In defence of goldfinches

To: 'Terry Bird' <>, 'chatline canberrabirds' <>
Subject: In defence of goldfinches
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:07:31 +0000
Hello Terry.

Sorry, but it certainly did not come with the first fleet. I think they had
priorities other than goldfinches......

This from

Introduced to Australia in the nineteenth century, the European Goldfinch is
one of only two 'true finches' in Australia (the other is the Greenfinch).
The European Goldfinch is a widespread species in Europe, central Asia and
northern Africa and was introduced to Australia in the 1860s.


-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Bird 
Sent: Thursday, 18 August, 2016 4:47 PM
To: chatline canberrabirds
Subject: In defence of goldfinches

For most British born Australians and others,

 I am sure , this charmingly pretty introduced finch is a very welcome

No human discrimination from birdwatchers please ; hardly a feral it came
with the first fleet to make Australia it's new home and performs a valuable
service consuming thistle seed.

Several years ago, in Winter, because there was a severe frost Martin
Butterfield lead a WW group along Lake Road to the southern edges of Lake
George where several flocks of goldfinches, up to a hundred were observed
which was a long remembered sighting.

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