Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 3rd August 2020
A White Stork lingered on Rockcliffe Marsh from 23rd June until this day in 1981, a Glossy Ibis that appeared on the River Bela at Milnthorpe on 17th June remained until this day in 2014 this was the 11th Cumbrian record and the 29th individual bird, an adult Pacific Golden Plover was seen by a lone observer at Selker in 2002 it became the third Cumbrian record and Hobbies were seen at Rockcliffe in 1991, Geltsdale in 2015 and at Bowness-on-Solway also in 2015.
Amazingly a Bittern was seen flying down the River Kent at Arnside in 1984, a Great White Egret also on the Kent estuary in 2014 marked the commencement of regular sightings in the south of the county originating no doubt from nearby Leighton Moss, three pairs of Honey Buzzards plus a spare settled in at the undisclosed breeding site from 7th June until this date in 2002, an Avocet was found at Plumpton Bight (SD37E) in 2008, an immature Red-necked Phalarope lingered at Sunbiggin Tarn until 6th August in 1982, it was the 26th Cumbrian record and the 27th individual bird and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was photographed at Halforth in 2008.
An adult Pacific Golden Plover found at Grune Point in 2000 attracted many admirers it remained there until 9th August 2000 and it was the second Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was found loafing on Haverigg beach (SD17U) in 2014 and single Hobbies were attracted to the Tindale – Hallbankgate areas in 2006 and Geltsdale in 2016.
A Cory’s Shearwater that was seen offshore at South Walney in 1972 was the first Cumbrian record, an itinerant Great White Egret was found at Hodbarrow in 2014, a Spoonbill took up residency on the Kent estuary remaining until 19th August in 1976, a Corncrake could be heard ‘rasping’ at Houghton near Carlisle (NY46) in 1981 and single Hobbies were seen 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 a surprise at South Walney in 1995, a second-summer Ring-billed Gull was much appreciated by many in the Wet Sleddale area it lingered until 11th August in 1991, it was the fifth Cumbrian record of this North American gull and a juvenile Hobby, an obviously sports minded subbuteo, was found sitting on a goal post on a sports field at Lowca (NX92V) in 2005.
The moribund first-summer Sabine’s Gull at Rockcliffe Marsh on the 1st August 1999 was found dead on this day, while it still breathed it became the 16th Cumbrian record.
A Balearic Shearwater seen offshore at Biggar Bank in 2003 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the ninth individual bird and a Tawny Pipit located at South Walney in 1982 was only the second ever Cumbrian record.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel