Past Irish Rare Birds
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Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 22nd:

Thrush Nightingale

Dursey Island, Cork, 2013. 

4th Irish Record

Olive-backed Pipit

Kilmurvey, Inishmore, Arran Islands, Galway, 2012. 

8th Irish record

Dusky Warbler

Power Head, Cork, 2009. 

9th Irish Record

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Kilbaha, Loop Head, Clare, 2008. 

9th Irish Record

Dusky Warbler

Ballycotton, Cork, 2007. 

8th Irish Record

Rustic Bunting

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 2002. 

Rough-legged Buzzard

St. Margret's , Dublin, 1999. 

Rustic Bunting

Ballyieragh, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1990. 

8th Irish Record

Stilt Sandpiper

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1989. 

8th Irish Record. 1st WP record of a bird in juvenile plumage

Great Snipe

Dursey Island, Cork, 1983. 

Little Bunting

Dursey Island, Cork, 1983. 

White-rumped Sandpiper

Inch, Castlemaine Harbour, Kerry, 1958. 

7th Irish Record

Little Egret

Between Blennerville and Tralee, Kerry, 1957. 

Different individual to one present in the same area the previous month. 7th Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 22nd October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Pale-legged or Sakhalin Leaf Warbler

22nd October, 2012.

Southwell, Portland, Dorset, England.

Despite very good pictures of the individual being taken, it has not been possible to specifically identify the bird. Its behaviour slightly favours Sakhalin Leaf Warbler

Saunders, P. 2012. The Pale-legged Leaf Warbler in Dorset - a new Western Palearctic bird. Birding World 25(10): 428-429

White-eyed Vireo

22nd October, 2005.

Ribeira do Gaivao, Corvo, Azores.

Remained until the 23rd November

Alfrey, P. American vagrants on the Island of Corvo, Azores, in October 2005. Birding World 18(11): 465-474

Two-barred Greenish Warbler

22nd October, 1987.

Gugh, Isles of Scilly, England.

Remained until the 27th October. Considered a race of Greenish Warbler by some

Bradshaw, C. 2001. 'Two-barred Greenish Warbler' on Scilly: new to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 94(6): 284-288

Tricoloured Heron

22nd October, 1985.

Lajes do Pico, Pico, Azores.

Remained until the 24th October

Parrott, J. et al 1987. Tricolored Heron on Azores in October 1985. Dutch Birding 9(1): 17-19

Northern Harrier

22nd October, 1982.

Porthellick Down, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, England.

North American race of Hen Harrier, aka Marsh Hawk. Remained until the following 8th June 1983 around several of the islands. Earlier claims of this form in the UK not accepted by the BOU.

Martin, J.P. 2008. From the Rarities Committee's files - 'Northern Harrier' on Scilly: new to Britain. British Birds 101(8): 394-407.

Forster's Tern

22nd October, 1959.

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), Iceland.


Cramp, S. (ed) 1985. BWP 4. Oxford University Press

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



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