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EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH (Carduelis carduelis)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Carduelis carduelis

Vagrant. 12 sets of records. Three seen by Dean Retmock, 9 May 1970 (K.A. Hindwood papers, ML). Four or five birds seen by Glenn Fraser at the Airstrip in June and July 1982 (Fraser 2004). Five birds seen by Fraser at the same place on 16 June 1983. Five birds were present on 26 July 1983, with 10 birds present the following day. Two seen by Alan McBride on 28 May 1985 (Anon. 1985b; K.A. Hindwood papers, ML). One seen by Glenn Holmes and Mike Carter near the Airstrip in February and March 1986 (Cooper 1990; M.J. Carter in litt.). Three seen by Hutton at the Airstrip on 9 June 1988, and one at the same place on 27 July 1988, presumably one of the earlier birds. One seen by Holmes at the Golf Course on 11 March 1989 (G. Holmes in litt.). At least 20 birds were seen by Alan Morris at the Airstrip in September 1996 (Morris & Burton 1999). Seen by Adam Bester in September 2001 (Birds Australia data). Two seen by Jim Care at the paddock adjacent to Beachcomber Lodge in the main settlement area on 19 May 2003 (LHI Museum card). Five seen by Hutton at the Airport on 9 September 2003 and again by Ivor Jones on 20 September 2003 (Hutton pers. obs.; I. Jones, LHI Museum card). As with the other finches it is likely these birds originated in New Zealand (Fraser 2004).

3 May 2015 1 bird reported by Leon Brice at airstrip area; confirmed and photographed I Hutton that day; seen again 7 May and 17 May 2015.


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