Past Rare and Scarce Finds in February

1st February Bonaparte’s Gull, Cattle Egret, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pied-billed Grebe. 2nd February Little Auk, Water Pipit. 3rd February Black-throated Diver/Arctic Loon, Cattle Egret, Killdeer, Little Auk, White-billed Diver. 4th February Bonaparte’s Gull, Goshawk, Green-winged Teal. 5th February Balearic Shearwater, Great White Egret, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck. 6th February Black-throated Diver/Arctic Loon, Black-necked Grebe. 7th February American Coot, Black-necked Grebe, Green-winged…

Past Rare and Scarce Finds in January

1st January American Herring Gull, Balearic Shearwater, Cattle Egret, Ivory Gull, Little Auk, Ring-billed Gull. 2nd January American Herring Gull, Balearic Shearwater, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Green-winged Teal, Slavonian/Horned Grebe, Little Auk, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-necked Duck. 3rd January Avocet, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Crane, Firecrest, Laughing Gull, Little Auk, Smew. 4th January Cattle Egret, Lesser Scaup, Ring-billed Gull,…

Wrens

Wrens (Northern) Wren Dreoilín (Tuaisceartach) Troglodytes troglodytes Common resident breeding species. Global Distribution: Europe, north Africa and Asia.     Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers     Wryneck Cam-Mhuin Jynx torquilla Occasional, though almost annual passage migrant, with the majority of records in autumn. Over 200 county records involving at least 239 individuals up to the end of 2020. The first county records was one found dead on the Fastnet Rock on the 17th September 1898 (Ussher & Warren:107).…

Waxwings

Waxwings   (Bohemian) Waxwing Síodeiteach (Boihéamach) Bombycilla garrulus Rare winter visitor, but large scale irruptions in some years occasionally result in more widespread records in Cork. Global Distribution: A widespread breeder in northern Fennoscandia and Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Also found in Asia and North America.…

Warblers

Warblers     Cetti’s Warbler Ceolaire Cetti Cettia cetti Rare vagrant. One county record up to December 2020. 2001 Ballymacoda, 21st May. This is the first Irish Record. Global Distribution: A widespread breeder across much of southern Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. Also found in Africa and Asia.(Birdlife…

Wagtails & Pipits

Wagtails & Pipits       (Western) Yellow Wagtail Glasóg Bhuí (Iartharach) Motacilla flava flavissima Scarce passage migrant. Mainly in Spring and Autumn, with most seen in September and October. Has bred in the past. Subspecies Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava. Over 30 records. Subspecies Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi Very Rare. One record. Global Distribution:…

Vireos

Vireos     Philadelphia Vireo Glaséan  Philadelphia Vireo philadelphicus Rare vagrant. One county and Irish record up to the end of 2020. 1985 Galley Head, 12th to 17th October. This was the first Irish and Western Palearctic Record. Global Distribution: Breeds in northern North America and winters in Central America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)   Red-eyed…

Treecreepers

Treecreepers     (Eurasian) Treecreeper Snag (Eoráiseach) Certhia familiaris Uncommon resident breeding species, scarce in the west of the county. Global Distribution: Europe and Asia.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution