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Woodpeckers Picidae (3)

(Banner Photos: Great Spotted Woodpecker by Mark Carmody)

Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Occasional, though almost annual passage migrant, with the majority of records in autumn.

199 county records involving 216 birds up to the end of 2014.

The first county records was one found dead on the Fastnet Rock on the 17th September 1898 (Ussher & Warren:107).

An exceptional 31 were recorded in the county during 2010.

Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballagh Boy (West Beara), Ballycotton, Ballyhooly, Ballymacrown, Ballyvergan (Youghal), Baltimore, Barleycove, Brow Head, Cape Clear Island (majority of the records), Clogheen Marsh, Crookhaven, Dursey Island, Fastnet Rock, Firkeel, Galley Head, Garinish (West Beara), Lehanemore (West Beara), Lissagriffin, Long Strand (near Galley Head), Mizen Head, Old Head of Kinsale, Sands Cove (near Galley Head), Sheep's Head, Sherkin Island, Three Castles Head, Toe Head, Youghal.

Most records were of single birds and many stayed for a few days and a couple for over a week.

Apart from two in November, three records in April and in May and eight in August the rest were seen in September and October.

Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. Breeds in samll numbers in the UK.(Birdlife International)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Rare Vagrant
One county record up to the end of 2013.

1988 Cape Clear Island, immature female, trapped, 16th to 19th October.

Distribution: Breeds in northern North America and winters in the southeastern states of North America, Central America and the Carribbean.

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major major
Rare vagrant.
Three county records up to 1950 and none until 2008 when one was seen on Cape Clear on the 19 to 20 April.

This species in now breeding at a number of sites on the east coast of Ireland and there is evidence to suggest it is spreading south and west and it is thought that it won't be too long before it is added to the county list of breeding species.

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

One Ship assisted record.

An individual which flew ashore from the RMS Mauretania in Cork Harbour at 0800 hrs on October 13th 1962 was the only survivor of a group of ten or more flickers (!!!) which had landed on the vessel on October 7th and 8th, while it was sailing from New York to Southampton.