Hawfinch – records

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March

Photo above (c) Richard Brown – one of four hawfinches on Skokholm in 2017. This doubled the number of hawfinches that had ever been recorded on the island.

Earlier records summarised in Hawfinch 1994

1993 – one in an Eglwyswrw garden 12 Nov (MS)

1994 – Two records of this elusive bird: singles Teifi Marshes 13 June and on the coastal path at Carregwasted 7 Sept

1996 – One Haverfordwest 7 Oct (HGE)

1997 – One Porthclais 18 Oct (DJA, RWW et al)

1998 – 2 Skomer 14 June (SS et al)

2005 – Two records: A male Pembroke 19 Oct (PKG) and one Skomer 26 Oct (JGB), this being the fourth island record

2008 – Single St Nicholas on 19 Nov (G.McM) was the only record.

2012 – One on Skomer on 24 April (DB).

2013 – A female in the farmhouse garden, Ramsey on 12 April was a new bird for the island.

2017 – A series of autumn records, part of an exceptional influx into the UK.

  • One at Skomer on 14th October;
  • One at St. Brides on 15th October;
  • Four on Skokholm between 15th October and 7th November
  • One at Redberth on 18th October;
  • 10 at Porthclais on 30th October;
  • A male at Sealyham on 3rd November.

Skokholm: The easterly airflow brought about by Storm Ophelia transported remarkable numbers of Hawfinch into Britain and produced an unprecedented sequence of records on Skokholm. The first was a female found late on the evening of 15th October at the Well; it was still present the following morning (RDB, GE). A first-winter female in Crab Bay on 23rd October later moved to the Cottage Garden where it was trapped and ringed (RDB, GE). A third bird briefly alighted in the Courtyard on 31st October (GE, RDB) and the last of the year headed east over Crab Bay and South Haven on 7th November (GE). Skokholm Annual Report 2017

2018 – One was photographed feeding in a garden near Lodge Park Stackpole on 9th July 2018.

2020 – A female photographed at St. Nicholas on 18 Apr was the only record.

2021 – The only record was of one seen along the bridlepath between The Grove Hotel, Narberth and Canaston Woods on 14 Jan.

Source: Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Hawfinch – 1994

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – Rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March

Mathew (1894) gave records of a pair at Leweston (undated), one at Llanstinian in the spring of 1854 and one at Slebech on 13 September 1889. Lockley et al. (1949) added one at Ramsey on 9 November 1896 and two shot at Stackpole in 1930.

They have been recorded in just nine years since, all single birds, at Crowhill, Little Haven, Skokholm, Skomer and Trefeiddan, with two at Llanychaer in June 1971 and ten at Spittal on 15 July 1972. Scarce in Wales and confined to eastern counties (Hurford 1990) Hawfinches are shy and elusive and might be overlooked in the Pembrokeshire woodlands. Careful searching by ornithologists may well reveal the Hawfinch to be more frequent.

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

HURFORD, C. 1990. Welsh bird report. Welsh Ornithological Society.

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Hawfinch – 1894

Coccothraustes vulgaris

A very rare winter visitor.

In Mr. H. Mathias’ list. We saw a pair in the collection of the late Mr. Fortune, at Leweston, that he had shot near his residence. Sir Hugh Owen obtained one at Llanstinan in the spring of 1S54. A Sparrow-hawk, shot by the late Baron de Rutzen, at Slebech, September 13th, 1889, was in the act of carrying off a Hawfinch, which was secured with it. Not included by Mr. Dix.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – Rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March

Hawfinch – records

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March Photo above (c) Richard Brown – one of four hawfinches on Skokholm in 2017. This doubled the number of hawfinches that had ever been recorded on the island. Earlier records summarised in Hawfinch 1994 1993 – one in an Eglwyswrw garden 12 […]

Hawfinch – 1994

Coccothraustes coccothraustes – GYLFINBRAFF – Rare visitor. Not recorded in February and March Mathew (1894) gave records of a pair at Leweston (undated), one at Llanstinian in the spring of 1854 and one at Slebech on 13 September 1889. Lockley et al. (1949) added one at Ramsey on 9 November 1896 and two shot at […]

Hawfinch – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Hawfinch – 1894

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