Monthly Reports

To see sightings and photos from a particular month, please select the month below.
  • January 2012 Sightings
    Sunday, 1 January 2012 to Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    Highlights: A first-winter Red-breasted Goose, the fourth county record, was a surprise find among the Barnacle Geese at Drumburgh then Cardurnock (22nd) while a blue morph Lesser Snow Goose accompanied Pink-footed Geese at Abbeytown (3rd-6th). The drake Green-winged Teal lingered at Hodbarrow (to 28th) while others appeared at Campfield Marsh (4th) and Siddick Pond (14th). The Great White Egret reappeared at Campfield Marsh (from 14th) while the long-stayer was seen intermittently at Kents Bank (to 14th).

  • 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).