Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers
NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.
Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag.
Rescuers try to save 100 saffron finches found in Peru bus
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Rescuers are trying to save about 100 bright yellow finches after they were found stuffed in cages with no food or water in a bus near Peru's border with Bolivia.
Authorities originally recovered 581 birds but said Thursday that less than one-fifth are still alive.
Investigators say the saffron finches were discovered Tuesday during a routine inspection and were being illegally transported in 16 small cages in order to be sold in Bolivia.
With a little luck, it could be a winter that birders mark in their journals with a star.
Lemming populations are crashing in the Arctic tundra, while seed crops are abundant in Connecticut, meaning that snowy owls and winter finches are likely to be seen here in unusual numbers.
“I’ve heard rumors of this happening,” said Angela Dimmett of New Milford, leader of innumerable bird walks in the Northwest Corner. “Word spreads.”
During July, long after most other birds have started their families, the American Goldfinch is just beginning its nesting process for the first and only time of the year.
Nest building coincides with the availability of plant down for lining the nest. Plant down is found from dandelions and wild Canadian Thistle. Goldfinches and other songbirds will also use the soft fibers plucked from man-made nesting balls of natural fibers like alpaca, dog or horse hair.
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