Buntings

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis Scarce autumn passage migrant & occasional winter visitor. Distribution: A widespread breeder in northernmost Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Does not breed in Ireland. Lapland Bunting/Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus Very scarce passage migrant & rare winter visitor. At least 239 birds recorded in the county…

Bee-eaters

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster Rare vagrant. 13 county records involving 20 birds up to the end of 2014. 2014 Dursey Island, one on the 19th April. 2011 Dursey Island, one on 4th June. 2011 Eyeries (Beara), one on 3rd June. 2008 Dursey Island, one flew over on the 29th April. 1999 Dursey Sound, one from the…

Auks

Common Guillemot Uria aalge Common and widespread offshore throughout the year, breeds at a number of coastal sites. Summer Distribution    Winter Distribution Razorbill Alca torda Common and widespread offshore throughout the year, breeds at a number of coastal sites.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Great Auk (extinct) Pinguinus impennis Awaiting Information. Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle Local and generally…

Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels 

Albatross sp. Diomedea/Thalassarche sp. Rare vagrant. Three county records up to the end of 2014. Apart from a few species in the Pacific all breed and live in the southern hemisphere. 2012 Mizen Head, unaged, 21st October. 1991 Dursey Island, adult, 8th October. 1967 Cape Clear Island, adult, 2nd September. Black-browed Albatross Diomedea melanophris Rare vagrant. Six…