Larks Alaudidae (4)
(Banner Photo: Skylark (above) by Mark Carmody and (Below) by Jim Wilson)
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Cape Clear
Island, Dursey Island, Lissagriffin, Mizen Head,
Seen in April, May, June, August, September and October with most seen in May and October. Many stayed for between three and seven days.
Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to southern and southeastern Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Woodlark Lullula arborea
2007 Dursey Island 20th and 21st October.
Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of Europe (except the far north), which constitutes >75% of its global breeding range. Breeds in small numbers in the UK.(Birdlife International)
Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris flava
2007 Cape Clear, an adult male (different to the one below) from the
20th to the 22nd April.
Distribution: a patchy breeding distribution in parts of south-eastern
Europe, as well as Fennoscandia and arctic Russia, with Europe accounting
for a tiny proportion of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)