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Rich's Fun Fact

The House Finch has not always been found in the eastern United States. In 1940, they were illegally captured in California and imported to New York by pet dealers. Fearing prosecution, the dealers released their “Hollywood Finches” on Long Island in 1940. Since then the finches have spread to all corners of the East and have even rejoined their relatives in the West. Populations of house finches found east of the Rockies are rarely found far from urban or suburban areas, such as my home next to the Platte River.