European Goldfinches

Earlier this year I went to see European Goldfinches at The Bird Nest, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We were on our way to ski practice, but it didn't start until 3:00 so we had some time to kill. We got there around 1:15, thinking it would be quick in, quick out, type birding. But it wasn't. The owner of the store was really nice, and told us what feeders they were coming to, and how often they came. We waited about ten minutes before the first bird showed up, then to get better views we went out the back door, and stood within thirty feet of the feeders. Once out there, they all came in. About fifteen European Goldfinches, one hundred House finches, a hundred House Sparrows, along with juncos and tree sparrows. We took tons of photos of the birds when they were at the feeders, then a car would come by, and scare them off. The birds would all fly up into the trees and sit there for a few minutes before returning to the feeders.

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch

During that time, I got pretty nice photos of the finches, before we had to leave at about 2:15. My brother and my dad had gone back to the car about thirty minutes before I did, since it was freezing. I said I would take a few more photos, but you know how that goes. So I ended the day with my first life bird of 2017, the European Goldfinch and we were a bit late to practice;-)


Good Birding!



"Bird Nest" Feeders, Kenosha, Wisconsin, US
Jan 8, 2017 1:51 PM - 2:44 PM
Protocol: Stationary
13 species

Ring-billed Gull2
Herring Gull (American)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Black-capped Chickadee4
Red-breasted Nuthatch1
European Starling3
American Tree Sparrow19
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  17
Northern Cardinal2
House Finch50
American Goldfinch13
European Goldfinch16 Photos counted to exact all comes no to feeders
House Sparrow7