Monthly Reports

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  • December 2011
    Thursday, 1 December 2011 to Saturday, 31 December 2011

    Highlights: The Leighton Moss Glossy Ibis briefly crossed the border from Lancashire, being seen in flight near Arnside (15th). A drake Green-winged Teal lingered at Hodbarrow all month, briefly joined by a second bird (3rd), the first multiple sighting in the county. The Great White Egret remained around Campfield Marsh though ranging more widely and being joined by a second bird at Burgh Marsh (24th) while the long-stayer was seen intermittently at Kents Bank all month.

  • November 2011
    Tuesday, 1 November 2011 to Wednesday, 30 November 2011
    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).
  • October 2011 Sightings
    Saturday, 1 October 2011 to Monday, 31 October 2011
    Highlights: An immature White-tailed Eagle, presumably from a reintroduction scheme, visited the Tindale area (13th). The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper lingered on Arnside Marsh (to 1st) as did the two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers (to 2nd), with one remaining (to 3rd) while new arrivals came in the form of a brief Long-billed Dowitcher at Port Carlisle (16th) and another juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper that lingered in the Lyth Valley (21st-27th). A Yellow-browed Warbler was found at Rottinton near St Bees (30th) while the long-staying Great White Egret remained at Kents Bank (to 16th).
  • September 2011
    Thursday, 1 September 2011 to Friday, 30 September 2011
    Highlights: A juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the first in the county since 1998, frequented Arnside Marsh (24th-30th) where it was joined by two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers (28th-30th). The Great White Egret remained at Kents Bank all month.
  • August 2011
    Monday, 1 August 2011 to Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    Highlights: A Spotted Crake, the first in the county since 2002, briefly emerged from cover in the central marsh at South Walney (1st).

  • July 2011
    Friday, 1 July 2011 to Sunday, 31 July 2011

    Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys successfully fledged two young (19th).

    Furness: A Hobby and several Ospreys were seen on the Furness mosses and a Green Sandpiper was near Ulverston (9th). Bardsea produced at least two adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Scaup appeared (19th), another adult Mediterranean Gull was at Rampside.

  • June 2011
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011 to Thursday, 30 June 2011

    Highlights: A Great White Egret appeared at Bassenthwaite Lake (2nd), a Common Crane was a brief visitor to the Rogersceugh area near Campfield Marsh (2nd) and a Hoopoe graced a Beetham garden (4th).

    Bassenthwaite Lake: The Ospreys and their chick(s) continued to thrive. A Greenshank also dropped in (7th).

  • May 2011
    Sunday, 1 May 2011 to Tuesday, 31 May 2011
    Highlights: A Kentish Plover, a colour-ringed male, just the fourth ever in the county and the first since 1994, was an all-too-brief visitor to Bowness-on-Solway (9th) but was soon followed by a rather more obliging Broad-billed Sandpiper, the third county record, at the same location (12th-13th). Hodbarrow hosted a Great White Egret and a Temminck’s Stint (21st), both breeding plumaged adults while a first-summer male Golden Oriole lingered, albeit elusively, at South Walney (8th-18th).
  • April 2011
    Friday, 1 April 2011 to Saturday, 30 April 2011

    Highlights: A White Stork flew northwest over Thacka Beck, Penrith (9th) followed by another, or the same, circling over Loughrigg Fell (22nd). A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at Geltsdale (15th), a Bee-eater was heard in flight at White Cross Bay, Windermere (21st) and the Great Grey Shrike remained at Dalton Crags near Burton-in-Kendal (to 9th).

  • March 2011
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011 to Thursday, 31 March 2011

    Highlights: A Great White Egret was reported flying southwest over the A590 near Ayside (7th) and a White Stork, believed to be of captive origin, flew over Tebay Services on the M6 (27th). Meanwhile the drake Green-winged Teal continued to be seen intermittently at Campfield Marsh (to 13th) and the Great Grey Shrike reappeared at Dalton Crags near Burton-in-Kendal (7th-31st).