Pine Siskins

Pine siskins, Spinus pinus, have been passing through town this past couple of weeks. These were in Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday. This was forecast to be a big year for these typically boreal birds, pushed down to our latitudes by weather and other conditions in Canada, and it has been. A small, streaky bird with touch of yellow in the wings (not seen here), siskins usually flock together.

Speaking of streaky birds, there was a female Red-winged blackbird lurking in the cattails. Time to head south, lady!

5 Responses to “Pine Siskins”

  1. 1 Gillian October 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I’ve heard a few siskins flying over while birding, but haven’t seen any on the ground or at my feeders. I’m hoping they will stay here in Ottawa for a little bit before moving on!

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