Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

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

Buff-bellied Pipit

Clahane Beach, Liscannor, Clare, 2009. 

10th Irish Record

Purple Heron

Lough Donnell, Clare, 2006. 

Black-headed Bunting

Tory Island, Donegal, 2003. 

7th Irish Record

Fea's Petrel

Off Galley Head, Cork, 1992. 

8th Irish Record

Spotted Sandpiper

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1983. 

6th Irish Record


Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1976. 

2 birds


Galway City, Galway, 1976. 

Rough-legged Buzzard

Howth Head, Dublin, 1975. 

Ruddy Duck

Closet Bay, Lough Neagh, Armagh, 1973. 

Female with 4 young. 2nd Irish Record

Long-billed Dowitcher

Lough Funshinagh, Roscommon, 1963. 

5th Irish Record

Yellow-browed Warbler

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1960. 

Up to 7 birds. 9th Irish Record

Aquatic Warbler

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1958. 

5th Irish Record

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Tralee Harbour, Kerry, 1957. 

1st Irish Record

Yellow-browed Warbler

Inishbofin, Galway, 1957. 

4th Irish Record

Lapland Bunting

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1950. 

5th Irish Record

Red-backed Shrike

Wicklow Head, Wicklow, 1908. 

Date possibly the 1st September. Caught at the lighthouse lantern. 2nd Irish Record

Wilson's Storm-petrel

Lough Erne, Fermanagh, 1891. 

Shot. Occurred following a storm. 1st Irish Record

Lesser Whitethroat

The Tearaght, Kerry, 1890. 

Shot. 1st Irish Record

Montagu's Harrier

The Scalp, Wicklow, 1849. 

Shot. 2nd Irish Record

Montagu's Harrier

Near Bray, Wicklow, 1848. 

Shot. 1st Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 1st October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Cerulean Warbler

1st October, 1997.

Arnessysla, Iceland.

Trapped. Not ringed

Prainsson, G. 1997. Palm Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in Iceland - new to the Western Palearctic. Birding World 10(10): 392-393

Bay-breasted Warbler

1st October, 1995.

Land's End, Cornwall, England.

Captured on video. Following a heavy shower around 10.45am the bird disappeared and was not seen again

Ferguson, D. 1997. Bay-breasted Warbler in Cornwall: new to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 90(10): 444-449

House Finch

1st October, 1975.

Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Holland.

Trapped and ringed. Suspicion of ship-assisted passage so not admitted to the Dutch list. The ID of earlier claims on Fair Isle in 1962 and 1966 was not clinched

Osieck, E.R. 1979. Mexicaanse Roodmus Carpodacus mexicanus in Ijmuiden. Dutch Birding 1(3): 76-78

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic 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