Pine Siskin Tells All

Ok – not really.  Frankly, I am not sure how much there is to tell.
But I had a good time with this one, whose dinner I rudely interrupted.
A Pine Siskin looks pretty uninteresting from this angle. pine_siskin3I convinced him to turn around, so we could see his good side. He made sure to keep his eye on me though. This looks like a candidate for the butt files.pine_siskin4Pine Siskins are finches, and in the winter they can be difficult to differentiate from Goldfinches, who lose most of their yellow. Pine Siskins keep their little yellow wing and tail spots though. They are not quite as bold as Chickadees, who will eat from my hand without much encouragement, but they aren’t very shy either. I had the 70-300mm lens on and I had to back up to get this shot, because he came so close.pine_siskinI suppose I was actually the close one, since this is a finch feeder, and he is a finch. Pine Siskins supposedly spend the summers north of here, which is their breeding area, but we have them all year.

And then it was time for him to go – the neighbors up the road have some pretty fine finch feeders too, so I think he went there for dessert.pine_siskin2

If you want to check it out, this is how they sound [scroll down a bit]- a cheerful and happy noise on a spring day.  Have a good one, my friends!

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16 Responses to Pine Siskin Tells All

  1. annbb says:

    Wonderful photos – and I loved your butt album. I now know I have pine siskins as I recognized their song. Glad you posted that link.

  2. Pearl says:

    oh my gosh – i love these photos! how precise. precious. beautiful.

  3. Daryl says:

    Okay now I officially hate you. I want pix like that, of course I would have to come up there cause down here not so many of those birds .. but do not distract me from my jealousy … I covet that lens … if it disappears …

  4. Charlane says:

    he’s adorable. great shots of him too

  5. Janis says:

    He’s pretty cute! And he’s got a nice song, too. My favorite bird call is a meadow lark. It’s a sound that stretches back to my childhood summers.

  6. love this little birdie!

  7. Dawn says:

    What wonderful photos! I am just starting to identify the finches we get at our feeders. We get a few different types. I have a Texas birding book and binoculars at the ready in our dining room, which is the best bird watching spot in our house. We are also fortunate to get a few pairs of cardinals and a couple blue jays. I might have to try snapping a few pics with my point and shoot to see how they turn out.

    Thanks for sharing the song too. What a beautiful little trill! Bird songs are some of the most relaxing sounds to me.

  8. CM says:

    Can I make a sincere gratuitous comment? …. you are an awesome photographer! : )

    (phew! … since I only made one I shouldn’t be disqualified!)

  9. They really are sweet birds. I currently have the bossiest wren on the eastern seaboard living in my yard. gah.

  10. Debbie Jean says:

    What awesome pics!!! I wish I had that camera!! LOL.

    God Bless~
    Debbie Jean

  11. donna says:

    How precious, perfect photos. I want to go and purchase a feeder.

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  13. Trisha says:

    Nice shot of the Pine Siskin. Honestly, I had never heard of Pine Siskins before you enlightened me! Thanks for the info!

  14. Oliag says:

    Wonderful photos! Love that lens…someday maybe…I want to especially thank you for the link to Cornell U Ornithology…I had lots of fun wandering around there!

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