Date: 11/14/20 5:10 pm From: Thomas Gilg <tom...> Subject: [obol] Re: Siskins? You want Siskins? I'll give ya Siskins!
Like Harry, *a few American Goldfinch* mixed in with our every-few-days 20-100 Pine Siskins outside of Brownsville. Our Pine Siskins showed up Oct 5, and continue to build in number.
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Subject: [obol] Re: Siskins? You want Siskins? I'll give ya Siskins!
will blog later, but I think my estimate in our small garden in SE Salem was too conservative (a bad thing in any era)...there are more than sixty that I wrote down...closer to 100...at one time I counted more than sixty in one small area of our garden where the seeds were thick on the ground (for awhile) plus others in trees, shrubs, flitting about...our place is now Sis-city and I am studying avidly in this advanced course of Siskinology and watching how siskinship works--they share, rarely spending energy on aggression against their fellows
takes them about an hour eat up a quart of crushed sunflower seeds spread around...they do get some help from the cowed juncos along the edges of the flock amd a few Am Goldfinches who actually jix in with the siskins...they are irruptive like waxwings, redpolls, Varied Thrush, crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks and other nomadic wintering birds,,,in McMinnville each winter was lots of siskins or zero
On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 10:59 AM Melia Biedscheid <melia.biedscheid...><mailto:<melia.biedscheid...>> wrote:
rare but abundant and ravenous when they show up!
For the first time in about 3 years I have Pine Siskins at my feeders, some 2 dozen of them. They were completly absent and I had to dispose of most of a 20 lb bag of Niger seed that had dried out and wasn't being eaten by anything.