The Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelisA European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) was hanging around the feeders in Prospect Park yesterday, snacking at the thistle favored by American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). In the colder regions of their Old World range, the E.G. migrates to warmer climes. Here it is probably rather confused. This one is doubtlessly an escapee from some local cage. They show up every once and a while locally, via the pet trade and an open window. It may be legal to have such birds in captivity, but that doesn’t make it right.

1 Response to “The Goldfinch”


  1. 1 Shannon February 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Captive animals of all kinds is not right. Great shot!


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