Monthly Reports

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  • 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).

  • February 2011
    Tuesday, 1 February 2011 to Monday, 28 February 2011

    Highlights: The drake Green-winged Teal reappeared at Hodbarrow (12th) and another was seen at Campfield Marsh (18th).

  • January 2011
    Saturday, 1 January 2011 to Monday, 31 January 2011

    Highlights: A drake Green-winged Teal appeared for one day only on the saltmarsh pool at Campfield Marsh (1st) while, at the opposite end of the county, the Hodbarrow bird reappeared (22nd-24th) before relocating to the Mite Estuary near Ravenglass (29th). Great Grey Shrikes were found near Dalton Crags (7th) and near Long Marton (7th-28th).

  • December 2010
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010 to Friday, 31 December 2010
    Highlights: A Shorelark found at Sandscale Haws (6th) was the first in the county since one at Walney in 2004. A Great White Egret was found at Beckermet (28th). Last month’s drake Green-winged Teal moved a short distance to a flooded field just west of Millom (11th). A Lesser Whitethroat, considered to be of one of the Central Asian races, was a surprise find alongside the River Kent in Kendal (1st).