Week commencing Monday 25th April 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 26th April 2021


26th April


An Egyptian Goose was present at Halforth in 2007 it was the 13th Cumbrian record, a drake Ring-necked Duck was found on Killington Reservoir, it remained until 15th July 1994 and it was the 17th  Cumbrian record, a Glossy Ibis first seen at Arnside on 15th December 2011 was last recorded on this day in 2012 it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Common Crane flew over Loughrigg, near Ambleside in 2020 it was the 32nd Cumbrian record, a summer plumaged adult Sabine’s Gull was seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2018 it was the 18th Cumbrian record of this century, a Hoopoe was found at Armathwaite where it remained until 28th April 2003 and was the fourth Cumbrian record this century, a male Blue-headed Wagtail was at Rockcliffe Marsh in 2013 surprisingly it was only the sixth Cumbrian record this century, a singing male Serin was seen at Coniston in 2011 it was the fourth Cumbrian record and an immature female Lapland Bunting that was seen on North Walney in 1968 was the fifth Cumbrian record.


27th April


The fourth Egyptian Goose for Cumbria was seen at Hodbarrow in 1990 and the 11th Egyptian Goose for Cumbria spent the summer at Halforth until 1st  August 2006 the White Stork seen at Crosscanonby on 25th – 26th April 1984 was seen at Silloth on this day, it was the 12th Cumbrian record and a White Stork that stayed overnight at Haverthwaite in 1996 was the 19th Cumbrian record, a Cattle Egret remained at Hodbarrow until 2nd May 2019 it was the 12th Cumbrian record, a 3CY male Pallid Harrier was seen in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire National Park it held territory until 27th May 2017 before moving on, it was the first Cumbrian record, an adult female Pectoral Sandpiper frequented North Plain Farm until 1st May 2004 it was the 22nd Cumbrian record and the ninth Cumbrian record of Cetti’s Warbler involved a bird holding territory at Goldmire, Thwaite Flat (SD27C) until 10th May 2020.


28th April


A group of three Glossy Ibis was seen at Campfield Marsh in 2012 this was the ninth Cumbrian record, a male Red-necked Phalarope remained on Rockcliffe Marsh until 2nd May 1976 it was the 21st Cumbrian record and a Hoopoe that was found at Dufton (NY62) in 1999 was the sixth Cumbrian record of the 1990’s.



29th April


An Egyptian Goose remained at Hodbarrow until 20th May 2007 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, a 2CY Iceland Gull was at Siddick Pond in 1984 was the 19th  Cumbrian record and a Hoopoe that was seen at South Walney in 2006 was the seventh Cumbrian record this century.


30th April


No Records!



1st May

A summer-plumaged White-billed Diver recorded as ‘at sea’ off Maryport in 1993, because it was outside the three mile limit it doesn’t count as a Cumbrian record, a pity because a little nearer to land and it would have been a  county first,  a Black-necked Grebe off Bowness-on-Solway in 1998, an adult ♀ Pectoral Sandpiper was at North Plain Farm in 2004  it was the 22nd Cumbrian record, the long staying Spotted Sandpiper at Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness from 3rd November 1989 was last seen on this day in 1990 it was the second Cumbrian record, a Long-tailed Skua was seen in the Inner Solway in 1988, an adult Sabine’s Gull was seen at Whitehaven in 1998 it lingered overnight and was only the seventh Cumbrian record, a Bee-eater at Biggar Bank in 2013 was the ninth Cumbrian record and a singing Ortolan Bunting in the Willow Woods, North Walney in 1988 was the second Cumbrian record.


2nd May

A drake King Eider at South Walney that was first seen from 10th to 23rd June 1979 returned on the 12th April and remained until this date in 1980 it remains the only county record, a Cattle Egret first seen at Hodbarrow on 27th April remained until this day in 2019, a male Red-necked Phalarope found on Rockcliffe Marsh on  28th April was last seen on this day in 1976 and was the 21st Cumbrian record and a Hoopoe on the golf-links at Seascale in 2007 was the eighth Cumbrian record this century.





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Secretary CBC Records Panel