June 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013 to Sunday, 30 June 2013

Highlights: Cumbria’s fourth Spotted Sandpiper was found at Workington harbour (12th) but failed to linger.

Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys hatched two young.

Hodbarrow: Wildfowl included the first returning Wigeon, Teal and Pochard. Both Common and Little Terns at least reached the hatching stage. Nearby Silecroft produced a Shag and an Arctic Skua (3rd).

Inner Solway: A Little Egret was at Campfield Marsh while a Quail called at Holme Dub.

Kent Estuary: A Spoonbill appeared at Sandside (12th) and at least nine Little Egrets were present. A drake Garganey graced Ulpha Meadows (6th). There were occasional sightings of Marsh Harrier while waders included an exceptional five Avocets (12th). An adult Yellow-legged Gull and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull were both seen at Halforth (26th).

Outer Solway: Seawatching highlights were provided by a Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua and 50 Manx Shearwaters at Nethertown (23rd) a first-summer Little Gull and a Puffin at Braystones (28th) and two Arctic Skuas at Workington (28th).

Walney Bird Observatory. Offshore highlights were few but included a Shag (1st), a Little Gull (4th), a Velvet Scoter (23rd) and totals of eight Arctic Skuas and five Great Skuas amongst good numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 455 on 22nd) and Gannets (max. 170 on 5th). Also seen were small numbers of Red-throated Divers, Fulmars, Common Scoters, Kittiwakes, Common Terns, Arctic Terns and Sandwich Terns. An early Wigeon had returned (22nd) and two Pink-footed Geese remained throughout. A Green Sandpiper (25th) was the pick of the waders although a late Sanderling passage was noted (max. 650 on 15th). Apparently summering waders included 2000 Knot (2nd) – with smaller numbers throughout the month - and 260 Bar-tailed Godwits (22nd) while small numbers of Whimbrel began to return (from 21st) and 405 Curlew were recorded (23rd). The last few northbound Spotted Flycatchers moved through at the start of the month and other late migrants included 14 House Martins (1st) and a Yellow Wagtail (17th) while single Wheatear (22nd) and Chiffchaff (26th) were perhaps heading south. The Hooded Crow put in another appearance (24th).

Other sites: A Shag (9th) and at least five Storm Petrels (26th) were offshore at Selker. Five drake Common Scoters turned up inland at Wast Water (9th), a Red Kite visited Mockerkin Tarn (21st), two Little Egrets were on the Esk Estuary near Ravenglass and the Lyth Valley hosted a first-summer Mediterranean Gull (10th-14th). A Little Stint was found on the River Esk at Longtown (7th). Crossbills included six at Wetheral Pasture while a highly unseasonable Snow Bunting was reported from the summit of Grisedale Pike (26th).