Date: 11/5/18 4:19 pm From: Lauren Conkle <chickadee54...> Subject: Washington Co. Pine Siskins and Purple Finch
Pine Siskins and Purple Finches are very rare at my feeders, but today I had both species. I can only recall seeing a Purple Finch once before today at my feeder, and that was back in 2006. I did have a small flock of Pine Siskins at my thistle feeder for a few months back in 2009, but that was the only year I've ever had them. So I was amazed to have both species at my feeders on the same day. There were 5 Siskins this morning which fed for a while and then left and I didn't see them again. I think they were just passing through. This afternoon I had a single female Purple Finch, which I hope will return. I saw one in the woods behind our house on Oct. 25th hanging out with a few house finches and I think today's Purple Finch might be the same one.