Past Irish Rare Birds
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Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - January 29th:

Baikal Teal

Belfast Harbour RSPB Reserve, Down, 2006. 

2nd Irish Record

Laughing Gull

Rosscarbery, Cork, 2006. 

Eastern Jackdaw

Cruisetown, Louth, 1998. 

7 birds. 4th Irish Record

Eastern Jackdaw

Castlebellingham, Louth, 1998. 

5th Irish Record

Laughing Gull

Nimmo's Pier, Galway, 1996. 

King Eider

Off Baltimore, Cork, 1959. 

5th Irish Record

Greater Yellowlegs

unknown location, Dublin, 1947. 

Found dead in the Associated Merchandise Company's store in Dublin on this date. 2nd Irish Record

Undated January records

First Records for

Today is 29th January. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Lesser Moorhen

29th January, 1895.

Near Funchal, Madeira.

Obtained. Original ID Black Crake. The specimen was lost for some time but once it was relocated in 2007 the correct identification was established

Matias, R. 2009. Removal of Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris from the WP list, and the first record of Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata for Madeira. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 12

Undated Winter Western Palearctic Records




Cape Gull

Jardin des Plantes Zoo, Paris, France. Winter, 1995
Race of Kelp Gull. Found in January and remained until the following month
Jiguet, F. 2003. Brieven: Kelp Gull in France in January 1995. Dutch Birding 25(5): 327

Cotton Pygmy-goose

Hammar Marshes, near Basrah, Iraq. Winter, 1975
2 live birds observed in a Basrah market during November reported to have been captured at Hammar Marshes the previous day however origin is uncertain
Kainady, P.V.G. 1976. The Indian Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus in Basrah, Iraq. Bulletin of Basrah Natural History Museum 3: 107-109

Falcated Duck

Lake Van, Turkey. Winter, 1968
Probable genuine vagrant. The location of an earlier 1916 claim from Iraq might actually be from Isfahan Province in Iran which is outside the WP
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds) 1977. BWP 1. Oxford University Press

American Herring Gull

480km off the coast of Spain, At sea. Winter, 1937
Caught on board a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Had been ringed as a chick on Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada during August 1936
Gross, A.O. 1940. The migration of Kent Island Herring Gulls. Bird Banding 11: 129-155

Scarlet Tanager

Leifsstathir, Kaupangssveit, Eyjafjartharsysla, Iceland. Winter, 1936
Found dead at the end of November or early in December
Mitchell, D. and Young, S. 1997. Rare Birds of Britain and Europe. New Holland

Gabar Goshawk

River Nile at El Shallal, south of Aswan, Egypt. Winter, 1905
2 pairs observed flying along the river during January and February
Snow, D.W. and Perrins, C.M. (eds) 1998. BWP Concise 1. Oxford University Press

American Kestrel

Birkendegaard, Kalundborg, Denmark. Winter, 1901
Sometime near the end of the year
Alexander, W.B. and Fitter, R.S.R. 1955. American Land Birds in Western Europe. British Birds 48(1): 1-14

Collared Petrel

Between Borth and Aberystwyth on the coast, Wales. Winter, 1889
Shot during November or December. Treated by some as a race of Gould's Petrel. Sold as a Sooty Shearwater to a taxidermist in Aberystwyth. Removed from the British list 1971
Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain and Ireland 1600-1999. Arlequin Press

Hooded Merganser

East Ferry, Cobh Harbour, Co. Cork, Ireland. Winter, 1878
A pair shot. Earlier records from Britain and Ireland not considered to be adequately documented for acceptance
Ussher, R.J. and Warren, R 1900. The Birds of Ireland. Gurney and Jackson, London

Striped Crake

Near Biskra, Algeria. Winter, 1867
Collected during January
Heim de Balsac, H. and Mayaud, N. 1962. Les Oiseaux du nord-ouest de l'Afrique. Paris

Parakeet Auklet

Lake Vattern, Jonkoping, Smaland, Sweden. Winter, 1860
Collected during December
Var Fagelvarld 19: 344

American Wigeon

unknown location, England. Winter, 1837
Discovered in Leadenhall Market, London and purchased sometime during the winter of 1837-38. A female was reported also but it was not purchased and the record was never confirmed
Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain and Ireland 1600-1999. Arlequin Press

Baikal Teal

Saone Valley, Burgundy, France. Winter, 1836
5 birds obtained during November
Mayaud, N. 1936. Inventaire des Oiseaux de France. Paris