Niall Keogh: Kilcoole-Newcastle-Blackditch Life List IRBC, All records Record(s) 1 to 213 of 213 total. Seq. Species Scientific Name Date Location Comments 1 Brent Goose Branta bernicla Regular wintering flock of race hrota. One or two race bernicla annual. 2 Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis Rare winter visitor (only 2 or 3 seen). 3 Canada Goose Branta canadensis Rare/Scarce. Presumably of feral origin. 4 Greylag Goose Anser anser Regular wintering flock of wild Icelandic birds. Some feral birds seen in summer also. 5 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus Scarce winter visitor. One seen in May/June 2013 also. 6 Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris 13/01/2012 Kilcoole Two birds in fields inland of The Breaches and Webb's field. 7 White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons Greenland race flavirostris, scarce winter visitor. A 1st-winter Russian White-fronted Goose on 8th January 2014. 8 Mute Swan Cygnus olor Resident breeder. 9 Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus Once a regular wintering flock present but now very rare. Small numbers (2-10) again present during winters of 2010/2011 & 2011/2012. 10 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus Regular wintering flock. Some summer records. 11 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna Resident breeder & winter visitor. 12 Gadwall Anas strepera Scarce winter visitor in small numbers. Some summering birds. 13 Wigeon Anas penelope Regular wintering flock. Some summering birds. 14 American Wigeon Anas americana 23/02/2020 East Coast NR 2nd calendar year male on the coastal fields. Found the day before by Eric Dempsey. 15 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Resident breeder & winter visitor. 16 Blue-winged Teal Anas discors 04/08/2003 Kilcoole Eclipse male in Webb's field. 17 Shoveler Anas clypeata Regular winter visitor. A pair bred in 2011 & 2012. 18 Pintail Anas acuta Scarce in winter & on passage. 19 Garganey Anas querquedula Rare spring visitor. One winter record. 20 Teal Anas crecca Regular wintering flock. Some summering birds. 21 Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis 11/03/2001 Kilcoole Total of six seen (four at Kilcoole and two at East Coast NR). One returning drake from 2004 to 2009. 22 Pochard Aythya ferina Scarce in winter & on passage. 23 Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris 11/10/2008 Kilcoole Juvenile in Stringer\'s channel. 1st site record. 24 Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula Scarce in winter & on passage. 25 Scaup Aythya marila Kilcoole Five records from Webb's field/Stringer's channel. 26 Common Scoter Melanitta nigra Uncommon. Migrates offshore in winter & on passage. 27 Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis Kilcoole Total of 2 seen, both in Webb's field. 28 Goldeneye Bucephala clangula Scarce winter visitor. 29 Smew Mergellus albellus 28/12/2003 Kilcoole One redhead in Webb's field. 30 Goosander Mergus merganser 21/11/2004 Kilcoole Two redheads flew south over the marsh. Another redhead flew north along the beach on 28th Nov 2010. Male seen between East Coast NR, Newcastle and Kilcoole on 15th Dec 2017. 31 Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator Uncommon. Migrates offshore in winter & on passage. 32 Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 25/09/2004 Kilcoole Female in Stringer's channel. 33 Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Resident breeder. 34 Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata Regular offshore in winter and on passage. 35 Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica 10/07/2017 East Coast NR Non-breeding plumage bird (presumed 2nd calendar year) offshore between Six Mile Point and Five Mile Point. 36 Great Northern Diver Gavia immer Scarce winter & spring visitor. 37 Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus Scarce offshore in summer and on passage. 38 Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis Regular offshore in summer and on passage, scarce in winter. 39 Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 12/09/2004 Kilcoole One going North at sea. 40 Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus Regular passage migrant & summer visitor offshore. 41 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 25/05/2011 Kilcoole Total of 3 seen: 25th May 2011, 31st May 2012 & 20th July 2013. 42 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Resident breeder. 43 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Scarce winter visitor. 44 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 16/02/2018 East Coast NR Three birds. 45 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 20/06/2007 Kilcoole Sub-adult (2nd-summer?) in Webb's field. 46 Bittern Botaurus stellaris 30/12/2012 Kilcoole Seen in flight over Stringer's channels. 47 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 09/11/2007 Newcastle One in fields between Newcastle Airfield & Stringer's channels. 48 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Regular throughout the year. 49 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 10/07/2017 East Coat NR 2nd calendar year 50 Great White Egret Ardea alba 06/08/2019 Newcastle Inland of Stringer's Channels. 