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Owls Tytonidae and Strigidae (6)

(Banner Photo: Short-eared Owl (above) and Long-eared owl (below) by Jim Wilson)

Barn Owl Tyto alba
Uncommon & localised resident, possibly declining. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Scops Owl Otus scops
Rare vagrant.
Four county records up to 2012.

2005 Crookhaven, found injured but subsequently died, 5th November, now in D. Ballard private collection.
1999 Cape Clear Island, adult male, trapped, 17th to 19th May.
1993 Inchydoney, found injured, 27th April, died 10th May.
1907 Fastnet Lighthouse, male, caught, 6th May. W. E. J. Williams, Zoologist 1907: 354

Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of southern and eastern Europe,
which constitutes >50% of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)

Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
Rare vagrant.
One county record up to end of 2013.

1827 Inchigeela Mountain, shot at!, no date. Ussher & Warren, 1900

No longer accepted - 1878 At sea North Atlantic, off Cape Clear, 300 miles SW, male caught on a ship, November, and brought to Cork. Ussher & Warren, 1900

Distribution: an irregular breeder in Greenland, Iceland, Fennoscandia and
arctic Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding
range. (Birdlife International)

Little Owl Athene noctua
Rare vagrant.
Awaiting more information.

Distribution: a widespread resident across much of Europe (except the north),
which accounts for less than half of its global range. (Birdlife International)

Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Uncommon though widespread resident. Scarce autumn passage migrant at the coast. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Uncommon passage migrant & scarce winter visitor. Winter Distribution

Distribution: a widespread but patchily distributed breeder across much of Europe,
which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Does not currently breed in Ireland. (Birdlife International)