Vireos

Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 1985 Galley Head, 12th to 17th October. This is the first Irish and Western Palearctic Record. Distribution: Breeds in northern North America and winters in Central America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus Rare vagrant. 33 county records (figure needs…

Tits

Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Great Tit Parus major Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Coal Tit Parus ater Common resident. Birds not of Irish race are rare vagrants.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus Very Rare. Has bred in the past. There are five county…

Thrushes and Wheatears

White’s Thrush Zoothera dauma Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 1842 Near Bandon, shot, 5th December, now at Trinity College, Dublin. (Thompson I:128) This is the first Irish Record. Distribution: It breeds in wet coniferous taiga, mainly in eastern Asia and Siberia. Northern races are strongly migratory, with most birds moving…

Terns

Little Tern Sterna albifrons Very scarce passage migrant. Not known to breed, although it has done so in the past. Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica Rare vagrant. Three county records up to the end of 2014. 2006 Womanagh River, near Ballymacoda, adult, 20th and 21st May. 1998 Courtmacsherry, adult, 26th to 27th July; same, Kilbrittain, 8th August. 1993…

Swifts

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica Rare vagrant. 11 county records involving 11 individuals up to the end of 2013. 2005 An unprecedented influx. Between Courtmacsherry and Broadstrand: three, 31st October to 3rd November; four, 1st          November. 2005 Clonakilty, 30th October. 2005 Sherkin Island, two, 29th October. 2005 Cape Clear Island, 29th October; presumed same, 30th October, presumed…

Swans

Mute Swan Cygnus olor Common throughout the county. Mainly resident, but some grouping of non breeding birds in summer and immature birds wander in the winter.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii Winter visitor, mainly to the east of the county. Scarce since 1998, when the east Cork flocks diminished. Distribution: breeds mainly…

Swallows and Martins

Sand Martin Riperia riperia Common summer visitor.   Summer Distribution Swallow/Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Common summer visitor.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Awaiting confirmation. House Martin Delichon urbica Common summer visitor.   Summer Distribution Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica Rare vagrant. 24 county records up to the end of 2014. 2014 Owenahincha, one on the 10th…

Surface Feeding Ducks

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea Rare vagrant. This species is regularly found in captivity, with many migratory feral populations on the near continent. Records probably do not refer to genuinely wild birds. The species remains on Category D of the Irish list. Eight records involving 17 birds; up to the end of 2014. Only 13 birds to…

Stone Curlews

Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus Rare passage migrant, mostly in spring. Six records up to the end of 2013 since first recorded in 1913. 2013 Bantry, one on the 3rd June. 2010 Sherkin Island, one on the 20th/21st March. 1999 Dursey Island, one on the 26th April. 1996 Cape Clear Island, one from the 8th to the…