Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - October 23rd:

Pallas's Warbler

Ballycotton, Cork, 2007. 

Pallas's Warbler

Hook Head, Wexford, 2007. 

2 birds

Atlantic Gull

Dargan Bay, Antrim, 2005. 

Later seen at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve on 25th October. Atlantic island race of Yellow-legged Gull. 5th Irish record

Chimney Swift

Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1999. 

1st Irish Record

Chimney Swift

Ballydonegan, Cork, 1999. 

2nd Irish Record

Chimney Swift

South Slob, Wexford, 1999. 

3rd Irish Record

Siberian Stonechat

Galley Head, Cork, 1993. 

5th Irish Record

Laughing Gull

The Lough, Cork, 1988. 

5th Irish Record

Radde's Warbler

The Waist, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1988. 

4th Irish Record

Pallas's Warbler

Watchhouse Garden, Sherkin Island, Cork, 1985. 

3rd Irish Record

Red-throated Pipit

Dursey Island, Cork, 1979. 

9th Irish Record

Pallas's Warbler

Youth Hostel Garden, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1968. 

1st Irish Record

Shore Lark

North Bull Island, Dublin, 1966. 

2 birds. 5th Irish Record


Comillane, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1960. 

7th Irish Record

Richard's Pipit

Kilbarrack, Dublin, 1911. 

Caught. 2nd Irish Record

Red-breasted Flycatcher

South Arklow Lightship, Wexford, 1887. 

Killed striking lantern. 1st Irish Record

Undated October records

First Records for

Today is 23rd October. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Rufous-tailed Robin

23rd October, 2004.

Bull's Park, Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland.

Trapped, aka Whistling Nightingale or Swinhoe's Robin

Shaw, D.N. 2006. Rufous-tailed Robin on Fair Isle: new to Britain. British Birds 99(5): 236-241

Taiga Merlin

23rd October, 1989.

Akranes, Iceland.

Date approx. Nominate North American race of Merlin found dead. A 19th century record from Sussex and a 1920 record from the Outer Hebrides are no longer considered acceptable

Garner, M. 2002. Identification and vagrancy of American Merlins in Europe. Birding World 15(11): 468-480

Blyth's Pipit

23rd October, 1882.

Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Caught. Original ID, Tawny Pipit. Skin discovered in Natural History Museum by Kenneth Williamson in 1963 when corrct identification was established. Accepted by the BOURC in 1975

Cramp, S. (ed) 1992. BWP 5. Oxford University Press

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



Your chosen Common Bird photo: Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl Meath Ireland
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Ashbourne, County Meath.
April 2nd, 2009
Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS +1.4x, 1/1000 f/5.6 ISO 200 
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