Week commencing Monday 22nd February 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

 For week commencing Monday 22nd  February 2021


22nd February


A Taiga Bean Goose was found in a mixed flock of grey geese at Langwathby in 1995 it was the second Cumbrian record since 1993, a drake American Wigeon was seen in Haverigg harbour from Hodbarrow sea-wall it remained until 25th February 2014 and it was the 11th Cumbrian record and an Avocet was found on the River Bela in 1991 it was still present the next day.


23rd February


An Egyptian Goose frequented the Haverbrack Pond (SD48V) area until 1st April 2009 it was the 17th Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was seen on Walney Island in 2012.


24th February


A drake Green-winged Teal frequented the Ravenglass area remaining until 13th March 2002, it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Black-throated Diver was seen off Sellafield in 2012, four Black-necked Grebes were seen on Bassenthwaite Lake in 2002 and an adult Iceland Gull was seen on Parton beach in 1998 it was the 53rd Cumbrian record.


25th February


A Red Kite was seen at Woodland Hall (SD2499) in 2006 pre-dating the Grizedale releases.


26th February


The drake Green-winged Teal returned in 2004 for its fourth consecutive winter in the Eskmeals/Hodbarrow area, it was seen at Newbiggin viaduct on this day in 2005 and it was the 11th Cumbrian record, a Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at South Walney in 1982 was the tenth Cumbrian record and the 11th individual bird, a Bittern was seen at Siddick Pond in 2006, Iceland Gulls were represented with a 3CY bird seen on South Walney in 1989 with a 2CY bird there in 1991, these were the 22nd and 30th Cumbrian records respectively and a Firecrest was found at Heads Nook in 1994.


27th February


A Snow Goose of unknown origin consorted with Barnacle Geese between Anthorn and Bowness-on-Solway from 10th November 2015 it was seen at Anthorn on this day in 2016 and wintering Bitterns were seen at Siddick Pond in 1987 and at Urswick Tarn (SD27S) in 2010.


28th February


A Black-throated Diver was seen off Hilpford Point, Walney in 2010, a Red Kite was seen at Burnbanks (NY51) in 1990 pre-dating the Grizedale releases, a Common Crane was found at Lilyhall, Workington (NY02H) in 2005 was the 25th Cumbrian record and the Water Pipits wintering in the Biggar area on Walney numbered four in 2009.

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Secretary CBC Records Panel