Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 24th May 2021
A Black-necked Grebe was seen on the River Kent in Kendal in 1999, an adult Spoonbill at Burgh Marsh (NY25Z) in 2009 was presumed same as Glasson Moss on 23rd May, a first summer/adult Sabine’s Gull was off Bowness-on-Solway in 2005, it was also seen the following day, a good date for Long-tailed Skuas with five at Bowness-on-Solway in 2006, one off Walney Island in 2007and nine off Bowness-on-Solway in 2011, a Turtle Dove found at Whitbeck (SD18) was the third of seven records in 1990, a male Golden Oriole was seen at Long Sleddale in 1984 it was the 23rd Cumbrian record, a Red-spotted Bluethroat at Workington in 1982 was the second Cumbrian record and the first example of this race recorded in the county and a singing male Ortolan Bunting was seen and heard at Drigg (SD09P) in 2008 it was the fourth Cumbrian record.
A Sooty Shearwater off South Walney in 1985 was the 21st Cumbrian record and the 36th individual bird, two Black-necked Grebes were found at Killington Reservoir in 1997, a White Stork found at Tarnhouse Tarn in 1976 was the seventh Cumbrian record, Spoonbills were represented with an adult at Bassenthwaite Lake that remained until 31st May in 1992, one at North Plain Farm (NY26A) until 26th May in 2009 and one on Rockcliffe Marsh in 2011 these were the 21st, 51st and 55th Cumbrian records, a Corncrake was calling at St Bees Head until 26th May in 1976, a Stone Curlew seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 2008 was the ninth Cumbrian record, a summer plumaged White-winged Black Tern was seen off Biggar Bank in 2014 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, single Turtle Doves were on Walney Island until 1st June in 1997 and in 2005, a Wryneck was present in Ennerdale in 1988, a pair of Red-backed Shrikes at Crummock Water in 1977 and a single on North Walney in 1983 were the fourth and sixth Cumbrian records since 1969, Golden Orioles were represented with an adult male at Lower Gelt that remained until 27th May in 1987 and a first-summer male that remained on North Walney until 4th June in 1997, these were the 24th and 32nd Cumbrian records and a Red-spotted Bluethroat at South Walney in 1987 was the sixth Cumbrian record of Bluethroat and the fourth record of this race.
A drake Ring-necked Duck was found on Mockerkin Tarn in 2002, it was the 26th Cumbrian record, a Corncrake was heard calling near Brampton in 1981, Long-tailed Skuas were represented with one flying north off South Walney in 1985 and two off Bowness-on-Solway in 2019 and a Turtle Dove was seen at Humphrey Head in 2000.
Spoonbills were seen at South Walney remaining until 29th May in 1993 and at Bowness-on-Solway in 2002, these were the 22nd and 26th Cumbrian records, a 3CY male Pallid Harrier seen in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park from 27th April in 2017 was last seen on this day, it was the first Cumbrian record, three male Corncrakes were heard calling on a southern moss in 1979, a Spotted Crake was seen at Beckfoot in 1987 it was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1981, a first-summer Laughing Gull at Halforth was the first Cumbrian Record and a Turtle Dove was seen at South Walney in 1991.
A drake Ring-necked Duck at Mockerkin Tarn in 1999 was the 25th Cumbrian record, a first-summer Night Heron was located at Watercrook, Kendal in 2004 it was the 18th Cumbrian record, a Honey Buzzard was seen at South Walney in 1992, a female Black-winged Stilt at Hodbarrow in 2012 remains the only Cumbrian record, a Roseate Tern was seen on Foulney in 1993, a Hoopoe at Scales Hall, Calthwaite (NY44F) in 2017 was the 17th Cumbrian record this century and a singing male Red-spotted Bluethroat at South Walney in 2008 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the sixth example of this particular race.
A White Stork at Shap in 1978 was the eighth Cumbrian record, a Black Kite at Talkin Tarn in 2005 was the second Cumbrian Record, a record breaking 115-119 Long-tailed Skuas were seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2011 including a flock of c.100, a Turtle Dove was located at Campfield Marsh in 1991, a Bee-eater at Wythemoor Sough (NY02H) in 2012 was the eighth Cumbrian record, a male Red-backed Shrike was seen at North Plain Farm in 2003 it was the third Cumbrian record this century, a male Golden Oriole was found at Holker Park, Cartmel in 1983 it was the 22nd Cumbrian record and a singing male Common Rosefinch was seen at Sedbergh in 2015 it was the seventh Cumbrian record.
An Egyptian Goose at High Foulshaw in 2002 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Bittern was found at Whinfell Tarn in 1974, a Spotted Crake at Portinscale until 30th June in 1986 was the sixth Cumbrian record since 1981, a Roseate Tern was seen over the Piel Bar, Walney in 2012 was the fifth Cumbrian record this century, a first-summer Long-tailed Skua was seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2002, a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in Yewbarrow Wood (SD47E) Grange-over-Sands in 2009 was the 12th Cumbrian record this century and a Melodious Warbler at South Walney, the third Cumbrian and South Walney record at the time, in 1967.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel