Sunday, 22 September 2013

WILSON'S WARBLER in the Republic of Ireland

A male WILSON'S WARBLER spent four days residing on Dursey Island (County Cork) habitating a densely vegetated garden at the far west end of the island until Saturday 21 September. It represented the first record for Ireland and only the second for the Western Palearctic. Perhaps 65 UK twitchers connected including Richard Bonser, the highest-listing birder of the region. With little interest or appetite now from the majority of British birders in Irish rarities, it was surprising how many did actually make the effort - BUBO Listing, the site where many of these types log their sightings, treat Ireland as a separate entity and do not allow its UK listers to include Ireland (a separate country) within the totals. A nice bird though by the looks of it.

2 comments:

  1. If you look more closely at Bubo, Lee, you will see that they do indeed offer lists which include Ireland, either on UK400club rules or BOU/IRBC. I think that what attracts people to Bubo is that lists are there, open to view by everybody and open to scrutiny by everybody should they wish.

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