Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 21st:

Black-browed Albatross

Off Mizen Head, Cork, 2012. 

Not specifically identified but probably this species of Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

Off Mizen Head, Cork, 2008. 

Cackling Goose

Loop Head, Clare, 2006. 

Probably had been observed on the Mullet Peninsula the previous day

Radde's Warbler

Crookhaven, Cork, 2001. 

9th Irish Record

Radde's Warbler

Ballagan Point, Louth, 1990. 

7th Irish Record


Near East Bog, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1988. 

Canada Goose

Myroe, Lough Foyle, Derry, 1985. 

7 birds

Pallas's Warbler

Cotter's Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1985. 

Trapped. 2nd Irish Record

Olive-backed Pipit

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1978. 

Original ID Tree Pipit, later corrected. 1st Irish Record

Great Grey Shrike

North Slob, Wexford, 1976. 

American Bittern

Near Mailin Beg, Donegal, 1973. 

Found dying in a field


Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1960. 

4th Irish Record

White-rumped Sandpiper

Lough Beg, Derry, 1956. 

3rd Irish Record

Pectoral Sandpiper

Ardara, Donegal, 1930. 

Shot. 4th Irish Record

Eskimo Curlew

unknown location, Sligo, 1870. 

Found on display in McArdles shop, William Street, Dublin on this date, obtained earlier. 1st Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 21st October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Chimney Swift

21st October, 1982.

Porthgwarra, Cornwall, England.

Remained until 27th October. Joined by a second from 23rd to 25th October

Williams, L.P. 1986. Chimney Swift: new to the Western Palearctic. British Birds 79(9): 423-426

Northern Parula

21st October, 1948.

Bessastathir, Alftanes, Iceland.

First live bird following one found dead in Iceland in October 1913. Second WP record overall

Cramp, S. and Perrins, C.M. (eds) 1994. BWP 9. Oxford University Press

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