August 2010

Sunday, 1 August 2010 to Tuesday, 31 August 2010

 Highlights: The adult Semipalmated Sandpiper remained at Port Carlisle, though elusive at times, (to 5th). Pick of the passerines was a Lapland Bunting found near Tindale Tarn (31st).

 Bassenthwaite Lake: The female Osprey and both young headed south before the end of the month though the adult male lingered on. 

Furness: Up to three Ospreys and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (28th) were seen on the Leven Estuary at Greenodd and an impressive 26 Little Egrets were at Bardsea.

 Geltsdale: Tindale Tarn hosted at least two Ospreys, a Hobby (12th) and a Water Rail (14th). Elsewhere on the reserve, Marsh Harriers passed west on four dates with two (10th). a male Black Grouse was lekking (14th), a female with was seen with at least four juveniles (13th) and three birds were noted sitting on a fence with a Short-eared Owl. At least 10 Spotted Flycatchers were present (16th) and 12 Ring Ouzels were watched feeding on Rowans at Stagsike (23rd).

 Hodbarrow: Wildfowl included 74 Mute Swans while pick of the waders were a Ruff and three Greenshank. An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen (15th). Nearby, two Little Egrets were on Millom Marsh.

 Inner Solway: Up to three Little Egrets frequented Port Carlisle. Pick of the waders were three Little Ringed Plovers at Wedholme Flow, juvenile Little Stints at Grune and Port Carlisle (24th), up to two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Port Carlisle with one also at Anthorn, two Spotted Redshanks at Port Carlisle and singles at Old Sandsfield and Campfield, a smattering of Ruff (max. six at Anthorn), Black-tailed Godwits (max. 55 at Bowness-on-Solway), Greenshank (max. 27 at Carr Beds), Whimbrel (max. 10 at Port Carlisle), a Wood Sandpiper near Rockcliffe (15th) and up to eight Green Sandpipers at Carr Beds. Adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Silloth and Port Carlisle.

 Irt/Mite/Esk area: A colour ringed Little Egret and two Spotted Redshanks were on Newbiggin Marsh while a male Black Redstart was found by the Irt Estuary (20th).

 Kent Estuary: Little Egret numbers increased to a record 28, up to four Ospreys lingered at Foulshaw Moss and a Hobby was seen at Arnside (15th). Waders included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper (20th-23rd), two Little Ringed Plovers and two Greenshank.

 Outer Solway: Workington produced at least seven Mediterranean Gulls, four adults, two second-summers, including the regular bird, and a juvenile, with an adult also seen at Maryport. 

 Walney Bird Observatory: Walney Bird Observatory: Another very quiet month over the sea with little in the way of suitable weather conditions. Highlights were limited to three Shags and single Arctic Skua and Great Skua amongst just small numbers of Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars, Red-throated Divers, Guillemots, Razorbills, Sandwich Terns, Little Terns and Common Terns. A Marsh Harrier flew through (26th) and both Merlin and Peregrine and a Water Rail were logged whilst a total of 21 Little Egrets were seen. Teal numbers began to build steadily and a few Wigeon and Shoveler began to reappear. Waders were highlighted by a Little Ringed Plover (1st-4th), Ruff (1st-3rd) and Green Sandpiper (3rd-8th) along with up to 23 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and six Whimbrel whilst commoner species included peaks of 100 Grey Plover, 180 Sanderling, 210 Turnstone and 340 Dunlin. Southbound migration began with a Stock Dove and several Cuckoos noted before visible migration produced increasing numbers of hirundines while monthly totals included 75 Tree Sparrows and 17 Tree Pipits. Several small falls produced 41 Willow Warblers (14th) and 40 Wheatears (27th) along with totals of 71 White Wagtails, 13 Spotted Flycatchers, six Whinchats, six Yellow Wagtails and lesser numbers of Redstarts, Garden Warblers, Blackcaps and Lesser Whitethroats.

 Other Sites: Ospreys visited Killington Reservoir and Longtown (two), a Marsh Harriers passed through Killington and a Hobby was seen at Brampton (24th). A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was inland at Windermere (9th), a Little Stint appeared at Sunbiggin Tarn (21st) and Thacka Flash, Penrith hosted a juvenile Little Ringed Plover (22nd).