Week commencing Monday 26th July 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 26th July 2021


26th July

A Cattle Egret was found at South Walney in 1964 it was only the second Cumbrian record, a juvenile Stone Curlew was discovered on the Irt estuary at Ravenglass in 2003 it was the eighth Cumbrian record and an Alpine Swift at Thwaite Flats, Barrow-in-Furness in 1970 was only the third Cumbrian record.


27th July

Two Egyptian Geese frequented the River Bela at Dallam and nearby Bela Marsh staying until 8th August 2015 this was the 18th Cumbrian record since 1988, a Cory’s Shearwater off North Walney in 1986 was the ninth Cumbrian record and the eleventh individual bird, a Great Shearwater off St Bees Head in 1974 was the second Cumbrian record, an adult male Honey Buzzard was seen over South Walney in 2008, an adult Pectoral Sandpiper that remained at Port Carlisle until 30th July in 2008 was the 23rd Cumbrian record and Hobbies were seen near Askham, Penrith in 1979 and at Midgeholme (NY65) in 2002.


28th July

Three Spoonbills seen on on the Kent estuary in 1953 constituted the seventh Cumbrian record, a Balearic Shearwater seen off Walney Island in 2018 was the most recent record of this species, it was  12th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, two Honey Buzzards were seen high over Ulpha Meadows in 2014, an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper at Port Carlisle remained until 5th August in 2010 it was the first and only Cumbrian record, an adult Mediterranean Gull on Arnside Marsh in 1976  was the first record of this delightful gull in Cumbria, Yellow-legged Gulls were represented with an adult at Arnside that remained through until the 9th November in 1998 and third-summer birds at Sandside in 1999 and at Anthorn in 2004, these were the sixth, ninth and 17th Cumbrian records.


29th July

A Great White Egret seen on the Esk estuary at Ravenglass in 2007 was the fifth Cumbrian record, an adult White-rumped Sandpiper at Anthorn in 2007 was the third county record, a Terek Sandpiper at Grune Point in 2002 was the first and only Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull present in Whitehaven harbour from 21st June in 2016 was last noted on that date, a Hobby frequented Foulshaw Moss and Ulpha Meadows with another at Glasson Moss (NY26F) all in 2012.


30th July

Hobbies were noted on Roudsea Moss remaining until 11th August in 1991, at Glasson Moss in 2013 and a first-summer bird on Wedholme Flow in 2016.


31st July

An adult Pectoral Sandpiper remained at South Walney until 3rd August in 1982 it was the fourth Cumbrian record and a Great Grey Shrike was seen at Alston Moor (NY74F) remaining until  3rd August in 2009.

1st August

An Egyptian Goose first seen at Halforth on 27th April in 2006 was last noted on this date, it was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1988, two Balearic Shearwaters were seen off South Walney in 1992 this constituted the fourth Cumbrian record and the fourth and fifth individual birds, a Great White Egret on Bassenthwaite Lake remained overnight in 2003 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Honey Buzzard was noted at Hutton-in-the-Forest in 2004, an adult Spotted Crake unearthed at South Walney in 2011 was only the second Cumbrian record this century, an adult White-rumped Sandpiper remained overnight at Hodbarrow in 1984 it was the first Cumbrian record, a moribund first-summer Sabine’s Gull seen on Rockcliffe Marsh was later found dead on 8th August 1999 it was the 17th Cumbrian record and an adult Hobby was seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1999.


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Secretary CBC Records Panel