Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis britannica – NICO – Breeding resident

Goldfinch – ringing & migration

Carduelis carduelis britannica – NICO – Breeding resident We see goldfinches all year round in Pembrokeshire, so it is difficult to know if we are seeing the same ones all the time, or if the winter birds are different to the summer ones. Migration Studies in England suggest that some 80% of goldfinches may migrate, […]

Goldfinch 2003-07 breeding

Carduelis carduelis britannica – NICO – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 85 95 Breeding probable 113 254 Breeding possible 96 48 No of tetrads occupied 294 (of 478) 379 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 61.5% 81% The goldfinch is common in areas of scattered trees and hedgerows, less dense woodland […]

Goldfinch – 1994

Carduelis carduelis britannica – NICO – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 85 Breeding probable 113 Breeding possible 96 No of tetrads occupied 294 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 61.5% Mathew (1894) remarked that Goldfinches remained abundant in Pembrokeshire despite great numbers being taken in the autumn by bird-catchers. Bird-catching had largely died out by the […]

Goldfinch – 1980s winter

Carduelis carduelis britannica – NICO – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Goldfinches were present in most 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents over 26 birds. However, it should be noted that the […]

Goldfinch – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew