Species

Woodpeckers

Wryneck Jynx torquilla Occasional, though almost annual passage migrant, with the majority of records in autumn. 199 county records involving 216 birds up to the end of 2014. The first county records was one found dead on the Fastnet Rock on the 17th September 1898 (Ussher & Warren:107). An exceptional 31 were recorded in the county…

Waxwings

Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus Rare winter visitor, but large scale irruptions in some years occasionally result in more widespread records in Cork.   Winter Distribution   Distribution: a widespread breeder in northern Fennoscandia and Russia, with Europe accounting for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)

Warblers

Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 2001 Ballymacoda, 21st May. This is the first Irish Record. Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of southern Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International) Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides Rare vagrant. 28 records up to…

Wagtails and Pipits 

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima Very scarce passage migrant. Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava Almost annual Ashy-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava cinereocapilla Very rare Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi Very Rare Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg Very Rare Distribution: is a widespread summer visitor to most of Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. Has bred on very rare…

Vireos

Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 1985 Galley Head, 12th to 17th October. This is the first Irish and Western Palearctic Record. Distribution: Breeds in northern North America and winters in Central America. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus Rare vagrant. 33 county records (figure needs…

Tits

Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Great Tit Parus major Common resident.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Coal Tit Parus ater Common resident. Birds not of Irish race are rare vagrants.   Summer Distribution   Winter Distribution Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus Very Rare. Has bred in the past. There are five county…

Thrushes and Wheatears

White’s Thrush Zoothera dauma Rare vagrant. One county record up to the end of 2014. 1842 Near Bandon, shot, 5th December, now at Trinity College, Dublin. (Thompson I:128) This is the first Irish Record. Distribution: It breeds in wet coniferous taiga, mainly in eastern Asia and Siberia. Northern races are strongly migratory, with most birds moving…