Surface Feeding Ducks Anatini (13)
(Banner Photo: Mallard (above) and Wigeon (nelwo) by Jim Wilson)
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Eight records involving 17 birds; up to the end of 2014. Only 13 birds to 1946 are considered wild (details below)..
1946 Whitegate Bay, a semi albinistic individual shot on the 30th January.
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Distribution: breeds in northern Europe, and winters in coastal areas of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and north-west Europe, which together probably hold >50% of its global population. Rare and sporadic breeder in Ireland. (Birdlife International)
American Wigeon Anas americana
58 records involving 34 birds up to the end of 2014, many returning individuals. Records are mostly of males, probably due to the difficulty of identifying females.
Recorded at the following locations: Adrigole, Ballintubbrid, Ballycotton, Ballymacoda, Carrigadrohid, Charleville Lagoons, Cuskinny, Dooniskey (The Gearagh), Douglas Estuary, harper's Island, Inchydoney, Kilcolman NNR, Lee Reservoir, Lissagriffin Lake, Reenydonegan Lake, Rosscarbery, Rostellan, Rostellan/Whitegate, The Gearagh, Timoleague, Whitegate/Rostellan.
All records between September and April except one long staying bird at Inchydoney from 28th June 2002 until 7th Janury 2003.
Distribution: Breeds mainly in northwest and central North America and winters in southern North America, the Carribbean and Central America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca carolinensis
A total of 54 records involving 50 individuals up to the end of 1999 when the species was removed from the IRBC rarities list. The first county record was in Midleton in 1968, some records involving the same individual.
Analysis of these records show the following:
Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballintubbrid/Saleen, Ballycotton,
Ballymacoda, Belgooly, Carrigadrohid, Charleville Lagoons, Clonakilty,
Coachford, Douglas Estuary, Illen Estuary, Glounthaune, Inchydoney,
Inishbeg, Kilbrittain Creek,
All birds identified were male, females being impossible to seperate from our Teal.
Seen almost annually and recorded in all months except June, August and September with most seen from November to February.
Distribution: Breeds in northern North America and winters in southern North America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
2013 Mizen head and Crookhaven, two males, 7th to 9th March.
Distribution: Breeds mainly in northeastern North American and winters in southeastern North America. (Cornell Lab of Ornitholgy)
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Distribution: a widespread breeder in much of northern and parts of central Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Garganey Anas querquedula
At least 108 birds recorded in the county up to 2006. A few winter records in recent years, reflecting a national trend.
Analysis of records up to the end of 1993 when this species was removed from the IRBC rarities list showed the following:
Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Ballylickey,
Ballymacoda, Ballymona, Cape Clear Island, Castle Richard, Charleville
Lagoons, Cobh, Douglas Estuary, Garretstown, Kilcolman NNR, Kinsale,
Most records were of single males with the highest count being six at Ballycotton in August 1968. Most were only seen on one day.
Recorded in all months of the year except July up to the end of 1993 with most records in Aprl/May and August/September.
Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
2014 Beamish's Pool, Clonakilty, one on the 27th May.
Distribution: Breeds in central and northern North America and winters southern North America, Central America, the Carribbeen and northern South America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)