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Who ate the sunflower seeds???

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First week of spring! Cold and snowy!

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I woke this morning to find my newly-filled sunflower seed feeders all empty. Three pine siskins and a goldfinch were clinging to the finch seed feeder but the other birds are out of seed. A look at the yard will tell you who was slurping up the sunflower seeds in the night!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

March 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

at the bird feeder #7 – Pine Siskin

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After our heavy snow last week, the birds were all looking for perches and easy feeding.  A few Chickadees and Pine Siskins were at the feeders early.  Pine Siskins  (Carduelis pinus) are fidgety little birds, staying at the feeder to get their fill, but ever vigilant and looking over their shoulders.  They are heavily striped, sometimes with yellow bars on their wing feathers. They also have sharp beaks.

Because the Pine Siskins are striped, I confused them at first with female Purple Finches.  The female Purple Finch is also striped, but is a slightly bigger, chunkier bird.  Its beak is large and wedge-shaped, and it has no yellow coloration.

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Pine Siskin at the feeder

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female Purple Finch - wedge-shaped beak and stripes around eye (a male Purple Finch at left)

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two Pine Siskins at feeder - sharp beaks and yellow wing bars

 ©  Jane Tims 2012

Written by jane tims

March 9, 2012 at 6:54 am

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