Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 20th September 2021
A pair of Red-crested Pochards at Tindale Tarn until 26th September in 2005, were considered to be escapes, the duck remained there until 22nd March 2006 visiting nearby Talkin Tarn from 17th February to 19th March 2006, Sooty Shearwaters were seen offshore at St Bees Head in 1975 and South Walney in 1990, these constituted the third and 25th Cumbrian records and the seventh and 42nd individual birds, a Great Shearwater offshore at South Walney in 1982 was the third Cumbrian record, a Great White Egret on Flookburgh Marsh (SD37S) was the ninth Cumbrian record and eighth individual bird, before moving nearby to the Humphrey Head/Kents Bank area where it remained until 19th November 2009 becoming the tenth Cumbrian record but still the eighth individual bird, a Red-necked Phalarope at Sandscale (SD17X) in 1954 was the fifth Cumbrian record and the first since 1892, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull at Workington in 2004 was present next day with an adult, constituting the 18th and 19th Cumbrian records and the 17th and 18th individual birds and another juvenile Sabine’s Gull off Walney Island in 2004 was the 20th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird, an adult Long-tailed Skua at Siddick Pond in 1988 hardly warranted a mention in the Bird Report for that year athough it was the fifth Cumbrian record since 1976, the year of the Burneside juvenile!, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua off Workington in 2004 was the tenth Cumbrian record this century and the 17th individual bird.
A female Red-crested Pochard on Talkin Tarn remained until 27th September in 1996 it turned up nearby at Tindale Tarn on 13th October 1996 and it was the 16th Cumbrian record and the 20th individual bird, an immature Black Stork that was found in the Eden valley in 1985 was taken into care by the RSPCA and released at Hallbankgate on 24th October 1985, this was the first Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill at South Walney in 1997 was the 30th Cumbrian record and the 37th individual bird, a Honey-buzzard at South Walney in 2003 was the third September record from South Walney, recorded in 1985, 2000 & 2003, a Rough-legged Buzzard in Eskdale in 1979 was the fourth Cumbrian record since one at Haweswater on 1st April 1974, always a scarce bird a Corncrake was noted at Tindale Tarn in 1989, an adult Hobby was found on Walney Island in 2003 and a juvenile was at Kirkhead, Kents Bank (SD37X) in 2008, a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Walney in 1994 was one of five records from Furness in that year involving five birds, a Melodious Warbler was seen in the central marsh at South Walney in 2020 it was the 18th Cumbrian record and a first-winter Barred Warbler seen at South Walney in 1989 was the 18th Cumbrian record.
The drake Ferruginous Duck re-appeared at Brothers Water for its second winter in 1991 it remained until 28th March 1992, the adult American Golden Plover first found at Port Carlisle on 18th September 2012 relocated to Drumburgh on this day, it remained until 24th September 2012 and it was the fifth Cumbrian record, a juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher at Port Carlisle stayed overnight in 2005 it was the fifth Cumbrian record and the sixth individual bird, a juvenile Stilt Sandpiper at Campfield Marsh (NY16V) remained until 1st October 2008 remains the only Cumbrian record to date, a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was a popular find at Leece Tarn (SD26P) remaining until 28th September in 2005 it was the 35th Cumbrian record, a juvenile Grey Phalarope was seen in Tarn Bay, Bootle in 1990 although not annual it was the 16th Cumbrian record since 1974, an immature Sabine’s Gull at Humphrey Head in 1990 was the tenth Cumbrian record, an immature Long-tailed Skua offshore at Bowness-on-Solway in 1991 was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1976, an adult Hobby was at Killington reservoir in 1990, two Yellow-browed Warblers were located at South Walney in 1994 these constituted the 15th Cumbrian record and the 16th and 17th individuals and a Little Bunting at South Walney in 1965 was the second Cumbrian record.
A juvenile Black-throated Diver at Talkin Tarn remained until 24th September in 2019, a Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at Walney Island in 2005 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 49th individual bird, a Bittern was seen at Esthwaite Water in 1975, a Honey-buzzard was seen at South Walney in 2000, a Grey Phalarope at Haverigg in 1989 was the 13th record since 1974, an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Halforth in 1997 was the fourth Cumbrian record, immature Hobbies were seen at Rampside in 1996 and at Birds Park, Kendal in 2016, a female/immature Golden Oriole at Walney Island stayed overnight in 2005 it was the 34th Cumbrian record and the 36th Individual bird and a Melodious Warbler at South Walney was still present the next day, it was the 11th Cumbrian record and the 12th individual bird.
