July 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010 to Saturday, 31 July 2010

 Highlights: Cumbria's first Semipalmated Sandpiper, an adult, lingered at Port Carlisle (28th-31st)though it initially caused some debate over its identity. A Balearic Shearwater was reported past St Bees Head (25th).

 Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys’ two young, both colour-ringed and radio-tagged, fledged successfully. Osprey watchers also recorded up to 20 Crossbills.

 Furness: Bardsea hosted up to four Mediterranean Gulls, three adults and a first-summer.

 Inner Solway: A Little Egret was at Port Carlisle (31st). Blustery southwesterly brought 18 Gannets and 19 Kittiwakes to Bowness-on-Solway (11th) followed by 58 Manx Shearwaters (31st). Wildfowl included two summering Whooper Swans at Rockcliffe. A Red Kite was disturbed from the carcase of a hare near Cardurnock (30th) and a Hobby hunted over Wedholme Flow (21st). Pick of the waders were a Spotted Redshank at Port Carlisle. A Ruff at Campfield Marsh, Black-tailed Godwits (max. 21 at Old Sandsfield), Greenshank (max. 12 at Carr Beds), Whimbrel (max. five at Port Carlisle), six Green Sandpipers at Carr Beds and Common Sandpipers (max. 26 at Old Sandsfield). Adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Anthorn and Port Carlisle.

 Kent Estuary: Relatively small numbers of Little Egrets were present (max. seven) and both an Osprey and a male Marsh Harrier were seen on occasions. A Quail was heard on Heversham Moss (3rd). Waders included up to nine Little Ringed Plovers, exceptional numbers of Black-tailed Godwits (max. 193), 16 Knot (7th), a Sanderling (19th), two Greenshank and a few returning Common Sandpipers. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was reported (30th).

 Outer Solway: A Storm Petrel was seen at Maryport (4th), Siddick Pond hosted a Little Ringed Plover (8th-9th) and Workington produced two Arctic Skuas (11th) and the regular second-summer Mediterranean Gull.

Walney Bird Observatory: Another generally quiet month over the sea with the highlights limited to single Storm Petrel (15th) and Black Guillemot (24th). A total of just four Arctic Skuas were seen along with 100 Little Terns (17th), reasonable numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 100 on 4th), Gannets (max. 128 on 10th), Common Scoters (max. 110 on 12th) and Sandwich Terns (max. 59 on 25th) and small numbers of Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Guillemots and Razorbills. An immature Spoonbill was seen intermittently (12th-24th), the first Little Egrets reappeared (max. two on 31st) and a Merlin was seen (24th). Waders began to increase through the month with two Wood Sandpipers (27th), single Little Ringed Plover (22nd-23rd & 31st), up to 14 Whimbrel, seven Black-tailed Godwits, six Greenshank and a Ruff (31st) the pick of the bunch. Swifts began to head south (max. 92 on 14th), a Cuckoo lingered (20th-25th) and the first Great Spotted Woodpecker returned to the island (12th). Southbound passerines began to reappear with Wheatear (from 17th) and Willow Warbler (from 20th) while an early Pied Flycatcher appeared (26th).

Other Sites: Ospreys visited Longtown and Killington Reservoir, Red Kites were seen near Cockermouth and Burton-in-Kendal and a Hobby was at Geltsdale. A Little Ringed Plover appeared at Killington Reservoir while Thacka Flash, Penrith produced a Wood Sandpiper (19th), Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and three Black-tailed Godwits. Sizergh Castle hosted up to eight Hawfinches while Crossbills included 25 at Helsington Barrows and 14 at Setmurthy.