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Friday, 4 November 2011

Record breaking number of Nearctic Shorebirds in IRELAND this autumn



Not the best-looking but the rarest - Dan Brown's SEMIPALMATED PLOVER in County Kerry



The prize of the autumn for Irish birders - Dave Suddaby's UPLAND SANDPIPER on The Mullet at Termoncarragh Loch photographed by Aidan Kelly


Quick totals (individual birds) from the Provisional List up to the end of this October (numbers in brackets 2010 totals).


Semipalmated Plover - 1 (0)

American Golden Plover - 35 (19)

Semipalmated Snadpiper - 60 (4)

Least Sandpiper - 2 (0)

White-rumped Sandpiper - 33 (16)

Baird's Sandpiper - 15 (7)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper -91 (34)

Long-billed Dowitcher - 2 (4)

Hudsonian Whimbrel - 1 (0)

Upland Sandpiper - 1 (0)

Spotted Sandpiper - 5 (1)

Lesser Yellowlegs - 4 (4)

Wilson's Phalarope - 1 (6)


Leaving out Pectoral Sandpipers that gives a grand total of 251 individuals. I think its safe to say it's been a record year for American waders!


Dermot Breen