Week commencing Monday 8th February 2021

Records from the archives – On This Day

 For week commencing Monday 8th February 2021


8th February


An adult Tundra Bean Goose was found with the Pink-footed Geese at Whitrigg in 2007 it was the seventh Cumbrian record since 1992, the drake Green-winged Teal which was first seen at Hodbarrow on 1st November 2012 was last seen on this day in 2013 it was approximately the 23rd Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull found on Walney Island in 2003 was approximately the 58th Cumbrian record and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was seen in Whitehaven harbour in 2013.


9th February


An immature White-tailed Eagle was seen at Port Carlisle in 2009, the previous record to that was of one over Coniston in 1934, a Shore Lark was seen at South Walney in 1963, it was still present on the 10th February and was the tenth Cumbrian record.


10th February

A drake Ruddy Duck remained on Ormsgill reservoir until 18th March 2011, a Black-necked Grebe was seen at Roosecote Sands in 2006 , Rough-legged Buzzards were seen in Kentmere in 1979 and at Sunbiggin Tarn in 1980, these were the third and seventh Cumbrian records since 1974 and a  first- winter Iceland Gull seen at Halforth was still there on the 12th February 1998, it was the 48th Cumbrian record.


11th February


An adult Ring-necked Duck on Sunbiggin Tarn until 23rd March 2006 was the 28th Cumbrian record, a Black-necked Grebe was seen at Hawes Bed, Walney in 2006 and a Great White Egret frequented the Humphrey Head – Kents Bank area in 2012.


12th February


An Egyptian Goose was seen in the Lyth Valley in 2017, it was the 19th Cumbrian record, a Black-necked Grebe was seen off Foulney in 1999, a Rough-legged Buzzard was found in the Gelt valley in 2000, it was the 20th Cumbrian record since 1974 and an Avocet seen at South Walney in 1995 was the 19th Cumbrian record.


13th February


A Bittern found on the River Rathay at Brathay Hall, Ambleside in 1979 was the ninth Cumbrian record since 1971 and a Water Pipit was seen at Biggar Bank in 2009.


14th February


Two Black-throated Divers were seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 1995, a Black-necked Grebe was found on Longtown Ponds in 2000, two Bitterns were seen at Siddick Pond in 2006, an Avocet found at Cavendish Dock in 1995 was the 20th Cumbrian record, Iceland Gull records included a first-winter bird first found at Flusco Pike refuse tip on 22nd December 1990, it was last seen on this day in 1991, a first-winter bird at South Walney in 1993 and an adult seen at Greenside Quarry refuse tip in 1998, these were the 24th, 37th and 52nd Cumbrian records respectively, a Little Auk was seen off Walney in 2013, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen in Latterbarrow in 2004 and three Shore Larks frequented Sandscale Hawes until 2nd March 1997 this constituted the 19th Cumbrian record and involved the  23rd – 25th individual birds.


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Secretary CBC Records Panel