Week commencing Monday 17th August 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 17th August 2020


17th August

Three adult Honey Buzzards frequented the undisclosed breeding site in 2016, an adult Black-winged Pratincole was found at Grune Point it lingered until 3rd September in 2000, it was the second Cumbrian record, a juvenile Woodchat Shrike turned up on Foulney Island in 1997 this was the fifth Cumbrian record and a Barred Warbler at South Walney caught and ringed in 1980 was the sixth Cumbrian record.


18th August

Two Bitterns were seen in the reeds at Whinfell Tarn in 1974 a great find, 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 at South Walney in 1970 and 1983 were the fifth and tenth Cumbria records and 1983 bird was the 11th individual bird and an Icterine Warbler found at South Walney in 1990 was the fifth Cumbrian record.


19th August

Two Sooty Shearwaters were seen offshore at South Walney in 1989 they constitute the 24th Cumbrian record and were the 40th & 41st individual birds, an adult Pacific Golden Plover was found at Anthorn it stayed until 24th August in 2008 and it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the fifth individual bird, a Spoonbill on the Kent estuary found on 6th August in 1976 was last seen on this day, 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 22nd Cumbrian records,  a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 2012 was the 17th Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird and is the most recent record and an Icterine Warbler at South Walney in 1983 was the second Cumbrian record.


20th August

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


21st August

A Balearic Shearwater seen offshore at 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, 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

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 and a great find.


23rd August

An Egyptian Goose loitered at Halforth in 2007, the regular drake Ferruginous Duck returned for its fifth winter at Brothers Water in 1994, two Balearic Shearwaters seen 35 minutes apart from Biggar Bank, Walney in 2008 constituted the 11th Cumbrian record and they were the 12th and 13th individual birds,  Hobbies were seen at Kirkoswald in 2013, Geltsdale in 2013, Kirkbride in 2013 and Duddon Bridge in 2014, a Chough at Arnside in 2008 was the fifth Cumbrian record this century, an Icterine Warbler at South Walney in 1977 was the first Cumbrian record and another at South Walney in 1984 was the third Cumbrian record.

Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel