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  April Surprise - Pine Siskins!

Published: April 20, 2012
Tags: My Feeders, Pine Siskins, WNY, Orchard Park

Imagine my surprise when a confusing cacophony of whining American Goldfinches, House Finches, and the pretty songs of Purple Finches were joined this morning by a buzzing that I nearly forgot!  Sure enough, outside my window and on the nyjer thistle socks, were several Pine Siskins!  Since we've been enjoying a much warmer than usual spring here in WNY, I was so amazed to see them today.  It seems very late for them to be passing through our area.  I figured they'd be long gone up north by now.  There were at least 6 of the little guys that came back and forth all morning and afternoon to our Orchard Park feeders.  What an unexpected treat!

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Pine Siskin sitting in my WBU feeder

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Sharing with an American Goldfinch

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A group on the ground below the feeders

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My new "sock" sure got a work-out today!

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Joining some Purple Finches at the side feeder

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A Pine Siskin on my new WBU nyjer thistle sock

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Male American Goldfinch

Reply from: marge on 4/21/2012 1:14 PM
 What a pretty bird! How did you ever identify him?
Reply from: Sue on 4/23/2012 6:41 PM
 I actually heard and recognized their sound before I even saw them. It's pretty memorable, kind of like a zipper being zipped up real fast - and loud! I remembered it from last winter when they came by. I was afraid we wouldn't get to see these guys at all this year.


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