Week commencing Monday 16th August 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 16th August 2021


16th August

A Balearic Shearwater was seen offshore from Biggar Bank, Walney in 2004 it was the ninth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, a Black-necked Grebe at Hodbarrow, remained until the next day in 2008 a Honey Buzzard flew over Foulshaw Moss in 2014, Hobbies were seen at Sandybottoms, Kendal in 2002, Leasgill (SD48X) in 2012, and Thacka Beck, Penrith in 2015 and a male Golden Oriole was located at Borrowdale, Keswick in 1966 was the 15th Cumbrian record.


17th August

An adult Black-winged Pratincole found at Grune Point in 2000 lingered until 3rd September, it was the second Cumbrian record, a juvenile Woodchat Shrike turned up on Foulney Island in 1997 was the fifth Cumbrian record and a Barred Warbler caught and ringed at South Walney in 1980 was the sixth record for Cumbria.


18th August

Two Bitterns seen in the reedbed at Whinfell Tarn in 1974 was the second record there that year, a Temminck’s Stint found at Anthorn in 1988 was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, a Hobby was seen at Foulshaw Moss in 2016, Melodious Warblers were found at South Walney in 1970 and 1983 these were the fifth and tenth  Cumbrian records and an Icterine Warbler found at South Walney in 1990 was the fifth Cumbrian record.


19th August

Two Sooty Shearwaters seen off South Walney in 1989 constituted the 24th Cumbrian record they were the 40th & 41st individual birds, an adult Pacific Golden Plover found at Anthorn stayed until 24th August in 2008, it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the fifth individual bird, a Spoonbill remained on the Kent estuary from 6th August in 1976 and was last seen on this day,it was the 13th Cumbrian record, a Collared/Black-winged Pratincole on the Leven estuary in 1973 was the second Cumbrian record, adult Yellow-legged Gulls were found at Sandside in 1999 and loafing on the sands at the Newbiggin viaduct (SD09X) in 2007 these were the 11th and 24th Cumbrian records, a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 2012 was the 17th Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird and was also the most recent record and an Icterine Warbler at South Walney in 1983 was the second Cumbrian record.


20th August

A Cory’s Shearwater off South Walney in 1985 was seventh Cumbrian record and the ninth individual bird, a Lesser Yellowlegs near Barrow-in-Furness in 1971 (K. Brown) was the first and only Cumbrian record, and Hobbies  were seen at Drumburgh and Warwick Bridge in 2013.


21st August

A Balearic Shearwater seen off Walney Island in 2005 was the tenth Cumbrian record and the 11th individual bird, two Black-necked Grebes were seen on Talkin Tarn in 2009, becoming increasingly scarcer these constituted the 16th Cumbrian record and the 20th and 21st individuals of the new century, an adult Sabine’s Gull was offshore at Selker in 1988 it was the eighth Cumbrian record, a Hobby was seen at Bowston (SD59D) in 2012 and a first-winter Barred Warbler found at Siddick Pond in 1977 was the fourth Cumbrian record.


22nd August

An adult Sabine’s Gull seen off Workington in 2020 was the 36th Cumbrian record, a Golden Eagle hunted over the Glenderaterra valley (NY22) in 1993, a Wryneck was seen on Hutton Roof (SD57U) in 2011  it was the fourth Cumbrian record this century, a Hobby was seen at Wetheral in 2012 and a juvenile/first-winter Citrine Wagtail at South Walney in 2015 was the long overdue first Cumbrian record.



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Secretary CBC Records Panel