Past Irish Rare Birds
Feed: Past Irish Rare Bird Records

Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on today's date - September 30th:

Marsh Warbler

Galley Head, Cork, 2004. 

3rd Irish Record

Honey Buzzard

Carnsore Point, Wexford, 2002. 

2 birds

Honey Buzzard

St. John's Point, Down, 2000. 

Dark phase bird. Observed to fly out to sea

Little Bunting

Tory Island, Donegal, 1998. 

Macaronesian Shearwater

Off the Bridges of Ross, Clare, 1991. 

4th Irish Record

Short-billed Dowitcher

Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 1985. 

1st Irish Record


Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1985. 

Flew NE over the island

Black and White Warbler

Loughermore Forest, Derry, 1984. 

2nd Irish Record. 11th WP record


The Glen, Cape Clear Island, Cork, 1976. 

American Golden Plover

Douglas Estuary, Cork, 1966. 

6th Irish Record

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Keel, Achill Island, Mayo, 1964. 

3rd Irish Record. Probably the same bird observed 8 miles away on the Curraun peninsula the following day

Caspian Tern

Off Tory Island, Donegal, 1959. 

1st Irish Record

Blue-winged Teal

Lough Beg, Derry, 1957. 

Shot. 7th Irish Record. 2nd NI Record

Short-toed Lark

Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1956. 

7th Irish Record

Pied Flycatcher

Fastnet Rock, Cork, 1888. 

5th Irish Record


Near Clonmel, Tipperary, 1853. 

Shot. 8th Irish Record

Undated September records

First Records for

Today is 30th September. The following first records for the Western Palearctic were found on this date:

Savannah Sparrow

30th September, 1987.

Shirva, Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland.

Trapped. Remained until the following day. First WP record of a typical form, second WP record overall. Earlier record of the distinctive race called Ipswich Sparrow in 1982

Ellis, P.M. and Riddiford, N.J. 1992. Notes: Savannah Sparrow in Shetland: second record for the Western Palearctic. British Birds 85(10): 561-564

Brown Shrike

30th September, 1985.

Grutness, Sumburgh, Shetland, Scotland.

Remained until 2nd October

Hume, R.A. 1993. Brown Shrike in Shetland: new to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 86(12): 600-604

Undated Autumn Western Palearctic Records



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Wryneck Wexford Ireland
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Carne Harbour, County Wexford. September 21st, 2014.
Wryneck Wexford Ireland
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford. September13th, 2014.
Whinchat Wexford Ireland
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Lady's Island, County Wexford. September13th, 2014.
Pied Flycatcher Wexford Ireland
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford. September 14th, 2014.
Stilt Sandpiper Dublin Ireland
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
Swords Estuary, County Dublin. September 4th, 2014.

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Spotted Flycatcher Wexford Ireland
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford. September 6th, 2014.
Northern Wheatear Wexford Ireland
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Hook Head, County Wexford. September 5th, 2014.
Sanderling Wexford Ireland
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford. August 23rd, 2014.
Common Kingfisher Wexford Ireland
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
River Slaney, County Wexford. August 10th, 2014.
Dunlin Wexford Ireland
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford. July 19th, 2014.
Linnet Wexford Ireland
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford. July 5th, 2014.