Common Rosefinch – 2015 Skokholm


Carpodacus erythrinusLlinos GochRare visitor

Rare – 24 previous records on Skokholm, including 11 in spring and all singles except for three on 11th October 2001

A brown bird found outside of the Cottage on 11th June was the first spring record since 2013 and maintained the annual status of a species which has been logged in each of the last five years (RDB, GE); there were recent singles between the 5th and 10th September 2014, on 8th June 2013, between the 27th and 29th August 2012 and between the 2nd and 11th September 2011 (Photo above). Prior to these the most recent record was on 25th May 2003.

Interestingly the last three spring records have all been one day birds whereas the last three autumn records have all lingered. This year’s bird was subsequently trapped in the Wheelhouse Heligoland and became the fifth to be ringed in five years, one more than marked during the first incarnation of Skokholm Bird Observatory.

Photos on Skokholm blog.

Skokholm Bird Observatory Annual Report 2015 (Richard Brown & Giselle Eagle)

(NB Two Skokholm records from May 1969 and June 1984 not submitted to WRAG so now not considered acceptable in 2020)

More about the Common Rosefinch in Pembrokeshire