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91: 10 Oct 2023 Black Tern Sighting

Location: Kendal

Name: Simon Armstrong

Just seen a Black Tern on a stroll in Kendal, quite the sighting! Si

92: 9 Oct 2023 Brambling – 10 over

Location: Ambleside

Name: Ashley Cooper via Birding Cumbria Whatsapp

93: 9 Oct 2023 Grey wagtail

Location: Linstock

Name: Louise


94: 8 Oct 2023 Fieldfare and Redwing – small but widespread arrival

Location: Ambleside, Foulshaw Moss, Distington, Weddicar, Irton

Name: Various reporters

95: 7 Oct 2023 Willow Warbler – 1

Location: Caldbeck Village

Name: Sean Donockley

96: 5 Oct 2023 Grey phal

Location: Coniston, Blue bird cafe

Name: Robert Pocklington

Grey phalarope on very choppy water.


97: 3 Oct 2023 Black Tern – 1

Location: Halforth, field with dead oak tree

Name: Rob Pocklington via Birding Cumbria

98: 1 Oct 2023 Great Egret

Location: Old Bridge, Great Broughton

Name: Alistair Blackshaw

Great egret present briefly on north side of River Derwent, to the south of Old Bridge.


99: 30 Sep 2023 Cattle Egret – 1

Location: Thacka Beck

Name: Roy Bottomley

100: 28 Sep 2023 Crossbills

Location: Hawkshead Moor SD34399788

Name: Sue Woods

2pm Raucous flock of crossbills (min. count 14) seen feeding high in the spruces. Cones raining down. Males & females seen clearly with bins. 1 seen flying with a cone in its bill which I’ve never seen before. They do tend to stay in the same area for several days.