51 Little Egret Egretta garzetta Regular in small numbers throughout the year. Breeds locally. 52 Gannet Morus bassanus Regular offshore in summer and on passage, scarce in winter. 53 Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis Regular offshore throughout the year. 54 Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Regular throughout the year. A flock rests in Webb's field. 55 Osprey Pandion haliaetus 15/06/1995 Kilcoole One flew North. Another one was seen flying North on 1st June 2011. 56 Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Regular throughout the year. Breeds locally. 57 Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Scarce but regular in summer and on passage. One winter record. 58 Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus Scarce winter visitor. Two records in July. 59 Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius 19/11/2015 Newcastle 1st calendar year. Also seen at East Coast NR and Broad Lough. 60 Red Kite Milvus milvus 27/09/2014 Kilcoole Seen approx. 5km to the SW over Gallows Hill area. 61 White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 20/02/2016 East Coast NR Untagged 2nd calendar year bird seen flying south over the reserve main entrance. Most likely a wild born bird from Irish re-introduction scheme population. 62 Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 24/01/2012 Glenroe/Ballygannon 2nd calendar-year. 63 Buzzard Buteo buteo Scarce over the marsh but often seen hunting surrounding countryside. Breeds locally. 64 Water Rail Rallus aquaticus Resident breeder. 65 Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Resident breeder. 66 Coot Fulica atra Resident breeder. 67 Crane Grus grus 23/11/2013 Newcastle One 68 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus Resident breeder & passage migrant. Scarce in winter. 69 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus Resident breeder & winter visitor. 70 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria Regular wintering flock and on passage. 71 American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica Kilcoole & Newcastle Total of 4 seen. 72 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Scarce on passage and in winter. 73 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Resident breeder & passage migrant (northern race(s) seen). 74 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 09/04/2000 Kilcoole Three records: one adult in BWI Reserve on 9th April 2000, one adult in Webb's field on 1st June 2013 & one juvenile in Webb's field/The Breaches on 27th Sept 2013. 75 Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus Scarce winter visitor, underecorded. 76 Snipe Gallinago gallinago Resident breeder & winter visitor. 77 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Regular on passage and in winter. Recent flocks number 100-150. 78 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica Scarce on passage and in winter. 79 Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Regular passage migrant. 80 Curlew Numenius arquata Regular on passage & in winter. 81 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 3 records (March, June & Sept). 82 Redshank Tringa totanus Regular on passage & in winter. Formerly bred. 83 Greenshank Tringa nebularia Scarce on passage & in winter. 84 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus Scarce passage migrant. 85 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Scarce passage migrant. 86 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Regular in summer & on passage. 87 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 10/05/2007 Blackditch Adult summer in channels at North end. 88 Turnstone Arenaria interpres Regular passage migrant & winter visitor. 89 Knot Calidris canutus Scarce on passage and in winter. 90 Sanderling Calidris alba Scarce on passage and in winter. 91 Little Stint Calidris minuta Scarce passage migrant. 92 White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 29/10/2000 Kilcoole. Total of 3 seen. 93 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 27/09/2003 Kilcoole One seen in Webb's field. Another seen in Webb's field on 15th May 2012. 94 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Scarce passage migrant. 95 Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima 29/10/2004 Kilcoole Two flew North along beach. 96 Dunlin Calidris alpina Regular passage migrant and winter visitor. 97 Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis 04/08/2003 Kilcoole Total of 7 seen. 98 Ruff Philomachus pugnax Scarce passage migrant. 99 Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor 03/10/2003 Kilcoole Three records: single 1st-winter birds seen in Webb\'s field on 3rd Oct 2003, 22nd & 23rd Sept 2010 & 6th Oct 2010. 100 Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 01/10/2006 Kilcoole Juv-1st winter in Webb's field. 101 Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 29/09/2012 Kilcoole Juv/1st-winter in Webb's field. 102 Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla Regular offshore in summer and on passage. Scarce in winter. 103 Sabine's Gull Xema sabini 30/11/1997 Kilcoole Juvenile resting on the beach. And adult winter seen off Kilcoole train station on 2nd October 2013. 