Date: 11/15/20 10:42 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Siskins? You want Siskins? I'll give ya Siskins!
As a matter of fact I do want siskins. I haven't seen one here in at least
five years. In fact the only Finches I've seen at all were four or five
purple finches at my feeder briefly last spring. Then they disappeared as
well.
Bob O'Brien Carver Oregon

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie...>
wrote:

> I also have a nice swarm of Siskins at my place on Mt. Tabor in Portland,
> 50+ at times. Also, yesterday there was a tan-striped WHITE-THROATED
> SPARROW in my yard.
>
> Gerard Lillie
> Portland, OR
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *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...> wrote:
>
> rare but abundant and ravenous when they show up!
>
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 10:50 AM Frank Kolwicz <fhkolwicz1...>
> wrote:
>
> Well, some, anyway.
>
> 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.
>
> Frank
> in Monmouth
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