Week Commencing Monday 17th June 2024

Records from the archives – On This Day

For week commencing Monday 17th June 2024

17th June

A Glossy Ibis frequented the River Bela at Milnthorpe until 3rd August in 2014 it was the 11th Cumbrian record, a Spoonbill was located at South Walney in 2011, a Corncrake remained at Sedbergh until 29th June in 1984, a Honey-buzzard flew over Foulshaw Moss in 2022,  an Alpine Swift seen at Grange-over-Sands in 1957 was only the 2nd Cumbrian record, the first was one at Egremont on the 4th July 1842, a Red-backed Shrike was found at Allonby in 1974 it was the first Cumbrian record since 1969, a female/immature Golden Oriole was found at Bardsea in 1988 it was the 27th Cumbrian record, a Hooded Crow was found at St Bees Head in 2019, a Booted Warbler trapped and ringed at South Walney in 1992 remains the only county record, a Melodious Warbler found at South Walney in 1984 was the 12th Cumbrian record, an immature Common Rosefinch at South Walney in 1992 this was only the third Cumbrian record and a White-throated Sparrow at South Walney in 1965 remains the sole Cumbrian record, it was also the third British record.

18th June

A Turtle Dove was seen in a Rampside garden in 2020 it stayed overnight and it was the 12th Cumbrian record this century, a Purple Heron at North Plain Farm in 2001 was the second and most recent county record, the first was at Alston c.1850, Roseate Terns were found at Hodbarrow in 2006 and in 2018, the third and seventh Cumbrian records this century, a Hoopoe remained at Hesket Newmarket until 20th June in 2018 it was the 18th Cumbrian record this century, a male Golden Oriole was found at Armathwaite from 22nd May until this date in 1990 it was the 28th Cumbrian record and adult Rose-coloured Starlings were found at Great Clifton in 2005 remaining until 2nd July and at Whitehaven in 2021 remaining overnight, these were the fifth and 19th Cumbrian records this century.

19th June

At least three adult Honey-buzzards were present  in the southern territory in 2016, a Roseate Tern found at Hodbarrow RSPB in 2020 was the ninth Cumbrian record of the century, Turtle Doves were found in the Duddon valley (SD47) in 1991 and at Pooley Bridge (NY42) in 2005 and a Rose-coloured Starling at Thursby (NY35) in 2002 was the second Cumbrian record since 1991.

20th June

A Corncrake found near Carlisle airport (NY46) remained until 7th July in 1982, an adult Whiskered Tern was found at Siddick Pond in 2007 it was the fourth Cumbrian record, a Hoopoe was seen near Ulpha (SD48) in 1993 it was the second Cumbrian record of the 1990’s and a ‘Channel’ Wagtail remained on Heversham Moss until 27th June in 2006 it was the first Cumbrian record of this hybrid.

21st June

A Spoonbill at Rockcliffe Marsh in 1998 was the 33rd Cumbrian record, a female Red-necked Phalarope on the Irt Estuary in 1982 was the 26th Cumbrian record, the summer-plumaged Spotted Sandpiper found at Buttermere on 13th May was last seen on this date in 2017, it was the fourth Cumbrian record, Yellow-legged Gulls were represented with a third-summer bird at Sandside in 2007, and adults at South Walney until 18th July in 2007, and in Whitehaven Harbour until 29th July in 2016 these were the 21st, 22nd and 31st Cumbrian records and a Roseate Tern was at Hodbarrow in 2000 it was the 12th Cumbrian record since 1990.

22nd June

An Egyptian Goose remained at Halforth until 24th June in 2007 it was the 13th Cumbrian record since 1988, four Bee-eaters seen in the Rusland valley remained until 24th June in 2002, they constituted the sixth Cumbrian record and were the ninth to 12th individual birds and a male Blue-headed Wagtail on Walney in 2005 was the fourth Cumbrian record this century.

23rd June

A Sooty Shearwater seen off Haverigg in 1978 was the fifth Cumbrian record and the ninth individual bird and an adult Roseate Tern seen off Foulney Island in 2012 was the sixth Cumbrian record this century.

Ronnie Irving

Ex-Secretary CBC Records Panel (2015- 2024)

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