Week Commencing Monday 3rd June 2024

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 3rd June 2024

3rd June

A summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver was photographed on Hayeswater Reservoir (NY41G) in 2014, a White Stork that remained at Sebergham and Brocklebank until 6th June in 1979 was the ninth Cumbrian record, three Temminck’s Stints were seen on Roosecote Marsh in 1963 this was the eighth Cumbrian record, a male Red-necked Phalarope found on Campfield Marsh 1999 was the 34th Cumbrian record, a Bridled Tern remained on Foulney until 5th June in 1994 this remains the only Cumbrian record, a Roseate Tern was found at Hodbarrow in 1993, a Bee-eater over Willow Woods North Walney in 1997 was the fifth Cumbrian record it was found by a lucky observer who was  looking for the Golden Oriole and a male Syke’s Wagtail remained at South Walney until 5th June in 1990 remains the only Cumbrian record of this race of flava’ wagtail.

4th June

An escaped Bufflehead was seen on Bassenthwaite Lake in 2016, a Spotted Sandpiper remained at Longtown until 6th June in 1986 this was the first Cumbrian record, Roseate Terns were found at South Walney in 1999 and at Hodbarrow in 2000, a Turtle Dove at Church Moss (NY0105) in 2004 was the fourth Cumbrian record of the new century, a Hoopoe that graced a birders garden at Beetham (SD47Z) in 2011 was the 11th Cumbrian record this century, a Greenish Warbler trapped and ringed at South Walney in 2012 was the fifth Cumbrian record,  a male Subalpine Warbler near Drigg in 2015 was the fourth Cumbrian record and a pair of Common Rosefinches reared three young near Warwick Bridge (NY45) staying until 11th July in 1998 this was the first breeding record and the sixth occurrence for Cumbria.

5th June

A first-summer Spoonbill at Killington Reservoir was first seen on 1st June 1996 it was later found dead below electricity wires,  an adult Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Snab Point, Walney in 2012 it was the 27th Cumbrian record of this North American wanderer, an adult Roseate Tern was seen off Newbiggin (SD26) in 1992, a Turtle Dove was located at Kirkbride in 2001 it was the third Cumbrian record of the new century and a male Golden Oriole was found at Oxen Park (SD38) in 1997 it was the 33rd Cumbrian record.

6th June

An Egyptian Goose remained at Halforth until 13th June in 2007 it was the 13th Cumbrian record, a drake Ring-necked Duck remained on Cavendish Dock until 8th June in 1989, this bird frequented Coniston Water from January to April 1989 and was the fifth Cumbrian record, the Brothers Water Ferruginous Duck last seen on 23rd April 1993 re-appeared on this day in 1993, a Cory’s Shearwater off North Walney in 1985 was the fourth Cumbrian record, a first-summer Squacco Heron remained at South Walney until 11th June in 2002 was only the second ever record, the first was in June 1845, a Corncrake was calling near Mungrisedale (NY35) in 1988, a Roseate Tern was found at Hodbarrow in 1993, an immature male Golden Oriole located in Docker Wood, Kendal in 1975 was the 18th Cumbrian record and a male Subalpine Warbler found at South Walney in 1986 was the first Cumbrian record.

7th June

Three Spoonbills were present at South Walney in 2009, this was the sixth record that year, a Bittern was located at Whinfell Tarn in 1980 the fourth site record since 1974, an adult Red-necked Phalarope was found at Sunbiggin Tarn in 2009,the 36th Cumbrian record, a Nightjar was seen flying over the A590 near Witherslack in 2016, a Wryneck was seen near Embleton High Common (NY12T) in 2019, Red-backed Shrikes were seen at Little Mell Fell in 1969 and an adult male was found in an unusual location near the summit of The Knott (NY41G) in 2007, these were the first and 20th Cumbrian records since 1935; an adult Rose-coloured Starling remained at Flookburgh until the 8th June 2017 before moving to Wood Broughton (SD38V) on the same date in 2017, these were the ninth and tenth Cumbrian records since 1991.

8th June

An Egyptian Goose was found on Rockliffe Marsh in 2002 was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Black Stork at Brampton in 2006 was the fifth Cumbrian record, a Turtle Dove was seen on Walney Island in 2020 three Spoonbills remained at South Walney until 11th June in 1982, a Whiskered Tern was seen on Rockcliffe Marsh before moving to Linstock on 9th  June in 1987 , this constituted the second and third Cumbrian records, a flock of four Bee-eaters at Sizergh Castle in 1981 was only the second Cumbrian record, a first-summer male Red-footed Falcon at Nenthead in 1992 was only the fifth county record with none seen since and an adult Red-breasted Flycatcher at South Walney in 1984 was only the fifth county record.

9th June

A drake Ring-necked Duck relocated to North Walney in 1989 after leaving Cavendish Dock, it was the sixth Cumbrian record, a Sooty Shearwater seen off Biggar Bank, Walney in 2012 was the 34th and most recent Cumbrian record, an adult Spoonbill flew east at Bowness-on-Solway in 2002, a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen at Haverthwaite (SD38) and again on 24th June in 2002, a male Red-backed Shrike was at Humphrey Head in 1990, it was the ninth Cumbrian record since 1969, a singing Greenish Warbler seen and heard at Arnside in 1992 was the first Cumbrian record, an adult Rose-coloured Starling seen at Cleator Moor in 2006 was the sixth Cumbrian record since 1991.

Ronnie Irving

Ex-Secretary CBC Records Panel (2015- 2024)

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