Greenfinch – 1994

Carduelis chlorisLlinos WerddBreeding resident and passage migrant

1984-88
Breeding confirmed70
Breeding probable134
Breeding possible57
No of tetrads occupied261 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads54.6%

A common resident/according to Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949), the Greenfinch currently breeds across Pembrokeshire (see map) being found especially around gardens and where there are scattered trees. At an estimated 15 to 20 pairs per tetrad the county total would be 4,000-5,000 pairs.

Small numbers are recorded passing through coastal areas between 7 March and 12 June, and again from 27 September to 6 December. They stop off at the islands, including the remoter isles such as the Smalls, and one ringed at Skokholm was later recovered in County Wexford, Ireland.

They flock in winter at good food sources, such as seeded turnips and flax, are increasingly frequent at bird-tables and form communal roosts in dense shrubbery, for instance in blackthorn at the Gann.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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