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



Your chosen Rare Bird photo: Nightjar
Nightjar Wexford Ireland
Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford.
May 4th, 2008
Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS +1.4x, 1/800 f/5.6 ISO 200 
2 more photo(s) of Nightjar:
Nightjar, Great Saltee Island, Wexford. 2008 Nightjar, Great Saltee Island, Wexford. 2003