Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 21st June 2021
A Spoonbill at Rockcliffe Marsh in 1998 was the 33rd Cumbrian record, a female Red-necked Phalarope on the Irt Estuary in 1982 was the 26th Cumbrian record, the Buttermere Spotted Sandpiper from 13th May was last seen on this date in 2017, it was the fourth Cumbrian record, Yellow-legged Gulls were represented with a third-summer bird at Sandside in 2007, and adults at South Walney until 18th July in 2007, and in Whitehaven Harbour until 29th July in 2016 these were the 21st, 22nd and 31st Cumbrian records and a Roseate Tern was at Hodbarrow in 2000 it was the 12th Cumbrian record since 1990.
An Egyptian Goose remained at Halforth until 24th June in 2007 it was the 13th Cumbrian record since 1988, four Bee-eaters remained in the Rusland valley until 24th June in 2002, they constituted the sixth Cumbrian record and were the ninth to 12th individual birds and a male Blue-headed Wagtail on Walney in 2005 was the fourth Cumbrian record this century.
A Sooty Shearwater off Haverigg in 1978 was the fifth Cumbrian record and the ninth individual bird and an adult Roseate Tern was seen off Foulney Island in 2012 it was the sixth Cumbrian record this century.
A Cory’s Shearwater off North Walney in 1985 was the sixth Cumbrian record, a White Stork frequented Rockcliffe Marsh until 3rd August in 1981 it was the tenth Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill seen on Foulney Island in 2004 was the 42nd Cumbrian record and one of the last Cumbrian Corn Buntings was singing at Millrigg Farm, Whitrigg (NY25) in 1999.
A first-summer Ross’s Gull was found loafing at Workington harbour it remained until 30th June in 1994 and remains the only county record, two adult Roseate Terns were seen together at Hodbarrow in 2005 this was the 15th Cumbrian record since 1990 and a Turtle Dove seen at Tindale (NY65) in 2005 was the seventh Cumbrian record this century.
A Great White Egret found at Bassenthwaite Lake remained until 1st July in 2006 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Roller was located on the airfield at North Walney in 1992 it was the eighth and most recent Cumbrian record and a singing male Blyth’s Reed Warbler took up residence at Longlands Lake, Egremont in 2020, it remained until 1st July and was the second Cumbrian record.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel