Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 19th:

Northern Harrier

Tacumshin Lake and Lady's Island, Wexford, 2012. 

North American race of Hen Harrier. Remained to 20th April 2013. 5th Irish Record

Dusky Warbler

Onaght, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Galway, 2012. 

10th Irish record

Daurian (Isabelline) Shrike

Three Castles, Mizen Head, Cork, 2007. 

3rd Irish Record

Hermit Thrush

Post Office Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 2006. 

2nd Irish Record. 23rd WP record

Radde's Warbler

Galley Head, Cork, 2005. 


Dursey Island, Cork, 2004. 

Elegant Tern

Mulranny, Mayo, 2001. 

3rd Irish Record

Rustic Bunting

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 2001. 


Rustic Bunting

Dursey Island, Cork, 1997. 

Rustic Bunting

Rathlin Island, Antrim, 1997. 

1st NI Record

Dusky Warbler

Cotter's Garden, Cape Clear Island , Cork, 1995. 

5th Irish Record

Greenish Warbler

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1993. 

10th Irish Record

Pacific Golden Plover

Inchydoney, Cork, 1991. 

5th Irish Record

Red-eyed Vireo

Pine Trees, Lough Errul, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1985. 

9th Irish Record

Northern Parula

Firkeel, Cork, 1983. 

1st Irish Record. 12th WP Record

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Firkeel, Cork, 1983. 

5th Irish Record. 21st WP record

Grey-cheeked Thrush

Graveyard, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1982. 

1st Irish Record. 19th WP record

Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler

Youth Hostel Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1982. 

Trapped. 2nd Irish Record. 14th WP record

Dartford Warbler

West Bog, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1972. 

4th Irish Record

Buff-bellied Pipit

Near Newcastle, Wicklow, 1967. 

Then regarded as a race of Water Pipit. 2nd Irish Record. 8th WP record

American Bittern

Caravacaw Bog, near Armagh, Armagh, 1921. 


Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 19th October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

19th October, 2002.

Near El Roccio, Almonte, Spain.

Regarded as an escape by the Spanish Rarities Committee originally. The record was re-circulated in January 2006 and finally accepted as a genuine vagrant

Gutierrez, R. 2008. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Spain - a new Western Palearctic bird. Birding World 21(8): 325-328

Black Heron

19th October, 1982.

Near Eilat, Israel.

Remained until the following day. First accepted record for the WP, although an earlier 1980 claim of 2 birds in Egypt is probably genuine

Shirihai, H. 1996. The Birds of Israel. Academic Press

Golden-crowned Kinglet

19th October, 1897.

Wharmton Clough, near Oldham, Lancashire, England.

Shot. Original ID Firecrest. Status doubtful

Alexander, W.B. and Fitter, R.S.R. 1955. American Land Birds in Western Europe. British Birds 48(1): 1-14

Black-throated Green Warbler

19th October, 1858.

Helgoland, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Alexander, W.B. and Fitter, R.S.R. 1955. American Land Birds in Western Europe. British Birds 48(1): 1-14

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



Your chosen Rare Bird photo: Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker Wexford Ireland
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford.
May 10th, 2008
Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS +1.4x, 1/1000 f/5.6 ISO 200 
3 more photo(s) of Great Spotted Woodpecker:
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Saltee Island, Wexford. 2008 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Howth, Dublin. 2006 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Howth, Dublin. 2006