Sparrows

Sparrows   House Sparrow Gealbhan Binne Passer domesticus Common resident breeding species, though appears to be declining nationally. Global Distribution: Europe, north Africa, Middle East and Asia. The House Sparrow has been introduced to many countries and now has an extremely large range and occurs in most parts of the world. Summer Distribution   Winter…

Skuas

Skuas   Pomarine Skua Meirleach Mara Pomairíneach Stercorarius pomarinus Scarce passage migrant in spring and autumn. Numbers seen vary from year to year. Global Distribution: breeds in arctic Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Also Asia and North America. (Birdlife International)   Arctic Skua/Parasitic Jaeger Meirleach Mara Artach Stercorarius…

Shrikes

Shrikes   Isabelline Shrike Scréachán Isabilín Lanius isabellinus Rare vagrant. Three county records up to the end of 2020. 2016 Toe Head, one from the 31st October to the 1st November. 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…

Sandpipers, Stints, Curlews, Snipes

Sandpipers, Stints, Curlews, Snipes   (Red) Knot Cnota (Dearg) Calidris canutus Autumn passage migrant and uncommon winter visitor. Very scarce in spring and summer. Global Distribution: Asia, North America and Greenland. The Greenland breeding population winters mainly in coastal areas of western Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global wintering range. (Birdlife…

Sandgrouse

Sandgrouse   Pallas’s Sandgrouse Gaineamhchearc Pallas Syrrhaptes paradoxus Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2020. 1888 Near Mallow, six, seen, June.  (Kennedy, Ruttledge & Scroope, 1954) Global Distribution: This species breeds across middle latitudes of central Asia on dry steppes, arid plains and similar habitats. It is a partial migrant, especially…

Rollers

Rollers   European Roller Rollóir Eorpach Coracias garrulus Rare Vagrant. Four county records up to end of 2020. 2014 Manch, Dunmanway, a 1st year bird on the 16th November. 2011 Aghada, one on 26th September. Pre 1900 Near Dummanway, September 1851. Kennedy, Ruttledge & Scroope, 1954. 1883 Near Skibbereen, immature male, 29th October. Kennedy, Ruttledge…

Rails, Crakes & Coots

Rails, Crakes & Coots     Water Rail Ralóg uisce/Traonach uisce Rallus aquaticus Widespread if uncommon resident breeding species, passage migrant and winter visitor. Global Distribution: Europe, Africa, Asia and Iceland. Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Spotted Crake Gearr breac Pardirallus maculates Rare passage migrant, most records in autumn. 17 county records up to the…

Pratincoles and Plovers

Pratincoles and Plovers   Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola 2020 The Gearagh, at least one 2nd year bird from the 18th to the 20th April is the first county record. Global Distribution: Patchy distribution across southern Europe and south west Asia, wintering in Africa, south of the Sahara desert.   Little Ringed Plover Feadógín Chladaigh Charadrius dubius …

Pigeons & Doves

Pigeons & Doves     Rock Dove/Feral Colm Aille Columba livia Common throughout as Feral Pigeon. Almost impossible in the county to confidentially identify any as true wild Rock Doves at this stage. Genuinely wild stock, if it still exists, is confined principally to headlands and islands of the south-west, with small populations at cliff…

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers   (Eurasian) Oystercatcher Roilleach (Eoráiseach) Haematopus ostralegus Resident breeding species, mostly in the west of the county. Widespread all year, common winter visitor and passage migrant. Global Distribution: Europe, Asia and Iceland.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution