Pigeons and Doves

Rock Dove Columba livia Common throughout as Feral Pigeon.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Genuinely wild stock, if it still exists, is confined principally to headlands and islands of the south-west, with small populations at cliff sites in south and east of the county. Stock Dove Widespread resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Generally…

Owls

Barn Owl Tyto alba Uncommon & localised resident, possibly declining.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Scops Owl Otus scops Rare vagrant. Four county records up to 2012. 2005 Crookhaven, found injured but subsequently died, 5th November, now in D. Ballard private collection. 1999 Cape Clear Island, adult male, trapped, 17th to 19th May. 1993 Inchydoney, found…

Orioles

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus oriolus Very scarce spring migrant, rare in autumn. 79 county records involving 107 birds up to the end of 2013. Birds have been seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Barnabrow (Cloyne), Between Midleton and Castlemartyr, Cahermore, Cape Clear Island (majority of the records), Carrigaline, Castlemartyr Wood, Dursey Island, Friendly Cove, Bantry, Garinish…

North American Wood Warblers

Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus Rare vagrant. One county record upto the end of 2013. 2000 Cape Clear, a first-year male from the 4th to the 10th October . First Irish and Western Palearctic record. Distribution: Breeds in eastern North America and winters in central America and the Carribean. (Cornell lab of Ornithology) Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Rare…

Nightjars

Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus Rare passage migrant. Most recent record was of one at Inchy Bridge, Timoleague when a male was observed hawking for insects over typical breeding habitat on three nights between 1st to 8th June 2012, suggesting potential breeding. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Rare vagrant. One county record upto the end of 2013. 1999 Ballydonegan, juvenile,…

New World Blackbirds, Orioles, Bobolink

Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Rare vagrant. Two county records upto the end of 2013. 2003 Cape Clear Island, 10th October, third Irish record. 1982 Cape Clear Island, trapped, 13th to 24th September. Distribution: Breeds across central North America, rarer in the west and winters in mid South America. (Cornell Bird Lab) Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula Rare vagrant. Two…

Loons/Divers

Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata Common passage migrant and winter visitor on the coast. Larger groups often seen in spring before migration.   Winter Distribution Rare breeder in northern Ireland. Black-throated Diver/ Arctic Loon Gavia arctica Very scarce winter visitor. 51 records involving 81 birds up to 1999 when it was removed from the IRBC rarities list, since…

Larks

Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla Rare vagrant. 36 county records, all of single birds up to the end of 2013. Birds were seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Cape Clear Island, Dursey Island, Lissagriffin, Mizen Head, Pilmore Strand. Almost all records from Cape Clear Island and Dursey Island. Seen in April, May, June, August, September and October…