[Bristol-Birds] European Greenfinch at Claytor lake

Greetings,
                   I  have seen several  reports of Evening Grosbeaks 
throughout the  region, and my first thought was this was that species, but 
after 
 closer inspection I realized it was not an Evening Grosbeak but was  
smaller, and after more research I found  this is to be a  EUPOEAN GREENFINCH ! 
This bird visited my feeders many times today! I  contacted 2 Avian Doctors 
in the area & they said they were not aware  of any breeders in our area , 
nor have they seen this species in their  offices, and advised me the 
probability of this being a wild naturally occurring  species was more likely 
than 
an escaped bird. I know that this bird has  been bred in captivity in the 
United States, but not commonly & the only  report of a naturally occurring spec
ies ever found in North  America was documented in Quebec in April.2012 by 
the ABA!
                   After  Hurricane Sandy and the Northeaster that just 
came through I believe this to be  a wild bird from Europe!  If there are any 
breeders in the area that have  them & have escaped please respond.! This 
could very well be the  first American record of this species!. 
                     Provided  this bird sticks around, anyone & everyone 
is more than welcome to come  and see it !
Just give me a call beforehand at 1-540-731-1730

 Good  Birding                                                     Mark  
Mullins                         Pulaski County, Va

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