Highlights: A drake Green-winged Teal was an unseasonable and unexpected visitor to the saltmarsh pool at Campfield Marsh (3rd-6th) and a Great White Egret was on the River Leven at Newby Bridge (11th).
Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys and their two young continued to thrive.
Hodbarrow: For the third successive year, no Little Terns nested and numbers of Sandwich Terns were also reduced. Nearby, two adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Borwick Rails (13th).
Inner Solway: A Red Kite was seen over Bowness Common (5th) and a Quail was heard at North Plain (3rd). Waders included a Spotted Redshank at Port Carlisle (21st) and up to three Black-tailed Godwits at Campfield Marsh.
Kent Estuary: Little Egrets reappeared (max. six) and an Osprey was seen (2nd). Waders included Black-tailed Godwits (max.22), a Bar-tailed Godwit (25th), 18 Knot (28th) and the first returning Common Sandpiper (25th). A stranded Guillemot was picked up and released at Far Arnside (24th).
Outer Solway: Workington produced a first-summer Mediterranean Gull (15th).
Walney Bird Observatory: another very quiet month over the sea with little in the way of suitable weather conditions. Highlights were limited to a total of eight Puffins (max. four on 16th) and a Shag (18th) amongst just small numbers of Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars, Red-throated Divers, Guillemots, Razorbills, Sandwich Terns, Arctic Terns, Little Terns and Common Terns. Wildfowl were led by the lingering female Velvet Scoter (to 9th) before the first few returning Wigeon and Teal attracted an eclipse drake Garganey (13th). Waders also began to reappear with a Little Ringed Plover (3rd), up to four Greenshank (from 18th) and 20 Black-tailed Godwits (26th). The island’s Stonechat population appears to have held up well after the severe winter weather at the beginning of the year, around 10-12 pairs are present and Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat have all bred. A Chiffchaff (25th) and Cuckoo were perhaps the first signs of southbound passerine migration and a family group of six Ravens scavenged amongst the island’s litter bins (27th-30th).
Other Sites: A drake Common Scoter appeared inland at Killington (28th). A Red Kite passed over Wetheral (25th) and an Osprey visited Fisher Tarn (2nd). A small influx of Quail consisted of three near Dalston and singles at Thornhill Moss and Longtown. Sizergh Castle hosted up to 12 Hawfinches.