Week commencing Monday 28th December2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

 For week commencing Monday 28th December 2020


28th December


Two Bean Geese were found on Newton Marsh in 2002, a Common Crane seen at Kirkbride in 2003 was thought to be the same bird that was last seen at Campfield Marsh on 17th October 2003, it was also seen at Silloth on 31st December 2003.


29th December


Up to four Water Pipits were to be seen on their favoured fields at Biggar, Walney from 25th November 2010 until this date in 2010.


30th December


The Walney Black Brant first found as a juvenile in December 2012 and wintering each winter since then returned to Snab Point, Walney on 10th November 2018, now an adult it was last seen on this date in 2018, a blue morph adult Snow Goose was found at Abbeytown in 2011, it was only the second bird of this century that was thought to be of wild origin, a Rough-legged Buzzard was found at Smardale Gill (NY70) in 1979 it was the fifth Cumbrian record of the 70’s, a first-winter Iceland Gull was found in Workington Harbour in 1990 it was the 26th Cumbrian record, a Shore Lark was found at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2001, it remained until 3rd February 2002 and it was the 21st Cumbrian record.


31st December


A White Stork seen on a school playing field at St Bees in 2009 was the 26th Cumbrian record, a Red Kite at Culgaith in 1980 was the fifth Cumbrian record since 1969 and long pre-dated the Grizedale releases, a Common Crane was seen at Silloth in 2003 it was the 21st Cumbrian record.


1st January


A Tundra Bean Goose was found in a mixed flock of ‘grey’ geese at Aglionby Grange (NY4N) it remained until 6th January 1995 it was the third Cumbrian record of the 90’s, a drake Green-winged Teal was seen at Lindal-in-Furness (SD27M) it was the 24th Cumbrian record, a drake Ring-necked Duck was found on Grasmere it remained there until 28th January 2007, it was the 32nd Cumbrian record, a Bittern first seen on Grasmere on 31st August 1983 was seen again on this day in 1984, a Turtle Dove wintered in a vicarage garden in Millom remaining until 4th May 1992 and a Shore Lark was found at White Stones (NY31J), Stybarrow Dodd in Patterdale in 2019 it was the 27th Cumbrian record.


2nd January


The flock of 23 Tundra Bean Geese at Cargo dispersed after this date in 2012, the very popular drake Ring-necked Duck that toured the Kendal area took up intermittent residence at Killington until 3rd May 1993, a Great White Egret was seen at Kents Bank in 2010, a Water Pipit was seen at Rampside in 2014, a Ring-necked Parakeet was at Vickerstown, Walney until 13th January 2014 it was the 17th Cumbrian record.


3rd January


A drake Green-winged Teal seen at Newbiggin viaduct (SD09X) in 2010 it was the sixth Cumbrian record, two Black-necked Grebes were found on Bassenthwaite Lake in 2003 , a Bittern was seen on Bassenthwaite Lake in 1997, a Red Kite that frequented the Lorton valley from 27th December 1990 was seen again on this date it pre-dated the Grizedale releases, the Rough-legged Buzzard first seen at Santon on 5th December 2013 was last seen on this date in 2014, a first-winter Iceland Gull frequented the harbour at Whitehaven until 7th April 1998 it was approximately the 47th Cumbrian record, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Grange-over-Sands in 2003 and a Water Pipit was seen at Rampside in 2010.



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