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Old 01-09-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Here in central New York we're having a delightful invasion of pine siskins. They especially like my thistle feeder and in recent days I've seen as many as thirty at one time. Any one else seeing an unusually large number of these birds?
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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We see these little pretties mostly in winter. We saw more of them last year than this year. Last year we also had redpolls. That was a first. They do like the thistle seed but I have watched them eating birch seed.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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We've also enjoyed an invasion of pine siskins here in northern Wisconsin this year. In some years, we don't see any all season. Ours are dining on the black oil sunflower seeds. Black oil sunflower and suet have been the most sought out foods here, so that's all we've offered this year.

Along with the pine siskins we have purple finches, chickadees, goldfinches, mourning doves, tree sparrows, juncos, red and white breasted nuthatches; downy, hairy and red breasted woodpeckers, cardinals and blue jays as daily visitors.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:54 PM   #4
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Never seen a pine siskin or redpoll this far south, though last year there was an irruption of chestnut sided nut-hatches. They were very tame, and I could stand within 2 feet of them while they were on our feeders. it was an amazing experience to be this/close to these little birds.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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We don't have them here either. sigh But the cardinal families are back
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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I'm sooooo out of my league here. I know the cardinals, and the mourning dove, but the others are just "skinny little birdie" or "cute fat one".

I did manage to pick out ducks flying overhead today by the sound, so I guess I'm not COMPLETELY hopeless.
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:15 PM   #7
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The last time I saw pine siskins at my feeders was about 20 years ago. They don't usually come this far south (South Louisiana), but they're here this year. They're going for thistle & black oil sunflower seed. Pretty cool!
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:23 PM   #8
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We are having a pine siskin irruption in New Hampshire too. For the past week, I have had 30 to 40 pine siskin a day. Never before. I usually have mourning doves, titmice, black capped chickadees, American goldfinches, and white breasted huthatch. I've read that NH is the southern edge of their range and they only come here after big storms in Canada. When the food is gone at my house, they will move to the next area they find food. I've been refilling my birdfeeders at an alarming rate. They certainly are feisty birds. They scare off the goldfinches easily; the chickadees avoid them. Only the junkos go one on one.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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A pine siskin eruption! All you lucky ducks out there!
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:31 PM   #10
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Several people around here (central New York) are reporting seeing "Green Morph" pine siskins. These are yellower than the normal Pine Siskin. Have you ever observed these?
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