Week commencing Monday 20th December 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 20th December 2021


20th December

A Bittern was found at Nethertown (NY00) in 1988 it remained until 28th December, a Great White Egret was seen on a small tarn near Great Burney (SD261859) on 20th December 2020 and a Richard’s Pipit lingered at South Walney in 1980 until 1st February 1981 it was the eighth Cumbrian record.


21st December

A Bittern was seen at Siddick Pond on this day in 1986, it remained until 27th February 1987 and an adult Iceland Gull was seen at South Walney in 1963, it was the eighth Cumbrian record.


22nd December

A Bittern first found at Siddick Pond on 30th October 2010 was last seen on this day, a first-winter Iceland Gull seen on Flusco refuse tip near Penrith in 1990 wintered until 14th February 1991, it was the 24th Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was seen on the favoured fields on Walney Island on ten dates from 25th October 2014 until this date in 2014.


23rd December

A Bittern was seen on Tindale Tarn in 2012, an adult Ring-billed Gull was found at Rampside in 1984 it was the second Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull on Ullswater in 1990 was presumably the same bird seen at Flusco refuse tip (see above) was the 25th Cumbrian record and up to four Water Pipits were to be seen in the flooded fields at Biggar Bank in 2009.


24th December

A first-winter Barred Warbler was photographed attending a bird table in Kendal in 1990 it was the 19th Cumbrian record and a Richard’s Pipit at Sandscale Haws, still present the next day was the 11th Cumbrian record.


25th December

A Bittern found on Urswick Tarn remained until 31st December 2009, a juvenile Night Heron that stayed overnight at Little Salkeld in 1995 was the 16th  Cumbrian record and a Great Grey Shrike  seen on Thwaites Fell (SD18U) in 2010 was the 23rd Cumbrian record since 1994.


26th December

A Great Snipe shot near Brampton in 1953 was the 13th Cumbrian record.


Ronnie Irving

              Secretary CBC Records Panel

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