Week Commencing Monday 10th October 2022

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 10th  October 2022

10th October

A Spoonbill at South Walney in 1966 remained until 20th October, it was the eighth Cumbrian record and the tenth individual bird, a Great White Egret was found at Campfield in 2012, remaining until 28th November, two Great White Egrets remained at Flookburgh until 12th October in 2016, a Wryneck was seen at Isel in 1976, ), a Cetti’s Warbler was heard intermittently from 12th April until this date in 2021, another singleton was first seen at Ulpha Meadows in 2021, remaining until 19th January 2022 this were the 14th and 15th Cumbrian records, Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at St Bees in 2010 and Humphrey Head in 2015 these were the 30th and 43rd Cumbrian records and the 31st and 47th individual birds, a Firecrest was found at Borwick Rails, Millom in 2009 and single Lapland Buntings were foundat South Walney  remaining until 19th October in 1993  and at Kents Bank (SD37X) in 2010 these were the 29th and 40th Cumbrian records and the  32nd and 44th individual birds.

11th October 

A Sooty Shearwater offshore at South Walney in 1984 was the 19th Cumbrian record and the 30th individual bird, an immature Spoonbill located on the River Esk at Rockcliffe in 1997 was the 31st Cumbrian record and the 38th individual bird, a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a acarce resident was seen at Langwathby (NY53) in 2002, two Cetti’s Warblers were caught and ringed at Watchtree NR in 2020 becoming the 11th Cumbrian record and the 11th and 12th individual birds,an Icterine Warbler at Hodbarrow in 1986 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Firecrest a scarce migrant, was seen on Walney Island in 2002 and a Lapland Bunting on Walney Island in 2010 was the 38th Cumbrian record and the 41st individual bird.

12th October

An immature drake Blue-winged Teal was shot at Ravenglass in 1972 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Black-throated Diver that flew north at Biggar Bank in 2011 was the fourth record of five claims in 2011, this was the only one to be submitted and accepted by the Records Panel, a Great White Egret took up residence in the Humphrey Head – Kents Bank area remaining until 30th November 2010, two Red Kites seen in the Holker (SD37) area in 1997 pre-date the Grizedale releases, single Hobbies were seen at Castle Head Field Centre, Grange-over-Sands in 1982, at South Walney  from 12th to 27th October and what was thought to be the same bird at North Walney on 18th October in 1985 and a ringed male Bearded Tit  at South Walney which was also seen on 18th and 24th October in 2014 originated from Leighton Moss where it had been ringed on 18th June 2014. It was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1978 and the 34th individual bird.

13th October

A Red-crested Pochard duck at Tindal Tarn in 1996 was the 16th Cumbrian record since 1967 and the 18th individual bird, a Great Shearwater off Biggar Bank in 1989 was the seventh Cumbrian record, an immature White-tailed Eagle flew west at Hallbankgate and Tindale in 2011 was the second Cumbrian record this century, two Common Cranes seen at Halforth in 2002  constituted the 17th Cumbrian record and the 13th and 14th individual birds, an adult White-rumped Sandpiper found at South Walney in 1984 was the second Cumbrian record, two Pallas’s Warblers at South Walney in 1982 constituted the first Cumbrian record and a Yellow-browed Warbler at North Scale Walney in 1992 was the 12th Cumbrian record and the 13th  individual bird.

14th October

The Brothers Water Ferruginous Duck returned for its second winter period in 1990 remaining until 18th March 1991, an adult Hobby was seen at Haverigg (SD17) in 1997, a juvenile Red-backed Shrike was seen on North Walney in 1990 it was the 11th Cumbrian record since 1969, colonisation of   Cetti’s Warblers continues with one caught and ringed at Watchtree N.R. in 2019 it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Yellow-browed Warbler on the Waver estuary in 1920 was the first Cumbrian record, others on this date are singles at Walney Island in 2005 and at Kirksanton Haws in 2014, then two at Haverigg in 2014 and two at South Walney until 16th October in 2014 these were the 24th, 40th to 42nd Cumbrian records and the 26th, 43rd  to 47th individual birds, a Firecrest at Grune Point in 2002, a juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1974 was the third Cumbrian record, an  immature male Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1977 was the fourth Cumbrian record and a Richard’s Pipit at at Roudsea in 1988 was the 14th Cumbrian record.

15th October

The juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard found at Sunbiggin Tarn on 19th September 2015 was relocated this day and on 19th October, this was the 12th record this century, a juvenile Greater Yellowlegs moulting to first-winter was at Carr Beds, Rockcliffe remaining until 28th October in 1994 it lingered in the area and was seen here again on 12th and 13th November 1994 it was the first Cumbrian record, a Cream-coloured Courser was shot at Grune Point in 1947 it remains the first and only Cumbrian record to date, a Great Grey Shrike was at Riggindale in 2013 was the 27th Cumbrian record since 1997, a male Bearded Tit at South Walney until 29th October in 2018 was the 9th Cumbrian record since 1978, Yellow-browed Warblers were located at South Walney in 2015 and at Hallgarth, Kendal in 2020, these were 47th and 76th Cumbrian records and the 53rd  and 85th individual birds and a Firecrest was found on North Walney in 2013.

16th October

Yellow-browed Warblers were one found at Whitrigg (NY25I) in 2010, two at South Walney in 2014  and one at Vickerstown Park, Walney in 2015, the 31st, 42nd and 48th Cumbrian records and the 33rd , 47th and 54th individual birds respectively, a Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1986 was the seventh Cumbrian record and the 9th individual bird.

Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel

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