Date: 1/2/18 9:37 am From: Alan Wallace <wallacealan...> Subject: Upper Alum Creek Pine Siskins, West Reno, Washoe County
I moved to another place in west Reno a couple of months ago, and the back yard backs onto the totally natural, undeveloped part of upper Alum Creek (above the main part of the Caughlin Ranch area). Lots of good birds, including deck-level Red-tailed Hawk flybys. The big thing that I've noticed, compared to my old place down by the river, is the deluge of Pine Siskins. At first, it was a ton of goldfinches (mostly Lesser) with a handful of siskins. Now, it's about 25-30 siskins at once with fewer goldfinches. Maybe it's an irruption year for the siskins, or maybe this is just where they hang out in this area. Subsequent winters will tell the tale.