Week Commencing Monday 12th September 2022

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 12th September 2022

12th September

A Spoonbill flying west at Port Carlisle in 2002 was the 40th Cumbrian record and the 52nd individual bird, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull flew past Biggar Bank, Walney in 2011 it was the 25th Cumbrian record and the 24th individual bird, a light morph juvenile Long-tailed Skua at South Walney in 1989 was the seventh Cumbrian record and the eighth individual bird, a Turtle Dove at South Walney in 1999 was the only record that year, reflecting a marked decrease in records from eight in 1990, five in 91 and 92, three in 93, four in 94, two in 95 and 96 and one in 97-99, Hobbies were found at Newton Arlosh in 1985, South Walney in 1998 and Castle Carrock in 2011, a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 1964 was the first Cumbrian record and a first-winter Barred Warbler at Grune Point in 1981 was the ninth Cumbrian record.

13th September

A female Red-crested Pochard was found on the River Derwent at Workington in 1995 was perhaps the same bird seen earlier on Siddick Pond on 2nd September 1995, it was the 15th  Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird, a juvenile Temminck’s Stint remained at South Walney until 21st September in 1993 was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 15th individual bird, a Pectoral Sandpiper seen at Anthorn in 2003 was the 20th Cumbrian record and the 19th individual bird, an adult Grey Phalarope seen off Workington in 2017 was the 19th record this century, a Sabine’s Gull at South Walney was seen again  on 15th September in 1997 it was the 15th Cumbrian record, a Hoopoe at Silecroft golf-course in 2011 was the 12th record this century, a Wryneck at Cavendish Dock remained until 21st September in 2000 was the 25th Cumbrian record since 1973 and Hobbies were to be found at Allonby in 2003 and at Foulshaw Moss in 2016.

14th September

A Honey-buzzard roosted overnight near Lupton (SD58K) in 2008, we only know this because it was carrying a satellite tag fitted at Forres, Scotland, it was a juvenile female, a juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper found at South Walney stayed overnight in 1994, it was the second Cumbrian record, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper discovered at dusk at Halforth in 1999 was the 18th Cumbrian record and the 17th individual bird, a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Carr Beds, Rockcliffe stayed until 16th September in 2010 it was the 37th Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird, an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Sandside in 2000 was the 14th Cumbrian record, juvenile Long-tailed Skuas were recorded at South Walney in 1997 and offshore at Workington in 2004 these were  the 20th and 32nd Cumbrian records since 1976 and the 26th and 48th individual birds, an astonishing record of a Snowy Owl found in the Kentmere valley in 2001 was the third Cumbrian record since  January 1930, a roosting Nightjar was flushed at Kirkheads, Allithwaite (SD37Y) in 2007, Hobbies were seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 2012 and at College Green in 2016 and a juvenile Woodchat Shrike at St Bees Head in 1997 was the sixth Cumbrian record.

15th September

Always hard to establish as wild a  drake Red-crested Pochard first found on the Irt estuary with another drake on 31st August 1991 was last seen on this day in 1991 it was the seventh Cumbrian record, a Sooty Shearwater seen offshore at Biggar Bank in 2010 was the 33rd Cumbrian record and the 49th individual bird, a Temminck’s Stint found on Foulney in 1962 was the seventh Cumbrian record, a juvenile Grey Phalarope provided good views in Workington harbour in 2011 it was the 17th Cumbrian record this century, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull at South Walney in 1997 was the 16th Cumbrian record, a Wryneck on Scout Scar (SD49) in 2002 was the 26th Cumbrian record since 1973, a male Hobby was located at Haweswater in 1996, a Melodious Warbler at South Walney in 2003 was the 16th Cumbrian record and the 17th individual bird, a first-winter Barred Warbler at North Scale, Walney Island in 2007 was the 27th Cumbrian record and a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling in Kendal that remained  until 21st September in 2017 was the 11th  Cumbrian record since 1991 and it was found on the same street as the bird in 2010!

16th September

An offshore Cory’s Shearwater at South Walney in 1985 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, a Bittern found at Park End Moss, Brigsteer in 2015 was a nice find at this recently created reserve, a Corncrake was seen at South Walney in 1993,  two Common Cranes were found at Anthorn in 2002, these constitute the 16th Cumbrian record and were the 13th and 14th individual birds, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull in a field at Heversham Moss then on the Kent estuary at Halforth in 2007 was the 23rd Cumbrian record, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua seen at Bowness-on-Solway in 1997 was the 21st Cumbrian record and the 27th individual bird and a first-winter Barred Warbler at South Walney in 1982 was the tenth Cumbrian record.

17th September

A Sooty Shearwater offshore at South Walney in 1983 was the 15th Cumbrian record and the 20th individual bird, juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were found at South Walney remaining overnight in 2009 and at Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands in 2012 these were the 24th and 28th Cumbrian records and the 23rd and 28th individual birds, a Grey Phalarope offshore at Sellafield in 1987 was the ninth Cumbrian record since 1974, a Richard’s Pipit at South Walney until 21st September in 1989 was the 15th Cumbrian record and a Lapland Bunting at South Walney in 2005 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 37th individual bird.

18th September

A flock of six Sooty Shearwaters at South Walney in 1983 must have been an exciting find for the observer, this constituted the 16th Cumbrian record and the 21st to 26th individual birds, an Avocet was found at Bowness-on-Solway in 2002, an adult American Golden Plover at Port Carlisle stayed overnight in 2012 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Pectoral Sandpiper at Whitrigg in 1989 relocated nearby to Anthorn from 26th to 28th September 1989, these are the 11th and 12th Cumbrian records and the 12th individual bird, a Turtle Dove at Steel Green, Haverigg in 2007  was the eighth record this century and a juvenile Nightingale caught and ringed at Eskmeals in 1993 was only the third Cumbrian record.

Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel

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