November 2011

Period: 
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 to Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Green-winged Teal, Siddick, Craig Shaw
Green-winged Teal, Siddick, Craig Shaw
Great White Egret, Campfield, Darren Robson
Great White Egret, Campfield, Darren Robson

Highlights: Drake Green-winged Teals were found at Siddick Pond (20th) and Haverigg (20th-21st), both presumably returning birds. New Great White Egrets appeared at Campfield Marsh (1st-30th) and Bassenthwaite Lake (16th-25th) while the long-staying individual remained at Kents Bank (to 10th). A Yellow-browed Warbler was found at South Walney (4th).

Furness: Cavendish Dock held four Little Egrets and a Greenshank while two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult and a first-winter, were at nearby Rampside.

Tundra Bean Geese, Blackdyke, Tristan Reid
Tundra Bean Geese, Blackdyke, Tristan Reid

Inner Solway: Two Bewick’s Swans accompanied 305 Whooper Swans at Kirkbride airfield (30th), with flocks of the latter also including 232 at Beaumont and 60 at North Plain. An exceptional flock of up to 76 Tundra Bean Geese near Silloth was accompanied by up to 25 Eurasian White-fronted Geese (25th-27th), with five of the latter at nearby Calvo (25th) while a flock of 17, presumably Eurasian, flew east at Kirkandrews-on-Eden (15th) and one was shot on Rockcliffe Marsh. Another six Tundra Bean Geese were near Longcroft (25th). Barnacle Geese included at least 5000 on Rockcliffe Marsh. A redhead Smew off Bowness Railings (23rd) was the pick of the ducks. At least one Little Egret roamed the area. Waders included two Spotted Redshanks at Port Carlisle, a Ruff at Blackdyke near Silloth (25th-27th) and a Greenshank at Anthorn. A juvenile Sabine’s Gull was reported at Campfield Marsh (3rd). A late Wheatear was seen at Cardurnock (10th). Crossbills comprised 15 at Cliburn Moss and two over Campfield Marsh.

Kent Estuary: Wildfowl included six Eurasian White-fronted Geese flying over Arnside Marsh (28th), 1633 Pintail and 111 Eiders. At least 26 Little Egrets remained. At least one Marsh Harrier continued to linger (to 21st) while two Hen Harriers frequented Foulshaw Moss. Waders included 60 Black-tailed Godwits. A very late Swallow was seen at Arnside (28th).

Black Redstart, Workington, Keith Hamilton
Black Redstart, Workington, Keith Hamilton
Black Redstart, Workington, Craig Shaw
Black Redstart, Workington, Craig Shaw
Bittern, Siddick, Craig Shaw
Bittern, Siddick, Craig Shaw
Long-tailed Duck, Soddy Gap, Craig Shaw
Long-tailed Duck, Soddy Gap, Craig Shaw

Outer Solway: Soddy Gap hosted a female Long-tailed Duck (23rd-30th) while a drake Velvet Scoter (14th) and 13 Whooper Swans (7th) appeared off Sellafield. Three Bitterns were observed at the traditionally favoured Siddick Pond. At least 60 Red-throated Divers were in Allonby Bay and a Great Skua and two late Gannets were seen off St Bees Head (12th). Workington produced an impressive 62 Purple Sandpipers, a late Arctic Skua (22nd), five Little Gulls (four adults and a first-winter) while just two Mediterranean Gulls, the regular adult and a first-winter, frequented the area. Two typically elusive Black Redstarts were found on the beach at Workington (10th-21st). A very late Whitethroat was seen at St Bees Head (1st).

Long-tailed Duck, Walney, Colin Inman
Long-tailed Duck, Walney, Colin Inman

Walney Bird Observatory: Offshore highlights were limited to single Black Guillemot (10th), Great Northern Diver (24th) and Great Skua (28th) along with up to seven Shags and a very late Manx Shearwater (25th). Also seen were good numbers of Kittiwakes (max. 180 on 25th), Razorbills (max. 245 on 25th), Common Scoters (max. 120 on 13th) and smaller numbers of Red-throated Divers (max. 14 on 28th), Gannets and Guillemots. A total of 1111 Pink-footed Geese and 26 Whooper Swans headed south and the Brent Goose flock steadily increased to record levels with 161 pale-bellied and 50 dark-bellied birds present by the month’s end. In addition, 18 Barnacle Geese were grounded and a total of 18 White-fronted Geese flew through while a Long-tailed Duck remained in residence throughout. Waders included 25 Purple Sandpipers, 17 Greenshank, two Black-tailed Godwits and several migrant Woodcocks amongst good numbers of the commoner species. A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen (3rd) and several Short-eared Owls hunted the island. At least 37 Little Egrets were present and four different Water Rails were logged. Passerines were led by a Water Pipit (from 8th) and at least two Black Redstarts (5th-8th). The final vestiges of autumn migration produced totals of 68 Tree Sparrows, 12 Lesser Redpolls, seven Bramblings and three Siskins amongst the commoner finches while the Twite flock steadily increased (max. 150 on 16th). Late departing migrants involved Whinchat (4th), Chiffchaff (5th), Swift (10th), Wheatear (13th) and Blackcap (22nd).

Other sites: Four Tundra Bean Geese at Burneside near Kendal (17th) were followed by six in the Lyth Valley (28th). Eurasian White-fronted Geese consisted of one at Wet Sleddale (11th), five near Crosby-on-Eden (29th-30th) and 10 over Leasgill near Milnthorpe (28th). Whinfell Tarn hosted a redhead Smew (14th-30th) and a female Mandarin while a Long-tailed Duck appeared at Longtown Ponds (30th) and four Common Scoters were inland on Tindale Tarn (15th). A Black-throated Diver appeared inland on Bassenthwaite Lake (18th-23rd) along with up to four Common Scoters (24th-25th). Flookburgh Marsh hosted 13 Little Egrets and two Short-eared Owls. An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Esk Estuary at Newbiggin Marsh (13th) with a Greenshank nearby on the Mite Estuary (3rd). A Black Redstart visited Geltsdale (5th) and a late Wheatear was on Croglin Fell (12th). A Great Grey Shrike was found at Tarn (16th). Crossbills included 60 at Tarn Hows, 50 at Whinlatter and 24 at Setmurthy. Sizergh Castle hosted up to four Hawfinches and six Snow Buntings were on Crag Fell near Keswick (20th) with singles in the Coniston Fells at Wetherlam (1st), at Drigg Dunes (9th) and on Helvellyn (17th).