104 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus Regular throughout the year. One pair bred unsuccessfully in 2011. 105 Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus Scarce but regular in winter & on passage. 106 Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus Uncommon. Recorded throughout the year in small numbers. Notable northward passage of juveniles in July/August. 107 Common Gull Larus canus Regular throughout the year. 108 Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 30/11/1997 Kilcoole Total of 3 seen. Two 1st-winters in The Breaches, Kilcoole on 30th November 1997 and an adult on the coastal fields at ECNR on 20th February 2014. 109 Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus Regular throughout the year. 110 Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 13/05/2009 Newcastle, Blackditch ECNR & Kilcoole Six records: Four 2cy birds seen in February, April, May & June. Two 1cy birds seen in Sept & Nov. 111 Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides 02/12/2001 Kilcoole 1st calendar year flying south off the beach. 112 Herring Gull Larus argentatus Regular throughout the year. 113 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 29/11/2014 Kilcoole Flyby 3rd-winter bird past train station with mixed flock of Herring & Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 114 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus Regular passage migrant. Scarce winter visitor. 115 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 10/04/2004 Kilcoole Adult type flying North off the beach.1st county record. 116 Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis Regular in summer & on passage. 117 Little Tern Sternula albifrons Summer breeding colony at Kilcoole (50-100 pairs). 118 Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Scarce but regular late summer/autumn passage migrant. 119 Common Tern Sterna hirundo Uncommon Spring passage migrant, more regular in Autumn. 120 Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea Uncommon passage migrant, mostly in Spring. 121 White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Kilcoole Juvenile in BWI Reserve, Sept 1999. 122 Black Tern Chlidonias niger Rare passage migrant. 123 Great Skua Stercorarius skua Scarce passage migrant. 124 Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 20/06/2007 Kilcoole Total of 5 seen. 125 Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus Scarce but regular in summer and on passage. 126 Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 19/05/2009 Kilcoole Adult flew south off The Breaches. Another 2 adults were seen flying North past The Breaches on 23rd May 2011. 127 Little Auk Alle alle Kilcoole Total of 2 seen. 128 Guillemot Uria aalge Regular offshore throughout the year. 129 Razorbill Alca torda Regular offshore throughout the year. 130 Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle Regular offshore throughout the year. 131 Puffin Fratercula arctica Scarce passage migrant in Spring. One seen from Six-mile-point on 11 Dec 2004. 132 Rock Dove Columba livia Feral birds. Regular throughout the year. Racing Pigeons often seen flying along the coast. 133 Stock Dove Columba oenas Uncommon but regularly seen throughout the year. Breeds locally. 134 Woodpigeon Columba palumbus Resident breeder & winter visitor. 135 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Resident breeder along the Sea Roads. 136 Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Summer breeder. Uncommon but regularly seen. 137 Long-eared Owl Asio otus 19/07/2012 Newcastle/Kilcoole Juvenile calling in the trees opposite main entrance to Blackditch ECNR. Adult seen hunting near The Breaches bridge on 17th May 2013. 138 Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus Winter visitor in small numbers. A few summer records. 139 Alpine Swift Apus melba 09/04/2006 Blackditch One came in off the sea at Five-mile-point. 140 Swift Apus apus Summer visitor & passage migrant. 141 Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Uncommon resident but regularly seen. 142 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major 25/06/2012 Blackditch ECNR. Juvenile. 143 Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Regular throughout the year. Breeds locally. 144 Merlin Falco columbarius Scarce but regular in winter. 145 Hobby Falco subbuteo Kilcoole/ECNR Total of 6 seen. 146 Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus 12/11/2000 Kilcoole White phase 1st-winter hunting. 147 Peregrine Falco peregrinus Scarce but regular throughout the year. Breeds locally. 148 Jay Garrulus glandarius 07/11/2011 Ballygannon Lane. Irregularly seen or heard in Blackditch Wood. 149 Magpie Pica pica Resident breeder. 150 Jackdaw Corvus monedula Resident breeder & winter visitor. "Eastern" race(s) seen. 151 Rook Corvus frugilegus Resident breeder & winter visitor. 152 Carrion Crow Corvus corone Scarce but regular. Pure birds & hybrids seen. 153 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix Resident breeder & winter visitor. 154 Raven Corvus corax Irregularly seen throughout the year. 155 Coal Tit Periparus ater Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. 156 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. 157 Great Tit Parus major Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. 