Monthly Archives: May 2011

24th May 2011 – No Ross’s Gull but Little Gulls linger

I was in nearby Glasson village when I received a call saying there was a Ross’s Gull currently reported flying around at Port Carlisle. Needless to say I was there within a few minutes, but I couldn’t find the bird, or any birders. … Continue reading

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23rd May 2011 – Long-tailed Skua Heaven

Well, what an afternoon. I’m still stunned at what I’ve just seen. I was beginning to think I was going to have my poorest skua season ever, and then today happened. I knew the weather forecast looked promising, the Met Office had … Continue reading

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21st May 2011 – Nestbox update

The 4 nest boxes I made and put up in the garden in the winter are all currently occupied – by 2 pairs of Tree Sparrows, a pair of Great Tits and a pair of Blue Tits, and all are … Continue reading

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12th May 2011 – BROAD-BILLED SAND!!!!!

What a 48hrs, after the huge disappointment of dipping the Kentish Plover, I then struck gold this evening by finding my 2nd BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER in Cumbria (3rd county record) – at Bowness Railings – and what a cracking little bird it was! The waders were … Continue reading

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10th May 2011 – Kentish dip

The only bad thing about being a passionate patch birder is that sometimes the birding gods will really shit on you from a great height. Someone else will find something good on the area you’ve been checking daily for weeks, whilst you’re at work, … Continue reading

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6th May 2011 – Skua surprise…

With winds and weather still far from ideal for skua passage today, it  came as a bit of a surprise when a dark(ish) morph Arctic Skua flew past me at the railings. And here is a really bad pic of it as it headed … Continue reading

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5th May 2011 – Little Stint

The Little Stint is an uncommon passage migrant in Cumbria, and nearly all records are of juveniles in autumn. Spring birds are much more unusual so this bird was a nice surprise at Bowness-on-Solway today. Other than that not much else … Continue reading

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