Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 20th:
Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 2011.
North American race of Hen Harrier. 4th Irish Record
Cape Clear Island, Cork, 2010.
Dursey Island, Cork, 2007.
American Black Duck
Ventry, Kerry, 2006.
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Lough Errul, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 2006.
Original ID Reed Warbler, later corrected. 1st Irish Record
Mizen Head, Cork, 2006.
5th Irish Record
Galley Head, Cork, 1990.
3rd Irish Record
Toe Head, Cork, 1985.
5th Irish Record
Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1984.
Strangford Lough, Down, 1979.
4th Irish Record
Reddy Flats, Lough Neagh, Armagh, 1968.
2 birds. 10th Irish Record. 1st NI Record
Ballylogue, near New Ross, Kilkenny, 1962.
Shot. 10th Irish Record
Canada or Cackling Goose
North Slob, Wexford, 1957.
Up to 4 birds until February 1958. Considered to be genuine vagrants not identified to either species. 5th Irish Record
Tuskar Rock Lighthouse, Wexford, 1952.
Killed striking lighthouse. Year possibly 1951. 9th Irish Record
Rockabill Lighthouse, Dublin, 1908.
Killed striking lighthouse. 2nd Irish Record
The Tearaght, Kerry, 1890.
Shot. 2nd Irish Record
First Records for
Today is 20th October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:
20th October, 2012.
Lighthouse Valley, Corvo, Azores.
Remained until 23rd October
Eds 2012. Western Palearctic News. Birding World 25(10): 426
20th October, 1961.
North Atlantic, At sea.
Came on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth II while eastbound in the Atlantic and remained for 3 days to cross 30ºW. The provenance of a 1863 record from Scotland is uncertain
Durand, A.L. 1972. Landbirds over the North Atlantic: unpublished records 1961-65 and thoughts a decade later. British Birds 65(10): 428-442