Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 8th March 2021
A Great Grey Shrike was seen on Dalton Crags (SD57N) it remained until 9th April 2011 it was the sixth Cumbrian record of the decade and a Firecrest was seen on North Walney in 1997.
An adult Red-breasted Goose presumed to be the returning individual last recorded as a first-winter bird on Rockcliffe Marsh on 19th April 1992 returned to Drumburgh remaining until 26th March 1994 it was the fifth Cumbrian record, a drake American Wigeon found on Green Road Marsh, Millom remained until 15th April 1989 was the first Cumbrian record, the drake Green-winged Teal first seen on Bassenthwaite Lake on 6th February 2005 was last seen on this day, it was the 13th Cumbrian record and a Great White Egret was found at Bardsea in 2014.
A Bittern wintered at Siddick Pond until this day in 2015, a Great Grey Shrike at Dalton Crags (SD57N) in 2010 was the first Cumbrian record of the decade, up to three Water Pipits remained on Campfield Marsh until 30th March 2003 and a single Water Pipit wintering in the favoured fields at Biggar Bank was last noted on this day in 2012.
A Richardson’s Cackling Goose was seen at Whitrigg (NY25I) it remained until 12th March 2016 and was the second Cumbrian record, a Balearic Shearwater was seen off South Walney in 1982 it was the first Cumbrian record, an Avocet was seen flying north into the Duddon estuary from North Walney in 1995, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Thwaite Head (SD39K) in 2012 it was the first Cumbrian record of the decade and a Woodlark on Cavendish Dock in 1993 was the fourth Cumbrian record since 1933.
An Egyptian Goose found at Halforth, Kent estuary remained until 23rd August 2007, it was probably the 2006 bird returning for its second summer here, also the 13th Cumbrian record, the drake Ring-necked Duck that wintered in the Kendal area in 1992/93 frequented Fisher Tarn intermittently until 20th April 1993 it was probably the 11th Cumbrian record, a White Stork of unknown origin was seen at Upperby, Carlisle in 2010, an unaged Iceland Gull was seen at Micklethwaite, Wigton (NY25V) in 2015, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was located at Ickenthwaite (SD38J) in 1995 it was the 11th Cumbrian record of the 90’s and the fourth record in the 90’s for the observer and a Chough was seen flying with Jackdaws at Holmescales Quarry (SD58N) in 2010 it was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1990.
A drake Green-winged Teal that frequented the Ravenglass area from 24th February 2002 was last seen on this day it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a drake Ring-necked Duck that wintered in the Kendal area in 1995/96 was seen at Ratherheath Tarn (SD49) in 1996, it was probably the 22nd Cumbrian record, a Sooty Shearwater seen off South Walney in 1994 was the 26th Cumbrian record and the 43rd individual bird and a Red Kite was seen at Arnside in 1996 pre-dating the Grizedale releases.
A drake Ferruginous Duck found at Brothers Water remained until 23rd April 1989 it was the second Cumbrian record and returned to winter every year until 29th March 1995, an adult Great White Egret was found on Skinburness Marsh it remained until 22nd March 2006 and was the second Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was seen on Biggar Bank in 2009.
Copyright © 2021 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel