FIRSTS FOR WESTERN PALEARCTIC
Undated Spring Records
African Reed Warbler - Western Lakes, near Benghazi, Libya. Spring, 2008.
Birds were found to be breeding during May. Definite ID resolved by using DNA analysis
Hering, J. et al 2010. African Reed Warblers and Mangrove Reed Warblers in Libya and Egypt - both new to the Western Palearctic. Birding World 23(5): 218-219

Denham's Bustard - Zouarke, near Zouar, Tibesti, Chad. Spring, 1953.
Observed during April. Doubts have been expressed over the exact identity of this record and another claimed in the same location in July 1957
Guichard, K.M. 1955. The birds of Fezzan and Tibesti. Ibis 97: 393-424

Marabou Stork - Hula Valley, Israel. Spring, 1951.
Collected during May
Shirihai, H. 1996. The Birds of Israel. Academic Press

Black-capped Petrel - Southacre, near Swaffham, Norfolk, England. Spring, 1850.
This individual was found tangled in a furze bush during March or April where it was captured and subsequently killed
Newton, A. 1852. Zoologist 10: 3691-3698

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Firecrest, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)
Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford. March 21st, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Slaty-backed Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Slaty-backed Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Slaty-backed Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Slaty-backed Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Iceland Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Iceland Gull, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
Killybegs, Co. Donegal. January 18th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Black Scoter, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry. January 11th, 2015.
Canon 7D through Telescope  
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Black Scoter, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry. January 11th, 2015.
Canon 7D through Telescope  
Glaucous Gull, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry. January 11th, 2015.
Canon 7D  
Glaucous Gull, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry. January 11th, 2015.
Canon 7D