Records from the archives – On This Day
For week commencing Monday 8th May 2023
A female Red-crested Pochard at Greenodd in 1994 was the 11th Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill at South Walney in 2016 was approximately the 62nd Cumbrian record, a Crane seen at South Walney then off St Bees Head in 1999 constituted the 11th & 12th Cumbrian records, a Kentish Plover at Hodbarrow in1988 was the first Cumbrian record, a Temminck’s Stint on Rockcliffe Marsh, remained overnight in 1995 it was the 15th Cumbrian record, a Long-tailed Skua was seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 1992 with two seen there on this day in 2007, a Turtle Dove was seen at South Walney in 2016 and a female Serin at South Walney from 4th May in 2007 remained until this day in 2007 it was the second Cumbrian record.
Four Egyptian Geese on the Kent Estuary, from 2nd May that remained until this day in 1988 were the first modern day Cumbrian record of this species , a Kentish Plover at Bowness-on-Solway in 2011 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Long-billed Dowitcher at Hodbarrow until 12th May in 2012 was the seventh Cumbrian record, a 2nd Summer Ring-billed Gull at Halforth in 1987 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Turtle Dove was seen at Talkin in 1992, Hoopoes were seen on Little Asby (NY61) in 1997 and at Bowness-on-Windermere in 2008 constituting the fifth and 16th Cumbrian records since 1992 and a male Ortolan Bunting was seen at South Walney in 2010 it was the sixth Cumbrian record.
Two Spoonbills on the Kent Estuary in 1970 constituted the ninth Cumbrian record, a Whiskered Tern seen off the viaduct at Bowness-on-Solway in 2009 it was the fifth Cumbrian record, Long-tailed Skuas were evident off Bowness-on-Solway with one seen in 2003, five in 2007 and one in 2014, a Hoopoe was seen at Walney airfield in 1992, this was the first Cumbrian record of the 90’s, a White-spotted Bluethroat was at Loweswater in 1985 it was the second Cumbrian record of this race, a male ’Channel’ Wagtail was seen on Heversham Moss in 2007 and a male Red-headed Bunting was caught and ringed at South Walney it stayed until 17th May in 1991 and was classed as an escape from captivity.
A Black-throated Diver was seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 2011, a Black Stork at Skirwith (NY63B) in 2008 was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Black Kite at Hodbarrow in 2016 was the third Cumbrian record, a Long-tailed Skua was seen off Hilpsford Point, Walney in 2011, ), an adult Roseate Tern was seen feeding off Biggar Bank in 2022 it was the 12th Cumbrian record this century all of them coming from the extreme SW of the county between Hodbarrow and Walney Island and a Turtle Dove was found at Hincaster (SD58) in 1992.
A Cattle Egret was found at Scotby Holmes (NY4357) in 1987 it was the third Cumbrian record, a Corncrake was calling at Whinfell Park, Penrith in 1987, four Long-tailed Skuas were off Bowness-on-Solway in 1992, a Broad-billed Sandpiper found at Bowness-on-Solway remained until 13th May 2011 it was the third Cumbrian record and a Temminck’s Stint remained at Walby Flash until 13th May 2019 it was the 17th Cumbrian record.
A Spoonbill was found at South Walney in 2001 it was seen again on 15th and 25th May and it was the 34th Cumbrian record, , a Crane was photographed on Wedholme Flow in 2013 it was the 29th Cumbrian record, an adult Spotted Sandpiper held territory at Buttermere remaining until 21st June 2017 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Whiskered Tern was at Tindale Tarn in 1957 was the first Cumbrian record, seven Long-tailed Skuas were seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 2013, a Water Pipit was located at Barrowmouth, St Bees in 1987 and a female Red-backed Shrike at Blencarn (NY63) in 2002 remained overnight it was the 19th Cumbrian record since 1969.
A Spoonbill was at South Walney in 1998 it was the 32nd Cumbrian record, an Eagle Owl at Roanhead (SD27C) in 2009 was classed as an escape and a Dusky Warbler on Walney in 2016 was the second of only two Cumbrian records.
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