Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - September 30th:

Marsh Warbler

Galley Head, Cork, 2004. 

3rd Irish Record

Honey Buzzard

Carnsore Point, Wexford, 2002. 

2 birds

Honey Buzzard

St. John's Point, Down, 2000. 

Dark phase bird. Observed to fly out to sea

Little Bunting

Tory Island, Donegal, 1998. 

Macaronesian Shearwater

Off the Bridges of Ross, Clare, 1991. 

4th Irish Record

Short-billed Dowitcher

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1985. 

1st Irish Record


Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1985. 

Flew NE over the island

Black and White Warbler

Loughermore Forest, Derry, 1984. 

2nd Irish Record. 11th WP record


The Glen, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1976. 

American Golden Plover

Douglas Estuary, Cork, 1966. 

6th Irish Record

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Keel, Achill Island, Mayo, 1964. 

3rd Irish Record. Probably the same bird observed 8 miles away on the Curraun peninsula the following day

Caspian Tern

Off Tory Island, Donegal, 1959. 

1st Irish Record

Blue-winged Teal

Lough Beg, Derry, 1957. 

Shot. 7th Irish Record. 2nd NI Record

Short-toed Lark

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1956. 

7th Irish Record

Pied Flycatcher

Fastnet Rock, Cork, 1888. 

5th Irish Record


Near Clonmel, Tipperary, 1853. 

Shot. 8th Irish Record

Undated September records

First Records for

Today is 30th September. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Savannah Sparrow

30th September, 1987.

Shirva, Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland.

Trapped. Remained until the following day. First WP record of a typical form, second WP record overall. Earlier record of the distinctive race called Ipswich Sparrow in 1982

Ellis, P.M. and Riddiford, N.J. 1992. Notes: Savannah Sparrow in Shetland: second record for the Western Palearctic. British Birds 85(10): 561-564

Brown Shrike

30th September, 1985.

Grutness, Sumburgh, Shetland, Scotland.

Remained until 2nd October

Hume, R.A. 1993. Brown Shrike in Shetland: new to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 86(12): 600-604

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



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Bee-eater Wexford Ireland
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Carnsore Point, County Wexford.
June 4th, 2005
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Bee-eater, Carnsore Point, Wexford. 2005