Owls Tytonidae and Strigidae
(Banner Photo: Short-eared Owl (above) and Long-eared
owl (below) by Jim Wilson)
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Uncommon & localised resident, possibly declining. Summer
Scops Owl Otus scops
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
Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of southern and
which constitutes >50% of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
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
arctic Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its
range. (Birdlife International)
Little Owl Athene noctua
Awaiting more information.
Distribution: a widespread resident across much of Europe (except
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
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Uncommon passage migrant & scarce winter visitor. Winter
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)