Week commencing Monday 4th January 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

 For week commencing Monday 4th January 2021


4th January


The blue morph Snow Goose first seen at Abbeytown on 30th December 2011 was still there on this day and remained until 6th January 2012, drake Green-winged Teals were seen at Hodbarrow  and Campfield Marsh on the same day in 2012, these were the 22nd and 23rd Cumbrian records, a Long-billed Dowitcher first seen at Port Carlisle on 13th November 2009 was last seen there on this date in 2010 it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the seventh individual bird, a first-winter Iceland Gull was found at Sellafield it remained until 8th January 2000 and was approximately the 53rd Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was found on North End Marsh, Walney in 2010.


5th January


The Todd’s Canada Goose first found at Cardurnock on 27th October 2012 returned for its second winter on 10th November 2013 remaining in the Cardurnock area until this day in 2014, this was the second Cumbrian record, Great Grey Shrikes were seen on Dalton Crags in 2015, and on Blawith Common, Coniston in 2017 these were the 30th and 37th Cumbrian records since 1997,  a Yellow-browed Warbler was photographed in a Brampton garden in 2007 it was the 25th Cumbrian record and the 27th individual bird and a Water Pipit at South Walney in 1981 was the fifth Cumbrian record.


6th January


A Bittern remained at Siddick Pond until 16th February 2005 , a Great White Egret was seen at Sellafield in 2008 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, a Common Crane first seen on Flookburgh Marsh on 30th September 1979 was last seen on this date in 1980, Water Pipits were seen on the flooded fields at Biggar Bank, Walney until 22nd March in 2011 with up to three seen in the Bardsea area until 21st March 2011 and an Arctic Redpoll frequented a car parking area at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle until 2nd March 1996 it was the second Cumbrian record.


7th January


A drake Ring-necked Duck on Coniston Water until 8th April 1988 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Black-throated Diver was seen offshore at Workington in 2011 it was the sixth Cumbrian record of this century, a Spotted Crake remained at South Walney until 11th January in 1986 it was the seventh Cumbrian record since 1981, a Great Grey Shrike was found at Chamot Hill, Kershope (NY47) it remained until 9th January in 1999 and was the fourth Cumbrian record since 1997.


8th January


Two Tundra Bean Geese were seen at Rickerby, Carlisle in 2012 they were a remnant of the large numbers recorded the previous November, a drake Green-winged Teal found at Campfield Marsh in 2006 was presumed to be the same returning bird from 2005, it was the 14th  Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull took up residence in the Whitehaven/Parton/Workington harbour area until 3rd March 2012 it was approximately the 69th Cumbrian record, a Great Grey Shrike was seen at Dalton Crags (SD57N) remaining until 19th March 2006 it was the 13th Cumbrian record since 1997, three Shore Larks remained at South Walney until 19th February 1977 this was the 14th Cumbrian record involving the 15th to 17th individual birds, two Siberian Chiffchaffs were seen at Longtown, they remained until 10th February 2020 and are the first accepted Cumbrian records and a Firecrest was found at Siddick Pond in 2017.


9th January


A drake Ruddy Duck was at Hodbarrow in 2011 and a Black-necked Grebe was seen off South Walney in 1999.


10th January


A Black-necked Grebe seen off Foulney in 1999 was thought to be the same as previously off South Walney, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen in Wreay Woods (NY45) in 2000 it was the 20th Cumbrian record since 1991 and up to four Water Pipits remained at South Walney until 12th April 2016.


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Secretary CBC Records Panel