Week commencing Monday 20th July 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 20th July 2020


20th July

An immature Night Heron discovered at Watercrook, Kendal on 1st June in 1987 remained until this day in 1987 it was the 13th Cumbrian record, Hobbies were seen at Campfield Marsh in 2002, on Wedholme Flow in 2010 and on the airfield at Kirkbride in 2015 and what proved to be the fifth Cetti’s Warbler for Cumbria was seen in the observatory garden at South Walney in 2019.


21st July

A Spoonbill found at South Walney in 1970 was the 11th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, a Spotted Crake seen well at South Walney in 1985 was the fourth Cumbrian record since 1981 and Hobbies were seen on Talkin Fell in 2010 and at Tindale in 2013.


22nd July

An immature Night Heron found at Dalton-in-Furness on 15th June in 1987 was last seen on this day in 1987 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, a male Ring-necked Parakeet seemed at home at Sizergh Castle in 1993 and female/immature Golden Orioles were found on this day in 1990 at Killington Reservoir and on the Kent estuary at Meathop Crags (SD47J), two birds or one?


23rd July

Unfortunately there are no records in my archive for this date


24th July

A Balearic Shearwater seen offshore at St Bees Head in 1993 was only the fifth Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill was seen at South Walney in 2010 it was the 54th Cumbrian record and the 68th individual bird, an unseasonal second calendar year Iceland Gull turned up at Brampton in 1985 and a Hobby was seen in Geltsdale in 2011.


25th July

A Black-necked Grebe was found at Fisher Tarn in 2013, a Honey Buzzard flew west at Southwaite (NY44M) in 2009, three Avocets were found on the south coast at Newbiggin (SD26U) in 2015, two of which had been ringed as chicks at Seal Sands, Teesmouth on 24th May 2015, adult and third-summer Yellow-legged Gulls were found at Anthorn in 2004, the adult remained until 1st August and the third-summer until the 27th August, these were the 17th and 18th Cumbrian records, two Hobbies were seen at Kirkby Thore in 2010 with an adult Hobby at Foulshaw Moss in 2011 and the Common Rosefinch found at Waterside (NY24) on 15th June in 1996, the fourth Cumbrian record, was last seen on this day in 1996.


26th July

A Cattle Egret at South Walney in 1964 was only the second Cumbrian record, a juvenile Stone Curlew on the Irt estuary at Ravenglass in 2003 was the eighth Cumbrian record and an Alpine Swift at Thwaite Flats, Barrow-in-Furness in 1970 was only the third Cumbrian record, the first record was of a bird at Egremont on the 4th July 1842, its gone!

Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel