Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 20th March 2023
The drake Ring-necked Duck seen at Cunswick Tarn on 1st January 1994 was seen there again on this day in 1994, a Kentish Plover was seen intermittently on Sandscale Haws until 2nd April 1994 it was the third Cumbrian record, it also visited nearby North Walney in this time, Iceland Gulls were represented with a 3CY bird that frequented Whitehaven harbour until 17th April 1984, it was the 13th Cumbrian record and a first-winter bird that was seen on Campfield Marsh in 2011, this was the 66th Cumbrian record, solitary Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were seen at Old Park Wood (SD37) in 1997 and with a tit flock on Angerton Moss (SD28) in 1999, two Crested Tits were seen at Flakebridge (NY72) in 1991 the second and most recent Cumbrian record of this usually sedentary bird.
The Red-breasted Goose seen at Easton (NY25U) in February was seen there again on this day, it was the eighth Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill was found at South Walney in 2013 it was the seventh Cumbrian record of the decade, a Red Kite was seen on Helton Fell (NY42) in 2003, pre-dating the Grizedale releases, a first-winter Iceland Gull frequented Tarns Dub from 1992 until this date in 1993, three Water Pipits were found on the salt-marsh pools at Campfield in 2003 and up to three were to be found on the strand line at Bardsea (SD37C) from 6th January to this date in 2011 and unusually a Hawfinch was seen on feeders at Lazonby in 2017.
A first-winter Red-breasted Goose was found on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1992 it remained until 19th April it was the second Cumbrian record and the first since 1918, a first-winter Iceland Gull was found at Maryport remaining until 31st March 1983, it was the tenth Cumbrian record, a Water Pipit was seen in Roosecote Bay in 1985 and a wintering bird was to be found in the favoured field at Biggar, it was last seen on this day in 2011.
A drake Green-winged Teal at Campfield Marsh on this day in 2015 was possibly the bird from 2013 on its last wintering date, it was approximately the 28th Cumbrian record, an adult drake Ring-necked Duck that frequented Sunbiggin Tarn in February was also seen on this day in 2006, it was approximately the 28th Cumbrian record, the wintering Bittern which was located on Lantern Moss, Braystones (NY00) on 26th January was last seen on this day in 2003 and a Bittern was seen on Arthuret Ponds, Longtown until 24th March 2012.
A Red Kite was seen over Kendal in 2002 pre-dating the Grizedale releases, two first-winter Iceland Gulls were present at Tarns Dub in 1991, this was approximately the 28th Cumbrian record, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was located at Talkin Tarn in 2015, a Great Grey Shrike was found at Penton (NY45) in 2000 it was the first Cumbrian record of the new century, a Great Grey Shrike frequented the western flank of Binsey (NY23H) until 26th March 2015, it was the 13th Cumbrian record of the decade and on the verge of extinction a Corn Bunting was seen near Waverton (NY24) in 2000, there has been a further three records since this date.
A drake Green-winged Teal returned to Campfield Marsh for its fourth winter remaining until 19th April 2008, it was approximately the 15th Cumbrian record, a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen at Thwaite Head, Rusland Valley in 2012, a Great Grey Shrike frequented the Haverthwaite – Roudsea area from 15th December 2004 until this date in 2005 and a male Firecrest was seen at St Bees Head in 2005.
The Red-breasted Goose found on the 9th March 1994 at Drumburgh was last seen on this day and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen in Levens Park (SD58) in 1993 it was the eighth Cumbrian record of the 1990’s.
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