Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 19th October 2020
A Spoonbill on the Esk estuary at Ravenglass in 2008 was probably the same bird as the one 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 on floodwater at Carr Bank (SD47U) in 2009, a Red Kite was seen at Garrigill (NY74K) in 2007 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.
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 eleventh individual birds, two Great White Egrets were seen together at Grune Point in 2017, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua was seen off Workington in 2008 it was the 40th Cumbrian record and the 111th individual bird since 1976, a Wryneck was found at South Walney in 1983, 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 Cumbrian 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.
A drake Green-winged Teal at Siddick Pond in 2007 was possibly the same as the Campfield bird from 2007 – 2009, 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 10th Cumbrian record and the 12th individual bird, at South Walney Richard’s Pipits were seen in 1993 and over the observatory garden in 2016 and were the 18th and 26th Cumbrian record respectively.
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 4th 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 it 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 at Armathwaite in 2007, a Lapland Bunting remained at South Walney until 7th November in 1990, it was the 24th Cumbrian record and another Lapland Bunting on Walney in 2010 was the 39th Cumbrian record and the 42nd individual bird.
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 the c.330th individual bird since 1976, a late Hobby was at Whitehaven in 1982, a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Walney in 2010 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.
Five Sooty Shearwaters off South Walney in 1984 constituted the 20th Cumbrian record and the 31st to 35th individuals, a drake Ring-necked Duck on Ullswater until 28th October in 2006 was the 29th Cumbrian record but was possibly only the sixth individual bird, a Great White Egret was at Campfield Marsh until 26th October in 2014, late Hobbies were found at Workington in 2004, and at Campfeld in 2016, the latter was an adult, a Woodlark settled in on the old slag banks at Ulverston remaining until 1st November in 2000 this was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Yellow-browed Warbler at North Scale, Walney in 2008 was the 26th Cumbrian record and 28th individual bird, a first-winter Common (Mealy) Redpoll, a scarce winter visitor, was at South Walney in 2013 it was only the second record of the decade.
A 2CY Richardson’s Cackling Goose was located at Whitrigg (NY25I) it was still present on the next day in 2012 and it was the first Cumbrian record, the juvenile Black Stork that was taken into care and released at Hallbankgate on the 24th October 1985 turned up on this day at South Walney with an adult that left the same day, the juvenile remained until 1st November in 1985 it was the second Cumbrian record and involved the first and second individuals, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on Walney until 29th October in 2003 was the 21st Cumbrian record and the 20th individual bird, a Red-necked Phalarope was found on the Irt estuary in 1983 it was the 28th Cumbrian record and the 29th individual bird, a Grey Phalarope was at Rampside (SD26) in 1992 it was the 21st Cumbrian record since 1974, a late Hobby was seen at Anthorn in 2016, a Firecrest was seen at Waterside in 1999, a Richard’s Pipit at South Walney in 2006 was the 24th Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was recorded at Roa Island on ten dates up to 22nd December in 2014.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel