Cuckoos

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius Rare Vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2013. One at Ringaskiddy on the 15th February 2009. Distribtuion: A widespread summer visitor to southern Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Summer visitor, commoner inland than at the coast.   Summer…

Crows

Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Locally common resident on the coast, with a bias in distribution towards the south west.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Magpie Pica pica Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Jay Garrulus glandarius Widespread though generally uncommon resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Jackdaw Corvus monedula spermologus Common resident.   Summer Distribution…

Crests

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula Cape Clear One 1st winter female was trapped and ringed on the 27th October 2013. First county and Irish record. 3rd for the Western Palearctic. Distribution: it breeds in spruce-fir forests of the northern and mountainous western United States and Canada and winters in southern United States, Mexico and parts of central…

Cranes

Common Crane Grus grus Former resident now a rare vagrant. 25 records involving 88 birds up to the end of 2014. Largest group seen was ninteen at Midleton between 13th and 25th November 2011. 63 birds seen during an exceptionally high influx in October to December 2011. Locations where birds have been seen include: Ballydehob, Ballymacoda,…

Cormorants

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo carbo Common resident breeding species. Found at both coastal and inland sites.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Continental Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis Very rare. Two identified in 2012. Lough Aderra, one from the 1st tot he 10th February 2012. Baltimore, one on the 6th January 2012. Awaiting more information. European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis…

Catbirds

Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2013. 1986 Cape Clear Island, 4th November. This is the first Irish Record. 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

Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax Rare vagrant. Two county records up to the end of 2013. 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 Distribution: It has two widely separated breeding populations. In its eastern range…

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…