Stilts and Avocets

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Rare vagrant. 15 county records up to the end of 2014. 2014 White’s Marsh, one on the 30th and 31st May. 2008 Little Island, 27th May. 2005 White’s Marsh, Clonakilty, adult male, 1st May; same individual, Kilkerran Lake, 2nd to 7th May. 1995 Clogheen Marsh, Inchydoney, adult male and a female, 22nd…

Starlings

Starling Sturnus vulgaris Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Rosy/Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus Rare vagrant. 35 county records involving 38 birds up to the end of 2014. First county record was was one on Cape Clear from the 31st August to the 8th September 1961. Birds wre seen at the following locatoins: Allihies, Ballycotton, Barley…

Sparrows

House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common resident, though appears to be declining nationally.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Formerly localised breeding species, now an occasional visitor.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution

Skuas

Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus Scarce passage migrant in spring and autumn in variable numbers. Distribution: breeds in arctic Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International) Arctic/Parasitic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus Uncommon passage migrant in spring and autumn in variable numbers, with most usually in autumn. Small numbers remain offshore…

Shrikes

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus Rare vagrant. Two county records up to the end of 2013. 2007 Three Castles, Mizen Head, adult, 19th to 21st October, L. i. isabellinus. 2006 Old Head of Kinsale, first-year, 17th to 20th October. First county and second Irish record. Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio Very scarce passage migrant, mostly in autumn, rare in…

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…