Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 12th July 2021
A Red-crested Pochard duck that lingered at Arnside until 15th July in 2005 was considered to be an escape from the nearby duck pond at Grange-over-Sands on the other side of the estuary, a Cory’s Shearwater seen offshore at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2001 was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 15th individual bird, an adult Night Heron was photographed on the River Kent near Natland in 2020, it was the 19th Cumbrian record and only the second one this century, an adult Corncrake with three juveniles seen near Abbeytown in 1990 was strongly suggestive of successful breeding, a lucky individual had a flyover Bee-eater over Arnside Knott (SD47) in 1996 and a Hobby hunted over Caldbeck Common in 2014.
The drake Ring-necked Duck first found on the River Kent in Kendal in 1992 visited most of the local reservoirs and tarns in that time, also it was seen on Killington Reservoir from 3rd May in 1995 remaining until this date, an adult Yellow-legged Gull located at Sandside in 2001 was approximately the 14th Cumbrian record, Hobbies were seen at Foulshaw Moss in 2011, in Geltsdale until 14th July in 2014 and at Bowness-on-Solway and Ambleside in 2015, an adult Rose-coloured Starling seen by a lucky observer at Low Fell End, Whitbarrow in 2002 was the fourth Cumbrian record since 1991 and a singing male Spanish Sparrow at Waterside (NY24) in 1996, was the first Cumbrian record and only the sixth British record it caused a major national twitch that was without precedent, it remained until 13th December 1998.
A Turtle Dove located at Dubbs Moss in 1990 was the fourth of five records that year, they are much scarcer now, two Bee-eaters flying over Wetheral railway station in 2015 were probably part of the group that nested nearby in a sand quarry at Brampton this constituted the 11th Cumbrian record and an immature Hobby was seen at Cowpren Point, Flookburgh in 1991.
The drake Ring-necked Duck mentioned earlier in Kendal appeared on Killington Reservoir where it was present from 19th April in 1994 remaining until this date, an adult Spoonbill seen earlier at South Walney was seen on Foulney Island in 1993 it was the 24th Cumbrian record, a first-summer Ring-billed Gull found at Ormsgill Reservoir remained until 17th July in 1992, it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a family group of three juvenile Corncrakes seen near Isel Bridge (NY13) until 19th July suggested successful breeding in 1987, the usual adult Yellow-legged Gull returned to Arnside for its 13th autumn remaining until 6th November in 1999, Hobbies were noted with one on Talkin Fell in 2006 and two frequenting the Foulshaw Moss and Ulpha Meadows area in 2015.
An adult Common Crane on the Irt Estuary near Drigg (SD09) until 24th July in 2002 was the 15th Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull returned to Arnside for its 11th autumn remaining until 8th November in 1997, an adult Roseate Tern was seen at Hodbarrow in 2019, a ‘churring’ Nightjar was heard on one of the northern mosses and a Hobby appeared in Geltsdale in 2016.
Adult Spoonbills were located at South Walney in 1996 and on Rockcliffe Marsh in 2011 these were the 29th and 57th Cumbrian records, a Pectoral Sandpiper on the River Eden at Rockcliffe remained until 20th July in 1990, it was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, a Red Kite was found at Kirkby Lonsdale in 1985, this preceded the Grizedale releases, an adult White-winged Black Tern was located on Cavendish Dock, Barrow in 1994, this was the fourth Cumbrian record and the fifth individual bird, Hobbies were found at Midgeholme (NY65) in 2002 and at Black Dyke Moss, Arnside lingering until 20th July in 2002.
An offshore Sooty Shearwater flew past Biggar Bank in 1979, it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, an adult Caspian Tern that remained at Siddick Pond until 20th July in 1999 was the third Cumbrian record, a Black-necked Grebe was located offshore at Skinburness in 2001, a Hobby was found at Drumburgh in 2006 and a Corn Bunting at Wiggon Rigg (NY35B) in 2002 was the last known bird until the most recent bird turned up at Walney in 2018.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel