Week commencing Monday 14th June 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 14th June 2021



14th June

A Corncrake at Moresby (NX92) from 1st June remained until this day in 1976, a Hudsonian Whimbrel found on Walney remained until 19th August in 2007 it was later removed as a species and sub-species from the British List (Ibis:160:238) but at the time it was the first Cumbrian record, a Red-necked Phalarope found on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1981 was the 25th Cumbrian record, a Caspian Tern found at Killington Reservoir remained overnight, also visiting nearby  Fisher Tarn on the 15th June 1989 it was the first county record, Roseate Terns were seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1990 and on Foulney Island in 1991, an adult Honey Buzzard was seen on Meathop Moss in 2020, a female Golden Oriole was seen at Grune Point in 1981 it was the 20th Cumbrian record, the second Cumbrian record of a Nightingale was of a bird found at South Walney in 1986 and a singing Blyth’s Reed Warbler at Siddick Pond which remained overnight in 2017 was a Cumbrian first.


15th June

An immature Night Heron remained at Dalton-in-Furness until 22nd July in 1987 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, a Common Crane first seen in April/May frequented North Plain Farm and was seen intermittently until 12th September in 2002 was the 13th Cumbrian record, a Greenish Warbler was trapped and ringed at South Walney in 1997 it was the third Cumbrian record,  adult Rose-coloured Starlings were seen at Beckfoot in 2000, in 2020 at Broughton-in-Furness staying until 17th June and at Whale near Shap remaining overnight, these were the first and 15th & 16th Cumbrian records this century and a Common Rosefinch singing at Waterside until 25th July in 1996 was the fourth Cumbrian record.


16th June

The Lesser Scaup that toured North Cumbria in 2003 was last noted at Longtown Ponds and remains the only Cumbrian record of this species to date, Spoonbills that stayed overnight were found at South Walney in 1996 and at Campfield Marsh in 2002, these were the 28th and 38th Cumbrian records,  a sub-adult Honey Buzzard was seen on Meathop Moss in 1992, Corncrakes were present in the Winster valley at Hartbarrow (SD49) in 1980 and at Upper Dentdale (SD78) from 1st June until this day in 1990,a Hoopoe was seen at South Walney in 2020 it stayed overnight and was the 19th Cumbrian record this century, a male Golden Oriole frequented Seatoller Bridge until 18th June in 1980 it was the 19th Cumbrian record and the male ‘Channel’ Wagtail was last seen at Heversham Moss on this date in 2007 it was the second Cumbrian occurrence of this hybrid.


17th June

A Glossy Ibis frequented the River Bela at Milnthorpe until 3rd August in 2014 it was the 11th Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill located at South Walney in 2011 was the 58th Cumbrian record, a Corncrake remained at Sedbergh until 29th June in 1984, an Alpine Swift at Grange-over-Sands in 1957 was the 2nd Cumbrian record, the first was shot at Low Mill House, Egremont on the 4th July 1842, a Red-backed Shrike was found at Allonby in 1974 it was the first Cumbrian record since 1969, a female/immature Golden Oriole was found at Bardsea in 1988 it was the 27th Cumbrian record, a Hooded Crow was found at St Bees Head in 2019, a Booted Warbler trapped and ringed at South Walney in 1992 remains the only county record, a Melodious Warbler found at South Walney in 1984 was the 12th Cumbrian record, an immature Common Rosefinch at South Walney in 1992 was only the third Cumbrian record and a White-throated Sparrow at South Walney in 1965 remains the sole Cumbrian record, it was at that time the third British record.


18th June

A Turtle Dove seen in a Rampside Garden in 2020 stayed overnight it was the 12th Cumbrian record this century, a Purple Heron at North Plain Farm in 2001 was the second and latest county record, the first was at Alston c.1850, Roseate Terns were found at Hodbarrow in 2006 and in 2018, the third and seventh Cumbrian records this century, a Hoopoe remained at Hesket Newmarket until 20th June in 2018 it was the 18th Cumbrian record this century, a male Golden Oriole was found at Armathwaite from 22nd May until this date in 1990 it was the 28th Cumbrian record and an adult Rose-coloured Starling remained at Great Clifton until 2nd July in 2005, it was the fourth Cumbrian record this century.



19th June

A Roseate Tern found at Hodbarrow RSPB in 2020 was the ninth Cumbrian record of the century,  Turtle Doves were found in the Duddon valley (SD47) in 1991 and at Pooley Bridge (NY42) in 2005 and a Rose-coloured Starling at Thursby (NY35) in 2002 was the second Cumbrian record since 1991.


20th June

A Corncrake found near Carlisle airport (NY46) remained until 7th July in 1982, an adult Whiskered Tern found at Siddick Pond in 2007 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Hoopoe seen near Ulpha (SD48) in 1993 was the second Cumbrian record of the 1990’s and a ‘Channel’ Wagtail remained on Heversham Moss until 27th June in 2006 it was the first Cumbrian record of this hybrid.


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Secretary CBC Records Panel