Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - August 1st:

Bulwer's Petrel

Off Galley Head, Cork, 2013. 

2nd Irish Record

Red-necked Stint

Reenroe Beach, Ballinskelligs, Kerry, 2011. 

4th Irish Record

Pacific Golden Plover

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 2005. 

10th Irish Record. Subsequently observed near Lisbon, Portugal between the 13th and 17th August

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Bann Estuary, Derry, 1995. 

Stilt Sandpiper

Our Lady's Island Lake, Wexford, 1988. 

4th Irish Record

Stilt Sandpiper

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1983. 

3rd Irish Record

Balearic Shearwater

Belfast Lough, Antrim, 1956. 

1st Irish Record

Sociable Plover

Near Navan, Meath, 1899. 

Shot. 1st Irish Record

Wood Sandpiper

Calary Bog, near The Sugarloaf, Wicklow, 1896. 

3 birds, 1 shot. 2nd Irish Record

Snowy Owl

Probably near Kilmore, Wexford, 1812. 

Speculative date. Shot on the first day of the shooting season and injured. Later captured and killed. 1st Irish Record

Undated August records

First for Western Palearctic

1st August. No WP firsts are known for this date.


Undated Autumn Records




Chinese Pond Heron

Hellesylt, More og Romsdal, Norway. Autumn, 1973
Snow, D.W. and Perrins, C.M. (eds) 1998. BWP Concise 1. Oxford University Press

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Camargue, France. Autumn, 1970
Shot. Possible earlier French record from April 1929
Hovette, S. 1972. Alauda 40: 343-352


River Kennet, near Newbury, Berkshire, England. Autumn, 1864
Shot. Later exibited at a meeting of the Zoological Society at Magdalene College, Cambridge in February 1865
Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain and Ireland 1600-1999. Arlequin Press

Eastern Meadowlark

South Walsham, Norfolk, England. Autumn, 1854
Seen on 3 occasions during October by Capt. Jary who failed to collect it. This and three other 19th century records not accepted by the BOURC as genuine vagrants
Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain and Ireland 1600-1999. Arlequin Press

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Autumn, 1848
Shot during September
Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain and Ireland 1600-1999. Arlequin Press

Swainson's Thrush

Genoa, Italy. Autumn, 1843

Alexander, W.B. and Fitter, R.S.R. 1955. American Land Birds in Western Europe. British Birds 48(1): 1-14

Rufous Turtle Dove

Harjedalen, Sweden. Autumn, 1842
First European record
Hirschfeld, E. 1986. Rufous Turtle Dove in Europe. Dutch Birding 8(3): 77-84

Yellow-browed Bunting

Lille Castle, Nord, France. Autumn, 1827
Jiquet, F. 2007. En direct de la CAF. Premiere mention franšaise du Bruant Ó sourcils jaunes [Emberiza chrysophrys]. Ornithos 14(3): 172-175

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Near Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland. Autumn, 1825
Ussher, R.J. and Warren, R 1900. The Birds of Ireland. Gurney and Jackson, London