Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 24th August 2020
A Broad-billed Sandpiper found at Port Carlisle in 2006 was the second Cumbrian record, adult Hobbies were seen at North Plain Farm in 2003 and on Foulshaw Moss in 2013, a juvenile Icterine Warbler was caught and ringed at South Walney in 2006 it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the most recent one to date.
A Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at Workington in 2005 was the 30th Cumbrian record and the 48th individual bird but only the sixth record this century, a Balearic Shearwater seen off Workington south pier in 1996 was the sixth Cumbrian record and the seventh individual bird, a first-summer Black-winged Pratincole on the Kent estuary lingering until 28th August in 1996 was the first Cumbrian record it commuted to Leighton Moss during its stay, a juvenile White-winged Black Tern on Oakbank gravel pits, Longtown helpfully staying until 6th September in 1996 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Hobby was seen at Brampton in 2010, single Melodious Warblers were found at South Walney in 1981 & 1991 and were the seventh and 14th Cumbrian records, in fact all Melodious Warbler records to date are from Walney Island.
Two Spoonbills lingered on Sandgate Marsh, Flookburgh until 31st August in 1985, a male and two female/immature Honey Buzzards were recorded at the undisclosed breeding site from 27th May until this day in 2001, two Honey Buzzards were seen in the Coniston area in 2001, an immature Golden Eagle was seen well near Cold Fell, Geltsdale in 2016, three Corncrakes were seen near St Bees in 1990, had they bred nearby?, a Collared/Black-winged Pratincole was in the Grune Point to Skinburness Marsh area staying until 29th August in 2001, first recorded in 1807 this was the third Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the sands of the River Esk at the Newbiggin viaduct (SD09X) in 2012, a Turtle Dove was found at Cavendish Dock in 1990, a Nightjar was seen sitting on the road at Southwaite (NY12) in 1991, a Wryneck was seen at Sunbiggin Tarn in 1994, Hobbies were represented with a juvenile at Drumburgh in 2013, an adult at Talkin Tarn in 2015 and an unaged one on Wedholme Flow in 2016, a Ring-necked Parakeet was at Biggar in 2010 and a first-winter Barred Warbler found at South Walney in 1983 was the 11th Cumbrian record.
A Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at Selker in 1982 was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 17th individual bird, three Spotted Crakes were counted in a survey at Scaleby Moss (NY46) in 1981, an adult Yellow-legged Gull turned up at Anthorn in 2004 with possibly the same bird was at Oulton (NY25) in 2004, a Wryneck was discovered at Kirksanton in 1984, a Hobby was seen at Talkin Tarn in 2015, two Melodious Warblers at South Walney in 1982 constituted the ninth Cumbrian record and the ninth and tenth individual birds, a Tawny Pipit at South Walney in 1982 was the third Cumbrian record.
Four Spoonbills were seen on Rockcliffe Marsh until 29th August, three remaining until 31st August in 2002, a Pectoral Sandpiper was at Meathop until 30th August in 1984 it was the fifth Cumbrian record, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull seen at Walney Island in 2005 was the 21st Cumbrian record, Hobbies were seen at Barrow-in-Furness until 1st September in 1981 and in Carlisle in 2002.
A Cory’s Shearwater was seen flying south off Biggar Bank in 2015 it was the 14th Cumbrian record and the 16th individual bird, a Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at Selker in 1988 was the 22nd Cumbrian record and the 37th individual bird, a Stone Curlew found at Holker, Cartmel in 1976 was the fifth Cumbrian record and a Red-necked Phalarope that frequented Siddick Pond until 31st August in 1986 was the 30th Cumbrian record and the 31st individual bird.
A Cory’s Shearwater was seen flying north offshore at Selker in 1992 was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, two Sooty Shearwaters were seen offshore at South Walney in 1984 this constitutes the 17th Cumbrian record and the 27th and 28th individual birds, a Balearic Shearwater seen offshore at South Walney in 1989 was the third Cumbrian record, a Yellow-legged Gull was seen on the beach at Haverigg (SD17U) in 2009, sadly a Wryneck was found dead in Docker Wood, Kendal in 1976, however, a live Wryneck was seen at Stribers (SD38K) in 1981, Hobbies were seen in Middle Gelt in 1987 and in the Foulshaw Moss/Ulpha Meadows area in 2015, a Melodious Warbler caught and ringed at South Walney in 1965 was the second Cumbrian record and a Melodious Warbler seen at South Walney in 1993 was the 15th Cumbrian record and the 16th individual bird and a first-winter Barred Warbler located at Siddick in 1986 was the 12th Cumbrian record.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel