Week commencing Monday 11th October 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 11th October 2021


11th October 

A Sooty Shearwater offshore at South Walney in 1984 was the 19th Cumbrian record and the 30th individual bird, an immature Spoonbill located on the River Esk at Rockcliffe in 1997 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird, a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a acarce resident was seen at Langwathby (NY53) in 2002, two Cetti’s Warblers were caught and ringed at Watchtree NR in 2020 becoming the 11th Cumbrian record and the 11th and 12th individual birds, an Icterine Warbler at Hodbarrow in 1986 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Firecrest a scarce migrant, was seen on Walney Island in 2002 and a Lapland Bunting on Walney Island in 2010 was the 38th Cumbrian record and the 41st individual bird.


12th October

An immature drake Blue-winged Teal was shot at Ravenglass in 1972 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Black-throated Diver that flew north at Biggar Bank in 2011 was the fourth record of five claims in 2011, this was the only one to be submitted and accepted by the Records Panel, a Great White Egret took up residence in the Humphrey Head – Kents Bank area remaining until 30th November 2010, two Red Kites seen in the Holker (SD37) area in 1997 pre-date the Grizedale releases, single Hobbies were seen at Castle Head Field Centre, Grange-over-Sands in 1982, at South Walney  from 12th to 27th October and what was thought to be the same bird at North Walney on 18th October in 1985 and a ringed male Bearded Tit  at South Walney which was also seen on 18th and 24th October in 2014 originated from Leighton Moss where it had been ringed on 18th June 2014. It was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1978 and the 34th individual bird.


13th October

A Red-crested Pochard duck at Tindal Tarn in 1996 was the 16th Cumbrian record since 1967 and the 18th individual bird, a Great Shearwater off Biggar Bank in 1989 was the seventh Cumbrian record, an immature White-tailed Eagle flew west at Hallbankgate and Tindale in 2011 and was the second Cumbrian record this century, two Common Cranes seen at Halforth in 2002  constituted the 17th Cumbrian record and the 13th and 14th individual birds, an adult White-rumped Sandpiper found at South Walney in 1984 was the second Cumbrian record, two Pallas’s Warblers at South Walney in 1982 constituted the first Cumbrian record and a Yellow-browed Warbler at North Scale Walney in 1992 was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 13th  individual bird.


14th October

The Brothers Water Ferruginous Duck returned for its second winter period in 1990 remaining until 18th March 1991, an adult Hobby was seen at Haverigg (SD17) in 1997, a juvenile Red-backed Shrike was seen on North Walney in 1990 it was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1969, a Cetti’s Warbler caught and ringed at Watchtree N.R. in 2019 was the sixth Cumbrian record, so colonisation progresses, a Yellow-browed Warbler on the Waver estuary in 1920 was the first Cumbrian record, others on this date are singles at Walney Island in 2005 and at Kirksanton Haws in 2014, then two at Haverigg in 2014 and two at South Walney until 16th October in 2014 these were the 24th, 40th to 42nd Cumbrian records and the 26th, 43rd to 47th individual birds, a Firecrest was found at Grune Point in 2002, a juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1974 was the third Cumbrian record, and an  immature male Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1977 was the fourth Cumbrian record and a Richard’s Pipit at at Roudsea in 1988 was the 14th Cumbrian record.


15th October

The juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard found at Sunbiggin Tarn on 19th September 2015 was relocated this day and on 19th October, this was the 12th record this century, a juvenile Greater Yellowlegs moulting to first-winter was at Carr Beds, Rockcliffe remaining until 28th October in 1994 it lingered in the area and was seen here again on 12th and 13th November 1994 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Cream-coloured Courser was shot at Grune Point in 1947 it remains the first and only Cumbrian record to date, a Great Grey Shrike was at Riggindale in 2013 was the 27th Cumbrian record since 1997, a male Bearded Tit at South Walney until 29th October in 2018 was the 9th Cumbrian record since 1978, Yellow-browed Warblers were located at South Walney in 2015 and at Hallgarth, Kendal in 2020, these were 47th and 76th Cumbrian records and the 53rd  and 85th individual birds and a Firecrest was found on North Walney in 2013.


16th October

Yellow-browed Warblers were one found at Whitrigg (NY25I) in 2010, two at South Walney in 2014  and one at Vickerstown Park, Walney in 2015, the 31st, 42nd and 48th Cumbrian records and the 33rd , 47th and 54th individual birds respectively, a Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1986 was the seventh Cumbrian record and the 9th individual bird.


17th October

A Red-crested Pochard duck thought to be a wild bird was at Whinfell Tarn in 2014 it was the 19th Cumbrian record and the 21st individual bird, a Bittern returned to spend the winter at Siddick Pond in 2013, a Cattle Egret at Brampton until 18th in 2008 was the fifth Cumbrian record, the Common Crane that resided in the Campfield area from April to September in 2002 and June to September 2003 was seen again at Campfield on this day in 2003,  a Grey Phalarope that remained on Killington reservoir until 20th October in 1983 was the sixth Cumbrian record since 1974, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull at Bowness-on-Solway in 2011 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 27th individual bird, an immature Long-tailed Skua inland at Killington reservoir in 1991 was an unusual find, it was the 9th Cumbrian record since 1976 and the 10th individual bird, a female / immature Golden Oriole at Grune Point in 1987 was the 28th Cumbrian record and the 28th individual bird, single Yellow-browed Warblers were found at Grune Point in 1981 and at Eskmeals in 1999 these are the fifth and 19th Cumbrian records and the fifth and 21st individual birds, a Firecrest was seen at South Walney in 2016 and a Water Pipit at Tarnhouse Rigg, Geltdsale in 1987 was the 13th Cumbrian record.


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