Week commencing Monday 27th July 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 27th July 2020


27th July

Two Egyptian Geese were seen on the River Bela at Dallam and nearby on Bela Marsh staying until the 8th August 2015, a Cory’s Shearwater seen offshore at North Walney in 1986 was the ninth Cumbrian record and the 11th individual bird , a Great Shearwater seen off St Bees Head in 1974 was the second Cumbrian record, an adult male Honey Buzzard flew over South Walney in 2008, an adult Pectoral Sandpiper at Port Carlisle remained until 30th July in 2008 was the 23rd Cumbrian record and the 22nd individual bird and Hobbies were seen near Askham, Penrith in 1979 and at Midgeholme (NY65) in 2002.


28th July

A party of three Spoonbills was seen on the Kent estuary in 1953, earlier records date back to pre-1910, a Balearic Shearwater was seen offshore at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2018 it was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird, two Honey Buzzards were seen flying high over Ulpha Meadows in 2014, an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper was found at Port Carlisle remaining until 5th August in 2010, it remains the first and only Cumbrian record, an adult Mediterranean Gull found on Arnside Marsh in 1976 was the first record of this delightful gull in Cumbria, an adult Yellow-legged Gull returned to Arnside remaining until 9th November in 1998, a 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull was at Sandside in 1999 and another 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull was at Anthorn in 2004.


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 remains the sole Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was found at Whitehaven harbour it was on offer from 21st June to this date in 2016 and Hobbies were seen on Foulshaw Moss, Ulpha Meadows and at Glasson Moss (NY26F) all in 2012.


30th July

It’s all Hobbies with birds seen on Roudsea Moss until 11th August in 1991, at Glasson Moss in 2013 and a first-summer on Wedholme Flow in 2016.


31st July

An adult Pectoral Sandpiper found at South Walney remained until 3rd August in 1982 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, an unusual record of a Great Grey Shrike that was seen at Alston Moor (NY74F) and seen again on 3rd August in 2009.


1st August

An Egyptian Goose settled in at Halforth from 27th April in 2006 until this day, two Balearic Shearwaters were offshore at  South Walney in 1992 this constituted the fourth Cumbrian record and were the fourth and fifth individual birds, a Great White Egret on Bassenthwaite Lake, was also seen there on 2nd August in 2003 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Honey Buzzard was located at Hutton-in-the-Forest in 2004, an adult Spotted Crake found at South Walney in 2011 was the second record this century, an adult White-rumped Sandpiper at Hodbarrow in 1984 was also present the next day, it was the first Cumbrian record, a moribund first-summer Sabine’s Gull on Rockcliffe Marsh was later found dead on 8th August 1999 and an adult Hobby was seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1999.


2nd August

A Great Shearwater seen offshore at North Walney in 1985 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a ‘rasping’ Corncrake turned up at Ormsgill Reservoir in 1998, an adult Yellow-legged Gull settled in at Sandside in 2003, a Bee-eater seen at Millwood, Barrow-in-Furness in 1970 was the first Cumbrian record, two Hobbies frequented Foulshaw Moss in 2010 and a single Hobby was seen at Portinscale in 2015.

Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel