June 2012 Sightings

Period: 
Friday, 1 June 2012 to Saturday, 30 June 2012
Greenish Warbler, Walney. walneybo.blogspot.com
Greenish Warbler, Walney. walneybo.blogspot.com
Pectoral Sandpiper, Walney. walneybo.blogspot.com
Pectoral Sandpiper, Walney. walneybo.blogspot.com

Highlights: Walney Island dominated the month’s rarities with the county’s fifth Greenish Warbler trapped and ringed at the Bird Observatory (4th), followed by a Pectoral Sandpiper at Snab Point (5th) and a Sooty Shearwater past Biggar Bank (9th).

Bassenthwaite Lake: The Osprey pair and their single chick continued to thrive.

Hodbarrow: Up to two first-summer Little Gulls lingered. Nearby Selker produced eight Storm Petrels (10th) and up to 150 Manx Shearwaters.

Inner Solway: Two Little Egrets appeared (16th) and an unseasonable male Hen Harrier was seen (26th). Wader highlights were limited to the odd Black-tailed Godwit. A Pomarine Skua at Bowness-on-Solway (17th) was followed by six more along with four Great Skuas (23rd). A flock of 33 Crossbills was seen at Finglandrigg Wood.

Kent Estuary: There were regular sightings of an Osprey and both male and female Marsh Harrier. Waders included two Avocets (1st) and a Black-tailed Godwit. At least 10 Hawfnches continued to visit a garden in Grange-over-Sands.

Black Guillemot, Workington, Craig Shaw
Black Guillemot, Workington, Craig Shaw

Outer Solway: Seawatching at Workington produced Storm Petrels (max. 38 on 23td), Manx Shearwaters, including a massive 2400 (22nd), Fulmars (max. 60), Kittiwakes (max. 400), three Puffins (22nd), a Black Guillemot (30th), a total of six Arctic Skuas (including five on 30th) and small numbers of Gannets, Sandwich Terns, Razorbills and Guillemots. Elsewhere, a single Storm Petrel was off Parton (23rd), two Pomarine Skuas passed Sellafield (16th) and an Arctic Skua was off Nethertown.

Walney Bird Observatory. A total of 12 Storm Petrels (9th-24th), a Puffin (14th) and a Roseate Tern (30th) were the pick of the offshore sightings. Also seen were good numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 1000 on 1st), Gannets (max. 205 on 9th), Common Scoters (max. 73 on 1st), Kittiwakes (max. 52 on 9th), Fulmars (max. 26 on 23rd) and Guillemots (max. 40 on 9th). Five Great Skuas and four Arctic Skuas were also logged while Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Sandwich Terns and Little Terns were all regularly seen. A Short-eared Owl appeared to be summering and an Osprey was seen (19th). The island also hosted a good selection of waders at the beginning of the month including a Little Stint (2nd), a Ruff (4th), a Wood Sandpiper (4th) and a Curlew Sandpiper (7th). Four Whimbrel (11th) were perhaps the first evidence of returning birds which also included up to 42 Black-tailed Godwits (from 23rd) and two Greenshank (30th). A late flurry of passerines included a Black Redstart (3rd), a Hooded Crow (4th) and small numbers of Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.

Other sites: Red Kites were seen at Holme Dub, Watchtree N.R. and Thacka, Penrith where a an Osprey (30th) and a Greenshank also appeared (23rd). A Hooded Crow was on the Irt Estuary (16th).