European Goldfinches in Kenosha County Wisconsin on February 9, 2016

A bird I always wanted to see with it’s stunning colors, the European Goldfinch! Today I found 8 in Kenosha. A life bird for me, but considered a introduced species. Some have been recorded nesting in Wisconsin in recent years. Wow what colors! Images were taken on February 9, 2016.


European Goldfinch

Binomial name: Carduelis carduelis

Category: Exotic Finches

Size:  5.5” long, 10” wing span

Weight:  .56 oz


















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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

21 Responses to European Goldfinches in Kenosha County Wisconsin on February 9, 2016

  1. Ed Means says:

    Great photos of this not too often seen European Goldfinch

    • John says:

      Do you think they still alive 2019 I like to know jim

      • Bell Denny F says:

        I have 2 visiting my feeders as we speak… in Pleasant Prairie near the I.

      • Mark says:

        Saw three today, several times– two males and a female at our feeder in Kenosha also near the interstate. Took a long time for me to identify them. We have sunflower kernels in the feeder. This was a first for us. Hopefully, they will nest nearby.

      • Kelley Joslin says:

        I have lots at my bird feeders in Kenosha. 5/2020

        • Sheila says:

          Just had one of these at my feeder In Caledonia. First time I’ve seen this bird. Don’t you feel honored when “specialty birds” choose your yard/feeder? So cool!!

  2. Mark from Greenfield says:

    Beautiful bird. Hope I am fortunate enough to see one soon.

  3. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Beautiful photos Jim. What a colorful bird. Congratulations!!

  4. Myles says:

    Nice photos!

  5. Laura Wentz says:

    Love all the close ups. They are such colorful little birds.

  6. David says:

    Great photos!
    The light was great for capturing those fantastic in-flight shots, and I am impressed that there isn’t more blurring from you shivering in that cold wind today 😉

  7. Nan Wisherd says:

    Totally stunning photos, Jim! Hope I can see them someday, too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Annie says:

    Thanks Jim. That is one bird that was in our yard in 2004 . We were ecstatic at the time. Haven’t seen one in person again since. Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  9. Rick Terrien says:

    Another remarkable album Jim. Congrats and thank you. Keep up the wonderful work!

  10. Kurt J Huebner says:

    Great shots, all of them. A beautiful bird. Jim has anyone ever asked you to present a program re your bird photography equipment, techniques, stalking, ALL of it, at Retzer? I know I have a million questions and I am sure there are many more that admire your images.

  11. Rich Wagner says:

    We have had the European Goldfinches at our property in Racine WI for the past three years. Every year we have more of them at our thistle feeders. We have a lake home in Waukesha WI where we maintain thistle feeders as well and have not seen them there yet (as of 9/17). Beautiful Pics!

  12. Cathi says:

    My family saw several of these stunning birds in the outdoor feeding area behind The Bird Nest shop in Pleasant Prairie. I was having the hardest time identifying them as I was using my North American bird apps. Then I found your website and bingo! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

  13. Dan says:

    I have one currently in Sommers Wi, Kenosha county..
    Wish I could post a pic…

  14. Trish says:

    Just saw 4 of them at my feeders in Bristol.

  15. Chris Zylka says:

    I have this bird in my feeder now. I had to google what it was.

  16. Donald Ruge says:

    I just spotted several in my back yard. I’d never seen them before today, and never even heard of them. I came to this site to identify them, so thanks you for the pictures. There were a few different birds, but I don’t know how many.

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