Birds of the Blasket Islands S.P.A. Part 1

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Birds of the Blasket Islands                           Part 1

Summer breeding migratory birds on the Blasket Islands (13)

     Species                     From /To                 Approx. Times

*Puffin - Fratercula arctica            Canada / mid Atlantic        March to end July / early August

*Manx shearwater - Puffinus puffinus       Brazil / Uruguay               Feb. to end of September

*Storm petrel - Hydrobates pelagicus      South Atlantic/Southern ocean        April to October

*[Leach's storm petrel - Oceanodroma leucorrhoa  S. Atlantic / S. ocean  April to November]

*Arctic tern - Sterna paradisaea      S. Africa / S. ocean / Antarctica      April to end of August

*[Roseate tern - Sterna dougallii              South Africa                             May to September]

*Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla                           North Atlantic                       April to September

*Razorbill - Alca torda             N. Atlantic / Bay of Biscay / Mediterranean        March to October

*Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe      Africa and southern Asia                       March to October

*Sand martin - Riparia riparia    Tropical America / S. Africa / S. Asia      March to September

*Swallow - Hirundo rustica                    South Africa                                  March to October

*House martin - Delichon urbica       Tropical and South Africa                       April to October

1Sandwich tern - Sterna sandvicensis  West coast of Africa                     March to September

1: not breeding locally; seen on route to breeding sites e.g. mooring buoys

*Amber List  - medium conservation concern                   Red List  - high conservation concern


Pelagic Autumn migrants around the Blasket Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland S.W. (16)

Sooty shearwater - Puffinus griseau          Breeds in S. ocean, New Zealand, Falkland Islands

Great shearwater - Puffinus gravis                        Breeds in Tristan da Cunha, South America

*[Cory's shearwater - Procellaria diomedes    Breeds off Portugal, Madeira, Canaries, Azores]

*[Balearic shearwater - Puffinus mauretanicus       Breeds in Balearic Islands. Mediterranean]

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus             Breeds in Scandinavia and Russia, migrates to Africa

*[Wilson's petrel - Oceanites oceanicus     Breeds in Southern hemisphere, seen on pelagic boat trips]

Red necked phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus Breeds in Scandinavia / Russia winters S. Atlantic 

Grey phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius             Breeds in Iceland, winters in the South Atlantic

Arctic skua - Stercorarius parasiticus       Breeds in Scandinavia / Russia, winters in  S. Atlantic

Great skua - Catharacta skua       Breeds in N. British isles / N.W. Ireland, winters in S. Atlantic

*[Pomarine skua - Stercorarius pomarinus      Breeds in Arctic Russia, winters off west Africa]

*[Long-tailed skua - Stercorarius longicaudus        Breeds in Lapland, winters in mid Atlantic]

*[ "Blue" fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis    Breeds in Arctic, the same species as resident fulmars]

*[ Sabine's gull - Larus sabini        Breeds in Greenland / Arctic Russia, winters in S. Atlantic]

Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybitta    Spring and Autumn migrant                   winters in Africa

*[Wryneck - Jynx torquilla               Breeds in Scandinavia, winters in tropical Africa / S. Asia]

* denotes rare but regularly observed visitors

Resident all year non migratory birds on the Blasket Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland S.W. (26)

Peregrine falcon - Falco peregrinus

*Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

*Chough - Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Raven - Corvus corax

Hooded crow - Corvus corone cornix

*Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis

*Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

*Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus

*Common guillemot - Uria aalge

*Black guillemot - Cepphus grille

*Gannet - Morus bassanus

*Lesser black-backed gull - Larus fuscus

*Great black-backed gull - Larus marinus

Herring gull - Larus argentatus

*Common gull - Larus canus

Fulmer petrel - Fulmarus glacialis

Rock dove - Columba livia

Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes

*Robin - Erithacus rubecula

*Skylark - Alauda arvensis

*Stonechat - Saxicola torquata

Meadow pipet - Anthus pratensis

Rock pipet - Anthus spinoletta

Pied wagtail - Motacilla alba

Heron - Ardea cinerea (occasional visitor)

Twite - Acanthis flavirostris



      SPECIES                FROM / TO                 APPROX.TIME


*White-fronted goose- Anser albifrons            Greenland                             October to April

Turnstone - Arenaria interpres                     Arctic                                        October to April

*Great northern diver- Gavia immer  North America, Greenland, Iceland        October to April

*Snipe - Gallinago gallinago               Northern Europe                                October to March

Redwing - Turdus iliacus                    Northern Europe                            November to March

Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris                    Northern Europe                             November to March

*Barnacle goose - Branta leucopsis      Northern Europe                                November to March

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos              British Isles                                         October to March

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