Week commencing Monday 15th November 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 15th November 2021



15th November

Pre-dating the Grizedale releases a Red Kite seen over Rose Hill (NY45I) in 2009 was a nice record,  a Rough-legged Buzzard over Armathwaite (NY54) in 1986 was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1974, a Grey Phalarope was found on flooded fields at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2009 it was the 34th Cumbrian record and the 37th individual bird since 1974, an immature Red-breasted Flycatcher at Dalston in 1986 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, a Richard’s Pipit was found on Walney it remained until 17th November 2003 and it was the 22nd Cumbrian record and at least four Water Pipits were present at Biggar, Walney in 2009.



16th November

An adult Red-breasted Goose was seen between Whitrigg and Cardurnock staying until 2nd December in 2012 it was the 11th Cumbrian record and probably only the fifth individual bird, a Bittern returned to Siddick until at least 20th November in 2005, a Rough-legged Buzzard at Bampton (NY51) in 1988 was the 12th Cumbrian record since 1974, a late Corncrake was found on Walney Island in 2005, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was located at Berrier (NY401296) in 2007, a 2CY male Desert Wheatear was located at Tarn Bay, Eskmeals it remained until 19th November in 2015 it was the second Cumbrian record and a Lapland Bunting on Walney in 2005 was the 35th Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird.



17th November

A flock of four Tundra Bean Geese were seen at Burneside (SD59C) in 2011 heralding the start of the first influx for some years, a Black-throated Diver was seen offshore at  Walney Island in 2012, a Bittern returned to winter at Siddick Pond in 1989, a Great White Egret was seen near the Lancashire border in 2007 at Hale Moss (SD57D) it was the fifth Cumbrian record and a Little Auk was found dead by the roadside at Shap in 2012.


18th November

A Red-crested Pochard duck was found on a lagoon at South Walney NR in 2018 it was the 20th Cumbrian record, a juvenile Black-throated Diver was well watched at Bassenthwaite Lake until 23rd November in 2011, Great White Egrets were represented with one that remained at Bassenthwaite Lake until 24th November in 2011 and another returnee to Kents Bank in 2012, these were  the 19th and 21st Cumbrian records,  a Water Pipit returned to winter in its favoured fields at Biggar, Walney in 2016, a Lapland Bunting was located at South Walney in 1991 it was the 28th Cumbrian record and the 33rd individual bird.



19th November

A drake Green-winged Teal was seen at North Plain Farm until 12th December 2002 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, , a Red-necked Grebe was seen on Coniston Water in 2019, a Little Auk was picked up on a football pitch in Flimby in 2003, it flew off strongly when released on the beach nearby, a Cetti’s Warbler remained at Creephaw Marsh Walney until 29th November 2020 it was the 12th Cumbrian record, a Lapland Bunting at Kents Bank (SD37X) was still present the next day it was part of the 40th Cumbrian record.


20th November

Drake Green-winged Teals were found at Siddick Pond and at Hodbarrow  in 2011 these were the 22nd and 23rd Cumbrian records and the 17th and 18th individual birds, a Bittern returned to Siddick Pond in 2011 for its seventh consecutive winter there, Great Grey Shrikes were seen intermittently in 2004 on Helsington Barrows until 31st December and on Dalton Crags (SD57N) until 7th December 2014.


21st November

A Tundra Bean Goose was with Greylags at Mockerkin Tarn in 2019, the regular drake Green-winged Teal returned to Newbiggin viaduct (SD088943) until 18th December 2004  it was the tenth Cumbrian record and the third individual bird, an adult Yellow-legged Gull found at Halforth in 1997 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Wryneck was found at Boot (NY175012) in 1982 it was still there the next day, a first-winter Barred Warbler photographed at Sandscale Haws in 2018 was the 29th Cumbrian record, a first-winter Rose-coloured Starling was found at New Hutton (SD59K) in 2009 it remained here until 8th January 2010 it was the seventh Cumbrian record since 1991.


                                                                                                       Ronnie Irving

              Secretary CBC Records Panel

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