Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Identifying Winter Visiting Pine Siskins

“Like a goldfinch wearing camouflage.” I’ve used that phrase before, but I think it’s worth repeating as a capsule description of Pine Siskin.

The resemblance is no coincidence. Siskins and North American goldfinches have been moved around taxonomically ... but it’s generally agreed that they’re all close relatives. Get some tips and photos here.

© Donna L. Watkins - Pine Siskin Eating Thistle Seed
Editor's Note:
We had Pine Siskins galore last winter and enjoyed them greatly. They loved the Nyjer Seed (thistle) that we put out and gathered in groups of 30-40 to enjoy the feeders.

They generally feed on confier seeds and we do have some pines on our acre of land that we planted for diversity on the front bank and for cover for the birds and rabbits, etc. I don't know if they feasted on those or not, but they were quite the show for us on our Front Porch Bird Buffet.

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