Thanks to Sharon Talson for letting us showcase some of her stunning images from North America. It's a long time until Christmas but would any of these suit for a stocking filler? Don't laugh! They've all been definitely recorded once in Northern Ireland
Bald Eagle - The only record of this species was a juvenile bird that was shot near Garrison in Co. Fermanagh on the11th January 1973. Originally recorded as a White-tailed Eagle it was subsequently reidentified by D. Allen as a Bald Eagle - this was the first record for the Western Palearctic!! (Get in there Northern Ireland)
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon - Northern Ireland's single record of this species was an immature female shot at Ardilea, Dundrum Inner Bay, Co. Down around the 11th October 1980. The specimen was given to R. Ellis on 13th October and is now in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. This was the second Irish record and the 7th Western Palearctic record - the first Western Paearctic record was in the Azores in 1899.
The one and only 'Northern Irish' American Robin Turdus migratorius was found dying in the grounds of Rowallane House (a National Trust Property) in Saintfield, Co. Down on the 15th January 1982.
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