Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 1st:

Buff-bellied Pipit

Clahane Beach, Liscannor, Clare, 2009. 

10th Irish Record

Purple Heron

Lough Donnell, Clare, 2006. 

Black-headed Bunting

Tory Island, Donegal, 2003. 

7th Irish Record

Fea's Petrel

Off Galley Head, Cork, 1992. 

8th Irish Record

Spotted Sandpiper

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1983. 

6th Irish Record


Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1976. 

2 birds


Galway City, Galway, 1976. 

Rough-legged Buzzard

Howth Head, Dublin, 1975. 

Ruddy Duck

Closet Bay, Lough Neagh, Armagh, 1973. 

Female with 4 young. 2nd Irish Record

Long-billed Dowitcher

Lough Funshinagh, Roscommon, 1963. 

5th Irish Record

Yellow-browed Warbler

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1960. 

Up to 7 birds. 9th Irish Record

Aquatic Warbler

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1958. 

5th Irish Record

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Tralee Harbour, Kerry, 1957. 

1st Irish Record

Yellow-browed Warbler

Inishbofin, Galway, 1957. 

4th Irish Record

Lapland Bunting

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1950. 

5th Irish Record

Red-backed Shrike

Wicklow Head, Wicklow, 1908. 

Date possibly the 1st September. Caught at the lighthouse lantern. 2nd Irish Record

Wilson's Storm-petrel

Lough Erne, Fermanagh, 1891. 

Shot. Occurred following a storm. 1st Irish Record

Lesser Whitethroat

The Tearaght, Kerry, 1890. 

Shot. 1st Irish Record

Montagu's Harrier

The Scalp, Wicklow, 1849. 

Shot. 2nd Irish Record

Montagu's Harrier

Near Bray, Wicklow, 1848. 

Shot. 1st Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 1st October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Cerulean Warbler

1st October, 1997.

Arnessysla, Iceland.

Trapped. Not ringed

Prainsson, G. 1997. Palm Warbler and Cerulean Warbler in Iceland - new to the Western Palearctic. Birding World 10(10): 392-393

Bay-breasted Warbler

1st October, 1995.

Land's End, Cornwall, England.

Captured on video. Following a heavy shower around 10.45am the bird disappeared and was not seen again

Ferguson, D. 1997. Bay-breasted Warbler in Cornwall: new to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 90(10): 444-449

House Finch

1st October, 1975.

Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Holland.

Trapped and ringed. Suspicion of ship-assisted passage so not admitted to the Dutch list. The ID of earlier claims on Fair Isle in 1962 and 1966 was not clinched

Osieck, E.R. 1979. Mexicaanse Roodmus Carpodacus mexicanus in Ijmuiden. Dutch Birding 1(3): 76-78

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