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Edge,  you may recall the Common Chaffinch that Wally George discovered
and photographed in Jefferson County in November of 2005.  This lead to
a discussion by the MBRC and a subsequent article in The Bluebird (June
2006, Vol. 73, No. 2, page 55) by Julie Craves and Paul McKenzie about
the source of a lot of European birds recently observed in the Midwest.
Julie has been keeping a database of all the different European bird
species records and has suggested a possible source of them, a possible
release in 2002 when a large importer of birds near Chicago closed its
doors and may have released a lot of bird. Julie's website, which
continues to track escape birds is: 
http://www.umd.umich.edu/dept/rouge_river/eugo.html.  I quote from
her website and an article that appeared the "The Changing Seasons" in
North American Birds  (citation available on website) "Eurasian Jays,
Common Chaffinches, European Greenfinches, Saffron Finches, Eurasian
Linnets, a Blue Tit, and two pairs of breeding Great Tits -- plus
hundreds of European Goldfinches coming to feeders across a nine-state,
three-province area." 

The Tebbetts European Goldfinch seems to fit this pattern. In Julie and
Paul's article, there seems to have been no pattern of vagrancy in
European species in the Maritime provinces in many years.

Hope this helps

brad  


 
>>> Edge <[log in to unmask]> 12/05/06 5:58 PM >>>
Brad,
Please tell us about the Chicago bird dealer release.

How many birds?  How many/what species species?  Other information?

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Dec 5, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Brad Jacobs wrote:

> david huffmaster of Tebbits, Callaway CO, just called to say he had
a
> European Goldfinch at his feeder for about five days during the  
> snow. It
> hasn't been seen recently, but he will call if it shows up again.
This
> is likely from the Chicago bird dealers releases several years ago.
>
> brad
>
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