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,…

Woodpeckers

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…

Waxwings

Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus Rare winter visitor, but large scale irruptions in some years occasionally result in more widespread records in Cork.   Winter Distribution   Distribution: a widespread breeder in northern Fennoscandia and Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)

Warblers

Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 2001 Ballymacoda, 21st May. This is the first Irish Record. Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of southern Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International) Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides Rare vagrant. 28 records up to…

Wagtails and Pipits 

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima Very scarce passage migrant. Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava Almost annual Ashy-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava cinereocapilla Very rare Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi Very Rare Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg Very Rare Distribution: is a widespread summer visitor to most of Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. Has bred on very rare…

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…