Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - December 17th:

King Eider

Reen Pier, Ballinakelligs, Kerry, 2011. 

Possibly the same bird observed off Annagh Head, Co. Mayo the following 1st March

Marsh Tit

Cuala Road, Bray, Wicklow, 1990. 

1st Irish Record

Undated December records

First Records for

Today is 17th December. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Long-billed Murrelet

17th December, 1997.

Lake Zurich, near Zollikon, Meilen, Switzerland.

Date approx. Found dead in a fishing net between the 15th and 18th December. Previously treated as a race of Marbled Murrelet.

Maumary, L. and Knaus, P. 2000. Marbled Murrelet in Switzerland: a Pacific Auk new to the Western Palearctic. British Birds 93(4): 190-199

Belted Kingfisher

17th December, 1899.

De Steeg, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Shot and collected. The specimen was subsequently lost during WW2 however a photograph remains confirming the record

Alexander, W.B. and Fitter, R.S.R. 1955. American Land Birds in Western Europe. British Birds 48(1): 1-14

Undated Winter Western Palearctic Records



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