Week Commencing Monday 4th March 2024

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 4th March 2024

4th March

A white morph adult Snow Goose consorted with ‘grey’ geese at Newton Marsh until 25th March 2007 was probably only the third genuine Cumbrian record in recent years, A Sooty Shearwater was seen off South Walney in 1983 it was the 13th Cumbrian record and the 18th individual bird and a Water Pipit was noted on Cavendish Dock, Barrow in 1984..

5th March

Two Tundra Bean Geese were seen at Longtown in 2012 this was the tenth Cumbrian record of this decade, a Cattle Egret found at Lessonhall (NY25F) remaining until 20th March 2019, was the 11th Cumbrian record, the Avocet first seen at Cavendish Dock on 14th February 1995 was last seen there on this day, Great Grey Shrikes were in evidence with singles at Dalton Crags (SD57N) until 17th March 2015 and at Croglin (NY54T) in 2016, these were the 12th and 15th Cumbrian records of the decade.

6th March

The Red-breasted Goose first seen on Burgh Marsh on 25th January 1993 was last seen on this day it was the third Cumbrian record and another Red-breasted Goose frequented the English Solway from 2007 it was seen on Skinburness Marsh (NY15H) in 2008 and it was the ninth Cumbrian record, a Ring-necked Parakeet was found at Stoneraise Farm, Wigton in 2013,  two Cetti’s Warblers were seen at Baycliff in 2021 this constituted the 13th Cumbrian record, a Firecrest frequented Westfield Point, Barrow-in-Furness until 9th March 2008 and a Water Pipit was seen at Baycliff in 2021.

7th March

A Black-necked Grebe was seen from the Groyne Hide at South Walney in 1999 and a Great White Egret seen at Ayside (SD38B) in 2011 was the 16th Cumbrian record of this decade.

8th March

A Great Grey Shrike was seen on Dalton Crags (SD57N) it remained until 9th April 2011 it was the sixth Cumbrian record of the decade and a Firecrest was seen on North Walney in 1997.

9th March

An adult Red-breasted Goose presumed to be the returning individual last recorded as first-winter on Rockcliffe Marsh on 19th April 1992 returned to Drumburgh remaining until 26th March 1994 it was the fifth Cumbrian record, a drake American Wigeon found on Green Road Marsh, Millom remaining until the 15th April 1989 it was the first Cumbrian record, the drake Green-winged Teal first seen on Bassenthwaite Lake on 6th February 2005 was last seen on this day, it was the 13th Cumbrian record and a Great White Egret was found at Bardsea in 2014.

10th March

A Bittern wintered at Siddick Pond until this day in 2015, a Great Grey Shrike at Dalton Crags (SD57N) in 2010 was the first Cumbrian record of the decade and up to three Water Pipits  remained on Campfield Marsh until 30th March 2003 and a single Water Pipit wintering in the favoured fields at Biggar Bank was last noted on this day in 2012.

Ronnie Irving

Ex-Secretary CBC Records Panel (2015- 2024)

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