Ireland is a fascinating country in which to do bird watching. There are so many species that a person could be intrigued endlessly. Here are just some examples of birds that you might be able to see if you are there at the right time of year.

Tree Sparrow

Tree SparrowLocal in the east of Ireland but scarce along the west and south coasts, North Slob in County Wexford is one of the best sites to see them.

Slightly smaller than the common House Sparrow, adults have a brown cap on the head, a large patch of white on the face with a black smudge under the eye, a black bib on the throat, underparts that are washed brownish, and upper parts that are brown with black streaking. Juveniles have grey on the face rather than white.

Their diet consists of split grain, seeds, buds, some insects, and all kinds of scraps from a bird table.

Little Egret

Little_Egret_flying_with_neck_retractedYou will see them along the coasts and rivers throughout Ireland, but they are scarce in the Midlands and north-west of the country. Little Egret was rare in Ireland before it started breeding there in 1997. They are now in almost every coastal county and at a number of inland sites. They breed in lakes, estuaries, marshes, and flooded fields.

This white heron is medium-sized, has yellow feet, black long legs, black bill and two elongated feathers in its plumage.

Whooper Swan

Whooper SwanThis is a winter visitor from October to April throughout Ireland around inland wetlands as well as grazing on aquatic vegetation on open shallow water, rivers, estuaries and by coastal inlets. They are also seen feeding on grasslands, spilt grain and potatoes on lowland cultivated farmland.

Similar to Bewick’s Swan, it is larger and with a longer neck and has a black and yellow bill. .

Razorbill

A species of Auk, it is highly marine, winters at sea, and is only found on land in the breeding season. Nests on sea cliffs, in secluded nest sites, fissures in cliffs and in screes. This seabird has its head and neck all black in the breeding season with white on the front of the face, neck and side of its body in the winter.

Its diet is mostly some invertebrates and small fish caught by surface diving

If you decide to travel to Ireland, be sure to obtain insurance so that you can rest easy and just concentrate on your intriguing bird watching.