Week Commencing Monday 10th June 2024

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 10th June 2024

10th June

A drake King Eider at South Walney that remained until 23rd June in 1979 was the first Cumbrian record, a Sooty Shearwater seen off Biggar Bank, Walney in 1978 was the fourth Cumbrian record, two sub-adult Cranes at Dormanstead Farm, Bolton Fell (NY4868) remained until 18th July in 2009, this was approximately the 28th Cumbrian record, a Turtle Dove remained at Ulverston (SD37) until 13th June in 1994, Red-backed Shrikes were found at Grune Point in 1983 and a female at South Walney in 2000 these were the seventh and 17th Cumbrian records since 1969, single adult Rose-coloured Starlings were seen at Walton,Brampton in 2018, at Groffa Crag, Ulverston and at South Walney in 2020 the latter remaining until 21st June and an adult female in a garden at Kirkland, Arlecdon  (NY0718) in 2022 was the 19th Cumbrian record this century.

11th June

Two Avocets were seen on Ulpha Meadows in 2011, Hobbies  were seen at Geltsdale in 2009 and  Scaleby Moss in 2014, a Turtle Dove remained at Millom until 14th June in 1996 and a Pectoral Sandpiper remained overnight at Roosecote Marsh in 1963, it was the third Cumbrian record.

12th June

A Cory’s Shearwater was seen offshore at North Walney in 1985 it was the fifth Cumbrian record, ), an adult Night-heron found on Ponsonby Pond (NY00M) in 2023  was the 20th Cumbrian record, a Corncrake was heard at Heads Nook (NY45) in 1998, Hobbies were found at Longtown in 2006 and at Tindale Tarn in 2014 and a female Red-backed Shrike at Snab Point, Walney in 1995 was the 14th Cumbrian record since 1969.

13th June

A Long-tailed Skua was seen off  South Walney in 1985 and a Corncrake remained on territory near Isel Bridge (NY13) until 14th July in 1987.

14th June

A Corncrake at Moresby (NX92) from 1st June remained until this day in 1976, a Hudsonian Whimbrel found on Walney remained until 19th August in 2007 it was the first Cumbrian record, later it was removed as a species and sub-species from the British List (Ibis:160:238) then later re-instated as a full species, a Red-necked Phalarope was found on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1981 it was the 25th Cumbrian record, a Caspian Tern found at Killington Reservoir remained overnight also visiting nearby  Fisher Tarn on the 15th June 1989 it was the first county record, Roseate Terns were seen on Rockcliffe Marsh in 1990 and on Foulney Island in 1991, an adult Honey-buzzard was seen on Meathop Moss in 2020, a female Golden Oriole was seen at Grune Point in 1981 it was the 20th Cumbrian record, the second Cumbrian record of a Nightingale turned up at South Walney in 1986 and a singing Blyth’s Reed Warbler at Siddick Pond which remained overnight in 2017 was a Cumbrian first.

15th June

An immature Night-heron remained at Dalton-in-Furness until 22nd July in 1987 it was the 14th Cumbrian record, a Crane first seen in April/May frequented North Plain Farm and intermittently until 12th September in 2002 was the 13th Cumbrian record, a Greenish Warbler was trapped and ringed at South Walney in 1997 it was the third Cumbrian record,  adult Rose-coloured Starlings were seen at Beckfoot in 2000, in 2020 at Broughton-in-Furness staying until 17th June and at Whale near Shap remaining overnight, these were the first and 15th & 16th Cumbrian records this century and a Common Rosefinch singing at Waterside until 25th July in 1996 was the fourth Cumbrian record.

16th June

The Lesser Scaup that toured North Cumbria in 2003 was last noted at Longtown Ponds and remains the only Cumbrian record of this species to date, in 1996 Spoonbills were found at South Walney, also on 17th July and at Campfield Marsh remaining overnight in 2002, these were the 28th and 38th Cumbrian records,  a sub-adult Honey-buzzard was seen on Meathop Moss in 1992, Corncrakes were present in the Winster valley at Hartbarrow (SD49) in 1980 and at Upper Dentdale (SD78) from 1st June until this day in 1990, a Hoopoe was seen at South Walney in 2020 it stayed overnight and was the 19th Cumbrian record this century, a male Golden Oriole frequented Seatoller Bridge until 18th June in 1980 it was the 19th Cumbrian record and the male ‘Channel’ Wagtail was last seen at Heversham Moss on this date in 2007 it was the second Cumbrian occurrence of this hybrid.

Ronnie Irving

Ex-Secretary CBC Records Panel (2015- 2024)

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