Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 2nd August 2021
A Great Shearwater off North Walney in 1985 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Corncrake was an unusual record at Ormsgill Reservoir in 1998, an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Sandside in 2003 was the 16th Cumbrian record since 1987, a Bee-eater at Millwood, Barrow-in-Furness in 1970 was the first Cumbrian record, two Hobbies frequented Foulshaw Moss in 2010 with one at Portinscale in 2015.
A White Stork found on Rockcliffe Marsh on 23rd June in 1981 remained until this date, it was the tenth Cumbrian record, a long staying Glossy Ibis frequented the River Bela next to the A6 at Milnthorpe from 17th June in 2014 it was the 11th Cumbrian record and the 29th individual bird, an adult Pacific Golden Plover at Selker in 2002 was the third Cumbrian record, Hobbies were found at Rockcliffe in 1991 and at Geltsdale and Bowness-on-Solway in 2015.
A Bittern that flew down the River Kent at Arnside in 1984 was an unusual record, a Great White Egret seen on the Kent estuary in 2014 was the 26th documented Cumbrian record, an Avocet found at Plumpton Bight (SD37E) in 2008 was the 11th Cumbrian record this century, an immature Red-necked Phalarope remained at Sunbiggin Tarn until 6th August in 1982, it was the 27th Cumbrian record and an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Halforth in 2008 was the 24th Cumbrian record.
An adult Pacific Golden Plover remained at Grune Point until 9th August in 2000 it was the second Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull on Haverigg beach (SD17U) in 2014 was the 19th Cumbrian record this century and Hobbies were seen in the Tindale – Hallbankgate area in 2006 and in Geltsdale in 2016.
A Cory’s Shearwater off South Walney in 1972 was the first Cumbrian record, a Great White Egret was seen at Hodbarrow in 2014 it was the 27th Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill that frequented the Kent estuary until 19th August in 1976 was the 13th Cumbrian record, a Corncrake was ‘rasping’ at Houghton, Carlisle (NY46) in 1981, a good date for Hobbies with birds at Wetheral in 2003, in the Tindal Tarn area in 2005 in Geltsdale in 2015 and at Haverthwaite in 2016.
Two Long-tailed Skuas were recorded at South Walney in 1995, a second-summer Ring-billed Gull was found at Wet Sleddale it remained until 11th August in 1991 and was the fifth Cumbrian record and a juvenile Hobby was seen at Lowca (NX92V) in 2005.
The first-summer Sabine’s Gull found moribund on the 1st August 1999 was found dead on Rockcliffe Marsh on this day it was the 17th Cumbrian record.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel