"What This ‘Look-Alike’ Looks Like"

Pine Siskin

        Just when you think you have a handle on identifying those common birds, another species always shows up to stump you. There are lots of look-alike female Finches, and as long as the female is with a male, it’s easy to see who’s who. But when a species like the Pine Siskin sneaks in among them, then it’s time to turn to your bird book.

        pine siskinOn a field trip to the Springdale Pond we heard a ruckus in some Sunflower bushes. We expected to find Goldfinches going after their favorite food, but no . . . there was a dozen birds with yellow on the wing, the tail, and a bill that was pointed. It was a flock of Pine Siskin. They were everywhere! We found Siskin every time we stopped at a new bird location. If you’ve never encountered this bouncy, busy little bird before, you have a treat in store for you. Pine Siskin can be found in elevations from 2000 to 6000 most of the year, as long as there is food. If you use thistle seed at your feeder, don’t assume that all the birds you see are House Finches, Lesser and American Goldfinches. Could be that you’ve got Pine Siskin!

        Power of the flower: Why not plant Sunflowers! Use that spare corner in your yard and by fall you will be running your own "snack bar" for the Finch family. Sunflowers take very little care, not much water, and will reward you with a multitude of birds, as well as countless hours of bird symphonies. One of the best things about planting Sunflowers, even a black-thumb can grow um!

        The artist for the Pine Siskin is Brenda Rusnell. Brenda’s skill as an artist is appreciated. For more information about the Pine Siskin call Marilyn or Keith Davis at 435 673-0996.



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