Dippers

Dippers (White-throated) Dipper Gabha Dubh (Píbgheal) Cinclus cinclus Uncommon though widespread resident breeding species on waterways. The Dippers seen in Ireland as of a distinct subspecies C. cinclus hibernicus. Global Distribution: his species is patchily distributed across Eurasia, occurring in the U.K., Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein,…

Cuckoos

Cuckoos Great Spotted Cuckoo Mórchuach Bhreac Clamator glandarius Rare Vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2020. One at Ringaskiddy on the 15th February 2009. Global Distribution: This species range spans southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The largest proportion of breeding individuals in Europe (>80%) are found in Spain (Ibanez-Alamo et al. 2019). …

Crows

Crows (Red-billed) Chough Cág Cosdearg  (Rua-ghobach) Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Locally common resident breeding species on the coast, with a bias in distribution towards the south west. Global Distribution: Europe, north Africa and Asia.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution (Eurasian) Magpie Snag Breac (Eoráiseach) Pica pica Common resident breeding species. Global Distribution: Europe, north Africa and…

Crests

Crests Goldcrest Cíorbhuí/Dreoilín Easpaig Regulus regulus Common resident breeding species, winter visitor and passage migrant. Global Distribution: Europe, north Africa and Asia. Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Firecrest Lasairchíor Regulus ignicapillus Very scarce passage migrant, with occasional winter records. At least 538 birds have been recorded in the county up to 2006. There was 105…

Cranes

Cranes Common Crane Corr Coitianta Grus grus Former resident and probable breeding species,  now a rare vagrant. 25 records involving at least 88 birds up to the end of 2020. Largest group seen was nineteen at Midleton between 13th and 25th November 2011. 63 birds seen during an exceptionally high influx in October to December…

Cormorants and Shags

Cormorants and Shags (Great) Cormorant Broigheall (Mhór) Phalacrocorax carbo carbo Common resident breeding species. Found at both coastal and inland sites. Highest counts have come from Cork Harbour where over 400 have been counted in winter months. Continental Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis There have been three county records of this distinctive subspecies. 2015 Lough Aderry,…

Catbirds

Catbirds Grey Catbird Catéan Liath Dumetella carolinensis Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2020 1986 Cape Clear Island, 4th November. This is the first Irish Record. Global Distribution: Breeds across central North America, resident towards the coast of the southeast of North America and also winter as far south as Panama.

Bustards

Bustards Little Bustard Bustard beag Tetrax tetrax Rare vagrant. Two county records up to the end of 2020. 1883 Youghal Bay, 14th November, now at National Museum, Dublin. H. F. Allin, Field 8th Dec., 1883: 799 1860 Ballycotton Bay, shot, 24th December. Lord Clermont, Zoologist 1861: 7385 Global Distribution: It has two widely separated breeding…

Buntings

Buntings Snow Bunting Gealóg Shneachta Plectrophenax nivalis Scarce autumn passage migrant & occasional winter visitor, rare in spring. Recorded in all months except June, July and August. Most seen in October. Global Distribution: A widespread breeder in northernmost Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Does not breed in Ireland.…

Bee-eaters

Bee-eaters European Bee-eater Beachadóir Eorpach Merops apiaster Rare vagrant. 16 county records involving 25 birds up to the end of 2020. 2020 Sherkin Island, two on the 9th May. 2019 Mizen Head, one on the 20th April. 2018 Dursey Island, two on the 29th April. 2014 Dursey Island, one on the 19th April. 2011 Dursey…