Tom Smith took these shots of a European Goldfinch at DeKorte Park on Saturday, and posted on JerseyBirds: "This afternoon at DeKorte I was surprised to find a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH in the Nature Reserve area south of the observatory. It seemed to be associating with some American Goldfinches. I put a photo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsmzth/5676487951
. It doesn't seem to have a leg band.
We wondered if it was a released/escaped local bird, to which Tom replied: "I guess that it's most logical to assume that it is a local escapee. However, there is an established population in Bermuda and in recent years a feral population has established itself in the Chicago-Milwaukee area – could one of the recent storms have blown one over?" (Thanks, Tom!)
Anyone have any thoughts?