Today is Thursday 23rd May 2013. Rare birds found in Ireland in past years on 23rd May:
South Slob, Wexford, 2009.
Tacumshin Lake, Wexford, 2007.
Paddy's Dub, Lough Beg, Derry, 2004.
Great Saltee Island, Wexford, 1992.
Near Clifden, Galway, 1991.
6th Irish Record
Marathon Gas Platform, Cork, 1989.
Hook Head, Wexford, 1988.
Sandymount Strand, Dublin, 1981.
8th Irish Record
Castlegregory, Kerry, 1958.
Lucifer Shoals Lightship, Wexford, 1890.
Taken alive. 7th Irish Record
Statistics compiled by Joe Hobbs. E&OE.
First for Western Palearctic
23rd May. No WP firsts are known for this date.
Today is Thursday, 23rd May 2013
First records for Western Palearctic seen in Spring where precise date is unknown:
Spring, 2008 - African Reed Warbler
Western Lakes, near Benghazi, Libya.
Birds found breeding during May. Definate ID resolved by using DNA analysis
Hering, J. et al 2010. African Reed Warblers and Mangrove Reed Warblers in Libya and Egypt - both new to the Western Palearctic. Birding World 23(5): 218-219
Spring, 1970 - Common Grackle
Gevninge, Zealand, Denmark.
Origin uncertain. Found in March and remained until May
Cramp, S. and Perrins, C.M. (eds) 1994. BWP 9. Oxford University Press
Spring, 1961 - Cape Teal
Kufra Oasis, Libya.
Found during April. First live record following one found dead 250km NE of Kufra sometime earlier. Second WP record overall
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds) 1977. BWP 1. Oxford University Press
Spring, 1953 - Denham's Bustard
Zouarké, near Zouar, Tibesti, Chad.
Observed during April. Doubts have been expressed over the exact identity of this record and another claimed in the same location in July 1957
Guichard, K.M. 1955. The birds of Fezzan and Tibesti. Ibis 97: 393-424
Spring, 1951 - Marabou Stork
Hula Valley, Israel.
Collected during May
Shirihai, H. 1996. The Birds of Israel. Academic Press
Spring, 1850 - Black-capped Petrel
Southacre, near Swaffham, Norfolk, England.
This individual was found tangled in a furze bush during March or April where it was captured and subsequently killed
Newton, A. 1852. Zoologist 10: 3691-3698
by Joe Hobbs