July 2011

Period: 
Friday, 1 July 2011 to Sunday, 31 July 2011

Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys successfully fledged two young (19th).

Furness: A Hobby and several Ospreys were seen on the Furness mosses and a Green Sandpiper was near Ulverston (9th). Bardsea produced at least two adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Scaup appeared (19th), another adult Mediterranean Gull was at Rampside.

Hodbarrow: The Mute Swan flock increased (max. 76). Waders included a Black-tailed Godwit. No young terns of any species seem to have fledged this year.

Kittiwake, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Kittiwake, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Mediterranean Gull, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Mediterranean Gull, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson

Inner Solway: Waders included a Little Stint at Port Carlisle (28th), Black-tailed Godwits (max. eight at Campfield), two Green Sandpipers at Wedholme Flow and a handful of Greenshank and Whimbrel. Adult Mediterranean Gulls were found at Campfield Marsh and Port Carlisle, where a Little Gull and a Kittiwake were also seen. A Quail was heard near Kirkbride (15th) and a Crossbill flew over Port Carlisle (30th).

Kent Estuary: Little Egrets increased (max. 19). Up to four Ospreys, a Marsh Harrier and a Hobby were seen. Waders included a Black-tailed Godwit at Arnside and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Halforth. A second-summer Mediterranean Gull at Sandside (18th) was followed by a juvenile (25th).

Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Steve Sheehan
Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Steve Sheehan

Outer Solway: The regular one-legged Mediterranean Gull, now in its third summer, returned to Workington where two more adults were also seen. A Hooded Crow was at Whitehaven (24th).

Little Stint, Walney, walneybo.blogspot.com
Little Stint, Walney, walneybo.blogspot.com

Walney Bird Observatory: Seawatching highlights involved two Storm Petrels (18th) and two Pomarine Skuas (19th) along with four Arctic Skuas and two Great Skuas and good numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 383 on 17th), Common Scoters (max. 410 on 7th), Gannets (max. 124 on 17th) and Sandwich Terns (max. 219 on 16th) while Red-throated Divers, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Common Terns, Arctic Terns and Little Terns all appeared in lesser numbers. The first Little Egret reappeared (11th) and summer-plumaged waders began to return from their Arctic breeding grounds with Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Sanderling along the maritime shore while freshwater waders included up to 26 Black-tailed Godwits (7th), 18 Greenshank (17th), seven Whimbrel (16th), several Common Sandpipers and single Green Sandpiper (14th) and Little Stint (from 28th). Passerines were on the move earlier than usual with a male Black Redstart (10th) the highlight along with peaks of 200 Swallows (30th), 40 Swifts (4th), 40 Sedge Warblers (10th), 20 Sand Martins (4th) and 17 Whitethroats (31st) while monthly totals included 140 Willow Warblers, seven Wheatears, seven Blackcaps, four Redstarts, three Yellow Wagtails, three Spotted Flycatchers, three Garden Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats and several Cuckoos.

Other sites: A Hobby flew over Thacka Beck, Penrith (11th). A Wood Sandpiper (13th) and up to three Green Sandpipers were seen on the River Esk at Longtown. Crossbills included 39 at Hallbankgate.