Monthly Reports

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  • January 2013
    Tuesday, 1 January 2013 to Thursday, 31 January 2013
    Highlights: The corpse of a White-tailed Tropicbird was picked up on the beach at Mawbray Banks (6th); a first for Britain if accepted. The drake Green-winged Teal lingered all month at Hodbarrow.
  • December 2012
    Saturday, 1 December 2012 to Monday, 31 December 2012

    Highlights: The adult Red-breasted Goose continued to associate with Barnacle Geese at Cardurnock (to 2nd) while the drake Green-winged Teal lingered at Hodbarrow all month. Meanwhile, the long-staying Great White Egret remained in residence at Campfield Marsh (to 1st) and a Great Grey Shrike was photographed at Culgaith near Penrith (9th).

  • November 2012
    Thursday, 1 November 2012 to Friday, 30 November 2012
    Red-breasted Goose, Cardurnock, Nick Franklin
    Red-breasted Goose, Cardurnock, Nick Franklin
    Great White Egret, Campfield, Ian Kinley
    Great White Egret, Campfield, Ian Kinley
  • October 2012
    Monday, 1 October 2012 to Wednesday, 31 October 2012
    Highlights: Two vagrant Canada Geese, both potential county firsts, were found associating with Barnacle Geese on the Inner Solway as a Richardson’s Canada Goose at Whitrigg (25th-26th) was, amazingly, followed by a Todd’s Canada Goose at nearby Cardurnock (27th). An adult American Golden Plover at Cardurnock (26th) was considered to be one of the birds seen at Drumburgh in September, while an adult at nearby Longcroft (27th) then Cardurnock (28th) was, remarkably, a new bird, the third of the autumn. At the opposite end of the county, Cumbria’s second Cetti’s Warbler was found at North Scale, Walney Island (28th-29th). Meanwhile, last year’s long-staying Great White Egret returned to Campfield Marsh (from 10th).
  • September 2012
    Saturday, 1 September 2012 to Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Highlights: A spectacular array of Nearctic waders dominated the month with a brief Pectoral Sandpiper at Kents Bank (17th) followed by an adult American Golden Plover that frequented the Inner Solway between Bowness-on-Solway and Drumburgh (18th-26th), single Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Selker (19th) and Walney Island (19th-21st), a Long-billed Dowitcher at Drumburgh Marsh (27th) and then, amazingly, another adult American Golden Plover at Drumburgh (28th). From the east came a Yellow-browed Warbler at Westfield Point near Barrow-in-Furness (25th).

  • August 2012 Sightings
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012 to Friday, 31 August 2012
    Melodious Warbler, Walney, Tony Phizacklea
    Melodious Warbler, Walney, Tony Phizacklea

    Highlights: A Melodious Warbler found at Snab Point, Walney Island (19th) was the first in the county since 2003.

  • July 2012 Sightings
    Sunday, 1 July 2012 to Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    Bassenthwaite Lake: The Osprey pair successfully fledged their single chick. A flock of 20 Crossbills was seen at Dodd Wood.

  • June 2012 Sightings
    Friday, 1 June 2012 to Saturday, 30 June 2012
    Greenish Warbler, Walney.
    Greenish Warbler, Walney.
  • May 2012 Sightings
    Tuesday, 1 May 2012 to Thursday, 31 May 2012
    Long-billed Dowitcher, Hodbarrow, Ian Kinley
    Long-billed Dowitcher, Hodbarrow, Ian Kinley

    Highlights: Hodbarrow hosted Cumbria’s first Black-winged Stilt (28th) and sixth Long-billed Dowitcher (9th-12th). Elsewhere, a Black Kite flew west over Gilpin Bridge near

  • April 2012
    Sunday, 1 April 2012 to Monday, 30 April 2012

    Highlights: Three Glossy Ibises briefly visited Campfield Marsh (28th) while the Leighton Moss bird made occasional forays into the county, appearing near Arnside (18th & 25th-26th). The Great White Egret remained at Campfield Marsh (to 11th). A Hoopoe was reportedly photographed near Stainton (15th).