Week commencing Monday 7th September 2020

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 7th September 2020


7th September

A Sooty Shearwater offshore at South Walney in 1983 was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird, a Corncrake was located in the Blackhall Wood area, Durdar (NY35) remaining until 8th September in 1991,  a notable gathering of six Avocets on Rockcliffe Marsh stayed overnight in  1993 and constituted the 18th Cumbrian record and the 18th- 23rd individual birds, two Avocets at Campfield Marsh remained until 12th September 2002 and constituted the 27th Cumbrian record, these were the 29th and 30th individual birds, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull seen offshore at Selker in 2000 was the 17th Cumbrian record, a Hobby was seen on Foulshaw Moss in 2008, a juvenile Red-backed Shrike was at South Walney remaining on site until 19th September in 1999  it was the eighth Cumbrian record in the 1990’s and a first-winter Barred Warbler caught and ringed at South Walney in 1977 was the fifth Cumbrian record.


8th September

A Sooty Shearwater flying south offshore at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2000 was the 29th Cumbrian record and the 46th individual bird, a Black-necked Grebe that drifted in with the tide at Far Arnside in 2001 was a good find, a Pectoral Sandpiper remained at Longtown gravel pits until 10th September 1984 was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1988 was the third Cumbrian record, a Red-necked Phalarope found at at Port Carlisle in 1990 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 32nd individual bird, an immature Sabine’s Gull inland on Ormsgill reservoir in 1988 was a great find, it was the ninth Cumbrian record, the last of the Bee-eaters that bred at Brampton in 2015 was seen on this day, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Sizergh Castle in 1997, a female Red-footed Falcon at Longtown in 1988 was the fourth Cumbrian record, an adult Hobby was seen at Drumburgh in 2013 and a Firecrest  located on Cunswick Scar in 1996 was a nice find.


9th September

Wrynecks caught and ringed at South Walney in 1988 and in 1996 were the 19th and 23rd Cumbrian records since 1973, a first- summer Hobby frequented the Foulshaw Moss/ Ulpha Meadows area in 2015 and a Firecrest found at Burnbanks, Haweswater (NY51D) in 2016 was the 21st Cumbrian record this century.


10th September

A Wilson’s Petrel offshore at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2017 was the sixth Cumbrian record and only the second live bird, a pair of Red-crested Pochard were to be found on Tarn House Tarn until 15th September in 1978 constituted the fifth Cumbrian record and involved the fifth and sixth individual birds, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was found at Savinhill Moss (SD48U) until 12th September in 2016 before relocating to wet meadows at Moss Side Farm on 13th and 14th September 2016 these were the 32nd & 33rd Cumbrian records, a storm-blown Red-necked Phalarope found on Dock Tarn (NY21S) in Borrowdale in 1994 was the 32nd Cumbrian record and the 33rd individual bird, a Wryneck at Vickerstown, Walney in 1976 fell victim to the country’s leading bird predator, the domestic cat, a Hobby was seen at Tindale Tarn in 2014 and a male Red-breasted Flycatcher found near Ambleside in 1946 was the first Cumbrian record.


11th September

Two Cory’s Shearwaters offshore at South Walney in 1983, constituted the third Cumbrian record and the fourth and fifth individual birds, three Spoonbills, two adults and a juvenile were located near Arradfoot (SD38A) on the Leven estuary in 2011, this was the 57th Cumbrian record and the 71st to 73rd individual birds, a Grey Phalarope that frequented the River Derwent at Workington in 1977 was the second Cumbrian record of the 70’s, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull offshore at Sellafield in 1997 was the 14th Cumbrian record, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua off Bowness-on-Solway was also present the following day in 2004 it was the 30th Cumbrian record and the 45th individual bird since 1976, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Ambleside in 1992, a pair of Ring-necked Parakeets at Grange-over-Sands until 31st December in 2003, a first-winter Paddyfield Warbler caught and ringed at South Walney remained until 13th September in 1982, it was the first and only Cumbrian record also the eighth British record, a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 1985 was the13th Cumbrian record and the 14th individual bird and a first-winter Barred Warbler at South Walney in 1981 was the eighth Cumbrian record.


12th September

A Spoonbill flying west at Port Carlisle in 2002 was the 40th Cumbrian record and the 52nd individual bird, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew past Biggar Bank, Walney in 2011 was the 25th Cumbrian record and the 24th individual bird, a light morph juvenile Long-tailed Skua at South Walney in 1989 was the seventh Cumbrian record and the eighth individual bird, a Turtle Dove at South Walney in 1999 was the only record that year, reflecting a marked decrease in records from eight in 1990, five in 91 and 92, three in 93, four in 94, two in 95 and 96 and one in 97-99, Hobbies were found at Newton Arlosh in 1985, South Walney in 1998 and Castle Carrock in 2011, a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 1964 was the first Cumbrian record and a first-winter Barred Warbler at Grune Point in 1981 was the ninth Cumbrian record.


13th September

A female Red-crested Pochard was found on the River Derwent at Workington in 1995 was perhaps the same bird seen on Siddick Pond on 2nd September 1995, it was the 15th  Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird, a juvenile Temminck’s Stint remained at South Walney until 21st September in 1993 was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 15th individual bird, a Pectoral Sandpiper seen at Anthorn in 2003 was the 20th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird, an adult Grey Phalarope seen off Workington in 2017 was the 19th record this century, a Sabine’s Gull at South Walney was seen again  on 15th September in 1997 was the 15th Cumbrian record, a Hoopoe at Silecroft golf-course in 2011 was the 12th record this century, a Wryneck at Cavendish Dock remained until 21st September in 2000 it was the 25th Cumbrian record since 1973 and Hobbies were to be found at Allonby in 2003 and at Foulshaw Moss in 2016.

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Secretary CBC Records Panel