Today is Thursday 17th April 2014. Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on 17th April:
Finvarra Point, Galway, 2010.
Cregane, near Rosscarbery, Cork, 1955.
2 birds. 10th Irish Record
First for Western Palearctic
17th April. No WP firsts are known for this date.
FIRST WESTERN PALEARCTIC RECORDS IN SPRING - DATE UNKNOWN.
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
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
Hula Valley, Israel. Spring, 1951
Collected during May
Shirihai, H. 1996. The Birds of Israel. Academic Press
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