Stilts and Avocets Recurvirostridae (2)
(Banner Photo: Avocet (above) by Jim Wilson and Black-winged Stilt (belwo) by Mark Carmody)
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
2014 White's Marsh, one on the 30th and 31st May.
Distribution: a widespread but patchily distributed summer visitor to southern and eastern Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
41 records involving 72 birds up to the end of 2014. Wintered annually in small numbers in Cork Harbour between 1956 and 1965 with a maximum of 8 in the winter of 1962/63.
Birds have been reported from the following locations: Ballycotton, Ballymacoda, Ballymona, Belvelly, Cape Clear Island, Castletownberehaven, Clonakilty Estuary, Cork Harbour (Cobh, Great Island, Douglas Estuary, Lough Beg, Midleton, Midleton/Rosslague, North Channel, Ringaskiddy,) Courtmacsharry Bay, Inchydoney, Kilboy (Cloyne), Shanagarry, Youghal.
Distribution: a widespread but patchily distributed breeder across much of Europe (except the far north), which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)