Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 10th May 2021
Two Spoonbills on the Kent Estuary in 1970 constituted the ninth Cumbrian record, a Whiskered Tern seen off the viaduct at Bowness-on-Solway in 2009 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Long-tailed Skua was seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 2003, five adult Long-tailed Skuas were off Bowness-on-Solway in 2007, one Long-tailed Skua was seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2014, a Hoopoe was at Walney airfield in 1992, this was the first Cumbrian record of the 90’s, a White-spotted Bluethroat was at Loweswater in 1985 it was the second Cumbrian record of this race, a ’Channel’ Wagtail was seen on Heversham Moss in 2007 and a male Red-headed Bunting at South Walney until 17th May in 1991 was classed as an escape from captivity.
A Black-throated Diver was seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 2011, a Black Stork at Skirwith (NY63B) in 2008 was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Black Kite at Hodbarrow in 2016 was the third Cumbrian record, a Long-tailed Skua was seen off Hilpsford Point, Walney in 2011 and a Turtle Dove was at Hincaster (SD58) in 1992.
A Cattle Egret was found at Scotby Holmes (NY4357) in 1987 it was the third Cumbrian record, a Corncrake at Whinfell Park, Penrith in 1987, four Long-tailed Skuas were off Bowness-on-Solway in 1992, a Broad-billed Sandpiper found at Bowness-on-Solway remained until 13th May 2011 it was the third Cumbrian record and a Temminck’s Stint remained at Walby Flash until 13th May 2019 it was the 17th Cumbrian record.
A Spoonbill found at South Walney in 2001 was seen again on 15th and 25th May and it was the 34th Cumbrian record, a Common Crane was seen flying off Wedholme Flow in 2013, it was the 29th Cumbrian record, an adult Spotted Sandpiper held territory at Buttermere remaining until 21st June 2017 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Whiskered Tern seen at Tindale Tarn in 1957 was the first Cumbrian record, seven Long-tailed Skuas were seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 2013, a Water Pipit was located at Barrowmouth, St Bees in 1987 and a female Red-backed Shrike at Blencarn (NY63) in 2002 remained overnight it was the 19th Cumbrian record since 1969.
A Spoonbill was at South Walney in 1998 it was the 32nd Cumbrian record, an Eagle Owl at Roanhead (SD27C) in 2009 was classed as an escape and a Dusky Warbler on Walney in 2016 was the second of only two Cumbrian records.
A Black-necked Grebe was at South Walney in 2000 (WBO), a Honey Buzzard was seen over Milnthorpe in 1997, Long-tailed Skuas were seen off Bowness-on-Solway commencing with a single in 1992, six in 2002 and one in 2010, a Chough was seen near The Old Man of Coniston in 2015 it was the 9th Cumbrian record since 1990, a Red-spotted Bluethroat at Whitehaven in 1985 was the fourth Cumbrian record and only the second of this race, a singing Subalpine Warbler at Backhouse Point (SD239659) remained until 18th May in 2013 it was later ID’d as a Western Subalpine Warbler by Magnus Robb from an audio file, it will be the first Cumbrian record of this recent ‘split’ if approved and a male Two-barred Crossbill appeared at a feeder in Sedbergh on this day remained until 17th May 2000 and it was the second Cumbrian record.
A drake Blue-winged Teal was found at Arthuret Ponds, Longtown on this day it remained until 19th May in 2006 it was the third Cumbrian record, an adult Night Heron was found in the Lyth Valley in 1999 it was the 17th Cumbrian record, ten Long-tailed Skuas were seen flying east off Bowness-on-Solway in 2010, two adult Temminck’s Stints were found at South Walney in 1994 remained overnight and constituted the 14th Cumbrian record and the 16th & 17th individual birds, a Red-backed Shrike was found on North Walney in 1985 and another, a male at Castle Carrock in 1993, remained until 17th May these were the 8th and 14th Cumbrian records since 1969, a Nightingale at Millwood, Barrow-in-Furness in 1972 remained until 19th May, it was the first Cumbrian record.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel