Since finding my first BB Rarity in Cumbria back in 2005 I try to check my patch as often as possible hoping to find the ‘big one’. Careful scrutiny has paid dividends and I have now been lucky enough to find six BB Rarities and a selection of county rarities including:

  • American Golden Plover – Drumburgh, 28th September 2012, then refound at Cardurnock, 26th October 2012 (5th record for Cumbria)
  • American Golden Plover – Port Carlisle & Drumburgh, 18th – 24th September 2012 (4th record for Cumbria)
  • BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER – Bowness-on-Solway, 12th & 13th May 2011 (3rd record for Cumbria)
  • SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER – Port Carlisle, 28th July – 5th August 2010 (1st record for Cumbria)
  • STILT SANDPIPER – Campfield Marsh, 22nd September – 1st October 2008 (1st record for Cumbria)
  • PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER – Anthorn, 19th – 24th August 2008 (5th record for Cumbria)
  • Pectoral Sandpiper – Port Carlisle, 27th – 30th July 2008 (23rd record for Cumbria!)
  • White-rumped Sandpiper – Anthorn, 29th July 2007 (3rd record for Cumbria, 1st since 1984)
  • BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER – Port Carlisle, 24th August 2006 (2nd record for Cumbria – 1st twitchable)
  • PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER – Port Carlisle, Anthorn & Bowness-on-Solway, 2nd – 8th July 2005 (4th record for Cumbria)

Away from waders other finds in Cumbria include Todd’s Canada Goose (winter 2012/2013), Tundra Bean Goose (5 occasions), Snow Goose (2007), Green-winged Teal (twice), Ring-necked Duck (1st female for Cumbria in 2007), Common Crane (2004), Long-tailed Skua (lots), Sabine’s Gull (3 occasions), Iceland Gull (2009) and Great Grey Shrike (2009).

A few images:


Todd’s Canada Goose  – Cardurnock & Whitrigg, winter 2012/2013

American Golden Plover (near winter plumage) – Drumburgh, 28th September 2012, and then refound at Cardurnock, 26th October 2012

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, 27th Sept 2012

American Golden Plover – Port Carlisle & Drumburgh, 18th-24th September 2012

BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER – Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria, 12th & 13th May 2011

Green-winged Teal – Campfield Marsh, Cumbria, 1st January 2011


SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER – Port Carlisle, Cumbria, 28th July-5th August 2010

Tundra Bean Goose – Whitrigg, Cumbria, 4th April 2010

Great Grey Shrike – Alston Moor Golf Club, Cumbria, 4th April 2009

Iceland Gull – Silloth, Cumbria, 13th February 2009

STILT SANDPIPER – Campfield Marsh, Cumbria, 22nd September-1st October 2008

PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER – Anthorn, Cumbria, 19th-24th August 2008

Pectoral Sandpiper – Port Carlisle, Cumbria, 27th-30th July 2008

White-rumped Sandpiper -Anthorn, Cumbria, 29th July 2007

Ring-necked Duck – North Plain Farm, Cumbria, 24th April 2007

White-billed Diver – Skigersta, Isle of Lewis, 24th March 2007

Snow Goose – Newton Marsh, Cumbria, 4th March 2007

Tundra Bean Goose  – Anthorn, Cumbria, 18th February 2007

BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER – Port Carlisle, Cumbria, 24th August 2006

PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER – Port Carlisle, Bowness & Anthorn, 2nd-8th July 2005

Bluethroat – Skaw, Unst, Shetland, 27th May 2003 (actually found by the Mrs stood next to me!)