Yesterday afternoon we had a surprise visitor to our feeders: a European Goldfinch! It showed up at first light this morning but hasn’t been seen for the past couple of hours.
It's bright, eye-piping coloration (broad yellow wing band, black/red/white face) really stood out against the gray flagstones and then the snow-dusted grass. I have no idea where it may have come from. There are no recent reports of the species on eBird. Most likely it is an escapee (or release). It was feeding with a flock of House Finches, and its native range map shows that it is capable of surviving cold winters in Europe. Unfortunately it is not an ABA countable bird - but lots of fun to see around here. Certainly a bright spot in an otherwise gray winter day! bob McGuire -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --