Week commencing Monday 15th February 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

 For week commencing Monday 15th February 2021


15th February


A Tundra Bean Goose was seen with Pink-footed Geese at Walby (NY433596) in 2017 it was the first Cumbrian record since the influx of 2011/2012, a White Stork was seen at Brough (NY71X) in 2009 it was the 26th Cumbrian record, Bittern records included one which was found dead at Dearham in 1971 and one seen flying north at Parton in 2002.


16th February


An adult Red-breasted Goose was seen at Easton (NY25U) it remained until the next day in 2008, it was the eighth Cumbrian record, a Tundra Bean Goose found at Askam-in-Furness remained until the next day in 1992 it was the first Cumbrian record of the 90’s, a Cattle Egret was found at Grinsdale (NY35U) it remained until 21st February 2008 and was the fourth Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull seen at Ulpha in 1998  was probably the same bird seen nearby at Halforth on 10th and 12th February and was the 49th Cumbrian record, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Sizergh Castle in 1993, a Crested Tit seen at Derwent Water in 1954 was the first Cumbrian record, a Lapland Bunting found on Crossfell (NY63) in 2001 was the 31st Cumbrian record.


17th February


Three Black-necked Grebes remained on Bassenthwaite Lake until 24th February 2002, when four birds were seen and the first-winter Iceland Gull first seen at Moss Bay, Workington on 18th January re-appeared there on this day in 1997.


18th February


A second Tundra Bean Goose different to the Whitrigg bird first seen on 8th February 2007 relocated to Anthorn on this day it was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1992, a drake Green-winged Teal frequented Campfield Marsh until 20th March 2011 it was the 20th Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was seen on Foulney in 2014.


19th February


A Black-throated Diver was seen offshore at Nethertown in 2014, a Bittern was seen at Mere Tarn in 2014,  first-winter Iceland Gull found in Workington harbour in 1997 was approximately the 45th Cumbrian record, a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Haverthwaite in 2002 and three Shore Larks first seen at South Walney on 8th January 1977 were last seen on this day, these constituted the 14th Cumbrian record and the 15th to 17th individual birds.


20th February


A drake Green-winged Teal found on a seasonal pond at Ravenstown (SD37M) in 2014 was the 27th Cumbrian record and probably the same bird as that found nearby on 1st January 2014 at Lindal-in-Furness, the first-winter drake Lesser Scaup first found on Talkin Tarn on 18th January 2003 was last seen on this day, a Bittern was seen on Bassenthwaite Marsh in 1985.


21st February


Great Grey Shrikes were found at Long Moss (NY55) in 1998 and at Dalton Crags (SD57N) in 2009 these were the second and 17th Cumbrian records since 1994.

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