Week commencing Monday 16th November 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 16th November 2020


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 but probably only the fifth individual bird, a Bittern returned to Siddick staying until at least 20th November in 2005, a Rough-legged Buzzard found 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 (NY42E) in 2007, a 2CY male Desert Wheatear was located at Tarn Bay, Eskmeals in 2015, it remained until 19th November and it was the second Cumbrian record and a Lapland Bunting was on Walney Island in 2005 it was the 35th Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird.


17th November


The start of the first Tundra Bean Goose influx for some years, four rossicus were seen at Burneside (SD59C) in 2011, 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 at Hale Moss (SD57D) near the Lancashire border in 2007 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 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 one that remained at Bassenthwaite Lake until 24th November in 2011 and one that returned 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 Little Auk was picked up on a football pitch in Flimby in 2003, it flew off strongly when released on the nearby beach, 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 in 2011 and at Hodbarrow also 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 on Helsington Barrows until 31st December 2004 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 (SD09X) until 18th December 2004  it was the tenth Cumbrian record and the third individual bird, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was found at Halforth in 1997 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, A Wryneck was found at Boot (NY10Q) in 1982 it was still there the next day, a first-winter Barred Warbler was photographed at Sandscale Haws in 2018 it was the 29th Cumbrian record, a first-winter Rose-coloured Starling was found at New Hutton (SD59K) in 2009 it remained there until 8th January 2010 and it was the seventh Cumbrian record since 1991.


22nd November


A Black-necked Grebe found at Hodbarrow in 1999 remained until the next day it was the 12th Cumbrian record since 1997.



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