September 2010

Period: 
Wednesday, 1 September 2010 to Thursday, 30 September 2010
Red-necked Phalarope, Carr Beds, Darren Robson
Red-necked Phalarope, Carr Beds, Darren Robson

Highlights: A Red-necked Phalarope graced the River Eden near Rockcliffe (14th-16th), a Yellow-browed Warbler visited a garden at Geltsdale (28th) and a Great White Egret was seen at Walney (30th).

Furness: Four Curlew Sandpipers were at Goadsbarrow (16th) and an adult Mediterranean Gull at Roose.

Hodbarrow: Pick of the waders were six Curlew Sandpipers. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was reported (2nd). Nearby Millom Marsh hosted an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Inner Solway: Up to five Little Egrets the area. The first Pink-footed Geese headed south (15th) followed by the first returning Barnacle Geese (26th), 14 pale-bellied Brent Geese dropped in at Port Carlisle (15th) and two Ruddy Shelduck, inevitably bearing the usual dubious origin tag, were on Rockcliffe Marsh {14th). Pick of the waders were good numbers of juvenile Curlew Sandpipers (max 11 at Port Carlisle), a juvenile Little Stint at Anthorn, a Spotted Redshank at Port Carlisle, a smattering of Ruff (max. six at Anthorn), Greenshank (max. 17 at Anthorn), small numbers of Black-tailed Godwits and up to three Green Sandpipers at Carr Beds. Two second-summer Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Anthorn (4th), Black Terns were at Rockcliffe (14th} and Port Carlisle (19th) and good numbers of Guillemots appeared (max. 30). An impressive flock of 100 Tree Sparrows was at Langrigg Farm near Grune.

Black Tern, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Black Tern, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Curlew Sandpiper, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson
Curlew Sandpiper, Port Carlisle, Darren Robson

Kent Estuary: Little Egret numbers continued to increase, reaching at least 38, a record count. An early Whooper Swan appeared (15th). Up to three Ospreys lingered, a ringtail Hen Harrier hunted near Sandside (12th) and a Marsh Harrier was near Beetham (12th). Waders included up to 10 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, a juvenile Little Stint, an exceptional 164 Black-tailed Godwits, 13 Ruff, three Whimbrel and 11 Greenshank. A juvenile Black Tern lingered at Arnside (6th-9th) and single Guillemots were unusual (11th & 20th).

Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Darren Robson
Mediterranean Gull, Workington, Darren Robson

Outer Solway: Workington produced a total of five Leach’s Petrels (14th-20th), Red-throated Divers (max. 14), two pale-bellied Brent Geese (15th), a Shag, at least six Mediterranean Gulls, three adults, a second-winter, a first-winter plus the regular ringed bird, and Kittiwakes (max. 60). A Purple Sandpiper was at St Bees (12th).

Sabine's Gull, Walney, walneybo.blogspot.com
Sabine's Gull, Walney, walneybo.blogspot.com

Walney Bird Observatory: The sea finally sprang into life mid month with a total of 24 Leach’s Petrels (18th-20th), a Sooty Shearwater (15th), single Black Terns (15th & 16th), a juvenile Sabine’s Gull (19th) and a Storm Petrel (15th) along with four Scaup (15th), three Great Skuas (15th), four Arctic Skuas and three Shags. Also seen were good numbers of Red-throated Divers and Common Scoters and low numbers of Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns, Arctic Terns, Guillemots and Razorbills. Wildfowl were on the move with a total of 2555 Pink-footed Geese (from 15th), 40 Barnacle Geese (25th) and 22 pale-bellied Brent Geese (20th) logged while waders were represented by 40 Greenshank, up to six Curlew Sandpipers, four Black-tailed Godwits, three Whimbrel (to 11th), two Ruff (7th-12th), two Little Stints (8th-14th) and a Spotted Redshank (12th). Little Egrets continued to increase with a record 36 birds present and single Osprey (7th) and Marsh Harrier (12th) flew through. Both Merlin and Peregrine were prominent. A Lapland Bunting that was disturbed from the tide line (24th) was the pick of the passerines though a Treecreeper (26th & 29th) was unusual. Migration was well underway with totals of four Tree Pipits, five Yellow Wagtails, seven Whinchats, three Lesser Redpolls, 11 Siskin and 63 Tree Sparrows amongst the commoner species which included good numbers of Chiffchaffs (max. 31 on 8th). Additional peak counts included 650 Meadow Pipits (22nd), 610 Swallows (2nd), 170 Skylarks (22nd), 60 Chaffinches (30th), 33 Sand Martins (2nd), 26 Willow Warblers (8th), 18 House Martins (21st), 11 Wheatears (12th), 10 Grey Wagtails (22nd) and 10 White Wagtails (12th). Departure dates included Tree Pipit (3rd), Sedge Warbler (8th), Cuckoo (9th), Spotted Flycatcher (11th), Willow Warbler (12th), Yellow Wagtail and Whitethroat (22nd) and Whinchat (27th) while an early Redwing was seen (26th).

Black Tern, Longtown, Darren Robson
Black Tern, Longtown, Darren Robson

Other Sites: A Red Kite was seen near Cockermouth (2nd), a Marsh Harrier was at Tindale Tarn (5th) and a Hobby was at Wetheral (14th). Thacka Flash, Penrith hosted two Ruff, the first for the site. Two Little Gulls visited Longtown Ponds (21st) as did two Black Terns (7th) with one lingering (to 10th) and others on the River Esk (14th) and at Talkin Tarn (18th). A very early Waxwing was reported from Dalston (25th).