A Sooty Shearwater flying offshore at South Walney in 1981 was the seventh Cumbrian record and the 11th individual bird, a flock of six Glossy Ibis on the Kent estuary at Foulshaw in 2009 constituted the fourth Cumbrian record and the fourth to ninth individual birds, a Corncrake was caught and ringed at South Walney in 1999, a Baird’s Sandpiper remained on Arnside Marsh until 30th September in 1979 it was the first Cumbrian record, there’s only one other record and none this century, a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper that remained on Arnside Marsh until 1st October in 2011 was the sixth Cumbrian record and the seventh individual bird, an adult Sabine’s Gull on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1950 was the fourth Cumbrian record and a juvenile Sabine’s Gull at Sellafield in 2011 was the 27th Cumbrian record and the 26th individual bird, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was found at Bowness-on-Solway in 2006 due to site fidelity and local movements it is difficult to assess how many individual birds have been involved but this is thought to be the 20th Cumbrian record, a Yellow-browed Warbler was found in a Kendal garden in 2001 it was the 20th Cumbrian record and the 22nd individual bird, an immature/female Common Rosefinch at South Walney in 1996 was the fifth Cumbria record, a Lapland Bunting at South Walney in 1990 stayed until 29th November when two birds were seen, these are the 24th and 25th Cumbrian records and the 28th and 29th individual birds and another Lapland Bunting at Walney Island in 2010 was the 38th Cumbrian record and the 41st individual bird.
Two Sooty Shearwaters offshore at South Walney in 1982 constituted the 11th Cumbrian record and the 15th and 16th individual birds, a strange record of a Bittern that was seen flying north at dusk in Waterside (NY24) in 2000, a Crane found at Kirkby Stephen in 1988 moved to Killington reservoir the following day remaining until 29th September, these were the fifth and sixth Cumbrian records involving the fourth individual bird, an adult Sabine’s Gull offshore at Workington in 2016 was the 32nd Cumbrian record and the 30th individual bird, a Roller found at Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite remained until 29th September in 1982 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Sizergh in 1994, four Ring-necked Parakeets frequented Dalton-in-Furness in 1997 with one at Bowness-on-Windermere on the same day, a Yellow-browed Warbler was found at South Walney in 1994 and one was found in a mixed tit flock at Westfield Point (SD26I) in 2012 these were the 16th and 34th Cumbrian records respectively involving the 18th and 36th individual birds , always a nice find a Firecrest was at Humphrey Head in 1993, a Richard’s Pipit at South Walney in 1987 was the 12th Cumbrian record and another Richard’s Pipit was found on Walney Island in 2001 it was seen again on 28th October, it was the 20th Cumbrian record.
A drake American Wigeon was found at South Walney it remained until 27th September in 2017 and was the 12th Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, two Sooty Shearwaters offshore at South Walney in 1988 constituted the 23rd Cumbrian record and were the 38th and 39th individual birds, a Black-necked Grebe was nice find on Talkin Tarn in 1997, a Spotted Crake at South Walney in 1983 was the third Cumbrian record of the 1980’s, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull seen offshore at Workington in 2004 was the 21st Cumbrian record and the 20th individual bird, adult Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the Arnside area in 1987 and at Sandside in 1998, a Wryneck was located at Sandgate, Flookburgh in 1976, Hobbies were found at South Walney in 1998 and at Campfield Marsh in 2002, a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Walney in 1985 was only the sixth Cumbrian record contrasting with one there in 2017 which was the 82nd Cumbrian record and 83rd individual bird, an unprecedented ‘fall’ of three Red-breasted Flycatchers at South Walney in 1985 must have caused some excitement, this constituted the sixth Cumbrian record involving the sixth to eighth individual birds and a female/immature Lapland Bunting at South Walney in 2001 was the 30th Cumbrian record and the 34th individual bird.
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Secretary CBC Records Panel