Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 2nd November 2020
A female Ring-necked Duck returned to Bassenthwaite Lake for its second winter remaining until 9th December 2008 it was the 34th Cumbrian record, an adult Black-throated Diver lingered off Nethertown until 6th November in 2013, a first-winter Great Grey Shrike was found at Low Knipe, Shap (NY51E) in 2007, it was the 16th Cumbrian record since 1994, a first-winter Steppe Grey Shrike was found at South Walney in 1994 it remains the first and only Cumbrian record, two Lapland Buntings were seen at South Walney in 1987, one of which was first seen on 23rd October, this constitutes the 18th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird.
A Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnbanks (NY51) in 1985 was the tenth Cumbrian record since 1974, an adult Spotted Sandpiper was found at Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness in 1989, it wintered and was last seen on 1st May 1990 it was the second Cumbrian record, a female Tengmalm’s Owl was shot at Newton Manor, Gosforth in 1876, it remains the the only Cumbrian record, a Wryneck was seen in the grounds of Dallam Tower (SD48V) in 1981 it was the tenth Cumbrian record since 1973 and a late juvenile Hobby was seen at Salta Moss (NY04) in 2002.
A drake Green-winged Teal remained at Hodbarrow until 14th November in 2013 it was the 23rd Cumbrian record, a drake Red-crested Pochard on Windermere in 1996 was considered an escape, a Bittern on Siddick Pond in 1992 wintered until 14th February 1993, three Cattle Egrets were seen with cattle at Far Arnside constituting part of the ninth Cumbrian record, a juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher at Bowness-on-Solway remained until the 9th November in 1998 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Rough-legged Buzzard was on Helbeck Fell (NY81E) in 2014 it was the 28th Cumbrian record, an unexpected Bee-eater turned up at Papcastle (NY13) in 1995 it was the third Cumbrian record and the sixth individual bird, single Great Grey Shrikes were found at Brackenber (NY7219) Warcop MOD in 2004, the tenth Cumbrian record since 1994, and at Waterhead Common, Spadeadam Forest (NY66E) in 2013 the 28th Cumbrian record since 1994, a first-winter Red-eyed Vireo, a North American passerine, was caught and ringed at South Walney in 2014 this welcome addition to the Cumbrian avifauna was the first Cumbrian record, a Woodlark was at Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness in 1996, it was the third Cumbrian record, single Yellow-browed Warblers were found at South Walney in 2011, at South Walney and Westfield Point in 2014, and at Waverton in 2015, these were the 33rd, 44th, 45th, and 50th Cumbrian records and the 35th, 49th, 50th and 55th individual birds.
A Sooty Shearwater flew past Sellafield in 1997 it was the 28th Cumbrian record and the 46th individual bird, a Bittern returned to Siddick Pond in 2012 for its eighth winter, a Great Grey Shrike settled at Soddy Gap, Little Broughton (NY03R) in 2016 lingering on into 2017, it was the 35th Cumbrian record since 1994, a Firecrest was seen at Ainstable in 2019, Lapland Buntings were found at South Walney in 1984 and Sandscale Haws in 1986 these were the 13th and 14th Cumbrian records and a flock of fifteen Bearded Tits at Siddick Pond in 1981 staying on until 7th November was only the second 20th century record.
A white morph Snow Goose at Mosser in 2010 was considered to be an escape, a male Pallas’s Warbler was caught and ringed at South Walney in 1995 it was the third Cumbrian record and the fourth individual bird.
A Black-throated Diver was off the Piel Bar, Walney in 2013 and a Firecrest was found at Roanhead, Sandscale in 2008.
A Great White Egret was at Campfield Marsh it remained until 15th November 2015, a Red-rumped Swallow was found at Port Carlisle in 2006 it was the second Cumbrian record, a Hume’s Warbler was at South Walney in 1982 it remained overnight and is the only Cumbrian record to date, Water Pipits returned to Walney Island in 2003 and 2011, the latter at Biggar Bank was presumed to be a returning bird from the previous winter.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel