A long time ago I owned a house on the side of a canyon in Colorado. We set up a feeding station. We had some pretty cool birds there; Common Nighthawks, Cordilleran Flycatchers, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebirds, Steller’s Jays, and Mountain Chickadees just to name a few. Pine Siskins were regulars to our feeders.
Life goes on and the house was sold. I had to move down into town with the House Sparrows and European Starlings. So I stopped feeding birds. For the first time in 17 years I have a feeding station. We get the occasional starling and House Sparrow but not enough to be a problem.
I was happy to find that a Pine Siskin has become a regular to my feeders last week. Pine Siskins are cousins to the American Goldfinch, both being in the Carduelis genus along with the other Goldfinches and Redpolls.
Here it is taking a ride on the thistle feeder. It was snowing and blowing. There’s a lot of competition at the thistle feeder from the American Gold Piggies, but the Siskin holds his position and doesn’t take any guff.