Week Commencing Monday 12th February 2024

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 12th February 2024

12th February

An Egyptian Goose seen in the Lyth Valley in 2017 was the 19th Cumbrian record, a Black-necked Grebe was seen off Foulney in 1999, a Rough-legged Buzzard found in the Gelt valley in 2000 was the 20th Cumbrian record since 1974 and an Avocet seen at South Walney in 1995 was the 19th Cumbrian record.

13th February

A Bittern found on the River Rathay at Brathay Hall, Ambleside in 1979 was the ninth Cumbrian record since 1971 and single Water Pipits were seen at Biggar Bank in 2009 and on the shore at Grange-over-Sands in 2021.

14th February

Two Black-throated Divers were seen off Bowness-on-Solway in 1995, a Black-necked Grebe was found on Longtown Ponds in 2000, two Bitterns were seen at Siddick Pond in 2006, an Avocet was found at Cavendish Dock in 1995 it was the 20th Cumbrian record, Iceland Gull records included the first-winter bird first found at Flusco Pike refuse tip on 22nd December 1990, it was last seen on this day in 1991, a first-winter bird at South Walney in 1993 and an adult seen at Greenside Quarry refuse tip in 1998 , these were the 24th, 37th and 52nd Cumbrian records, a Little Auk was seen off Walney in 2013, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen in Latterbarrow in 2004 and three Shore Larks frequented Sandscale Hawes until 2nd March 1997 this constituted the 19th Cumbrian record and involved the  23rd – 25th individual birds.

15th February

A Tundra Bean Goose was seen with Pink-footed Geese at Walby (NY433596) in 2017 it was the first Cumbrian record since the influx of 2011/2012, a White Stork was seen at Brough (NY71X) in 2009 it was the 26th Cumbrian record and records of Bittern included on that was found dead at Dearham in 1971 and a singleton was seen flying north at Parton in 2002.

16th February

An adult Red-breasted Goose was seen at Easton (NY25U) it remained until the next day in 2008, it was the eighth Cumbrian record, a Tundra Bean Goose was found at Askam-in-Furness remained until the next day in 1992 it was the first Cumbrian record of the 90’s, a drake American Wigeon was found at Priory Point on the Leven Estuary remaining until  the 25thFebruary 1990 it was the second Cumbrian record, a Cattle Egret found at Grinsdale (NY35U) it remained until 21st February 2008 and was the fourth Cumbrian record, a first-winter Iceland Gull seen at Ulpha in 1998  was probably the same bird seen nearby at Halforth on 10th and 12th February and was the 49th Cumbrian record, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was found at Sizergh Castle in 1993, a Crested Tit seen at Derwent Water in 1954 was the first Cumbrian record, a Lapland Bunting was found on Crossfell (NY63) in 2001 it was the 31st Cumbrian record.

17th February

Three Black-necked Grebes remained on Bassenthwaite Lake until 24th February 2002, when four birds were seen and the first-winter Iceland Gull first seen at Moss Bay, Workington on 18th January re-appeared there on this day in 1997.

18th February

A second Tundra Bean Goose a different bird to the Whitrigg bird first seen on 8th February 2007, relocated to Anthorn on this day it was the eighth Cumbrian record since 1992, a drake Green-winged Teal frequented Campfield Marsh until 20th March 2011 it was the 20th Cumbrian record and a Water Pipit was seen on Foulney in 2014.

Ronnie Irving

Ex-Secretary CBC Records Panel (2015- 2024)

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