Cardurnock (5th). A Great White Egret made a brief appearance at Whitrigg (15th) and an unseasonable juvenile Sabine’s Gull appeared off Nethertown (11th).
  • December 2013
    Sunday, 1 December 2013 to Tuesday, 31 December 2013
    Highlights: The adult Black Brant continued to associate with dark-bellied Brent Geese at Roa Island and nearby Walney while a Todd’s Canada Goose was found with the Barnacle Geese on the Inner Solway, initially on Skinburness Marsh (20th) before relocating to Cardurnock (28th-29th). A Great White Egret turned up briefly in the far south of the county near Hale (4th). A Black Guillemot on Talkin Tarn (20th-22nd) was a truly exceptional inland record, probably the first in the county.

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