Springtime Stories

Rescued Lesser Goldfinch

One morning in baby bird season, the wind gusts at Keough's Hot Springs. Two young
Lesser Goldfinches are rescued from the grassy lawn, two hours apart and brought to
ESWC. Once warm and full of formula, they snuggle happily together; most likely the
wind pushed both from the same nest. Next morning, the two Goldfinches call hungrily
for food. An adult Goldfinch flies up and clings to the window screen, just inches from
the two babies! It's probably their mother. We put their cage outside on the table near a
leafy elm. Both mom and dad land on the cage and call to their babies. Jeremy opens the
cage and the babies hop into the tree. The parents flutter down to their little ones and the
goldfinch family is reunited. We smile as four Goldfinches fly away—together