Friday, February 22, 2013

Pine Siskins

I had a flock of Pine Siskins invade the feeders during an ice storm this past week at my southwest Missouri property. I thought at first they were the American Goldfinches, which are always present, but a little closer view made it clear they were a different visiting finch...

Pine Siskin ~ American Goldfinch


 
Even though they were the smaller of finches that are normally around my feeders, they definitely showed their spunk and were not in the least intimidated by their larger cousins! In fact they even fought among the other members of their own flock over who had the best spot...

House Finch vs. Pine Siskin ~ Siskin vs. Siskin

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26 comments:

  1. I wonder if I have been seeing some of them at my feeders this week! I thought I was looking at female goldfinches, I am so glad you posted this!

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  2. Lucky you! I love the yellow wing bars on the siskins. Beautiful birds! Your bird feeder is marvelous. Wonderful post!

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  3. On closer inspection I think pine siskins are really beautiful birds. They are often overlooked or as you pointed out mistaken for goldfinches especially since they are often found feeding together. I have a few at my feeders but wish I had more. Great shots!

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  4. Cute shots of your Siskins and Goldie. They are two of my favorite birds. But, then I love them all. I love your cute feeder too. Have a happy weekend!

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  5. Siskin's are birds we don't get here. I wish we did. They're very pretty little things! Beautiful photos!

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  6. Excellent photos....wishing the siskins would show up in OUR area. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right spots. Oh, and by the way....LOVE the feeder.

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  7. I love your birdfeeder. We have tons of pine siskins here. Good tutorial on the differences.

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  8. sweet little feeder for those birds. i'm glad we had siskins return this winter, too. not ever year do they come this far south to texas.

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  9. Pine Siskens are tough little guys!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. Cute bird feeder and fantastic shots of visitor birds. :)

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  11. Goldfinches and pine siskins are both here in Mississippi during the winter. I was getting them confused until I read that pine siskins have streaks on their breasts, and goldfinch breasts are a solid color. Now it is easy for me to tell them apart. We enjoy having flocks of them both at our feeders in the winter.
    Love your photos!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  12. Delightful shots of the birds.

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  13. very nice series of birds. That bird house is adorable.

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  14. Cute little birds. I love your feeder!

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  15. Nice photos interesting feeder.

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  16. Beautiful birds and very interesting to see the interaction between the birds. I like the feeder!

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  17. Nice set of yard-birds! I was going to say that I liked the feeder, but I see Mick got in before me! But I like the feeder!!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. Nice series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  19. We have a large flock of pine siskins hanging around our house, too. I love them!

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  20. Sweet! I love the feeder...it is adorable and different than any I have ever seen. You are an excellent bird photographer.
    JM Illinois

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  21. I too love the feeder!!! Yes the siskins have a lot of attitude for a tiny bird but I find that the redpolls do too.. Great post for Nature Notes...thank you...Michelle

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