June 2011

Period: 
Wednesday, 1 June 2011 to Thursday, 30 June 2011

Highlights: A Great White Egret appeared at Bassenthwaite Lake (2nd), a Common Crane was a brief visitor to the Rogersceugh area near Campfield Marsh (2nd) and a Hoopoe graced a Beetham garden (4th).

Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys and their chick(s) continued to thrive. A Greenshank also dropped in (7th).

Furness: The outskirts of Ulverston provided an Osprey (25th) and Green Sandpiper (27th) while the first Little Egret had returned to Bardsea (17th) where two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and a first-summer, were also found.

Hodbarrow: An unseasonable Whooper Swan associated with the Mute Swan flock (5th-19th). Waders included the reserve’s second Little Ringed Plover (5th) and a Little Stint (12th). Common Terns are the only tern species to nest this year. Nearby Selker produced three Storm Petrels (19th), a Shag (19th) and up to 150 Manx Shearwaters.

Curlew Sandpiper, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson
Curlew Sandpiper, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson
Little Stint, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson
Little Stint, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson
Sanderling, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson
Sanderling, Bowness Railings, Darren Robson

Inner Solway: Waders included a Curlew Sandpiper (1st) and a Little Stint (2nd) at Bowness Railings, along with 300 Sanderling. The Quail continued calling at Finglandrigg and four more were heard near Easton.

Kent Estuary: Little Egrets increased to four. At least two Ospreys were seen. Waders included two Avocets at Ulpha Meadows (11th) and a Greenshank (27th) at Arnside Marsh.

Walney Bird Observatory: Offshore sightings were led by a total of 11 Puffins (max. four on 13th), two Great Skuas (25th) and a Shag (14th). Also seen were reasonable numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 475 on 13th), Gannets (max. 145 on 13th), Common Scoters (max. 81 on 21st) and Guillemots (max. 65 on 13th) along with small numbers of Red-throated Divers, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns and Little Terns. Two Spoonbills put in a brief appearance (17th) to provide the highlight of the month. The first two Shoveler returned (29th) and waders began to reappear with Curlew and Redshank to the fore, amongst which were a Whimbrel (12th), two Greenshank (22nd) and a Black-tailed Godwit (29th). The first signs of autumn were already apparent with single Cuckoo logged on three days and a trickle of early returning passerines towards the end of the month included 30 Willow Warblers, three Redstarts and single Wheatear (15th), Grey Wagtail and Blackcap (20th) and Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff (30th).

Wood Sandpiper, Thacka Beck, Darren Robson
Wood Sandpiper, Thacka Beck, Darren Robson

Other sites: A pair of Garganey were found at Mazonwath near Sunbiggin Tarn (20th-22nd). Ospreys were seen at Killington Reservoir (22nd) and Tindale Tarn (24th). Quail were heard at Cumwhitton, near Thursby, near Ivegill and near Cliburn. A Wood Sandpiper (5th-6th), a Knot (25th) and a Greenshank (26th) all visited Thacka, Penrith. A Hooded Crow was on the Esk Estuary near Ravenglass (5th).