Week commencing Monday 18th October 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 18th October 2021

 

18th October

Spoonbills were represented with one that remained on Rockcliffe Marsh until 21st October in 1989, and a juvenile found on Tummerhill Marsh, Walney in 2008 these were the 18th and 45th Cumbrian records and the 27th and 58th individual birds,  this was a good day for Grey Phalaropes with one found on the upper Kent Estuary in 1984 remaining until 21st October, one on Walney Island in 1987, a juvenile at Bowness-on-Solway remaining until 21st October in 1989, these were the 7th, 10th and 14th Cumbrian records since 1974, a Hobby was seen at North Walney in 1985, a Great Grey Shrike found in Mardale, Riggindale (NY41K) in 2010 was the 21st Cumbrian record since 1994, Yellow-browed Warblers were found at South Walney with two in 1985 and one at Siddick Pond in 1990, these were the seventh and tenth Cumbrian records and the seventh, eighth and eleventh individuals, a Richard’s Pipit at South Walney in 1990 (WBO) was the 16th Cumbrian record, a Tawny Pipit at South Walney in 1980 was the first Cumbrian record, male Lapland Buntings were found at Silecroft in 1969 and at South Walney in 1989 remaining until 21st October these were the seventh and 21st Cumbrian records and the seventh and 22nd individual birds.

 

19th October

A Spoonbill on the Esk estuary at Ravenglass in 2008 was probably the same bird as the one seen at Walney on 18th October, it was the 46th Cumbrian record and the 45th individual bird, two Bitterns had returned to winter at Siddick Pond in 2015, a Great White Egret was seen on floodwater at Carr Bank (SD47U) in 2009 it was approximately the 12th Cumbrian record and one of three birds that wintered into 2010,  a Red Kite was seen at Garrigill (NY74K) in 2007, it was the 34th documented Cumbrian record since 1969 pre-dating the Grizedale releases, single  Yellow-browed Warblers were found at Siddick Pond in 1988 and at Waverton in 2015 remaining until 21st October these were the ninth and 50th Cumbrian records and the tenth  and the 56th  individual birds.

 

20th October

A drake Red-crested Pochard on Cavendish Dock in 1970 was the third Cumbrian record since 1937, a Bittern remained at Siddick Pond until 7th November in 1988, a juvenile Night Heron at Dalston  until 21st October in 1990 was the 15th Cumbrian record, Cattle Egrets favoured this day with one at Crosby-on-Eden in 2008 and as many as three which were recorded in the Arnside area in 2017 remaining until 1st January 2018  these constituted the sixth and ninth Cumbrian records and the fifth and ninth to 11th  individual birds, two Great White Egrets were seen together at Grune Point in 2017 the 44th Cumbrian record, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua seen off Workington in 2008 was the 40th Cumbrian record and the 111th individual bird since 1976, a Wryneck was found at South Walney in 1983, the 14th Cumbrian record in ten years, single Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Longtown in 1979 and at Tarnflatt Farm, St Bees Head until 25th October 2013 these were the third and 38th Cumbrian records and the third and 41st individual birds, Richard’s Pipits were seen at North Scales, Walney in 1990 staying until 21st October and at Hilpsford Point, Walney in 2007 staying until 23rd October these were the 17th    and 25th Cumbrian records.

 

21st October

A drake Green-winged Teal at Siddick Pond in 2007 was possibly the same as the  Campfield bird that visited from 2007 until 2009 it was approximately the 15th Cumbrian record, the Brothers Water drake Ferruginous Duck returned on this day in 1989 for its second winter remaining until 19th March 1990 it was the second Cumbrian record, a Bittern was located at Siddick Pond in 1990 remaining until 8th February in 1991, a Pectoral Sandpiper was located near Brigsteer in 2011, it remained until 27th October 2011 and was the 26th Cumbrian record and the 25th individual bird, a Grey Phalarope at Snab Point, Walney in 2010 was still present the next day, it was the 35th Cumbrian record since 1974 and the 37th individual bird, single Yellow-browed Warblers were found at Bowness CWT Reserve in 2003 and at Rickerby Park, Carlisle in 2013, these were the 23rd and 39th Cumbrian records and the 25th and 42nd  individual birds, a Firecrest was located at Parton in 1999, a Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1988 was the tenth Cumbrian record and the 12th individual bird, at South Walney  Richard’s Pipits were seen in 1993 and flying over the observatory garden in 2016 and were the 18th and 26th Cumbrian records respectively.

 

22nd October

A Great White Egret at Campfield remained until 26th October in 2016, a Bittern at Siddick Pond on this day in 1990 wintered until 24th February 1991, a Rough-legged Buzzard at Tindale (NY65) in 1985 was the fourth Cumbrian record of the 80’s, a Grey Phalarope at Hipsford Point, Walney in 2004 was the 26th Cumbrian record and the 29th individual bird since 1974, a Nutcracker was found at Fallbarrow Park, Bowness-on-Windermere in 1978 this was the first Cumbrian record, a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Walney in 1994 was the 17th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird, a Firecrest at South Walney remained until 23rd Otober in 1999 and another Firecrest was found at Armathwaite in 2007, Lapland Buntings were represented with a singles that remained at South Walney until 7th November in 1990 and again on Walney in 2010, these were the 24th and 39th Cumbrian records and the 29th and 42nd individual birds.

 

23rd October

A drake Ferruginous Duck stayed overnight at Longtown Ponds in 1987, it was the first Cumbrian record, a Rough-legged Buzzard at Fellfoot, Kentmere in 1989 was the 15th Cumbrian record since 1974, an adult Grey Phalarope was on Cavendish Dock until 26th October in 1989 was the 15th Cumbrian record since 1974, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua at South Walney in 2012 was the 50th Cumbrian record and approximately the 330th individual bird since 1976, a late Hobby was at Whitehaven in 1982, a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Walney in 2010 (C. Raven) was the 32nd Cumbrian record and the 34th individual bird, a first-winter Barred Warbler stayed overnight at South Walney in 1988 was the 15th Cumbrian record, a Lapland Bunting at South Walney until 5th November in 1987 was the 17th Cumbrian record.

Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel

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