Monday, September 9, 2013

Pine Siskin

The Pine Siskin (Scientific name - Spinus pinus) is a small songbird in the finch family. It is often found around backyard feeders. As its name suggests it breeds in mixed coniferous forest areas. It breeds in most of Canada, Alaska and the Northern part of Continental U.S. Some migrate as far south as Mexico.  This species is unusual in that their migration is variable, perhaps due to food availability, and they migrate in large numbers some years and not in others.  The Pine Siskin is a small bird, with heavy streaking on its underbelly and head. They have white and yellow patches on their wings. They have a short notched tail and a sharp pointed bill. Some (like those in the photos) have green colouration similar to that of the European Siskin.  Top two photos taken in Abbotsford, B.C. in November 2015 and the bottom photos taken in Whistler, B.C. in September 2013.

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