Wednesday, 1 May 2013 to Friday, 31 May 2013Highlights: A male Subalpine Warbler, Cumbria’s third and the first for 20 years, was an elusive visitor to Rampside (15th-18th). A Bee Eater briefly hawked over horse paddocks at Biggar on Walney Island (1st) and a male red-spotted Bluethroat was photographed at nearby South Walney N.R. (20th). A drake Green-winged Teal was found at North Plain RSPB (5th-10th) and a Common Crane flew over Wedholme Flow (13th).
Monday, 1 April 2013 to Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Highlights: A singing male Serin, Cumbria’s fifth, was a brief visitor to the observatory garden at South Walney (19th) and a Hoopoe was photographed in a garden at Penton (22nd). The Todd’s Canada Goose was seen again among the Barnacle Geese at Whitrigg (10th).
Friday, 1 March 2013 to Sunday, 31 March 2013
Friday, 1 February 2013 to Thursday, 28 February 2013Highlights: The Todd’s Canada Goose, last seen in October 2012, reappeared among the Barnacle Geese at Whitrigg and Newton Marsh (26th-28th) while the drake Green-winged Teal lingered at Hodbarrow (to 18th).
Tuesday, 1 January 2013 to Thursday, 31 January 2013Highlights: 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.
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).
Thursday, 1 November 2012 to Friday, 30 November 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012 to Wednesday, 31 October 2012Highlights: 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).
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