Week commencing Monday 10th August 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 10th August 2020


10th August

A Pectoral Sandpiper found at Port Carlisle remained until 12th August in 1994 was the 14th Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was located on the River Esk at Newbiggin viaduct (SD09X) in 2013, a ‘churring’ Nightjar was present on a southern moss in 2006, a juvenile Woodchat Shrike was found at Eskmeals in 1997 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Melodious Warbler caught and ringed at South Walney in 1980 becomes the sixth Cumbrian record.


11th August

Honey Buzzards were present at an undisclosed breeding site from 23rd May until this date in 2017, three Hobbies, one a possible juvenile frequented Foulshaw Moss in 2011, and other Hobbies on this date were a first-summer at Foulshaw Moss in 2015 and singles at South Walney in 2015 and an adult at High Blaithwaite (NY24H) in 2016.


12th August

A ‘rasping’ Corncrake was calling at Aikbank (NY24) in 2002, a Spotted Crake at Scaleby Moss (NY46) until 26th August then three on 27th August in 1981 these were the first records for many years, a Common Crane frequented the Solway between Salt Cotes and Calvo Marsh (NY15) from 5th July in 1992 until this day, this was the eighth Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull that turned up at Sandside in 2003 was a different bird to the one found on 2nd August 2003 and Hobbies were seen at Tindale in 2010 and at Whinfell Tarn in 2014.


13th August

A ‘rasping’ Corncrake was heard at Sellafield in 1989, a Red-necked Phalarope remained on the Duddon estuary until 15th August in 1980, this was the 23rd Cumbrian record and the 24th individual bird and immature Hobbies were seen near Walney Island golf course in 1995 and at Drumburgh in 2014.


14th August

A Cattle Egret was seen flying up the River Kent at Sandside in 2019, this became the 13th Cumbrian record and the 15th individual, it is interesting to note that this was the tenth Cumbrian record this century perhaps occurring more often because a few pairs are now breeding in the country; a first-summer American Golden Plover was found at Anthorn it remained until 4th October in 2005, it was the third Cumbrian record, a second-winter Laughing Gull at High Foulshaw in 1984 was considered to be a continuation of the first Cumbrian record found on 27th May 1984, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was found at Sandside in 1998, in 2016 Hobbies were seen at Rogersceugh (NY25E) and Carlisle airport (NY46F), a pair of Golden Orioles took up residence at Wet Sleddale on 8th  July in 1965 and remained until this day in 1965 this was the 16th Cumbrian record and a first-winter Barred Warbler found in the Willow Woods, North Walney in 1992 was the 21st Cumbrian record.


15th August

A Night Heron found on the River Esk at Netherby in 1958 was the eighth Cumbrian record, Honey Buzzards were present at an undisclosed site from 4th June in 2015 until this date, a Long-tailed Skua flew past Walney Island in 2003 , an unfortunate  Wryneck was found dead in Smardale in 2004, records of Hobbies were widespread coming from Killington reservoir in 1993, Foulshaw Moss in 2007, Glasson Moss in 2009 and Lakeside, Windermere (NY38T) in 2016 and a Ring-necked Parakeet frequented Vickerstown, Walney in 2015.


16th August

A Balearic Shearwater seen offshore from Biggar Bank, Walney in 2004 was the ninth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, a Black-necked Grebe at Hodbarrow, remained until the next day in 2008 a Honey Buzzard flew over Foulshaw Moss in 2014, Hobbies were seen at Sandybottoms, Kendal in 2002, Leasgill (SD48X) in 2012, and Thacka Beck, Penrith in 2015 and a male Golden Oriole was located at Borrowdale, Keswick in 1966.

Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel