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Plovers and Lapwings Charadriidae (11)

(Banner Photo: Goledn Plover (above) and Ringed Plover (belwo) by Jim Wilson)

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Occasional passage migrant, in spring and autumn.
Increasing in number and probably breeding somewhere in or near the county based on a number of early juveniles turning up. Annual since 2003 or so with 12 in 2011. Recorded in all months except July and November.

34 county records involving 40 birds up to the end of 2014.

2014 Ring Strand, one on the 15th May.
2013 Pilmore, one on the 23rd August.
2013 Ballycotton, one on the 9th April.
2013 Dooniskey, one on the 6th April.
2013 Kinsale, one on the 2nd April.
2012 Juvenile, Pilmore Strand, 18th August.
2011 Ballymacoda, 24th September.
2011 The Gearagh, five juveniles, 3rd to 11th September.
2011 Dooniskey, two juveniles, 3rd to 13th September.
2011 Ballycotton, up to two juveniles, 24th to 31st August.
2011 Ballycotton, one on 1st/2nd August.
2011 Ballycotton, one on 16th April.
2010 Ballycotton, one juvenile on 31st August/1st September.
2008 Ballycotton, one juvenile from the 1st to the 2nd September.
2008 Mallow Sugar Factory Lagoons, one female from the 15th to the 28th June.
2006 Mallow Lagoons, three adult females and 2 juveniles from the 5th to the 6th August.
2007 Ballycotton, one from the 4th to the 7th May.
2006 Ballycotton, on from the 29th January to the 19th March. Thought to be the Ballymacoda bird below.
2005 near Ballymacoda, one from the 16th December to the 6th January 2006.
2005 Ballycotton, an adult on the 8th May.
2004 Ballycotton, a first-winter from the 29th December to the 23rd April 2005.
2003 Ballycotton, an adult female on the 19th March.
2003 Ballycotton, one from the 26th April to the 27th April.
2003 Mallow Sugar Lagoons, a first-winter from the 29th December to the 13th February 2004.
2000 White's Marsh (Clonakilty), a juvenile from the 2nd to the 3rd September.
2000 Dursey Island, a male from the 5th to the 8th May.
1998 Ballycotton, an adult on the 7th June.
1998 Ballycotton, a juvenile from the 18th to the 19th October.
1995 Ballycotton, one one the 4th June.
1995 Kilcolman NNR, one on the 25th April.
1987 Ballycotton, a juvenile on the 19th September.
1982 Ballycotton, an adult from the 20th to the 21st June.
1979 Ballycotton, one from the 5th to the 6th May.
1968 Ballycotton, one from the 22nd to the 28th September.

Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of Europe, which accounts
for less than half of its global breeding range.

Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Uncommon and localised breeding species. Common in autumn and winter, when population increased by northern migrants.
Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Killdeer Charadrius vociferous
Rare vagrant.
Nine county records up to the end of 2014.

2003 Saleen, 3rd February; presumed same, Ballycotton, 9th February.
1996 Cape Clear Island, first-year, 18th October.
1995 Ballycotton, 8th to 22nd October.
1991 Ballycotton, adult, 7th January to 2nd March.
1984 Ballymacoda, 15th February to 24th March.
1979 Ballycotton, 7th to 31st March.
1938 Near Crookhaven, seen, 11th December, picked up dead, 19th March 1939, now at National Museum, Dublin.
1938 Carrigeengoure, near Crookhaven, shot, 30th November, now at National Museum, Dublin.

Distribution: Resident across central North America, summer visitor further north and wintering in Central America and northern South America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus alexandrinus
Rare vagrant.
Three county records up to the end of 2014.

1984 Ballycotton, one on the 24th April.
1980 Ballycotton, one immature fromthe 22nd to the 27th September.
1970 Ballymona Strand (Ballycotton) one on the 23rd April.

A ringed individual at Pilmore Strand in 2008(?) turned out to be a captive bird found and released by Dutch/German police following an investigation into illegal breeding of protected species there.

