Week Commencing Monday 7th August 2023

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 7th August 2023

7th August

Two Long-tailed Skuas were recorded at South Walney in 1995, a second-summer Ring-billed Gull was found at Wet Sleddale it remained until 11th August in 1991 and was the fifth Cumbrian record and a juvenile Hobby was seen at Lowca (NX92V) in 2005.

8th August

The first-summer Sabine’s Gull found on the 1st August 1999 was found dead on Rockcliffe Marsh on this day it was the 17th Cumbrian record.

9th August

A Balearic Shearwater off Biggar Bank in 2003 was the eighth Cumbrian record and the ninth individual bird, a Tawny Pipit at South Walney in 1982 was the second Cumbrian record.

10th August

A Pectoral Sandpiper remained at Port Carlisle until 12th August in 1994 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, an adult Yellow-legged Gull frequented Newbiggin viaduct (SD09X) in 2013 it was the 29th Cumbrian record, A ‘churring’ Nightjar was present on a southern moss in 2006, a Juvenile Woodchat Shrike seen at Eskmeals in 1997 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Melodious Warbler found at South Walney in 1980 was the sixth Cumbrian record, in fact all records to date are from South Walney and a Rose-coloured Starling seen at Ravenglass in 2020 was the 18th Cumbrian record this century and the fifth record for 2020!

11th August

Honey-buzzards were present in South Cumbria from 23rd May until this date in 2017, it was definitely a good day for Hobbies withthree, one a possible juvenile frequenting Foulshaw Moss in 2011, a first-summer bird at Foulshaw Moss in 2015, and singles at South Walney in 2015, and at High Blaithwaite (NY24H) in 2016.

12th August

A ‘rasping’ Corncrake was heard at Aikbank (NY24) in 2002, a Spotted Crake remained at Scaleby Moss (NY46) until 26th August then three on 27th August in 1981, these were the first records for many years, a Crane that frequented the Solway between Salt Cotes and Calvo Marsh (NY15) from 5th July in 1992, was the eighth Cumbrian record, a second adult Yellow-legged Gull turned up at Sandside in 2003, it was the 17th Cumbrian record and  Hobbies were found at Tindale in 2010 and at Whinfell Tarn in 2014.

13th August

A Corncrake was heard at Sellafield in 1989, a Red-necked Phalarope remained on the Duddon estuary until 15th August in 1980 it was the 23rd Cumbrian record and immature Hobbies were seen near Walney Island golf course in 1995 and at Drumburgh in 2014.

Ronnie Irving

Secretary CBC Records Panel

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