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What's missing?

 
Species as yet unrecorded in Co. Waterford
 
There are still plenty of opportunities to add new species to the Waterford list - and some of the species missing (when the list below was originally compiled 31 July 2004) are surprising, e.g. American Wigeon.
 
The list below attempt to cover all such species reported at least twice in Ireland from 1950 to 2001.  Species are ranked by the total number of individuals accepted as having occurred in that period, as published in the IRBC Checklist of the Birds of Ireland and updated in the annual Irish Bird Report.  While these rankings may provide some basis for predicting future additions to the Waterford list, factors such as habitat availability, patterns of observer coverage, and pure chance will also play a role.  Watch this space...
 
Latest additions (subject to formal IRBC acceptance of those marked [P]): 
Blyth's Reed Warbler [P](Oct 2012), originally unranked (first recorded post-2001)
Gull-billed Tern [P] (Jun 2012), originally ranked =53.
Purple Heron [P] (Mar 2012), originally ranked =23.
Desert Wheatear [P] (Nov 2011), originally ranked =69.
Crane (Nov 2011), recorded in middle ages but not in 'modern' period 1800 onwards
Bee-eater (June 2011), originally ranked =13.
Buff-bellied Pipit (October 2010), originally ranked =99.
Long-billed Dowitcher (October 2010), but dowitcher sp reported previously.
Yelkouan[-type] Shearwater [P] (August 2010), originally unranked (potentially new to Ireland).
Iberian Chiffchaff (June 2010), originally unranked (new to Ireland).
Citrine Wagtail (September 2009), originally ranked =69;
Subalpine Warbler (May 2008), originally ranked 10;
Cattle Egret (December 2007), originally ranked =44;
Caspian Gull (January 2007), unlisted;
Bluethroat (October 2006), originally ranked 8;
Rose-coloured Starling (October 2006), originally ranked 7;
White-rumped Sandpiper (September 2006), originally ranked 1;
Booted Warbler (August 2006), unlisted;
Chimney Swift (November 2005), originally ranked =53.
Bean Goose [P] (December 2003), originally ranked 2;
White Stork [P] (2003), originally ranked =19.
Update 16 Oct 2012.
rank Species Scientific name Irish total
1950-2001
1 *White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 100+
2 *Bean Goose Anser fabalis 100+
3 American Wigeon Anas americana 50-99
4 Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 50-99
5 Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor 50-99
6 Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 50-99
7 *Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus 20-49
8 *Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 20-49
9 Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii 20-49
10 *Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans 20-49
11 Wilson's Petrel Oceanites oceanicus 20-49
=13 *Bee-eater Merops apiaster 20-49
=13 Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 20-49
14 Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla 20-49
15 Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 20-49
16 Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus 20-49
17 *Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica 20-49
=19 Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 10-19
=19 *White Stork Ciconia ciconia 10-19
=21 Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 10-19
=21 Laughing Gull Larus atricilla 10-19
=23 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 10-19
=23 Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris 10-19
24 Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea 10-19
=26 Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 10-19
=26 Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica 10-19
=28 Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni 10-19
=28 Killdeer Charadrius vociferus 10-19
29 American Black Duck Anas rubripes 10-19
=35 Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola 10-19
=35 Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca 10-19
=35 Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 10-19
=35 Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis 10-19
=35 Stilt Sandpiper Micropalama himantopus 10-19
=35 Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata 10-19
=39 Black-browed Albatross Diomedea melanophris 5-9
=39 Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla 5-9
=39 Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva 5-9
=39 Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides 5-9
=44 Caspian Tern Sterna caspia 5-9
=44 *Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 5-9
=44 Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata 5-9
=44 Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca 5-9
=44 Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda 5-9
=53 American Robin Turdus migratorius 5-9
=53 Black Kite Milvus migrans 5-9
=53 *Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica 5-9
=53 Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan 5-9
=53 Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica 5-9
=53 King Eider Somateria spectabilis 5-9
=53 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 5-9
=53 Rose-breasted Grosbreak Pheucticus ludovicianus 5-9
=53 White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii 5-9
=57 Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis 5-9
=57 Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala 5-9
=57 Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus 5-9
=57 Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps 5-9
=59 Roller Coracias garrulus 5-9
=59 Serin Serinus serinus 5-9
=69 *Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola <5
=69 *Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti <5
=69 frigatebird species Fregata sp. <5
=69 Great Snipe Gallinago media <5
=69 Grey-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus <5
=69 Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis <5
=69 Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola <5
=69 Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus <5
=69 Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri <5
=69 Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola <5
=78 Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni <5
=78 Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon <5
=78 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica <5
=78 Elegant Tern Sterna elegans <5
=78 Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka <5
=78 Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea <5
=78 Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria <5
=78 Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia <5
=99 Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri <5
=99 American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla <5
=99 Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus <5
=99 Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia <5
=99 Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus <5
=99 *Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens <5
=99 Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida <5
=99 Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis <5
=99 Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus <5
=99 Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius <5
=99 Little Owl Athene noctua <5
=99 Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris <5
=99 Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla <5
=99 Pallid Swift Apus pallidus <5
=99 Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi <5
=99 Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos <5
=99 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis <5
=99 Rufous Bush Robin Cercotrichas galactotes <5
=99 Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala <5
=99 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata <5
=99 Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus <5
=99 White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis <5
=102 Little Swift Apus affinis <5
=102 Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis <5
=102 Sora Porzana carolina <5
=105 Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris <5
=105 Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei <5
=105 Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata <5
*Subsequently added (at least provisionally) to Co Waterford list, but some records have not yet been formally accepted by (or submitted to) the Irish Rare Birds Committee.  Old claims of at least two further species (Ferruginous Duck and Rough-legged Buzzard) remain unsubstantiated.

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