Last month we bought a new type of bird feeder specifically for the Woodpeckers we have seen in our garden. They seem to have a difficult time feeding while hanging upside down from our other feeders. We picked up a tube feeder that would allow the woodpeckers to land on and grasp a vertical surface as they are accustomed too. As soon as we hung the new feeder up, which we filled with a fruit and nut blend, the feisty Pine Siskins descended upon it in mass.
This is the first spring we have noticed Pine Siskins in our area, and I have read they tend to have very sporatic migration habits. You might see them one year in large flocks and not at all the next. Enjoyed seeing the brilliant flashes of yellow bars on their wings and tails as they fought amongst themselves at the feeders. They seem to be very quarrelsome and territorial around their favorite food sources, and in a constant state of war with their neighbors.
Pine Siskins have often been referred to as "Goldfinchs in Disguise" because of the subtle way their brown feathers mask the beautiful yellow undertones. You will often see them in the company of Goldfinches.
The bird on the left was nicknamed "Feisty" because it was extremely territorial, and would often chase off any other birds that landed nearby to feed. This little truce lasted all of 5 seconds......