Bird Identification Wanted Please

Started May 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
John Koch
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Goldcrest never introduced to North America?
In reply to Gary Waugh, May 13, 2012

100 or so years ago, a Shakespeare admirer with money and no sense of bio-hazards decided to import every species of British bird mentioned anywhere in the bard's works. That included starlings and sparrows. Starlings are a horror. Some sparrows are handsome, but the ordinary English sparrow brought across the Atlantic has few distinctions, other than a proprensity to populate, displace, swarm in trees in populated areas, and leave a mess.

Well, let's not even mention the Asian carp, stink bugs, zebra mollusks, and other creatures that wrecked havoc wherever they arrived. Native Americans have grudges about other bio-intrusions (viral, human), but seem to appreciate chicken, sheep, cattle (more manageable than bison), pork, and horses that came from afar.

The Goldcrest looks quite regal. Was it never brought to N. America? Or did it not establish a sustainable foothold?

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