Distribution: a widespread breeder in coastal areas of western and
southern Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Rare vagrant.
One county and Irish record up to 2014.

2013 Ring Strand, Pilmore and Clonpriest, Youghal, one showing characteristics of C. m. mongolus on the 27th and 28th July. 1st county and Irish Record.

Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
Rare passage migrant in spring and autumn.
27 records in the county up to the end of 2014.

2013 Ballycotton, one on the 26th August.
2012 Robert's Cove, two juveniles, 6th October.
2010 Dursey Island, juvenile on the 10th October.
2009 Old Head of Kinsale, one Juvenile on the 16th September.
2008 Dursey Island, one one the 22nd August.
2005 Cape Clear Island, one on the 22nd October.
2001 Dursey Island, one first-winter from the 19th to the 21st October.
2001 Dursey Island, one juvenile on the 11th October.
2000 Cape Clear Island, one juvenile form the 25th to the 27th September.
1997 Dursey Island, one first-year on the 22nd October.
1996 Cape Clear Island, one from the 7th to the 12th April.
1994 Cape Clear Island, one adult on the 3rd May.
1992 Dursey Island, one first-winter on the 4th October.
1990 Lissagriffin, one juvenile on the 30th September.
1989 Cape Clear Island, one juvenile on the 17th October.
1987 Dursey Island, one juvenile on the 29th August.
1985 Cape Clear Island, one juvenile form the 8th to the 12th October.
1984 Cape Clear Island, one juvenile on the 12th and 13th October.
1983 Cape Clear Island, one juvenile from the 4th to the 6th October.
1982 Cape Clear Island, one on the 18th September.
1980 Cape Clear Island, one on the 1st October.
1977 Cape Clear Island, one on the 19th and 20th August.
1977 Cape Clear Island, one form the 17th to the 20th August .
1976 Cape Clear Island, one from the 28th September to the 1st October.
1976 Cape Clear Island, one from the 24th to the 29th September.
1966 Cape Clear Island, one on the 19th September.
19th Century Near Cork City, one female obtained, about the end of September. (Thompson II:94)

Distribution: a summer visitor to northern Europe, but occurs more patchily
farther south, with Europe accounting for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)

American/Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica/fulva
Rare vagrant.
Two county records up to the end of 2013.

1994 Ballycotton, 14th to 15th October.
1994 Ballycotton, 29th to 30th August.

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
Occasional vagrant, mostly in autumn. Rare in spring.
75 records involving 77 birds up tothe end of 2014.

Birds were seen at the following locations; Ballycotton, Ballymacoda, Barley Cove, Cape Clear Island, Clonakilty/Inchydoney, Douglas Estuary, Harbour View, Hare Island, Inchydoney, Inchydoney/Rosscarbery, Kinsale Marsh,
Lissagriffin, Midleton Estuary, Old Head of Kinsale, Pilmore Strand, Ring Strand, Rosscarbery, Shanagarry, The Gearagh.

Where age was given most were juveniles.

All records between July and November with most records in October and November.

Distribution: Breeds in the far north of North America and winters in eastern central South America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Rare vagrant.
Three county records up to the end of 2013.

1993 An adult at Ballycotton on the 8th August.
1991 Inchydoney, adult, 19th October.
1991 Kinsale Marsh, adult, 5th to 8th October.

Distribution: the Pacific Golden-Plover breeds in western Alaska and Siberia and winters on islands across the Pacific Ocean, through southeast Asia, to northeastern Africa. It is uncommon in North America, found breeding in Alaska, and migrating and wintering in small numbers along the Pacific Coast. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)


European Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
Common autumn passage migrant and winter visitor, declining in spring, and with very small numbers remaining through the summer months. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor.Winter Distribution

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Common passage migrant in spring and autumn, and common winter visitor. Very scarce breeder.
Summer Distribution Winter Distribution