158 Skylark Alauda arvensis Resident breeder & winter visitor. 159 Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 10/05/2011 Kilcoole/Newcastle beach 1st county record. 160 Sand Martin Riparia riparia Summer visitor & passage migrant. 161 Swallow Hirundo rustica Summer visitor & passage migrant. Breeds locally. 162 House Martin Delichon urbicum Summer visitor & passage migrant. Breeds locally. 163 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 20/03/2004 Blackditch One. 164 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. 165 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Summer breeder & passage migrant. 166 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Summer breeder & passage migrant. A Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita tristis) was seen, heard singing & heard calling at ECNR on 27th March 2012. 167 Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 04/11/2011 Kilcoole. One along Ballygannon Lane. 168 Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Regular summer breeder. 169 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus Uncommon but regular summer breeder. 170 Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia Uncommon summer breeder & passage migrant. 171 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Resident breeder & winter visitor. 172 Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 30/04/2011 Newcastle Sea Road. One in song. 173 Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 18/06/2013 Kilcoole Singing male in Sea Buckthorn 18th-30th June 2013. My 200th patch tick! 174 Whitethroat Sylvia communis Summer breeder. 175 Goldcrest Regulus regulus Resident breeder & winter visitor. 176 Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Resident breeder. 177 Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Irregularly seen at Ballygannon, along Newcastle Sea Road & in Blackditch Wood. 178 Starling Sturnus vulgaris Resident breeder & winter visitor. 179 Blackbird Turdus merula Resident breeder & winter visitor. 180 Fieldfare Turdus pilaris Winter visitor. 181 Redwing Turdus iliacus Winter visitor. 182 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Resident breeder & winter visitor. 183 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood and along the Sea Roads. 184 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata Kilcoole/Newcastle. Old records along Ballygannon lane in Spring. One seen along Newcastle Sea Road on 27th Sept 2013. 185 Robin Erithacus rubecula Resident breeder. 186 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 19/03/2009 Kilcoole Female/2cy male type at The Breaches 187 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 13/08/2013 Kilcoole Juvenile. 188 Stonechat Saxicola torquatus 189 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Regular passage migrant. Race leucorhoa scarce on passage. 190 Dipper Cinclus cinclus Newcastle Seen on a few occasions on the stream along Newcastle Sea Road. 191 House Sparrow Passer domesticus Resident breeder along the Sea Roads & in Sea Buckthorn at Kilcoole. 192 Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 05/03/2014 Newcastle Sea Road One 193 Dunnock Prunella modularis Resident breeder. 194 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Kilcoole Scarce but regular in spring & summer. Occasional breeder. Races flava & flavissima recorded. 195 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Resident breeder along Newcastle Sea Road. 196 Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba Resident breeder (yarellii). Race alba scarce but regular on passage. 197 Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 09/06/2010 Six Mile Point 2cy feeding on the beach. 198 Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis Resident breeder & winter visitor. 199 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 26/03/2005 Kilcoole & Blackditch Total of 4 seen. 200 Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus Scarce migrant. 201 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. Winter visitor. 202 Brambling Fringilla montifringilla Blackditch Rare winter visitor. 203 Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Resident breeder in Blackditch Wood & along the Sea Roads. 204 Greenfinch Chloris chloris Resident breeder & winter visitor. 205 Linnet Carduelis cannabina Resident breeder & winter visitor. 206 Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret Race cabaret. Breeds in Blackditch Wood. Regular winter visitor & passage migrant. 207 Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 25/06/2012 Blackditch ECNR. 8+ seen over the wood. 208 Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Resident breeder & winter visitor. 209 Siskin Carduelis spinus Winter visitor & passage migrant. 210 Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella Uncommon breeder & winter visitor along the Sea Roads. 211 Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus Resident breeder & winter visitor. 212 Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus 13/09/2010 Kilcoole One in Webb\'s field on 13th Sept. A flock of 10 present on 23rd Sept. 213 Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis Scarce but regular in small numbers in winter along the beach.