Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - September 2nd:

Citrine Wagtail

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 2011. 

2 birds

American Black Tern

Rahasane Turlough, Galway, 2007. 

4th Irish Record

Citrine Wagtail

Ballycotton, Cork, 2004. 

8th Irish Record

Booted Warbler

Ballycotton, Cork, 2004. 

2nd Irish Record

Booted Warbler

Annagh Head, Mayo, 2004. 

3rd Irish Record

Western Bonelli's Warbler

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1991. 

Trapped. Considered to be the race bonelli

Wilson's Phalarope

Ballycotton, Cork, 1968. 

4th Irish Record


Lough Errul, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1965. 

Greater Yellowlegs

Three Islets, Lough Neagh, Antrim, 1962. 

5th Irish Record. 3rd NI Record

Western Bonelli's Warbler

Lighthouse Road, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1961. 

Trapped. Considered to be the race bonelli. 1st Irish Record

Icterine Warbler

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1959. 

7th Irish Record

Aquatic Warbler

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1958. 

4th Irish Record

Icterine Warbler

Tuskar Rock, Wexford, 1914. 

Picked up dead. 2nd Irish Record

Undated September records

First Records for

Today is 2nd September. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Southern Giant Petrel

2nd September, 1991.

Adriatic Sea, At sea.

Seen from a ferry travelling between Greece and Ancona in Italy. An earlier record of a Giant Petrel off Ile d'Ouessant in November 1967 was not specifically identified

Brichetti, P. et al 1995. Comitato di Omologazione Italiano. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 65: 147-149

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