Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 20th:

Northern Harrier

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 2011. 

North American race of Hen Harrier. 4th Irish Record

Little Bunting

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

Booted Warbler

Mizen Head, Cork, 2006. 

5th Irish Record

Siberian Stonechat

Galley Head, Cork, 1990. 

3rd Irish Record

Arctic Warbler

Toe Head, Cork, 1985. 

5th Irish Record

Temminck's Stint

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1984. 

Black Brant

Strangford Lough, Down, 1979. 

4th Irish Record

Richard's Pipit

Reddy Flats, Lough Neagh, Armagh, 1968. 

2 birds. 10th Irish Record. 1st NI Record

Blue-winged Teal

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

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Tuskar Rock Lighthouse, Wexford, 1952. 

Killed striking lighthouse. Year possibly 1951. 9th Irish Record

Reed Warbler

Rockabill Lighthouse, Dublin, 1908. 

Killed striking lighthouse. 2nd Irish Record

Red-breasted Flycatcher

The Tearaght, Kerry, 1890. 

Shot. 2nd Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 20th October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Prairie Warbler

20th October, 2012.

Lighthouse Valley, Corvo, Azores.

Remained until 23rd October

Eds 2012. Western Palearctic News. Birding World 25(10): 426

Red-shouldered Hawk

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 30W. 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 Landbirds over the North Atlantic: unpublished records 1961-65 and thoughts a decade later.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

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



Your chosen Rare Bird photo: Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper Wexford Ireland
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford.
September 13th, 2009
Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS +1.4x, 1/1000 f/7.1 ISO 200 
7 more photo(s) of Pectoral Sandpiper:
Pectoral Sandpiper, Ladys Island Lake, Wexford. 2011 Pectoral Sandpiper, Ladys Island Lake, Wexford. 2011 Pectoral Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Wexford. 2009 Pectoral Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Wexford. 2009 Pectoral Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Wexford. 2009 Pectoral Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Wexford. 2006 Pectoral Sandpiper, Tacumshin Lake, Wexford. 2003