Sandpipers, Stints, Curlews, Snipes

Red Knot Calidris canutus Common autumn passage migrant and winter visitor. Very scarce in spring and summer.   Winter Distribution Distribution: breeds in Greenland, but winters mainly in coastal areas of western Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global wintering range. (Birdlife International) Sanderling Calidris alba Common passage migrant and winter visitor in the…

Sandgrouse

Pallas’s Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2013. 1888 Near Mallow, six, seen, June. Kennedy, Ruttledge & Scroope, 1954 Distribution: This species breeds across middle latitudes of central Asia on dry steppes, arid plains and similar habitats. It is a partial migrant, especially from the northern parts of its…

Rollers

European Roller Coracias garrulus Rare Vagrant. Three county records up to end of 2013. 2011 Aghada, one on 26th September. Pre 1900 Near Dummanway, no date. Kennedy, Ruttledge & Scroope, 1954. 1884 Near Skibbereen, immature male, 29th October. Kennedy, Ruttledge & Scroope, 1954. Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to southern and eastern Europe, which constitutes >50%…

Rails, Crakes and Coots

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus Widespread if uncommon resident breeding species, passage migrant and winter visitor.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Spotted Crake Pardirallus maculates Rare passage migrant, most records in autumn. 17 county records, all single birds, up to the end of 2014. 2014 Clogheen Marsh, one calling on three nights between 4th and 6th May.…

Plovers and Lapwings

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…

Pigeons and Doves

Rock Dove Columba livia Common throughout as Feral Pigeon.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Genuinely wild stock, if it still exists, is confined principally to headlands and islands of the south-west, with small populations at cliff sites in south and east of the county. Stock Dove Widespread resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Generally…

Owls

Barn Owl Tyto alba Uncommon & localised resident, possibly declining.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Scops Owl Otus scops Rare vagrant. 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…

Orioles

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus oriolus Very scarce spring migrant, rare in autumn. 79 county records involving 107 birds up to the end of 2013. Birds have been seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Barnabrow (Cloyne), Between Midleton and Castlemartyr, Cahermore, Cape Clear Island (majority of the records), Carrigaline, Castlemartyr Wood, Dursey Island, Friendly Cove, Bantry, Garinish…

North American Wood Warblers

Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus Rare vagrant. One county record upto the end of 2013. 2000 Cape Clear, a first-year male from the 4th to the 10th October . First Irish and Western Palearctic record. Distribution: Breeds in eastern North America and winters in central America and the Carribean. (Cornell lab of Ornithology) Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Rare…