Week commencing Monday 22nd November 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 22nd November 2021


22nd November

A Black-necked Grebe found at Hodbarrow in 1999 remained until the next day it was the 12th Cumbrian record since 1997.


23rd November

A Black-throated Diver was seen off Hodbarrow in 2013, two Cattle Egrets settled in with the livestock in a pasture at Whasset (SD59A) and remained until 29th November 2008 these were the eighth Cumbrian record and the seventh and eighth individual birds and a Water Pipit found on the marshes at Bassenthwaite Lake in 1989 was the 15th Cumbrian record.


24th November

The Black Brant from April 2013 returned to Rampside as an adult to spend its second winter in the area, a drake Ring-necked Duck was found on Tarnhouse Tarn (NY7503) in 2006 it was thought to be the same bird as that seen on Ullswater and it was the 30th Cumbrian record, a Great Grey Shrike was at Knipe Fold, Ambleside (SD3499) in 2014 it was the 30th Cumbrian record since 1997.


25th November

A flock of 76 Tundra Bean Geese was located at Black Dyke, Silloth in 2011 they were part of an exceptional national influx of this species and they remained in the area until 28th November, two Egyptian Geese were seen at Foulshaw Marsh in 2018 these constituted the 20th Cumbrian record and the 22nd and 23rd individual birds, a drake Ring-necked Duck was on the River Kent in Kendal in 1992 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, an adult Iceland Gull was seen off Biggar Bank in 2007 it was the 63rd Cumbrian record, a Firecrest frequented the central marsh at South Walney in 2006, a Water Pipit seen at Sellafield in 1987 was the 14th Cumbrian record and four Water Pipits were present on Walney Island in 2010 c. the 25th Cumbrian record.


26th November

A Great White Egret frequented the Ravenglass estuary in 2016, a Rough-legged Buzzard was seen near Dalston (NY35) in 1988 it was the 13th Cumbrian record since 1974, a Richard’s Pipit was found at Plumpton Bight (SD37E) it was still there the following day and was the 23rd Cumbrian record, a Water Pipit was seen at Rampside in 2010 and a male Lapland Bunting found at Dalston in 1988 was the 21st Cumbrian record and the 21st individual bird.


27th November

A Taiga Bean Goose seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 2000 this was the fourth Cumbrian record since 1993, a Slavonian Grebe drifted in on the tide on the Kent Estuary at Arnside in 2019, a male Bearded Tit was seen at Lakeside, Windermere in 1994 it was the fifth Cumbrian record since 1978 and a Siberian Chiffchaff returned to Longtown Sewage Works remaining until 2nd December 2020, this was a continuing record of the first Cumbrian bird, a probable returnee from January – February 2020.


28th November

Six Tundra Bean Geese were seen in the Lyth Valley near Brigsteer in 2011, two Bitterns were seen at Siddick Pond in 2012, an immature Sabine’s Gull seen at South Walney in 1980 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Great Grey Shrike was seen at Kershope Forest in 2016 it was the 34th Cumbrian record since 1997, two Shore Larks were found on Grune Point in 1976 these constituted the 13th Cumbrian record and were the 13th and 14th individual birds and a Firecrest was seen on several dates at Roanhead, Sandscale up to 12th December 2002.


Ronnie Irving

              Secretary CBC Records Panel

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