Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 9th November 2020
A white morph Snow Goose at Drigg in 2010 was probably the same bird found at Mosser on 6th November 2010 it was still considered to be an escape, drake American Wigeons were seen in the Ravenglass area up to the 16th November in 1997 and at Bowness-on-Solway in 2000 this one remained until the next day, these were the sixth and seventh Cumbrian records, a female Ruddy Duck was seen on Derwent Water in 2014 it was the last known specimen recorded in the county following the nationwide cull of these birds, a Great White Egret on Burgh Marsh in 2015 was approximately the 30th Cumbrian record, and single Great Grey Shrikes were found at Newton Rigg College, Penrith in 1998, on Humphrey Head in 2003 and a returning bird for its second winter to Dalton Crags (SD57N) in 2007.
A Snow Goose of unknown origin commuted between Anthorn and Bowness-on-Solway from 2015 until 31st January 2016, a drake Green-winged Teal returned to Campfield Marsh for its fifth consecutive winter in 2008, it was the 14th Cumbrian record, the Brothers Water Ferruginous Duck re-appeared in 1993 for its fifth consecutive winter, remaining until 18th April 1994, a Great White Egret was at Campfield Marsh until 12th November 2016, a Cetti’s Warbler was caught and ringed at Watchtree NR (NY35) it was the seventh Cumbrian record, a Pallas’s Warbler found at Thwaite Flat, Barrow-in-Furness in 2000 remained until 12th November it was the fourth Cumbrian record and the fifth individual bird and finally a Firecrest was seen at South Walney in 1999.
A female Isabelline Wheatear was shot near Allonby in 1887, this bird was the first British example of this species, remaining so for 90 years until the second British bird was recorded at Winterton, Norfolk on 28th May 1977, it remains the only Cumbrian record, a Richard’s Pipit at South Walney in 1987 was the 13th Cumbrian record, a single Water Pipit on Walney Island in 2011 was joined by a second bird on 11th and 24th November, one remaining until 30th November a Common (Mealy) Redpoll was seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2003 and a Little Bunting found at Siddick Pond in 1948 was the first Cumbrian record.
The Greater Yellowlegs found at Carr Beds on 15th October 1994 was seen again today and the next day.
A Bittern was seen at Goldmire, Barrow-in-Furness remaining until 26th November in 1989, an adult Cattle Egret was seen in fields at Little Urswick (SD27R) remaining until 27th November 2008 it was the seventh Cumbrian record and the sixth individual bird, a first-winter Long-billed Dowitcher found at Port Carlisle in 2009 remained until 4th January 2010 it was the sixth Cumbrian record and the seventh individual bird, a Grey Phalarope was located at Biggar Bank it remained until 19th November 2010 and it was the 36th Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird since 1974, a Great Grey Shrike was found near Paddaburn (NY68N), Spadeadam Forest in 2010 and a male Firecrest was found at Westfield Point in 2007.
A Black-throated Diver seen off Nethertown was also seen there on 23rd and 26th November in 2014, a minimum of three Bitterns were counted wintering at Siddick Pond in 2013 and a Bittern at Sunbiggin Tarn in 2019 was a pleasant surprise for the finder, a Firecrest at Cavendish Dock, Barrow in 2008 and a Lapland Bunting was at South Walney in 2014 it was the 43rd Cumbrian record and the 46th individual bird.
A Red Kite seen over Rose Hill (NY45I) in 2009 was a nice record it pre-dated the Grizedale releases, a Rough-legged Buzzard was seen flying over Armathwaite (NY54) in 1986 it was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1974, a Grey Phalarope was found on flooded fields at Biggar Bank, Walney in 2009 it was the 34th Cumbrian record and the 37th individual bird since 1974, an immature Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Dalston in 1986 it was the eighth Cumbrian record and the 10th individual bird, a Richard’s Pipit was found on Walney it remained until 17th November 2003 and it was the 22nd Cumbrian record and at least four Water Pipits were present at Biggar, Walney in 2009.
Copyright © 2020 Ronnie Irving
Secretary CBC Records Panel