What a thirsty bunch!
What a thirsty bunch!
Worth the Wait Mondate
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through the photos from yesterday, I saw lots of familiar birds but then one chest caught my eye. A Pine Siskin showed up! They are the size of a Goldfinch, have very pointy beaks and some yellow on their wings. People often confuse them with female House Finches but if you look closely here, you can tell the difference. Beak, chest pattern and the yellow are good markers. Just like Goldfinches, Pine Siskins seem to suffer from a Napoleon complex - they are tiny but mega feisty and hardly ever get along with other birds. Very entertaining little buggers.
Just as food nourishes the body, visits with nature nourish the soul.
Honey I'm home!
Window peepers. Photos by Amber Maitrejean
The winter of 2021, we had an irruption of Pine Siskins. This year, I haven’t seen any.
hungry pine siskin
oh man, feeling like an idiot :-(
the cute little dumb birds with no sense of self preservation? yeah apparently they were acting so lethargic and strange cause they were all sick from salmonella poisoning. it's spread from other sick birds through poop accumulating in and around the popular feeders and water dishes, and pine siskins (the ones i'd noticed to be acting this way) are especially susceptible to it.
this article goes a more in depth but these kinds of reports seem to happen regularly at this time of year in oregon. in the past few days i'd found two dead in my yard without any visible injuries to them, but my dumbass just didn't connect the dots until now despite it being concerning.
it's recommended to deep clean all feeders and baths with 9 parts water to 1 part bleach, and to not put them back up for 2 weeks to help contain and stop the spread.
im not sure yet if this is exclusive to oregon, but i thought i'd make a post on it anyway since it's definitely a danger right now and i want to give people a heads up on what to keep an eye out for in case any of you live round here too.
please do your best to keep our birdies safe & healthy
you're literally living the dream ugh !!!! you have birds and they're so cute and you found an antler in the woods? thats so cool ive never even been in woods !! and you also have snow
!! i lucked out because my yard has this big tree that was already housing a lot of little birds when i moved in, but most places still have birds! if you put out a few water dishes you're bound to attract some :-) <3
& these guys love their seeds but they also spend a lot of time drinking and bathing and are always appreciative of fresh clean water
me looming right over them while they eat: 🤏 👁👄👁
Can we be friends?
♡ Not my usual brand of content, but look! My first ever art trade!
♡ I haven't done any art trades before, but when @pine-siskin-agere approached me for one, I was super excited! It's something new and I really enjoyed doing it.
♡ Likely won't make a habit of it, but I'm super pleased with this! Thanks for letting me drawing The Boys™, Pine!!!
The Evening Grosbeaks have taken over the birbfeeder.
They check carefully for intruders as they do not wish to share.
Just imagine how much grumpier this Grosbeak will be when he discovers there is a sneaky Siskin sitting behind him, smirking!
Pine Siskin fledgling at feeder. Somebody hand him a napkin.
I cleaned the glass on my back door so I can take bird pictures without freaking the little bastards out and scaring them off. It has been awesome this spring! I’ve had some great sightings.
Annnnd..... their done.
Pine siskin . . . Delaware backyard . . . 5/5/21 Some people had flocks of ~50 of these guys all winter and moaned about wanting them to leave because they eat nonstop. Meanwhile, I saw a total of two pine siskins, one at the beginning of fall and one at the start of spring here, both just migrating through. I guess my bank account is thankful, but I wouldn’t have minded an invasion, either!
Birds on Things
Birdlees in order of appearance:
Fox Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Pine Siskin, Robin, Chickadee
Fox Sparrow, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin