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February 01, 2009


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Michele Finchum

We've got some Siskins down here in San Diego too! So much fun to watch them & the goldfinches eating right out my livingroom window!!! michele finchum

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michael, sounds like you have good activity! Siskins are streaked like Song Sparrows but you'll notice they are smaller and much slimmer. Happy bird watching and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dr Michael England

We have lots of pine siskins this late winter and spring in Rothesay ( near Saint John) in New Brunswick Canada.
They are indeed quite bold as a rule..seem to keep the wild canaries and dark eyed Juncos 'in line'.
They look very much like song sparrows to me.
We've had frequent visitors such as chickadee's, mourning doves, chipping sparrows as well as northern cardinals, hairy woodpeckers, grackles, northern flickers and blue jays too.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Meg, I'm glad you found the post helpful. Siskins ARE in the finch family, so great observation!! Thanks for commenting and keep visiting!


I realize this article is quite old, but just wanted to thank you for typing it up and including the lovely pictures! Here in Maine, my little feeder has become a regular spot for a few of these little guys this year. I identified with a chart, but your article on behavior (spot on!) cinched it for me. I actually find them a bit finch-y (the only other visitors that will 'camp out' in the window feeder are the American Goldfinches) but the Pine Siskins are definitely more aggressive... and stay put longer. Thanks again!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Linda - lucky you with 100 and feeding out of your hand. Seeing their behavior, it doesn't surprise me.
Linda W - glad I could be of help. Congrats on 50 siskins!
MaineBirder - thanks and appreciate your visit. Hope to hear from you again.


What a very informative story!

This winters irruption here in Maine has been spectacular.

Linda W

I have had a large group of siskins this year also, at least 50 or more. The info on your website helped me ID them thanks!


I have found that on stormy days, when there are at least 100 Siskins at my feeders, I can get them to eat sunflower chips right out of my hand. What fun!

The Zen Birdfeeder

WBU customer Lou submitted this comment by email:
I am down in southwestern NJ. and have just recently noticed several pine siskins on both my sunflower chip feeder and also my thistle/niger tube, They are such a sweet little bird.
Thanks Lou for your observation!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Mon@rch - What a siskin-winter we're having, huh?
Sally - you're right on, they sit and sit and eat and eat! Good observation.
Lana - Good news on your siskin, all the way down in LOUISIANA! I'll take the credit!
Goldfinches and siskins are both of the "carduelis" subfamily of finches (had to look that up; I'm not into the latin names!)


How ironic...This morning, watching the birds come for the seed I put out, I saw my 1st pine siskin! How ironic!


Siskins & goldfinches look like they could be distant cousins. Interesting!


I noticed a pine siskin who sat on the feeder for a very long time. It sat very still to eat a meal like a human would, eating its fill rather than the grab and go feeding of a chickadee. It wasn't intimidated when other birds would come over to grab a seed.



Love seeing all the siskins this year! Bravo photos my friend!

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