Common Rosefinch – records


Carpodacus erythrinusLlinos GochRare visitor

Previous records summarised in Scarlet Rosefinch 1994

1993 – Single Ramsey, 25 August (IDB)

1994 – Singles Skokholm 13 and 16 Sept (MB et al) and Strumble Head 10 Oct (GHR)

1995 – Singles Skokholm 6-9 June, 6-8 Aug and 11-12 Oct (apparently not assessed by WBRC)

1996 – Singles Skomer 17 and 25 July, 5 Sept, 23 and 26 Oct (apparently not assessed by WBRC)

1997 – Singles Strumble Head 20 & 29 May and 30 Nov (SB et al) and Skokholm 16 & 17 Sept (GT et al).

1998 – One imm/female Skomer 5-7 June (SS et al)

1999 – Singles male at Strumble Head 31 May (SB et al) and juv Skokholm 11 Sept (GT et al).

2000 – Single imm/females, Skokholm 7-8 Oct (GT), was predated by a Merlin, Skomer 19 Oct (MJP).

2001 – 3 juvs together Skokholm 11 Oct (GT). One imm/female in the bushes at Moory Mere, Skomer 15-16 Sept

2002 – 1st summer male, singing, Caerbwdi 12 June (IDB).

2003 – One imm/female Skokholm 25 May (GT), Imm male Strumble Hd 29 May (SEB et al) and one imm/female Skomer 12 June (JGB).

2004 – Three records: imm/females Strumble 30 May (SEB), Skomer 5 Sept (JGB) and Ramsey 10 Sept (SA).

2006 – A female or imm male Pen Anglas 8 Jun (SEB, AR), a red male Skomer also 8 Jun (JGB) and a Juv there 4 Nov (JGB). Male, Skomer 30 June (from Welsh Rare and Scarce Birds report for 2019)

2010 – Quite a good year for this species with 4 records all of single birds. Ramsey on 25th May (1st s male) and another on 26th Oct (GM), on Skomer on 15th Sept (DB) and a fem/imm in a St. Davids garden from 22nd until at least 28th Nov (BD).

2011 – All records were: a single immature male on Ramsey on 13th July (GM), on Skokholm from 2nd to 11th Sept. which was trapped & ringed (BH et al) and an immature / female on Skomer 29th Sept – 1st Oct (DB).

2012 – A female / immature was Skokholm on 27th – 29th Aug. trapped and ringed on 28th (SS).

2013 – A fine male frequented a garden in Trefgarne 19th – 26th May (M. Carne), and a 1st summer male was trapped on Skokholm on 8th June (RB, GE).

A singing male on 8th June was tracked down to the Cottage Garden where it eventually revealed
itself to be a brown bird and was later trapped (GE, RDB et al.). Skokholm Annual Report 2013

2014 – A juvenile on Skokholm from 5th to 10th Sept was trapped and ringed during its visit to the island (RB,GE), the Teifi Ringing Group then trapped and ringed a juvenile on the Pembrokeshire part of the Teifi marshes reserve on 27th Sept (CHJ et al) & another juvenile was on Ramsey from 4th to 6th Oct (GM, LM).

2015 – Female / immatures were trapped and ringed on Skokholm on 11th June (RDB), others on Skomer on 13th & 14th June (JWM et al) and 14th Oct (JWM).

2017 – A singing immature male on Skomer on 22nd – 25th June (ES, LN, JWM).

2018 – Female / immature on Skokholm 16th – 27th Sept (RB et al).

2019 – Juvenile / female on Skokholm 23 – 25 Sept and same bird 1 Oct (S. Westerberg et al)

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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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)

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Scarlet Rosefinch – 1994

Rare visitor

Scarlet Rosefinches have been expanding their range in Europe for many years, reaching northern France by 1987 and first breeding in Britain in 1982 (Spencer 1993). They have been recorded in Pembrokeshire on 15 occasions since the first at Skokholm on 26 June 1949: ten times at Skokholm, twice at Skomer and once at Trecwn and at Newport. The Newport bird visited a garden bird-table from 26 December 1991 to 8 January 1992, being the first winter record for Britain, all others occurring between 3 May and 24 July, apart from one at Skokholm on 17 September 1974.

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

SPENCER, R. 1993. Rare breeding birds in the United Kingdom in 1990. British Birds 96: 90.

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Common Rosefinch


Carpodacus erythrinusLlinos GochRare visitor

Common Rosefinch – records

Carpodacus erythrinus – Llinos Goch – Rare visitor Previous records summarised in Scarlet Rosefinch 1994 1993 – Single Ramsey, 25 August (IDB) 1994 – Singles Skokholm 13 and 16 Sept (MB et al) and Strumble Head 10 Oct (GHR) 1995 – Singles Skokholm 6-9 June, 6-8 Aug and 11-12 Oct (apparently not assessed by WBRC) […]

Common Rosefinch – 2015 Skokholm

Carpodacus erythrinus – Llinos Goch – Rare 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 […]

Scarlet Rosefinch – 1994

Rare visitor Scarlet Rosefinches have been expanding their range in Europe for many years, reaching northern France by 1987 and first breeding in Britain in 1982 (Spencer 1993). They have been recorded in Pembrokeshire on 15 occasions since the first at Skokholm on 26 June 1949: ten times at Skokholm, twice at Skomer and once at […]