Week commencing Monday 3rd May 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 3rd May 2021


3rd May

Two Common Cranes at Drumburgh were first seen on the Kent Estuary in April in 2015, this was the 32nd Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull frequented Tarns Dub from 18th April until this day in 1992 it was the 32nd Cumbrian record and two Turtle Doves at South Walney was the first Cumbrian record of the 1990’s.


4th May


A Great White Egret in Kettlewell Bay, Derwentwater in 2008 was the eighth Cumbrian record, a wintering Turtle Dove in Millom from 1st January in 1992 was the 13th Cumbrian record of the 1990’s, a Chough on Hutaple Crag (NY366121) Deepdale in 2009 was the sixth Cumbrian record this century, a Red-spotted Bluethroat on Foulshaw Moss in 2015 was the eleventh Cumbrian record and the eighth of this race and a Richard’s Pipit on Sandscale Haws in 1984 was the ninth Cumbrian record.


5th May


A drake Ring-necked Duck at Talkin Tarn until 21st May in 1999 was the 24th Cumbrian record, the first Cumbrian Black Kite was seen flying over Baycliffe (SD27) in 1988, single  Hoopoes were found at Plumpton (NY43) in 1999 and Middle Foulshaw in 2002 the last Cumbrian record of the 20th century and the third Cumbrian record of this century respectively, the third Cumbrian record of a Serin was of a singing male in a garden centre in Ambleside in 2008 and single males Lapland Buntings were found at Derwentwater in 1959 and on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1980 the fourth and tenth Cumbrian records respectively.


6th May


A Glossy Ibis at Ulpha Meadows that remained until 9th May in 2012 was the eighth Cumbrian record, two Bee-eaters at Seathwaite in 2003 constituted the seventh Cumbrian record and the 13th and 14th individual birds, a singing Wryneck was found in Natland in 2000 it was the first Cumbrian record this century, a Woodchat Shrike at Torver, Coniston in 2006 was the seventh Cumbrian record, , a Bearded Tit at Fellfoot, Lake Windermere in 1995 was the sixth Cumbrian record since 1978 and a Corn Bunting on Walney in 2018 was the first Cumbrian record since 2002.


7th May


A White Stork that toured Watercrook, Sizergh Castle and Gilpin Bridge in 1993 constituted the 13th, 14th & 15th Cumbrian records, four adult Long-tailed Skuas were seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 1998, a Shore Lark at Skinburness in 1920 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the only Cumbrian record of a Western Bonelli’s Warbler comes from Walney Island in 1984.


8th May


A female Red-crested Pochard at Greenodd in 1994 was the 11th Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill at South Walney in 2016 was approximately the 62nd Cumbrian record, a Common Crane at South Walney then off St Bees Head in 1999 constituted the 11th & 12th Cumbrian records, a Kentish Plover at Hodbarrow in1988 was the first Cumbrian record, a Temminck’s Stint on Rockcliffe Marsh, remained overnight in 1995 it was the 15th Cumbrian record and a female Serin at South Walney from 4th May in 2007 remaining until this day in 2007 it was the second Cumbrian record.



9th May


Four Egyptian Geese on the Kent Estuary from 2nd  May that remained until this day in 1988 were the first modern day Cumbrian record of this species , a Kentish Plover at Bowness-on-Solway in 2011 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Long-billed Dowitcher at Hodbarrow until 12th May in 2012 was the seventh Cumbrian record,  a 2nd Summer Ring-billed Gull at Halforth in 1987 was the fourth Cumbrian record, Hoopoes were seen on Little Asby (NY61) in 1997 and at Bowness-on-Windermere in 2008 constituting the fifth and 16th Cumbrian records since 1992 and a male  Ortolan Bunting was seen at South Walney in 2010 it was the sixth Cumbrian record.



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Secretary CBC Records Panel