June 2014

Sunday, 1 June 2014 to Monday, 30 June 2014
Glossy Ibis, Milnthorpe, Ian Kinley
Glossy Ibis, Milnthorpe, Ian Kinley

Highlights: A first-summer Glossy Ibis lingered obligingly on the River Bela just south of Milnthorpe (from 17th), relocating briefly to Ulpha Meadows (30th).

Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys lost one of their chicks to illness and one of the surviving two appears to be developing slowly.

Esk/Irt/Mite complex: A Quail was heard alongside the Irt Estuary. The long-staying Hooded Crow was seen again at Eskmeals.

Hodbarrow: Pick of the waders were nine Black-tailed Godwits. Numbers of Sandwich, Common and Little Terns dwindled slowly and breeding attempts were few. Nearby Selker produced single Storm Petrels (6th & 25th) and a Black Guillemot (25th).

Inner Solway: Two Little Egrets lingered. A Quail called near Abbeytown.

Kent Estuary: The Foulshaw Moss Ospreys hatched three young. There were several sightings of wandering Marsh Harriers and at least 21 Little Egrets were present. A female Garganey was found at Ulpha Meadows (30th) while waders included nine Avocets at Arnside Marsh (18th), the largest flock ever seen in Cumbria, and an impressive 94 Black-tailed Godwits near Arnside.

Outer Solway: A Quail was heard between Maryport and Dearham.

Walney Bird Observatory: Offshore highlights involved five Puffins (four on 20th) and three Arctic Skuas along with good numbers of Manx Shearwaters (max. 310 on 6th), Common Scoters (max. 100 on 6th), Sandwich Terns (max. 104 on 10th), Gannets (max. 72 on 12th), Guillemots (max. 45 on 21st) and Little Terns (max. 40 on 13th). Also seen were smaller numbers of Arctic Terns (max. 21 on 14th) and a late Red-throated Diver (9th). Two Water Rails were in breeding habitat (22nd) and the first Little Egret reappeared (27th). An early drake Pintail appeared (from 14th) and while a few Knot, Grey Plover, Dunlin and Bar-tailed Godwit remained throughout returning waders included Greenshank (13th), Black-tailed Godwit (three on 16th), Common Sandpiper (two on 27th) and a Wood Sandpiper (28th). A female Black Redstart (25th-27th) was the pick of the passerines which also included a Treecreeper (28th) and the first southbound Blackcap (22nd), Willow Warbler (22nd) and Chiffchsaff (29th). A flock of 100 Swifts screamed overhead (27th).

Other sites: The River Esk at Longtown still hosted up to seven first-summer Little Gulls early in the month and a Quail was heard nearby. A Hobby was seen at Ralfland Forest near Shap (19th) and a female Mandarin was on Whinfell Tarn.