Week commencing Monday 31st August 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 31st August 2020


31st   August

Two drake Red-crested Pochards were found on the Irt estuary, one remaining until 15th September in 1991, always difficult to assess as to the origins of these birds this was thought to be the seventh Cumbrian record involving the ninth and tenth individuals, three Spoonbills  spent a day on Rockcliffe Marsh in 2002, an immature Bittern at Grasmere in 1983 was an unexpected surprise, a Spotted Crake at Thornhill Meadows in 2002 was the first Cumbrian record this century, Wrynecks were seen at Tebay staying until 1st September in 1981 with another at Torver Low Common (SD29R) in 2013, Hobbies were seen at Hayton near Carlisle in 1987, at Middle Gelt in 1990  and at Beetham in 2016, a first-winter Barred Warbler found at South Walney remained until 3rd September in 1980 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, a Tawny Pipit at South Walney in 1996 was the fifth and last Cumbrian record to date, a juvenile Ortolan Bunting at South Walney in 2008 was the fifth Cumbrian record and a Lapland Bunting at Tindale Tarn in 2010 was the 36th Cumbrian record and the 40th individual bird.



1st September

A Honey Buzzard migrated through South Walney in 1985, a sub-adult Common Crane was on Campfield Marsh until 14th September 2003 it was the 19th Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird, an adult Pectoral Sandpiper at South Walney that remained until 2nd September in 2001 was the 19th Cumbrian record and the 17th individual bird, a splendid adult Sabine’s Gull was found on the River Eden at Rockcliffe in 1997 it was the 13th Cumbrian record, a Turtle Dove at Siddick Pond in 1996 was a pleasant find as was a Wryneck in the Eden valley at Ormeside (NY71D) in 1974, a Hobby at Bewcastle (NY57) in 1997 and a Tawny Pipit at South Walney in 1984 was the fourth Cumbrian record.


2nd September

An Egyptian Goose summered at Halforth from 9th April 2008 until this day in 2008, a female Red-crested Pochard was seen on Siddick Pond in 1995 was the 14th Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird, a female Ruddy Duck was found on the River Wampool at Anthorn in 2011, a Sooty Shearwater off Biggar Bank in 2007 was the 32nd Cumbrian record and the 50th individual bird, a Balearic Shearwater off South Walney in 1988 was the second Cumbrian record, a Pectoral Sandpiper at Mere Tarn in 1987 was the seventh Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was located at Bowness-on-Solway in 2001, a juvenile Hobby was seen on Campfield Marsh in 2001 and a Common Rosefinch at Kirksanton (SD18F) in 1986 was the second Cumbrian record.


3rd September

The adult Black-winged Pratincole found at Grune Point on 17th August 2000 was last seen on this day in 2000, it was the second Cumbrian record, an adult Hobby in the Rusland valley in 1998, a Melodious Warbler near the coastguard station on Walney Island in 1981 was the eighth Cumbrian record, first-winter Barred Warblers were recorded at North Walney in 1989 and at South Walney in 1999 these were the 16th and 24th Cumbrian records respectively, a Richard’s Pipit located at South Walney in 1985 was the fifth Cumbrian record and a juvenile Citrine Wagtail on the River Esk at Longtown until the 5th September in 2016 becomes the second Cumbrian record. 


4th September

The breeding pair of Bee-eaters at Brampton fledged one bird on this day in 2015, part of the tenth Cumbrian record, Hobbies were found at Tindale Tarn in 2014 and Low Gelt Quarry in 2015, juvenile Woodchat Shrikes were found on Walney Island in 2006 and on Brigsteer causeway until 6th September in 2016 these were the eighth and ninth Cumbrian records, a first-winter Barred Warbler at Eskmeals in 1993 was the 21st Cumbrian record and an Ortolan Bunting on Walney Island in 2005 was the third Cumbrian record.


5th September

A good day for single Pectoral Sandpipers which were  found at Sunbiggin Tarn staying overnight in 1989 this was the 10th Cumbrian record and the 11th individual bird, further single birds were found at Carr Beds, Rockcliffe until 7th September in 1995 and on Wedholme Flow until 6th September 2017, these were the 16th and 34th Cumbrian records and the 15th  and 33rd individual birds.


6th September

Pectoral Sandpipers were recorded with two on Rockcliffe Marsh remaining until 16th September in 1988 and a singleton on Campfield Marsh until 9th September in 1994, these were the eighth and 15th Cumbrian records and the eighth, ninth and 14th individual birds, two Cory’s Shearwaters were seen offshore at South Walney in 1983 and became the second Cumbrian record and the second and third individual birds, two Sooty Shearwaters seen flying west at Bowness-on-Solway in 1994 constituted the 27th Cumbrian record and the 44th and 45th individual birds, an Avocet on the Kent estuary in 1981 was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 12th individual bird, a Temminck’s Stint found at South Walney in 1983 was the tenth Cumbrian record and the 12th individual bird, a Wryneck was at White Moss near Carlisle airport in 1985, a Hobby was seen at Mawbray in 1987, first-winter Barred Warblers were caught and ringed at Grune Point in 1959, again at Grune Point in 1975, at South Walney in1986 and seen at Snab  Point, Walney also the next day in 2008 these were the first, third, 13th and 28th Cumbrian records; a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling on Walney Island remained until 8th September 1991 this was the first record since 1898.



Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel