Falcons Falconidae (6)
(Banner Photos: Sparrowhawk (above), Kestrel (nelow) by Jim Wilson)
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus
2012 Adult male, Owenahincha, 24th May.
Distribution: Beeds in eastern Europe and west, central and north-central Asia, with its main range from Belarus south to Hungary, northern Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova and east Bulgaria, eastward through Ukraine and north-west and south Russia and north Kazakhstan to extreme north-west China and the upper Lena river (Russia). It winters in southern Africa, from South Africa northwards to southern Kenya. (Birdlife International)
Merlin Falco columbarius
Taiga Merlin (American race)
Hobby Falco subbuteo
110 records involving 109 birds (one, a returning individual) up to the end of 2014.
57 records between 2010 and the end of 2013.
Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballinwilling, Ballycotton, Ballymacoda, Ballyvergan Marsh, Baltimore, Belgooly, Brow Head, Cape Clear Island, Carrigrohan, Castlemary (Cloyne), Castletownbere, Cloonkeen East, Cuskinny Marsh, Dursey Island, Dursey Island, Glanmire, Glengarriff, Gokane House (near Skibbereen), Gyleen, Inch Strand, Kilbrittain, Kilcolman NNR, Kilkerran Lake, Killeagh, Knockgriffin (Midleton), Minane Bridge, Mizen Head and Lissagriffin, Old Head of Kinsale, Pilmore, Robert's Cove, Roche's Point, Rostellan, Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Three Castles Head, Mizen Head, White's Marsh (Clonakilty)Yougal,
Of those aged, the majority were adults. All records between April and October with most in May and October.
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus
2009 A white morph at Lisgoold north of Midelton on 13th April
Distribution: breeds in Greenland, Iceland, Fennoscandia and arctic