Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 30th November 2020
Single drake Green-winged Teals returned to the Ravenglass estuary for a second winter in 2002 and at Hodbarrow remaining until 14th December 2003, these were the sixth and ninth Cumbrian records, a long staying female Ring-necked Duck was seen on Bassenthwaite Lake in 2007 it remained until 9th April 2008 and it was the 34th Cumbrian record, a Black-necked Grebe was seen off Foulney in 1999 it was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1997, at least two Water Pipits were present on Bassenthwaite Marsh in 1989 remaining there until 31st March 1990, this was the 16th Cumbrian record and a male Lapland Bunting was at South Walney in 1982 it was still there the following day and was the 11th Cumbrian record.
A Black-necked Grebe was seen on Longtown Ponds in 1998 it remained until 5th December, an exceptional record of a Turtle Dove at Eskmeals in 1998 must have been a surprise for the finder, an even bigger surprise must have been a Nutcracker that was flushed on the beach at South Walney in 1979 it was the second Cumbrian record and a Firecrest was found in the central marsh at South Walney in 2006.
The Red-breasted Goose that frequented the Whitrigg and Cardurnock areas from 16th November was last seen on this day in 2012 it was the 11th County record, two Tundra Bean Geese roamed between Ravenstown and Old Park (SD37P) until 31st December 2011 this was the 12th Cumbrian record of the 21st Century, a Little Auk was seen off Hilpsford Point, Walney in 2017, the Great Grey Shrike found at Soddy Gap on 5th November 2016 was still present on this day, an immature male Lapland Bunting at South Walney in 1983 was seen again on 4th December and was the 12th Cumbrian record.
A Ross’s Goose frequented Cardurnock, Rockcliffe and Skinburness Marshes in 2002 until 9th February 2003 was placed in Cat ‘D’ by the BBRC (excluded from the British List) and two drake Green-winged Teals were seen together at Hodbarrow they remained until 4th December 2011 and constituted the 22nd Cumbrian record.
The now regular drake Green-winged Teal seen at Campfield remained until 31st December 2006 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, a Black-throated Diver was seen off Silecroft in 2014, a Bittern was seen at Elterwater in 1999 , a Great White Egret was found at Campfield Marsh in 2016, a storm driven juvenile Grey Phalarope was at South Walney in 2011 it was the 39th Cumbrian record since 1974, a Shore Lark found near the summit of Helvellyn in 2016 was the 24th Cumbrian record and the 29th individual bird, a Richard’s Pipit found on Walney Island in 2001 was also seen on 13th December 2001 and again on 18th December 2001 it was the 21st Cumbrian record.
A flock of 23 Tundra Bean Geese at Cargo in 2011 were assumed to be a part of the initial group of 76 found at Black Dyke, Silloth on 25th November 2011, this group of 23 birds remained here until 11th December, two Great White Egrets frequented the Humphrey Head/Kents Bank area in 2009 this was the tenth Cumbrian record also a third bird was seen at Meathop on this date, a Rough-legged Buzzard was found near Santon (NY00W) in 2013 it remained in the area until 3rd January 2014 it was the 27th Cumbrian record since 1974, a male Firecrest at the Glaxo works site at Ulverston in 2008, a Water Pipit was at South Walney in 1983, a male Lapland Bunting was found at Cavendish Dock remaining until 13th December 1989 it was the 23rd Cumbrian record and the 24th individual bird.
A Black-necked Grebe was seen off Conishead Priory, Leven estuary in 2005, a first-winter Iceland Gull was seen sporadically at Tarns Dub in 1992 until 21st March 1993, another Iceland Gull this time unaged was seen near Parton in 2013 it remained until 15th December and a Little Auk was seen off Biggar Bank in 2014.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel